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Syracuse, NY
Undergrads
14,169
Tuition
$36,300
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: My major is quite small so I get to know people in it better.

4 College Freshman

Academics: You can have a "Harvard" education here, I was told by a professor once. "You just have to be the one to want it."

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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are one of the main reasons I chose Syracuse. I have yet to have a bad professor. The work load varies depending on what classes you take, but all the entry level courses are fairly easy. Registering for classes can be stressful but there are ways to get around closed closed classes. I had a TA for my Sociology 101 class help me get into a closed section for Sociology 102 for example. If you are animated about learning their subject, some professors are willing to let it slide. I typically study in my room but the library is also a great quite place to get work done.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: lots of work but a great program

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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 17 responses

  • 20% Dick Clark - former TV/radio personality
  • 20% Bob Costas - sportscaster
  • 18% Vanessa Williams - singer/actress; first black Miss America
  • 10% Aaron Sorkin - TV producer, director, writer
  • 10% Taye Diggs - actor
  • 6% Jim Brown - former athlete; advocate
  • 6% Mike Tirico - sportscaster
  • 2% Jerry Stiller - actor
  • 2% Joe Biden - Vice President
  • 2% Joseph Biden
  • 2% Steve Kroft
  • 2% Ernie davis
  • 2% Betsey Johnson
  • 0% William Safire - New York Times columnist
  • 0% Thom Filicia - interior designer
  • 0% Marv Albert - sportscaster
  • 0% Ted Koppel - newscaster

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 96 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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