Syracuse University, a private 4-year school, is located minutes from downtown Syracuse, NY in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York close to Onondaga Lake. Founded in 1870, the school sits on over 650 acres of rugged terrain with buildings ranging from 19th century Romanesque Revival architecture to contemporary styles. The University also has a presence in downtown Syracuse. Part of its history includes December 21, 1988 when 35 students returning from a study-abroad program in Europe were killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 270 victims are memorialized on campus in front of the Hall of Languages. Among many notable alumni are Vice President Joe Biden, Journalists Ted Koppel, Bob Costas and Marv Albert and former NFL players Jim Brown and Donovan McNabb.