About Syracuse University
Why Consider Syracuse University?
Syracuse University (called Syracuse, or SU for short) is a private research university in Syracuse NY. It was established in 1870, though it can trace its roots back to 1831. Though historically it was associated with the United Methodist Church, the school has been nonsectarian since 1920. Syracuse athletics teams compete in NCAA Division I, with a few exceptions. They offer students more than 200 major areas of study, and their students have come from all 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Syracuse offers more than 200 graduate degrees and programs, through 13 schools and colleges, including SU Online. Each school focuses on a certain discipline or family of related subject areas. Each one is designed to offer those students the resources and support they need in their chosen paths of study.
Each school or college may have specific prerequisites for attendance, as well as unique qualities, course formats, or other requirements. Additionally, specific degrees or programs offered may vary and are subject to change. If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to be a student in any of these colleges, reach out to find out more.
Syracuse schools and colleges include:
- The School of Architecture
- The College of Arts and Sciences
- The School of Education
- The College of Engineering and Computer Science
- The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
- The School of Information Studies
- The College of Law
- The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
- The Martin J. Whitman School of Management
- The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
- The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
Become Part of a Vibrant & Diverse Community
Syracuse believes that each person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. In fact, their approach to education in rooted in these values. They strive to offer students diverse perspectives, informed by diverse life experiences, ethnicities, cultures, and systems of belief, so as to help students prepare to thrive in a diverse world.
They also make sure to offer the resources and support each student needs, to ensure that higher education is accessible to those who seek it. That could include accessibility to students and faculty with disabilities, LGBT resources, religious and multicultural student organizations, and more.
Rely on Career, Academic, & Other Services
Syracuse University wants their students to succeed—which is why they offer the services, support, and resources their students might need to do just that. Whether it’s the academic resources you need to thrive in class, the skills and advice to move from academics into the career world, or even your physical and emotional well-being, SU wants to be there for you. Some of the resources SU students could use include:
- Career Services
- Health Services
- Counseling & Support Services
- Writing & Tutoring Assistance
- Financial Literacy Coaching
- Technology Support
- Fellowship & Scholarship Advisement
- Safety, Security, and Transportation
Experience the Syracuse School Spirit
Syracuse University is more than a school. It’s a vibrant, passionate community, full of people who love it just as much as you do. And when you’re not busy studying, teaching, or working at your internship (or even when you are), you could experience what it’s like to be a part of that.
With only a few exceptions, the teams at Syracuse compete in NCAA Division I. Syracuse teams are called “The Orange,” which, once you see their colors (not to mention Otto, their mascot), you’ll understand why. They’re part of the Atlantic Coast conference, and play in the beautiful Carrier Dome. Whether you’re into football, basketball, hockey, soccer, or lacrosse, Syracuse has something to cheer for. And if you want to play something else, there are 48 different sports clubs and 313 intramural teams.
Mission, Vision and ValuesSyracuse University’s mission is twofold: to bring top-notch scholars from all over the world into the SU family, and support them through a rigorous but personal academic experience. They pursue this mission by offering experiential and interdisciplinary learning, emphasizing diversity and inclusivity, and fostering a creative and curious spirit in students and faculty.
Graduate students at Syracuse don’t just study under great faculty, but also work beside them to help advance research in their fields, gaining crucial experience. They may do so in more than 200 potential degree programs, each one designed to support the unique needs of students in that discipline.
Application requirements are likely to vary depending which school your intended program is a part of. That said, you’ll generally need to provide the following:
- Official Undergraduate/Post-Secondary Transcript
- Letters of Recommendation (the number and type may vary by program)
- Personal Statement
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Portfolio (if required)
- Writing Sample (if required)
- GRE Scores (different programs may require different tests)
- Other Unique Requirements (Military Transcripts, TOEFL scores, etc)
To find out more, including questions about the Syracuse University acceptance rate, other prerequisites, and how that might vary in your prospective programs, contact your admissions advisor.
- Special Learning Opportunities: Undergrad Distance, Grad Distance
- Credit Accepted: Dual credit, Credit for life experiences, Credit For Military, Advanced placement(AP) credits
- Carnegie Classification: Research Universities (very high research activity)
- Religious Affiliation: Not applicable
- There are 4536 full-time faculty
- 846 Part-time instructional faculty
- ROTC Services
- Study Abroad Services
- Weekend Evening College Services
- Remedial Services
- Academic Career Counseling Services
- Employment Services for Students
- Placement Services Completers
- Daycare Services
- Library Services
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 37% part-time and 63% full-time
For the years 2017-2018 Syracuse University awarded: 4 associates, 3563 bachelor's degrees, 2173 master's degrees, 55 post-master's certificates, 159 doctor's degrees - professional practice, 189 doctor's degrees - research/scholarship
Graduate student aid at Syracuse is often handled within that department. As such, the avenues open to you may hinge on the program you choose to enroll in. Some of the types of aid that grad students may pursue include:
- University Fellowships
- Graduate Assistantships
- Travel Grants
- University Research Grants
To find out more about what types of aid and other opportunities that might be open to you, contact your selected school.
- The school is full of many supportive people who genuinely care for each other. You just really need to join something that interests you and then you'll be able to find some great friends. People seem very chill for it being considered a top university. Definitely a calmer atmosphere compared to schools like Stanford and Berkeley.
- The university provides the best of both academics opportunities as well as extracurricular activities in order to help their students explore and/or grow their skills on a specific or variety of fields. Their goal is to get their students involved in what they love in order to grow and expand the students knowledge.
- Overall, I love being a student at USC. On campus, I am a research assistant, a newspaper writer, and a dancer on the competitive hip-hop team. I've met a wide variety of students at USC, some who astound me with their intelligence and hobbies. I love talking to my professors during their office hours. The downsides to being a USC student is that a lot of things are inordinately expensive, the tuition keeps rising (unnecessarily), and the area around it is not super nice.
- Syracuse University: Online
- Syracuse University: Syracuse, NYSyracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 13244
- Syracuse University: Washington, DC2301 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Students come from all over the country and the world to study at Syracuse, and for good reason. They’re known for the quality of education they offer. Syracuse University Ranking in US News & World Report 2018 includes:
- #61 National Universities
- #29 Best Colleges for Veterans
- #47 Best Value Schools
- #42 Business Programs
- #13 Entrepreneurship
Additionally, their graduate programs made the following lists:
- #70 Best Business Schools
- #58 Best Education Schools/#14 Special Education
- #75 Best Engineering Schools
- #67 English
- #4 Library & Information Studies
- #2 Public Affairs
And this is only the tip of the iceberg! Reach out to SU to find out more about how they ranked.
Program Highlight: Master of Science in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)
Passionate not only about your own education, but also helping others pursue their own? Syracuse University offers an MS in Teaching English language Learners, designed for educators who want to be there for the non-native speakers in their schools and classrooms, building the academic English skills they need to succeed in English-speaking classrooms. This could apply to potential roles as ELL teachers as well as elementary and secondary classroom and subject area instructors.
Students in this program may hold a New York State teaching certification and have some classroom experience. However, students without a background in education could also enroll, though they would need to complete additional coursework. The program is also aligned with the standards set by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages organization (or TESOL) and helps students prepare for candidacy for New York State ESOL certification.