Syracuse University is located in the city of Syracuse where you find the arts, shopping, and restaurants. Lake Onondaga is about 2 miles to the north. About 40 miles farther to the north is Lake Ontario. 168,000 people live in Syracuse and 700,000 in the metro area. Syracuse is a private university with 10,000 undergraduates. It’s close to Hancock International Airport. Syracuse is working to re-invent the South Side. Syracuse University business and journalism students are involved in the effort.
Notes and Observations…
- All different kinds of students, 32 percent diversity
- 25 percent Jewish
- One of the biggest Hillel’s in the country
- Active GLBT group
- Study abroad
- 8 different Syracuse locations around the world
- Big campus, big quad
- Huge Carrier dome. Used for both football and basketball
- Up on a hill
- Mix of old and new architecture
- Bustling, lots of students
- Dorms – split doubles most common
- No freshman dorms
- Connective corridor, new project connecting the campus with the city with walking paths, bike paths, lights, trees, linking the arts and theater, shopping and restaurants
- Dinosaur Barbecue – most famous restaurant
- Interviews are optional and evaluative
- Students should indicate three colleges they want to attend at Syracuse. If not admitted into first choice such as Newhouse, will be considered for the other two.
- 3.6 GPA
- ACT 25 – 26
- Super scores SAT
- Admissions does vary from college to college
- Merit scholarships available
- “Scholarship in Action”
- Theater, BFA, strong program.
- First Year Players, a student-run theater program does a musical every year, for the non theater students.
- Direct entry architecture, 5-year BA of Architecture. Ranked in the top 5 in the nation. Need an art profile to be admitted.
- Newhouse School of Communication – new building with focus on multi-media. Number one communication program in the country. Eight different majors, biggest are radio, TV, and film.
- Dual majors with Newhouse and Whitman Business School
- Information School, has high tech majors such as global enterprise technology and web-based security and finance.
- For students who like technology, Whitman school of Business has a competitive direct entry program.
- School of Education, big focus on urban education and multi-culturism
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Also has a School of Music, housed in a gothic Hogwarts-like building
- Also has a music business program
- Most competitive programs are Newhouse, Whitman, Information School, Architecture, Theater
- Has a good Design program
- Engineering very good – 8 different majors
- New science building – state-of-the-art labs for study and research
- Big hospital right by campus for research and volunteering.
- College of Sports Management
- Liberal Arts College has a consortium with Cornell and other nearby colleges
If students are looking for a medium-sized university with many different colleges and majors available in an urban setting, Syracuse
would be a good option – especially if students are looking for big time athletics and legendary school spirit! – Sue Luse