Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

#96 National Colleges

44.38% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

14,854 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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Syracuse University (Syracuse, 'Cuse, or SU) is a private research university in Syracuse, New York. The institution's roots can be traced to the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, 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. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". Alumni and affiliates include three Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, 36 Olympic Medalists, 13 Pulitzer Prize recipients, numerous Academy Award winners, two Rhodes Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, 46th president of the United States Joe Biden, and various governors and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Syracuse University athletic teams, known as the Orange, participate in 20 intercollegiate sports. SU is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, or ACC for all NCAA Division I athletics, except for the men's rowing and women's ice hockey teams. SU is also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

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Syracuse, New York

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 14.4%
Social Sciences 13.9%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 10.5%
Visual And Performing Arts 9.7%
Engineering 7.9%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 7.7%
Psychology 6.4%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4.0%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4.0%
Architecture And Related Services 3.9%
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 3.5%
Health Professions And Related Programs 2.4%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2.3%
English Language And Literature/Letters 2.0%
Education 1.9%
Physical Sciences 1.1%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.0%
History 0.9%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.7%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.4%
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services 0.4%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.3%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 0.0%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1291 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 710 655 600
Verbal 670 625 580

ACT Scores

28 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 30 28 25
English 33 29 25