syracuse university

Syracuse University (familiarly known as SU, or just Syracuse) is one of the most frequently searched universities in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 

Syracuse is a private research university founded in 1870, and located in Syracuse, New York. 

The university maintains an enrollment of roughly 23,000 students each semester. About two thirds of them are studying at the undergraduate level. 

The university offers Bachelors degrees, Masters degrees, and PhD programs. 

The acceptance rate for Syracuse is somewhere around 50%. The student faculty ratio is approximately 15 to 1.  

Recent rankings from U.S. News and World Report places Syracuse #61 among national universities, although in the past, SU has ranked in the top 50. 

Notable alumni of Syracuse University include Joe Biden (former U.S. Vice President), Eileen Collins (1st female space shuttle commander), Ernie Davis (1st African American to win a Heisman trophy), and writer Joyce Carol Oates, as well as many inventors, journalists, CEOs, and others. 

The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the school's professional programs are accredited by their respective professional organizations.  

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Syracuse University Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Syracuse University.

1. Where is Syracuse University? 

The main campus of Syracuse University is located in the city of Syracuse in upstate New York.

Syracuse is located just a couple of miles southeast of Onondaga Lake, situated roughly halfway between Buffalo and Albany. 

Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus of Syracuse: 

Syracuse University

900 South Crouse Avenue

Syracuse, New York


Here is the official physical address of the SU College of Law:

Syracuse University College of Law

Dineen Hall

950 Irving Avenue

Syracuse, New York


Above: An aerial view of the main campus of Syracuse. Visible are the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Crouse College.


2. What is the organizational structure of Syracuse University?

Syracuse is academically organized into the following 13 schools: 

  1. College of Arts and Sciences
  2. College of Engineering and Computer Science 
  3. College of Law
  4. College of Sport and Human Dynamics 
  5. College of Visual and Performing Arts 
  6. Graduate School 
  7. School of Architecture 
  8. School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 
  9. School of Education 
  10. School of Information Studies 
  11. School of Management 
  12. School of Public Communications 
  13. University College 

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at Syracuse University?

Undergraduate course offerings at Syracuse cover a wide range of topics.

Here is a list of the Undergraduate Majors available at Syracuse:

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History 
  • Art Photography 
  • Art Video
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biophysical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcast and Digital Journalism 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Communication and Rhetorical Studies 
  • Communications Design 
  • Computer Art and Animation 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Creative Leadership 
  • Cybersecurity Administration
  • Drama
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Its Impacts
  • English Education
  • English and Textual Studies 
  • Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Sciences (Geology)
  • Environmental and Interior Design 
  • Ethics
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Fine Arts
  • Food Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Exercise Science (Physical Therapy) 
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • History
  • History of Architecture 
  • Human Development and Family Science 
  • Illustration
  • Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Inclusive Elementary and Special Education
  • Industrial and Interaction Design 
  • Information Management and Technology 
  • International Relations
  • Italian 
  • Knowledge Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Magazine 
  • Management
  • Marketing Management 
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Modern Foreign Languages 
  • Modern Jewish Studies 
  • Music 
  • Music Composition  
  • Music Education
  • Music History and Cultures 
  • Music Industry
  • Musical Theater 
  • Neuroscience
  • Newspaper and Online Journalism
  • Nutrition
  • Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Public Affairs 
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Science 
  • Pre Dentistry (Track)
  • Pre Health (Track)
  • Pre Law (Track) 
  • Pre Vet (Track)
  • Psychology 
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate 
  • Recording and Allied Entertainment Industries 
  • Religion
  • Religion and Society 
  • Retail Management 
  • Russian Studies
  • Russian and Central European Studies 
  • Science Education
  • Selected Studies in Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sound Recording Technology 
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Education 
  • Sport Analytics
  • Sport Management 
  • Stage Management
  • Studio Arts
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Systems and Information Science 
  • Television, Radio, and Film
  • Theater Design and Technology
  • Women's and Gender Studies 
  • Writing and Rhetoric 

Above: Inside the Carnegie Library at Syracuse. 


