Syracuse, NY
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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.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The are great environments for learning and study.

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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3 College Senior

Facilities: Gyms: Archbold/Flanagan - They're alright, if you need to workout it's there, but not necessarily a pretty site

Ernie Davis Gym - Small, but nice. There is lifting and machines but no courts or anything. Lots of the Greek community goes here

CPU labs: All have Windows 7, there are a few Mac labs, and Whitman labs have Windows 8 touch CPUs. Some schools on campus are better than others with availability, but you can guarantee Office, the Adobe Suite, and a few other ditties on there so you can do your work.

Student center: Schine - It's eh. Nothing fancy about it. The bookstore and an auditorium is there, but it's just typical.

Libraries: Bird Library - You can definitely get some work done in there, 6 floors (quieter as you go up). Facility itself isn't beautiful, but is definitely useful if you want to get some work done.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The city itself sets it apart. The history is intriguing and if you learn more about it you learn to appreciate it more


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 129th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 142nd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 321st
    Best Student Centers
  • 723rd
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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If you were to go on a tour of SU, the tour guides would deliberately highlight certain facilities on campus and avoid others. They'd show you every nook and cranny of the Schine Student Center, while merely breezing by Archbold Gymnasium. Schine has a lot to offer: the food court is impressive, the bookstore is great for picking up class materials, and there is a box office for buying tickets to any lectures, concerts, or other shows that pass through the SU campus. Also in Schine is the Panasci Lounge on the second floor-perfect for relaxing, sleeping, studying, or just watching the beautiful scenery of SU during a snowfall. Also in the student center is a coffee lounge, a large auditorium where concerts are held, and a computer lab. The buildings on the campus, especially the older ones, can be breathtaking in their architecture. The Crouse building looks like a castle, and the Hall of Languages is a beautiful piece of history. The buildings of SU epitomize how a college campus should look.

