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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University, founded in 1870, is a private, comprehensive university. It strives to be the nation's leading student-centered research university and promotes learning through teaching, research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and service. A spirit of cooperation is present across all disciplines. Faculty members are expected to continue learning through research in their own fields and to share this discovery with undergrads actively involved in that research and in the classroom. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science, Human Development, Nursing, and the Visual and Performing Arts; and the Schools of Architecture, Education, Information Studies and Management. Classes are smaller, advising is stronger and emphasis on internships and foreign study is greater than in most comparable institutions. This model is a hallmark of a Syracuse University education. The 200-acre campus, including 15 buildings registered with the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Syracuse.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students15,224
   Women8,404 (55.2%)
   Men6,820 (44.8%)
Graduate Students6,268


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate53% of 26,790 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.6
SAT Math550-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing530-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite24-29 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$61,242
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met96%
Average Freshman Award$35,510
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Not required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 24% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Syracuse Population144,669
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSyracuse
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 75% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotOtto the Orange
Sororities28% of women participate
Fraternities 24% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.7% Asian
10.0% Black/African-American
12.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.1% White
3.1% Unknown
International Students10.5% from 84 countries
First-Year Students Returning92.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.46 3.77 604 583 591 28
Low 1.00 1.00 330 360 330 14
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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• Otto the Orange became the official mascot of Syracuse in 1997 after years of trying out such mascots as a gladiator and a wolf.

• Three Syracuse "All-American" football players have worn the fabled number 44: Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little.

• Syracuse's College of Visual and Performing Arts is the nation's first degree-granting college of fine arts.

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Annual Survey of Colleges 2015, copyright © 2015 The College Board. All rights reserved.
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