Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: We are a party school for very obvious reasons. The nightlife is thriving and it keeps getting better and better. Even on a Monday night, something is going on somewhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is… edible to say the least. Some food is better tasting than others. If you want a great tasting meal, there are always wings, pizza, burgers and fries. If your looking for a healthy substitute, it is kind of challenge. Some of the fruits are soggy and the vegan options are absolutely tepid. Make no mistake, this is no UMass Amherst or Cornell in food variety and taste. Just eat and get out.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some are hard, some are ridiculously easy. Take your pick and hope for the best.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The nine prestigious colleges on campus deliver the best education possible for the students. Nothing beats the workload and rewarding nature of these programs.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. The facilities are up to date and still expanding and renovating. A whole new hall is opening this year from across the Dome. The Life Sciences, Newhouse and Maxwell buildings are by far the best and most innovative academic facilities on the campus and perhaps the entire college atmosphere in America. The most beautiful of them all is the Setnor building. It's tall, its majestic, it looks like Hogwarts and it can be seen from everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police and campus DPS are doing and incredible job in helping the students get around town without the fear of the local crime in the Syracuse area. The blue light system works wonders in the event of an emergency. Personal walking escorts are also very common around campus. As far as sexual assault is concerned, it isn't a common thing around campus, but it can happen sometimes if you are not careful. There is a fraternity house that people tend to avoid due to the amount of date-rapes that occur. Needless to say, people around here are street smart when it comes to partying.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are, for the most part, outgoing and fun-loving. Some are athletic and jockey, others are refreshingly nerdy. There is a clear diversity amongst the dudes. The girls, on the other hand, are more homogenous. You'll find the typical, air-headed, superficial bimbos and barbie dolls, but only if you really want to focus on the ones that make the most noise. If you look hard enough, you can find highly intelligent, beautiful, artsy, talented and cool girls that you will want to get to know better. It's a big sea of fishes, so find your fit!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is quaint and adequate. For freshman however, it is the worst. All freshmen are assigned to live on the Mount or BBB/Sadler. The Mount is a PAIN to get up to and BBB is sectioned off in the absolute worst area of town. The housing lotteries are favored towards the upperclassmen, so you better have gotten a lucky number. The freshman LC's vary from great to downright terrible, so be wary of your selection. Otherwise, the living is clean and the rooms are good enough to sleep and work in. The RA's are fine, but very lenient due to the part atmosphere of the campus. Alcohol is not a criminal offense in these parts, so those who like to party are in heaven.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Don't do it. Unless you live at home, just live on campus. It's more fun, and it's safe.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: People of all colors, creeds and sexual orientations are welcome on campus. The LGBT community is thriving in some sections, and are as accepted as any other group of people. The political officiations are interesting to say the least. I've met more Republicans here than I ever did in high school. The school for the most part is accepting to everyone. However, I've noticed quite a bit of close-minded attitudes towards those with social and intellectual disabilities. I lived in a LC my freshman year filled with people that would pick on a poor young girl with a serious Autistic condition. It made me feel uncomfortable, and I did not associate with those people thereafter. Not to worry, these incidents will not go unreported. SU is an accepting campus, but it could be worlds better than it already is.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Syracuse has, without a doubt, the best Off-Campus dining of any school out there. Pastabilities is an Italian mecca of Central New York, with pasta dishes that are insanely good. Kitty Hoynes has top-notch irish fare and a bar that is hopping after an SU game. Small Plates, Mother's Cupboard and Cafe Kubal are other amazing eating and drinking establishments.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Next to journalism and public policy, Syracuse has magnificent programs in Visual and Performing Arts. Most notably, the up-and-coming film program. Recently noted on The Hollywood Reporter's Top 25 Film Schools in the World, Syracuse in film is a big deal. We are blessed to have been given access to FAMU in Prauge (One of the world's most prestigious film academies). If you take the opportunity to study abroad there, you will be granted a world-class education and a hell of an edge over other filmmakers on your resume. We also host a yearly International Film Festival that features such famous visitors as Joel Schumacher, Bobcat Goldthwait, Jim Morris (VP of Pixar) and Academy-Award Winner Cloris Leachman. The program itself also gives a comprehensive and challenging study of all aspects of filmmaking. Rest assure, you will leave pleasantly fulfilled. The only gripes I have with the program are the lack of internships in LA. If you want that, you need to transfer to Newhouse or take an internship with the animation majors in LA (the only one offered in VPA). Otherwise, for prospective filmmakers, VPA is a must.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Gaining admission to the film program is the best part of all. Unlike more competitive film schools like NYU, Columbia and Emerson, Syracuse admits students don't have prerequisite film experience. If you want to gain access to this world-class film program, all you need to do is submit a movie. Any movie! No matter the type of camera or appropriate storyline. I for one, had a more prerequisite film experience, since I was aiming for an Emerson and NYU. I was denied due to my low test scores, but Syracuse gave me the thumbs up with plenty of money in scholarship. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity, and if you are interested in Film, you MUST apply here.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Syracuse isn't the friendliest or most welcoming college town. Getting off the highway, you tend to notice that you might not be in Kansas anymore. Its a big city, and not the nicest one either. If you live near the ghetto, take EXTREME precaution. If you aren't careful, you can run the risk of getting into an ugly mugging. We get about six of those a year. However, if you look past the dangerous stuff, the Cuse has a lot to behold and whole lot to love. Armory Square is a mecca of Central New York dining. Destiny USA is one of America's best shopping malls. In short, Cuse is far from perfect, but if you can find the positives of any dumb-old city, you can find some wonderful things about this one.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Lets get this out of the way… Syracuse is a party school. For better or for worse, their alcohol and drug policies are pretty lax. You need to make quite a big ruckus in order to be written up. That being said, if you are written up, the consequences are dire… that is if you are underage. In any case, don't worry about cracking open a beer… everyone does it. If you like the marijuana… I'm not entirely sure how you can escape repercussions. If your hallway smells like the backseat of Cheech and Chong's van, you might be in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus Dining is good but not the BEST. At any school you will get sick of dining hall food

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a great variety of majors and support.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: They are very helpful with our education.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright. but they could be better.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The are great environments for learning and study.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is an amazing school, and I wouldn't trade it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: THe school puts great effort in events for careers

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is aid, but it seems a little unfair.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its a big thing, Go Orange.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is always a party, weekends def.

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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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