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Syracuse, NY
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$36,300
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Reviews 2423 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: People are shallow, greek life makes the school smaller, but it's somewhat necessary if you want to have a social life. Then you meet the shallow people.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: You will receive an amazing job.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are outstanding. The curriculum is well-rounded and practical. The registration process is a bit like the housing lottery in that it's kind of stressful, but all in all, it's not that bad. Workload is average in most cases. There are tons of special study options for students who want or need them. There are non-traditional classes you can take and there are accommodations for students who need them. My favorite study area is Carnegie Library, but I also spend lots of time on the quad when it's nice, as well as the Life Sciences building and the basement of Schine Library.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love being in Health and Exercise Science. We get a lot of expert, specialized attention. Workload is average, especially if you are dedicated to learning. This program prides itself on getting students the experience they need to go into the health field. I am only a sophomore, and I am already shadowing experts directly in the field of Physical Therapy while they work. The facilities are really nice. The Life Sciences complex is stunning. There are lots of direct field opportunities for students if you only take the time to seek them out.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is really great. There are dozens of dorms to choose from, and most of them are pretty nice. Some are rougher than others, but the university has recently started renovating some of the more outdated ones. Dining is pretty good for college food. The social atmosphere is great. I loved living on my floor last year. Cost is average. I can't complain. The housing process is a bear, though. The lottery is the most confusing, convoluted process I have ever heard of. It's more stress than it's worth, it isn't fair, and it never works out right. I hate that. Everything else is livable, though. I love the on-campus experience.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is a bit tricky to navigate in general, and not all of the charges you receive are explained or openly made available to your knowledge. However, the office of financial aid is usually pretty good about helping you figure out a way for you to pay for school. Keep your options open, and be patient. It's a pain in the neck, but it's worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a blast at this university. All of my professors have been fabulous (with the exception of one, and he was alright, I guess.) I have loved the variety of courses to choose from and the amazing opportunities students have. Classes can range in size from a few students to a few hundred students. However, every class over fifty students must be broken down into smaller sections for instructor-led in-depth review of material, usually into groups of about 10. It's a big university, but it's really really hard to go without help if you're looking for it. Plus the honors program is amazing. I say if you have an opportunity to join, you should!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many opportunities for students here. The value of a degree from SU is fantastic. It's a name that everyone knows, and it's a school that is going to push you so that you are actually earning that degree in your hand. The alumni network is priceless; there are thousands upon thousands of individuals to reach out to, and they are always willing to help out a fellow Orangeman. The university is always hosting job fairs, there are dozens of offices on campus that help with career searches and placement, and the availability of advisers to help you through each step of the way is awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I LOVE SYRACUSE, NEW YORK. It's a great little mix of everything you could ever want. It has great shopping (hello, Destiny USA!), FANTASTIC

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This university is extremely accepting of students of all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and ideologies. There are dozens of organizations that cater to minority groups of all kinds. Most students are very accepting, but there are a few who will still pass judgement onto others.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no issue getting into the program I wanted. It's very important to have a nice high school transcript, and your SAT scores help, but I know that the essay was an extremely important part of admission. It wasn't necessarily to judge you based on your ability (or lack thereof) to write; it's more or less a tool for the admissions officers to understand who you are as a person and whether or not Syracuse might be a good fit for you. Aside from my own personal essay, they asked me a few personal questions specific to the University, and I know that those are very important when they make their decisions. My biggest tip for admission is just to be yourself. This university is so diverse that it would be silly to try and mold yourself to be someone else.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I've never had an internship, so I'm not really the best at explaining this, but I know a few people who have told me about their experiences. Pay is usually pretty decent, and the time commitment is average. They get a fair amount of responsibilities, but school always comes first. I don't plan to have an internship at the university, anyway, because I want to become a Physical Therapist, and there are more opportunities for me off campus. I know shadowing is a big deal for my major, too, and the university is great at setting students up with those.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are plenty of crimes on and around campus, especially considering the fact that the University is directly situated in the middle of a big city. Hate crimes and vandalism are relatively common, but not overly threatening. Personal safety is always addressed; for example, one of the first things I learned at orientation was to never ever ever walk on campus alone at night. I've done it a few times out of necessity and nothing has happened, but I know that not everyone is so lucky. The Department of Public Safety is usually pretty present, but I've never seen them do much aside from bust up parties. They have an escort service so you don't have to walk alone at night, but they usually have a major attitude about providing it, and it makes students hesitant to call. If they weren't so rude about providing this service they advertise, then maybe campus would be safer. I feel pretty safe on campus, but sometimes things happen that make me worry.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a few different options as far as off-campus housing goes. South Campus is still owned by the University, but it is independent student apartment housing for those who want a little more freedom. There are also hundreds of houses and apartments nearby to rent. They're basically everywhere. Pros include freedom, more space, and a more negotiable price. Cons include more distance from campus, less assistance when needed, and the added struggle of maintaining your own space without the protection of the University. Cost varies and is usually pretty manageable. Parking is a hassle because of road laws (switching sides of the road every other day) and I've known more students who have received parking tickets than students who have not. There is also almost no on-campus parking, so getting to class in the morning can be a struggle. Safety is generally okay, but there are some sketchy creatures who lurk the streets at night and mug/rob/harass people. You'll get that in a big city like Syracuse.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I play (club) Women's Rugby, and it's a phenomenal organization. Aside from my own experience, I know that many students on campus partake in the dozens of athletic clubs and varsity teams we have here. Syracuse Basketball is one of the greatest organizations in the country, and it's so much fun to watch. Generally, the teams do very well, and students always get so excited about the Big Game. Other sports are a pretty deal, but nothing tops basketball. School spirit is incredible. It's part of why I chose to attend Syracuse University. On game day, EVERYONE wears their orange and blue; even those who aren't really into sports. The facilities are pretty nice, as well. Some of the club teams get shafted as far as school support and equipment go, but we make do with what we have. I wish that club sports were treated with as much merit as some of the varsity sports, but you'll have that.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life on campus is pretty prevalent. There is a wide range of organizations to join, from top-tier sororities to really scummy frats. Some of the houses are gorgeous, while others look as though they could be condemned any day. There's a pretty strong rivalry over which sororities and frats are the best, which can sometimes cause tension. I've met some really fantastic Greek students, while others have been stereotypical snobs. I think they do some wonderful things, but I know that most students consider them of worth only because of the parties they throw.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are different kinds of parties for everyone. Between Greek row, house parties, and club parties, there's always something to do. Parties happen all week long, but they especially happen Thursday through Sunday. I think the party scene is great, as long as you don't overdo it. It's a great way to make friends and hang out with the ones you already have. However, it gets old if you don't break it up with something else to do every once in a while.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I believe the party scene has a positive impact on the SU student's experience because with the SU nightlife you have options about what bar to go to or if you're in greek life parties are planned and waiting for you to arrive. There is something to do at least every night making the student body closer, because you will always make a random best friends in a bar bathroom or trying to get into some Fraternity party.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: On Marshall Street there is a wide variety of off-campus Dining options. It extremely convenient to walk over and grab Chipotle or some varsity pizza before class. However, what is even better on late night walks home you can stop into jimmy johns or insomnia cookies because they are open until 3am. One can walk onto Marshall Street and be pleased with one of the many food options.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On my schools campus I feel relatively safe walking from one end to the other. However, once I come close to the ends of campus it can be dangerous and feel unsafe. Although we do have security in all buildings and around campus trying to keep the student body as safe as possible.

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.

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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.

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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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