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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1870
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Private non-profit
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Cold (Continental)
    • Location:
    • 900 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, New York, United States, 13244
    • Phone:
    • +13154431870
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Syracuse University

Syracuse University (commonly referred to as Syracuse, 'Cuse, or SU) is a private research university in Syracuse, New York, United States. The institution's roots can be traced to the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary (later becoming Genesee College), founded in 1831 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York. After several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was established in 1870, independent of the college. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it maintains a relationship with The United Methodist Church.

The campus is in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, east and southeast of downtown, on one of the larger hills. Its large campus features an eclectic mix of buildings, ranging from nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival structures to contemporary buildings. SU is organized into 13 schools and colleges, with nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, inclusive education and wellness, sport management, public administration, engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.

With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, our university is made for those who want a quintessential college experience. Proudly selective, we take a chance on people who dream big. This is where you come to cheer, to grow, to become the person you want to be.

Academic Highlights

The most popular majors at Syracuse University include: Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91 percent. The student-faculty ratio at Syracuse University is 15:1, and the school has 58.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

Life in Syracuse University

The Syracuse University's sports teams have had "the Orange" nickname since 2004, although the former names of Orangemen and Orangewomen are still used. SU fields intercollegiate teams in eight men's sports and 12 women's sports.

School Ranking

(SU) In its 2019 ranking of U.S. colleges, U.S News & World Report ranked Syracuse tied for 53rd among undergraduate national universities.

Admissions

For the Class of 2018, there were approximately 34,614 applicants for 3,350 seats in the Freshman class. Average SAT score of admitted student was 1271.

Notable Alumni

  • Nilo Alcala
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Donna Alvermann
  • Joe Amato
  • Robb Armstrong
  • Bradd Anderson 
  • Nydia Blas

Acceptance Rate

Syracuse University acceptance rate 46.9%

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