Syracuse University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Syracuse, NY
Website
syr.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
14,169
Part-Time Undergrads
629
Setting
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
$36,300
Out-of-State Tuition
$36,300
Room & Board
$13,692
Acceptance Rate
51 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1570–1900
Average ACT Scores
23–28

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Midnights on Marshall Street
  • Kimmel Food Court at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night
  • SU's nine prestigious undergrad colleges
  • The national championship-winning basketball team

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Windy afternoons on Marshall Street
  • Dining hall food
  • Teaching assistants who barely speak English, and part-time professors who don't like their jobs
  • The very average football team

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Syracuse Student Reviews

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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.

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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