4. What graduate programs are available at Syracuse University?

Graduate students at Syracuse can earn Masters degrees in any of the following fields of study: 

  • Accounting
  • Addiction Studies 
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Data Science
  • Applied Statistics  
  • Architecture
  • Art Education 
  • Art History 
  • Art Journalism 
  • Art Photography 
  • Art Video 
  • Audio Arts
  • Audiology 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Forensic Sciences 
  • Broadcast and Digital Journalism 
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Analytics 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Child Therapy  
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • Communication and Rhetorical Studies 
  • Communications  
  • Communications Management  
  • Computational Linguistics 
  • Computer Art 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Conducting 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Cultural Foundations of Education  
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Data Science 
  • Design 
  • Designing Digital Instruction
  • Dietetics 
  • Disability Studies
  • e-Governement Management 
  • Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Earth Science 
  • Econometrics
  • Economics 
  • Economics and International Relations 
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Educational Technology 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Management 
  • English Education
  • English 
  • Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Health 
  • European Studies  
  • Exercise Science 
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • Finance
  • Firearm and Tool Mark Examination 
  • Food Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • French 
  • Geography
  • Global Health 
  • Health Services Management and Policy 
  • Higher Education  
  • History
  • Human Development and Family Science 
  • Illustration
  • Inclusive Special Education 
  • Information Management 
  • Information Security Management 
  • Instructional Design Foundation  
  • Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation 
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support 
  • International Relations 
  • Language Teaching 
  • Latin American / Caribbean Studies
  • Law 
  • Library and Information Science 
  • Linguistics
  • Literacy Education 
  • Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism  
  • Marketing 
  • Marriage and Family Therapy  
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics Education 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
  • Media Studies
  • Media and Education 
  • Medicolegal Death Investigation 
  • Middle Eastern Affairs
  • Museum Studies
  • Music Composition  
  • Music Education 
  • National Security and Counterterrorism
  • New Media Management 
  • Nutrition Science 
  • Organ 
  • Pan African Studies 
  • Percussion 
  • Philosophy
  • Photography 
  • Physics
  • Piano 
  • Political Science 
  • Post Conflict Resolution 
  • Public Administration 
  • Public Diplomacy 
  • Public Health 
  • Public Infrastructure Management 
  • Public Management and Policy 
  • Public Relations 
  • Religion
  • School Counseling
  • School Media 
  • Science Education
  • Security Studies 
  • Social Science 
  • Social Studies Education 
  • Social Work 
  • South Asia Studies 
  • Spanish 
  • Speech Language Pathology 
  • Sport Venue and Event Management 
  • String
  • Student Affairs 
  • Studio Arts 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Sustainable Enterprise 
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Teaching and Curriculum 
  • Television, Radio, and Film
  • Voice
  • Wind Instruments 
  • Women's and Gender Studies  

Above: The Crouse College of Fine Arts


Here is a complete list of the PhD programs offered at Syracuse: 

  • Anthropology
  • Audiology 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Clinical Psychology 
  • College Science Teaching  
  • Composition and Cultural Rhetoric 
  • Computer Information Science and Engineering 
  • Counseling and Counselor Education 
  • Cultural Foundations of Education 
  • Earth Science 
  • Economics 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • English 
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Experimental Psychology  
  • Geography
  • Higher Education  
  • History 
  • Human Development and Family Science 
  • Information Science and Technology  
  • Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation 
  • Law 
  • Literacy Education 
  • Marriage and Family Therapy  
  • Mass Communications 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics Education 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
  • Nutrition Science 
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science 
  • Public Administration 
  • Religion
  • School Psychology 
  • Science Education 
  • Social Psychology 
  • Social Science 
  • Sociology 
  • Special Education 
  • Speech Language Pathology 
  • Teaching and Curriculum 

5. What programs are offered at the Syracuse University Law College?

The Syracuse College of Law offers hundreds of individual courses at the J.D. level, and hundreds more graduate law courses. 

