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Reviews 2403 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: plenty of students live off campus but the neighborhood is not very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some of the professors are wonderful and truly care for the students. Almost all the students take the opportunity to study abroad which is wonderful. Workload is not extremely heavy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are plenty of internship and job opportunities for any major in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The median salary once graduated is over $70,000 and there are many success stories. Although I believe the course load is heavy and graduation requirements seem overbearing compared to the other colleges, it is fairly doable and only prepares students even more for life after graduation.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The university does remodel quite a bit on campus, so everything is nice and accessible to the students. There are plenty of study spots and the library is spacious and accommodating.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Syracuse sports are a very important part of the community. From our basketball team to our lacrosse team, the athletics do not disappoint. The school spirit and fan support is unbelievable. For the Duke vs. Syracuse basketball game in 2014, a record was broken for the most amount of people attending in the Carrier Dome.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The party scene is very noticeable because almost all the students participate. There are parties every weekend, but of course the biggest parties of the year are always Juice Jam and Mayfest. Even though everyone goes to parties, academically, every student still does very well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The university is extremely diverse so it makes every student feel welcome and accepted. I've had good and bad professors but more of the good. There is a great variety of courses, which makes choosing classes a lot easier. Overall, my time at Syracuse University so far has be extremely wonderful and welcoming.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Syracuse University has had many successful alumni, from athletes in the National Leagues such as Carmelo Anthony with the New York Knicks or Tyler Ennis with the Phoenix Suns, entertainers such as Taye Diggs and Vanessa Williams, to the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. Although the students here enjoy their share of fun, every single one of them take academics very seriously. It is a rather competitive environment, with everyone competing and striving for the best, but with the help of the amazing faculty and staff, along with friendly students, it makes the entire process a lot easier. Students hold sometimes more than one internship in their college career, and the median salary once graduated is rather high compared to other schools of the same level.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I rarely see security on campus unless their being called for an emergency, or eating in the dining hall. Syracuse is a semi-urban campus and not gated. Walking home alone is a NEVER. There were about four armed robberies on my street this year. Cops are more concerns about drinking than they are sexual assault or personal safety.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Every Professor Ive had at SU has genuinely wanted each of his/her students to succeed, and they take time out of their week to see that happen. The curriculum is tough- but pivotal for my major, and worth it. I put in about an hour per credit study wise, sometimes more depending on my understanding of the topic. Im a sucker for studying in the library due to the fact that the dorm rooms are often noisy, but there are quiet study areas in each dorm building.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Public Health is a very new and upcoming career choice, therefore I feel like the professors are often learning with us. The majority of my professors have had a background in the medical or law field, so policy as well as treatment in medical situations is discussed a lot. Workload depends on two things: the course project, and how early you start that project. Almost all PH courses require a project pertaining to the main topic. If you start early, the workload should not be bad. As a PH major, we are always in the Syracuse community interacting with people of all ages, it is a very outgoing and hands on majors, so internships are usually not hard to come by, especially if you live close to the Syracuse area.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have met many people outside of campus that notice my Syracuse clothing and would tell me that they went there and loved it. I have made many connections because of this school and it has put me in a good direction towards what I want to do after college. There are so many alumni that you can get in touch with and they are willing to put you in the right direction. Take advantage of it!

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love SU! There are so many things you can get involved in and I made sure to take advantage of it. You will have a terrible time if you don't take advantage of the hundreds of clubs on campus and take on challenges. I have made so many friends from the clubs that I joined and the organizations that I am a part of. It makes every experience a rewarding one. The school pride here is also amazing, so much orange! You may not like the color orange when you first get to campus, but now after finishing my junior year, I can't get enough of it. And it's because of how much pride we have at SU. We are Orange!

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The only attraction outside of the campus is the mall Destiny USA (which is actually great), and Armory Square if you want some nice food and some shopping. There aren't many activities outside of campus and people generally stay within the SU borders. There are also some very unsafe areas outside of campus, some not even too far away.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Gyms: Archbold/Flanagan - They're alright, if you need to workout it's there, but not necessarily a pretty site

Ernie Davis Gym - Small, but nice. There is lifting and machines but no courts or anything. Lots of the Greek community goes here

CPU labs: All have Windows 7, there are a few Mac labs, and Whitman labs have Windows 8 touch CPUs. Some schools on campus are better than others with availability, but you can guarantee Office, the Adobe Suite, and a few other ditties on there so you can do your work.

Student center: Schine - It's eh. Nothing fancy about it. The bookstore and an auditorium is there, but it's just typical.

Libraries: Bird Library - You can definitely get some work done in there, 6 floors (quieter as you go up). Facility itself isn't beautiful, but is definitely useful if you want to get some work done.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: You can do almost anything any night at SU, there are house parties everywhere, the bars are open every night. There are even theme nights in Faegan's during the week so you don't need to go to house parties if you don't want a rager. Things do get out of hand at times, but there is no denying that SU is a party school when we are always ranked in the Top 10, there is a reason for it...

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The hours are bad in some residence halls. A few are open until 9, but others are only until 7:30 or 6:30 on the weekends, which is bogus. The food is subpar, but it's definitely edible. They can satisfy your appetite. There are a few vegan/vegetarian options, however they don't go out of their way to make it known.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are some really good looking people on campus, but many of them can be jerks or mean. However, there are so many people around that are so hot and you can become friends with.

4 College Senior

Academics: There are so many different marketing classes that you can take. I like how there are so many topics that can be involved in marketing so the options are broad, but you can specify in the specific field that you want. The classes are good, but they can be challenging at times. The professors are friendly and the Whitman school in general is a great place to be a student!

4 College Senior

Academics: There are many programs within the University and different schools so you can focus on what you want to do. The professors are generally very good, alot of the international professors and grad students aren't the best though. Registration can be a big pain because of people that get to sign up before you, and make sure you plan out your what class/time/professor you want before hand with backups in order to prepare yourself because it is very likely you will not get all the classes you want.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have had my share of difficult classes and difficult professors. I have sat in huge lecture halls and in a class as small as eight. The variety that is offered and the easy with which you can choose what suits you best is amazing.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I already get emails every week telling me about job opportunities from the school and the alumni network is really active in the students now attending. I am sure it also depends on what major you are in but it seems that the school and the alumni all care for the future of the graduates.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I had no problem getting into the program that I wanted even though there was plenty of help for me if I needed it.

4 College Junior

Majors: I love my program, the people in it are easy going and helpful. I don't feel overworked or completely stressed out over the amount of work yet I still get enough to keep me busy.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is the same all over campus, its a matter of if you prefer small dining halls to larger ones. The food is the same almost every week following a menu for each day with slight variances day by day. Many students will eat and grab something for later so not to waste another meal swipe just for a snack.

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Marshal Yong
New York City
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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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