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5 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the chemical engineering program isn't as hard as you would think it would be. Many people feel like it must be so much harder to get into the school, and even though I do believe it is harder to get into the engineering school, it's not by any means impossible to get into. I got a 26 on my ACT and 1780 on my SAT, a 3.78 GPA with a decent amount of extracurricular activities on my resume from being a school ambassador to robotics club and physics club to chorus. However, I feel the essay portion of the application is what got me into Syracuse. My academic background from my high school really isn't that impressive, but I feel I wrote fantastic essays for the university, and I firmly believe they look at your letters and see what kind of person you are and will evaluate their decision if you are a borderline decision. Therefore, if you feel like you're a borderline student for the engineering school or any of the other schools in general, feel very confident in what you have accomplished thus far, and feel assured that there's a great chance you can get in the school as long as you show that you are very passionate in what you want to do in the future and work extremely hard to get whatever you need to get done.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: The chemical engineering department at Syracuse has been extremely enjoyable to be a part of because of the upside the program has and the encouragement by the faculty to pursuit and continue your personal goals you want to accomplish with a future degree in the program. The curriculum can make you feel very busy sometimes, but that is meant to help you make sure you have learned the material you need to learn in order to be a successful chemical engineer in the future.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't gotten an internship yet, but I know that it's very easy for you to find whatever you want or need to get as long as you reach out to the career services office to help you out.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I've met and seen millions of international students from all over the globe (mainly from China), and there are millions of ways international students can get involved and meet other international students around campus. In just the US, most of the students here are from the northeast or from California, but there are still a ton of people like me (from Alabama) that come from other places around the country.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Chemical engineering here at Syracuse isn't talked about as much as Newhouse or aerospace engineering here at Syracuse, but the department is very well known and very opportunistic for it's students for the future. There are many research opportunities that one can take advantage of here for the major, and there a variety of opportunities you can take advantage of for internships and jobs after you graduate as long as you talk to the career services office at the college. So far, the teachers and other classmates have been very friendly and enjoyable to be around, and I feel like I truly am learning something here.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am a chemical engineering student here at the university, and I must say the engineering school's academic quality is fantastic. I feel adequately challenged doing the work I need to get done in order to learn the material I need to know for my future profession. The classes and faculty I've had and met with so far have been really friendly and informative about the actual program, and even though the work can be hard sometimes, I still love my major and want to continue my dreams of either going into industry or going into patent law. I also minor in political science, and the faculty in the political science department has been extremely nice and informative to me too, and the political classes I've taken, like international relations, has been very interesting, and I highly recommend them.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The first thing I noticed about this campus when I came here was how absolutely gorgeous the campus was. All of the buildings look absolutely gorgeous walking around campus, and even though the classrooms generally aren't as pretty as the actual buildings, they're still very up-to-date and modern. Campus in the warmer weather looks very lively with all of the people out and about enjoying the beautiful weather in Quad or just anywhere on campus, and the campus even has a beautiful attraction during the winter because of how pretty the campus can look with all of the snow on the ground even though you'll eventually get kind of sick of the snow. All of the facilities on campus are very up-to-date, and there are plenty of study spots from the library to your own dorm to the actual buildings of your respective college building.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: In the actual city of Syracuse, there really isn't anything you can do other than go to bars, go to Destiny USA to shop, and eat some extremely good food. Downtown doesn't have many shopping options, but that's what Destiny USA is for, and all over the city there is some really good food of any type. The city just isn't that lively though, but that's kind of like most of the cities here in upstate and western New York.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love this school with all of my heart. I come from a little city called Mobile, Alabama, and I was kind of worried going into the university that I had to meet many new people from the ones I had grown up with and knew all of my life and were leaving to go to a school so much farther than those my friends went to. Despite these fears though, I came up to Syracuse, New York, and I have not doubted my decision coming here one single bit. I've met some of the greatest people I've ever met in my life up here, the school spirit for the sports teams are absolutely unreal, and the academic aspect of the university is also fantastic. The cold weather in the winter is completely different to my tropic weather I'm used to in an Alabama winter, but other than that this university has been perfect to me, and I would most definitely come here if I had a choice to go to any school a second time. This school has everything for any person, so there's no way you can feel left out whatsoever, and from campus clubs and activities to places to eat and drink to partying on a weekend night, you can do anything you please here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of the professors and TA's I've had thus far have been absolutely fantastic and have been some of the best teachers I've ever had! I'm a Chemical Engineering student, and so far all of the classes I've taken thus far have been very interesting and informative with the exception of a couple courses due to the professor. For example, professor Freeman for PHY 211 isn't exactly the best teacher I've ever had by any means, but other than that class, the courses I've taken have been very fun. The teachers have been very informative to me for any question I've ever had. The classes generally have been very large other than my chemical engineering specific courses, which are about 20-30 people, and there is such a great variety of courses you can take that you can feel like you can take anything you want. Also, there's usually no hassle in trying to get into whatever class you need to take.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The engineering school is ranked and is highly regarded in the northeast, and even though I'm only a freshman, I feel like I have such a variety of opportunities career wise that I can take advantage of and pursue. I don't feel I'll have any issue trying to get an internship to get the experience and want in my future field of work.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never personally dealt with the health services office, but I've heard they can mess up trying to help you. For example, one of my friends was told she had bronchitis and gave her medication to treat that, but she ended up having pneumonia and felt even worse from the medication. This doesn't happen very often whatsoever, but it does make you think. Safety can kind of be an issue here on campus if you walk in the bad parts around campus alone, but as long as you're smart and have someone else with you, there literally shouldn't be any issue concerning safety.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm personally not involved in Greek life as now right now, but the Greek Life here at Syracuse is such a huge part of the university. You can literally walk anywhere, and you'll see millions of chapter letters as you walk along in the quad or by the houses. They do tend to be a little cliquey, but I have many friends that are a part of a fraternity or sorority, and they're still very friendly to me.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Orange sports teams are always the most popular thing on campus! Our football team is just average, but they're still extremely fun to go to, and all of the basketball games are extremely fun to go to even if the Orange lose. All of our sports teams do extremely well in their respective sports, and going to any of them is never a waste of your time. In fact, it's a waste of your time most of the time to not go to the games!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great food options for literally just about any kind of food you can think of. The same can be said about the late-night options, and the food will arrive at your dorm really fast.. The most popular options are Insomnia Cookies, Sliders, Chipotle, and Calios. There are also many fantastic restaurants like Dinos BBQ and Kitty Hoynes that are always fantastic whenever you go!