Syracuse is a leader in the field of National Security Law, but other quality legal study programs are also available. 

The Bar Pass rate for the Syracuse College of Law is a comfortable margin above 90%. 

Here is a basic rundown of the legal curriculum offered at the Syracuse College of Law:  

  • Administrative Law 
  • Adoption Law
  • Advocacy
  • Banking Law 
  • Bankruptcy 
  • Bioethics and the Law 
  • Business Law
  • Children and the Law 
  • Civil Rights Law 
  • Commercial Law 
  • Communications Law 
  • Community Development Law 
  • Comparative Law 
  • Computer Law 
  • Conflict of Laws 
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Contracts Law 
  • Copyright Law 
  • Corporate Law 
  • Counterterrorism and the Law 
  • Criminal Law 
  • Cybersecurity Law 
  • Debtor Protection 
  • Disability Law 
  • Discrimination Law
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Elder law 
  • Employment Law 
  • Entertainment Law 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Estate Planning 
  • Ethics 
  • Evidence 
  • Family Law 
  • Federal Courts 
  • Federal Government Contracts 
  • Federal Indian Regulatory Law 
  • Federal Law 
  • Finance and Economics 
  • Foreign Relations Law 
  • General Counsel 
  • Health Law 
  • Human Rights Law 
  • Immigration Law 
  • Insurance and Society 
  • Insurance Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law 
  • International Law 
  • Internet Law 
  • Labor Law 
  • Land Use and Zoning Laws 
  • Law and Market Economy 
  • Law of Armed Conflict 
  • Law of Genocide 
  • Law of the Sea 
  • Litigation 
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Military Law 
  • Murder Cases 
  • National Security Law
  • Natural Resources Law 
  • New York Civil Practice  
  • Non Profit Organizations 
  • Patents and Trade Secrets 
  • Pension Laws 
  • Product Liability 
  • Public Health Law 
  • Race and Law 
  • Real Estate Law
  • Reconstruction 
  • Religion and the Law 
  • Securities 
  • Sexual Orientation and Law 
  • Sports Law 
  • Taxation
  • Technology Law 
  • Trade Law 
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition 
  • Transactions 
  • Transitional Justice 
  • Trial Practice 
  • War Crimes 
  • Wills and Trusts 

Above: Among the many sculptures on the Syracuse campus is this bronze statue of a very famous lawyer,

who was also our first Republican U.S. President. 


6. How much does it cost to attend Syracuse University?

According to the school website, the estimated cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses for admission to Syracuse in the upcoming school year is as follows: 

Undergraduate (Bachelors degree) programs: 

  • $50,000 per year for full time attendance 
  • $16,000 per year for housing and meals
  • $  1,600 miscellaneous fees

TOTAL: $67,600 in billable costs.

For planning purposes, also consider the non billable costs:

Allow another $5,000 for books, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and health insurance. 

Graduate (Masters degree) programs:

  • $28,000 per year in tuition for full time attendance 
  • $14,000 per year for housing and meals
  • $  1,000 miscellaneous fees

TOTAL: $43,000 in billable costs. 

Again, indirect expenses (as listed above) should cost another $5,000. 

For Graduate degree programs Online, the approximate cost is as follows: 

  • $10,000 to $12,000 in tuition for one 12-week quarter 

Here is a breakdown of the tuition for the Syracuse College of Law in the upcoming year:

The tuition for a JD or LLM degree is roughly $50,000 per year for full time attendance.

However, fees and personal expenses will bring the cost of attendance closer to $70,000 per year. 

Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, registration fees, technology fees, course fees, and so on. 

Financial aid is available to many incoming and continuing students, as long as they fill out the FAFSA form. Aid may be distributed in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, or private donations. 

