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Syracuse, NY
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14,169
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$36,300
Admission Difficulty
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Reviews 2105 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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

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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.

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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

3 College Sophomore

Majors: To be honest, Syracuse is not an art school. Yes, there is an art school within the university, but even with in the walls of VPA, most "artists" there do not care about the work they produce thus making it difficult to stay inspired and motivated to create beautiful and meaningful art. I seriously wish the deans and professors in VPA instilled in their students more encouragement to be proactive and think outside the box instead of thinking like cogs pumping out the same kind of artwork.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: VERY diverse campus. I have various shades of people coming form different walks of life. I love that I can meet so many different types of people on one campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: As an art major, I with there were more challenging classes that were offered instead of core classes that have mostly taught me nothing in terms of thinking for myself as an artist or figuring out what my aesthetic is.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing depends on what hall you are living on. Some are closer to classes than others or are sometimes more modern.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial is willing to work with you and help you set up different payment plans id need me. One great things is that when studying abroad your financial aid travels with you!

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Syracuse is known for having HARSH winter's. In the fall it is super humid and hot, but come October it starts to cool down and drop in temperature. Although winter is not to hot, spring time is BEAUTIFUL!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: student union is very strict about students' drug use/abuse

2 College Junior

Weather: Snowy and cold a lot of the time. Very hot in summer

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not bad, a little pricey but not bad if you have $

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car but people park and its pricey

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like the housing and how its kept up to date

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Can't get better than Syracuse.

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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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