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Despite DPS calming down the parties, the party scene here at Syracuse is still awesome! There's literally anything out there for you to have fun at night from house parties to some frats to the bars on Marshall and downtown. Even if there aren't any parties going on at night, there's always someone in the dorm that you can party with.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is generally very lenient about just about everything while living in your dorms. You just can't raise too much hell or else the RA's will tell you to stop and will write you up if necessary. The RA's are strict enough though and don't let things get too out of hand. Regarding leniency towards partying, however, the university has become more strict due to the ranking of the university as #1 party school. Early on the year, parties were being shut down very early on, and that still usually is the case. The fraternities don't have many open parties for Non-Greek students, but house parties off campus usually don't get stopped that early.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The university was so easy for me to deal with when getting my financial aid to come to the school! The school was also extremely generous to my family and me for the amount that the school gave me, which surprised and pleased me! The office for financial aid is always available and can answer any question you have fast.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: On campus food can be really really good on occasion! The best options are probably Shaw and Ernie Davis dining halls, and I've heard Sadler is really good! There are many other options for food and coffee, such as Shine and Goldstein student centers, that have food places like Sbarro, Dunkin Donuts, and Burger King that you can use your dining dollars from your meal plan. Other popular places around campus are Bird Library cafe for coffee and other sandwiches and Slocum cafe for sandwiches. Marshall Street also has many options for people, like Insomnia Cookies (excellent) and Calios (also excellent), and plenty of other Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks in the area. Many of these places also deliver to the dorms for late-night dining!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Shaw Hall, and the renovations on the 3rd and 4th floors (the other floors are going to renovated soon too I heard) make the hall very enjoyable to live in. The showers are constantly cleaned and actually look nice compared to all of the other bathrooms I've seen in the other halls. All of Shaw Hall is very nice and clean, and the majority of the other halls also are pretty clean themselves. Living in the campus housing is very enjoyable and fun, and I've met some really great people in the dorms!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live on South Campus or any of the houses off campus, but walking by them some of them look a little sketchy and run down. There have been multiple safety issues that have occurred off campus too, like burglary and some minor physical conflicts.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the housing is run down near Euclid. Also, the properties are expensive. I am having difficulty finding an apartment that is decent inside and has a good price. Most of the bedrooms to rent out in a 6 bd house start around $500. One bedrooms start around $700

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Need more student discounts but the selection is good. More organic/vegan options should be available. Lots of fatty, oily, and greasy foods available especially late at night.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We always have lots of fun when students get together and share mutual interests.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Since Syracuse has been rated number one party school in America, Campus strictness has increased.

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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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