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Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2117 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Academics: You can have a "Harvard" education here, I was told by a professor once. "You just have to be the one to want it."

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I love the technology at this school. There are computer clusters everywhere and students have so much access to all of it. There are labs that are open 24/7 for computer use. Students can walk almost anywhere on-campus and have wireless internet. Even guests can use the wireless internet at Syracuse! It's wonderful. It's one of the best things about this school to me.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in an internship-type situation right now. It's rather nice being a part of the community of working students.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Things could be better if there were set requirements or if I got paid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some are good and cheap. Some are poisonous and cheap.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: No where else has transportation been so available.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I particularly don't care for athletics.

1 College Freshman

Weather: I hate the weather. This week alone, it was as hot as 80 degrees on Monday and today it snowed an inch.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you're on-campus, usually things are pretty okay. But the moment you get on any street just outside of the campus, everything goes to Hell.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's almost nothing to do here unless you're getting drunk or rich.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness could be much better in terms of behavior in the dorms. There can be a large party of 20 in one room and the RA could never be the wiser if no one complains. Partying is huge and drug use is pretty apparent.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Never want to join the Greek life. Some groups are very good with their community service and that's wonderful. Other groups are rather competitive and ask a lot of their members.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House parties are HUGE. Bars are okay, but house parties are the way to go for broke college kids.

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College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Just follow the rules and everything is fine. I haven't had any experiences with "overly strict" or not enough strictness at SU

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pros: Close to campus, close to nightlife, convenience to free student bus lines, some off street parking.

Cons: Roommates are hard to come by, safety could be an issue depending on where the place is.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm from the north country in NY anyhow so I am use to the unpredictable weather of Syracuse. But for the people from the west and down south, its a rude awakening during the winter months. Snow delays do NOT happen, so if people are looking for less classes in the winter, SU isn't the place for them. They have only closed 3/4 times since 1980's. It's not that bad though, bring rain boots, rain jacket, heavy winter coat, boots, and then light clothing for summer and fall, you'll be all set.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is a huge part of the social scene at SU. The university is in the top 10 for parting colleges. Not too much peer pressure to do any drugs, but alcohol yes. Police seem to just ignore it unless trouble is started.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on, something to do. Concerts, bars, restaurants, festivals and a huge shopping mall. Sporting events are always going on. The city is full of things to do if you are willing to go outside your comfort zone and explore new things.

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College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I haven't eaten the food on campus, I go to Marshall St. or my apartment where there is already food bought. Budgeting matters!

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is horrible at SU, but the school is academically beneficial to a person advancing in any aspect of their life so whether or not aid is giving its best to still attend. They offer some packages, grants, loans and only a hand full of free rides. Scholarships are key to affording SU.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Rushing in the spring. Greek life offers many opportunities to be involved in the community as well as campus. Most people I hear are in some sort of Greek affiliation. The houses are all on one road outlining the side of campus, they are very large and look well taken care of.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I tend to walk everywhere. The university does however off free shuttle services via bus line for students, which run all day and till night. Most students live within walking distance, either in dorms or off campus apartments.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is great, the teams are in the top of the nation.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I haven't lived on campus, therefore I cannot describe what it is like to live there.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Standard portfolio submission and review were required to enter into my major. Nothing alarming or out of the ordinary was needed to apply to the program

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Marshal Yong
Hometown
New York City
Major
Architecture
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SU has a laundry list of good qualities about it and very few flaws. The main thing to remember is that SU and its students refuse to be pigeonholed. There are so many varying interests at Syracuse University, as well as a broad array of extracurricular activities. People can't even agree on what major is the most prestigious (although many claim communications or architecture). Still, although there is a broad range of people at SU, there usually is a consensus on one thing: people at Syracuse University really like it. Sure, there are different reasons, but almost everyone who spends a few years at SU enjoys it.

Some like the choices in classes, while others like the prominent sports teams on campus. Some like the appeal of a real college campus in the middle of a big city. No one comes for the weather. And besides the few reasons a student will specifically seek out Syracuse University, there are a broad number of factors that keep students here. The on-campus and off-campus housing is excellent, the computer facilities are top-notch, and the nightlife can be a major draw. Also, students generally have a lot of genuinely interesting events going on around campus. Whatever the reason, students who come to SU tend to stay here.

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