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Location
Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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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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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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 71st
    Best Course Variety
  • 346th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 378th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 648th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
Hometown
New York City
Major
Architecture
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Syracuse is a university of choices. SU has over 200 majors in nine undergraduate colleges, so you're bound to find some that are agreeable. A few of SU's schools are world-renowned: the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, School of Management, and the School of Architecture are premiere programs that house some of the top professors in their specific field. Also, the School of Information Studies and Visual and Performing Arts hold high status, as well.

The faculty at SU is generally compliant with students' needs. All professors must hold office hours during the week, and most instructors conveniently hand out their home numbers, as well. If you make use of the availability of your professors, go to class, do your homework, and study for the big tests, and you should have no problem getting excellent grades. Most classes are interesting, but sometimes you'll get a class with those monotone, lengthy lectures and dread that two hours of rambling each week. Your consolation is that a decent number of professors post their lectures online and don't take attendance. There are the classes with somewhere around 15 to 20 people where you'll receive, more often than not, excellent teaching, and you'll come away with a whole new perspective. Either way, SU learning is quite a bit different-and better-than high school.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
981
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
572
Total FT Faculty
1,048
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$91,617
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
177
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students : 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students : 30%
  • 50 or More Students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Human Services and Health Professions
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Education
  • School of Information Studies
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Information Science/Studies: 2%
  • Public Administration: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Bird Library
  • Life Science Atrium
  • Panasci Lounge
  • Whitman Conference Rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Go to class. Go to all of your classes as much as you can. It's okay to miss some days, but once you make a habit out of it, it's hard to break.
  • If you don't like your roommate, don't hang out with him or her. It won't affect your life too much if you don't let it.
  • Join a few clubs and organizations that interest you, but not every club and organization that interests you. If you find something that you enjoy, and there truly is something for everyone here, you should most certainly pursue it.
  • Meet as many people as you can the first month. No one knows anyone in the beginning of the year. It can be the most important time to gain the friends you will have for your freshman year, and maybe even the friends you will have for your entire college career.
  • Spend time in between classes to get work done so you have less to do at night or over the weekend. If you're a morning person, you might want to get some work done in the mornings before class starts.
  • Visit your professors during the semester. Make sure they know you. It will help. They make themselves available to you, and you have to take advantage of that.
  • Watch out for getting a cold in December when the real cold weather starts. Take Vitamin C supplements.
  • You should really take a few hours of each day to study. It won't affect your free time in the least bit, especially if you get the bulk of the studying done before 9 or 10 p.m.
Did You Know?
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Architecture are among the top colleges in the field in the country. The School of Management is in the top-40 schools by many rankings in their field. For graduate schools, the Maxwell School of Citizenship is the best school for International Relations and Public Policy in the country.
  • Syracuse offers a Technology Classroom Survey that allows students to share their ideas on improvement. To check it out, go to www.fcms.syr.edu/classrooms/room_survey.htm.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Bob Costas - sportscaster
  • 17% Vanessa Williams - singer/actress; first black Miss America
  • 17% Dick Clark - former TV/radio personality
  • 13% Aaron Sorkin - TV producer, director, writer
  • 10% Taye Diggs - actor
  • 6% Jim Brown - former athlete; advocate
  • 6% Mike Tirico - sportscaster
  • 3% Joe Biden - Vice President
  • 1% Jerry Stiller - actor
  • 1% Joseph Biden
  • 1% Steve Kroft
  • 1% Ernie davis
  • 1% Betsey Johnson
  • 1% Carmelo anthony
  • 1% Joe Biden - Vice President of the United States
  • 0% William Safire - New York Times columnist
  • 0% Thom Filicia - interior designer
  • 0% Marv Albert - sportscaster
  • 0% Ted Koppel - newscaster

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 96 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 98 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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