Archbold Gymnasium is quite a bit less appealing for the average student. Although the pool is notable in its size, the actual exercise area is small and located on a converted basketball court. There is a wide selection of treadmills and elliptical machines, but the free weights are sprawled about the gym and the circuit-type machines are all typically being used. A one-hour workout can turn into a two-hour affair simply because of the lack of equipment and organization.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
200 acres
Student Centers
  • Goldstein Student Center
  • Schine Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Architecture Reading Room
  • Barclay Law Library
  • Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive
  • E.S. Bird Library
  • Geology Library
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
  • Mathematics Library
  • Science and Technology Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Archbold Gym
  • Bird Library First Floor
  • Eggers Café in Eggers Hall
  • Life Science Atrium
  • Panasci Lounge in Schine Student Center
  • The Quad (middle of campus)
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Pages
  • Slocum Café
  • The Warehouse Café
Movie Theater on Campus
None, although on weekends there are movies played in Watson Theater and Huntington-Beard Crouse Lecture Hall.
School Slang
  • Campus D: Campus Delivery, the University-run delivery service. They charge your meal to your Supercard and deliver to dorms.
  • The DO: The Daily Orange is the student-run campus newspaper. It is the most widely read college newspaper in the country.
  • The Dome: The Dome is what SU students call the Carrier Dome, the place where SU's men's basketball, men's lacrosse, and football teams play home games.
  • The Dot: This is the nickname for food.com, the dining area located in the Newhouse School.
  • Frat Row: This is the name for the portion of Comstock Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Dellplain Hall. Many parties, especially ones attended by freshmen, are in this area.
  • The Ghetto: This generally refers to the communities directly surrounding the SU campus. More specifically, the area around the Brewster/Boland dorms and beyond Comstock Avenue.
  • K-Rads: This is the nickname for Konrad's, one of the better-known bars near the SU campus. Before it closed, it was a favorite hang out for many SU students.
  • The Mount: This term is a shortened version of Mount Olympus Drive. The Mount is the street where two dorms, Day and Flint Halls, are located. It is situated on the top of a big hill, and it is generally known for housing some of SU's richer freshmen.
  • M-Street: M-Street is a shortened term coined for Marshall Street. M-Street is the place where many bars and restaurants that are directly next to campus can be found.
  • OCC: These are the initials of Onondaga Community College, which is the community college located in Syracuse.
  • The Quad: This is the area in the middle of the SU campus. It is a grassy, park-like place (when it isn't covered with snow) where students go to relax, play Frisbee, and hang out.
  • Red Shirts: This is a friendly nickname for people who work for Residential Security (RSAs). These individuals sit at the entrance to all dorms on campus checking ID cards from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day. They can be identified by their red shirts, hence the name.
  • South: A shortened term for South Campus, this is the area of Syracuse that is south of the main campus, and it houses many students in apartment-like dorms.
  • The Toilet Bowl: This is a nickname for Haven Hall. It acquired this name because of its striking resemblance to the bathroom fixture.
  • Townie: This term refers to a local resident of Syracuse. It can often be seen and used as a negative term.
  • 44: The number 44 has been worn by nine football players, three of which have earned All-American honors (Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Floyd Little). The number was also worn by both Derrick Coleman and John Wallace, two of the greatest basketball stars in SU history. For this reason, the number 44 has come to encompass all that is successful with both SU sports and Syracuse University in general. As you might have noticed, all numbers having to do with SU were changed to begin with 44, and the zip code was changed to 13244. It is somewhat of a lucky, if not legendary, number for students and faculty alike at SU.
  • Block Party: This is a weekend event in April that brings a top musical talent to SU, as well as sometimes having carnival-type rides. The Block Party has been diminishing in recent years.
  • The Color Orange: The color orange was adopted by Syracuse University in 1890, making it the only college in the country at the time with one official color. Although orange might not be the color of choice for some of the SU students today, it certainly beats the color scheme it replaced: pea green and rose pink.
  • Crouse Chimes: The chimes on top of Crouse College building were installed in 1889 and renovated in 1981. Now, the chimes can be heard twice a day, and sometimes more on special occasions.
  • Otto the Orange: The issue of this school mascot is one deeply-rooted in history. The first mascot of SU was the Saltine Warrior, which remained as such until 1978 when Native Americans complained it was disrespectful to their culture. After the Saltine Warrior was abandoned, SU began a lengthy search for a new mascot. Their first selection was a Roman warrior-type character that year who was dismissed after the first football game that SU lost. After that, SU proposed ideas ranging from a troll to a "Beast from the East" monster and even an abominable snowman. Eventually, they decided on the Orangemen, but in 1995 the administration proposed changing it to a wolf. This decision was met with disdain from the student body, so in 1997 it was made official that the team was the Orange, and Otto the Orange would remain the University's mascot.
Urban Legends
  • In 1931, the Orange Peel, the SU newspaper at the time, published a story about the unearthing of the skeleton of a famous Indian Chief and his valuable artifacts on the SU campus. The story was later deemed a hoax, but the Saltine Warrior, as he was known, remained the Syracuse University mascot until 1978. Now there is a statue of the Saltine Warrior in front of Carnegie Library.
  • Students, since freshman year, have mused over the fact that there may be underground tunnels connecting many buildings on the SU campus. This would be great, not to mention extremely convenient, considering the weather in Syracuse. However, the only confirmed connecting tunnels are between Day and Flint Halls, Lawrinson and Sadler Halls, and Brewster and Boland Halls. No tunnels have been found to interconnect between all of the halls.
  • There is an old stone bench next to the Hall of Languages built in 1912. Legend has it that if a couple kisses on the bench, they will eventually marry.
Favorite Things To Do
Eat and dance at Funk N' Waffles(located on Marshall Street), attend athletic games (football, basketball or lacrosse), lounge on the Quad. Generally during the week, students are busy with work, homework, and attending class. However, during certain times throughout the year, there are campus-wide lectures that students may attend, concerts in the Shine Underground, basketball games during the spring semester, football games in the fall, and playing sports on the Quad at the end of the year. Most students also find Marshall Street quite convenient and a hip place to go for food and shopping. Although, it is not really apart of the University, it does sit within the University boundaries.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This represents a sample of each type of student organization. For a full list, you can visit the Web site or call (315) 443-2718.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 103 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 13 responses

  • 29% Block Party
  • 21% Otto the Orange
  • 18% Mayfest
  • 14% The Color Orange
  • 7% 44
  • 4% Rock the Dome
  • 4% Setnor Concerts and Movies
  • 4% Basketball games
  • 0% Crouse Chimes

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 31% Orange After Dark Events
  • 25% Study
  • 12% Gym
  • 12% Party
  • 6% Greek Life
  • 6% Ice Skating
  • 6% Bible study

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 28% The Quad (middle of campus)
  • 20% Bird Library First Floor
  • 16% Panasci Lounge in Schine Student Center
  • 16% Dorm room with friends
  • 8% Life Science Atrium
  • 8% Archbold Gym
  • 4% Eggers Café in Eggers Hall

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Dining hall
  • 36% Office Job
  • 9% SU Literacy Corps
  • 9% IT services
  • 9% Library

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 121 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 22% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 33% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 106 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Kissing bench
  • 22% Saltine warrior

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% Dining Hall


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