Above: The Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.


Above: A town square in Wroclaw, Poland - one of Syracuse's study-abroad destinations.


7. What is the Syracuse University campus like?

The main campus is set in the aptly named University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse.

The campus spans just about 683 urban acres, and is situated less than a mile southeast of the heart of downtown Syracuse. 

In typical college campus fashion, Syracuse is home to academic buildings, residence halls, and a quad. The campus is characterized by an evolving array of architectural styles. 

Campus landmarks and attractions include the quaint Holden Observatory, the stately Hall of Languages, the steepled Crouse College of Fine Arts, and other works of Romanesque Revival.

Also featured are quite a few more modern structures, such as the streamlined Shaffer Art Building, the sleekly designed School of Public Communications, and the efficiently minimalist School of Architecture.  

The university also features an enviable permanent art collection of more than 45,000 pieces. Artists represented in the campus galleries include Rembrandt and Picasso, among others. 

Student housing is available, both on and off campus.

A car is not needed for this area, as the town is very walkable, with a fairly well developed public transportation system

Aside from the main campus, the university has either purchased or leased no less than 12 buildings in downtown Syracuse. SU has also established physical locations in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York City. 

The school color is Orange. Naturally, the varsity athletes at Syracuse are called The Orange. They play for the NCAA, Division 1. 

The university is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference

Intercollegiate sports for men and women at Syracuse include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing 
  • Crew
  • Cross Country 
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf 
  • Ice Hockey 
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Also available on campus are club and intramural sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as aerobics, badminton, fencing, and figure skating, to name a few.  

Apart form athletics, Syracuse offers hundreds of on-campus student organizations, in a broad range of interests.

Student activity groups include an African society, a ballroom dance club, various campus publications, a campus radio station, a cooking club, a creative writing club, a drama society, a film society, and several military service organizations, just for example

Above: Park Point - an off campus student housing complex near SU.


Above: The indoor football stadium at Syracuse is called the Carrier Dome.


8. What are the distance learning options at Syracuse University?

Syracuse offers distance learning opportunities in many different styles and in numerous areas of interest. In fact, Syracuse is listed among America's best schools for online learning. 

Online classes are available at Syracuse even during summer and winter vacations. 

For instance, here is a list of courses that last 3 to 4 weeks, which are being offered online at Syracuse over this year's winter break:   

  • Analyzing the Baseball Organization
  • Analyzing the Basketball Organization
  • Art in China 
  • Calculus 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Democracy Ancient and Modern 
  • Design of Online Courses 
  • Development of Children and Youth 
  • Dynamics of Addiction 
  • Evolutionary Biology, Religion, and Society
  • Family and Child Intervention 
  • Family Development  
  • Forensic Science 
  • Foundation of Inquiry in Human Communication 
  • Foundations of Social Work Research 
  • Global Encounters 
  • Global History: 1750 to the Present Day
  • Health Communication and Social Media 
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • International Political Economy 
  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics 
  • Logic 
  • Napoleon to the Present 
  • Nutrition in Health 
  • Personal and Social Health 
  • Persons in Social Context 
  • Play, Childhood Development, and Early Education 
  • Principles and Practices in Parenting 
  • Public Health Administrative Systems
  • Religion, Meaning, and Knowledge  
  • Social Media in the Enterprise 
  • Technology's Evolution and Impact on Society 

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9. What is the contact information for Syracuse University?

To reach the main campus of Syracuse University, or for general information, call 315-443-1870

To contact the Undergraduate Admissions office at Syracuse, call 315-443-3611. 

To reach the Graduate Admissions office at Syracuse, call 315-443-4492. 

To inquire about Financial Aid at Syracuse, call 315-443-1513. 

To contact the Syracuse College of Law, call 315-443-1962.  

Above: Historic Hanover Square

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Above: Downtown Syracuse.

The city of Syracuse is home to roughly 150,000 people.

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