Syracuse University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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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.

Academic Programs

Syracuse University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 200 fields of study. The largest programs on campus are in Business and Communications. The University is comprised of: School of Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, College of Engineering and Computer Science, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, School of Information Studies, College of Law, Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and College of Visual and Performing Arts. Per the Mission Statement, the University supports student success by “Encouraging global study, experiential learning, interdisciplinary scholarship, creativity, and entrepreneurial endeavors; Balancing professional studies with an intensive liberal arts education; Fostering a richly diverse and inclusive community of learning and opportunity; Promoting a culture of innovation and discovery; Supporting faculty, staff, and student collaboration in creative activity and research that address emerging opportunities and societal needs; Maintaining pride in our location and history as a place of access, engagement, innovation, and impact.”

Student Life

There are over 15,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Syracuse University; first and second year students are required to live on campus in one of over 20 co-ed residence halls. There is also a significant Greek presence on campus. There are many clubs and student organizations on campus, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the Orange, led by Otto the Orange, field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. Notable in the football program is the “Legend of 44” – Number 44 at Syracuse University is one of the most fabled numbers ever associated with a college football program. Since 1954, nine players have worn the number and three earned All-American honors. Those three–Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little–rank among the finest running backs ever to play the college game. Throughout their college career, students understand that “Syracuse University aspires to be a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society.”

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