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Reviews 2938 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Keeping in mind that these are college dorms, the Syracuse dorms aren't that bad overall. I lived in BBB, which is in a fairly bad state building-wise: old and dirty carpets, grey and dull exteriors and nasty bathrooms.

The biggest problem with BBB was the location. It is at the edge of campus, near a bad neighborhood; it has a highway nearby (you can enjoy the sound of it all the time); the nearby veterans' hospital may disturb you with ambulance sirens from time to time; the heating often will not be turned on.

BBB, however, has its own quiet little dining hall, one of the most enjoyable ones on campus. It has a gym in the basement of the building, as well as a late-night café.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I personally dislike the self-important attitude most Greeks have, but I would personally join a fraternity for the experience. As a guy, I find it very hard to enjoy most of the party scene because I am not in a fraternity.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have an amazing school spirit! Even though football and men's basketball are the most focused upon sports, club sports and other varsity sports have a good base at Syracuse.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is overall great. Whitman and Newhouse undervalue students coming from other colleges, often forcing them to feel undervalued.

Many professors rely heavily on their TAs, quite often leaving them to grade all of the papers: this leads many students to struggle and attempt to adapt to their teaching styles, even when it's different from that of the professors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, the courses and professors at this school are wonderful. For the most part, I have enjoyed almost every single class I have taken and haven't had any problems with professors being unreasonable. It's clear that the professors themselves are very passionate about their fields which is great for us as students. Although the work load can sometimes be excessive, it's all very beneficial to us as students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think that SU has a wonderful network of alumni and job opportunities for their current students. I also think that career services does the best job that they can with helping with employment and internships.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: When I think about safety on this campus, I automatically think of all of the crime alerts I have gotten from DPS on my email. The number is astounding. Although the campus is safe for the most part, the city is not. And the amount of townies that are able to access the campus, especially at night, has resulted in a mass amount of robberies and assaults. I appreciate what DPS does, but I honestly do believe that more can be done to keep the campus secure and keep townies away from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Both my freshman and sophomore year, I lived in Campus Housing. Freshman year I lived in Brockway Hall and Sophomore Year I lived on South Campus. In both settings overall, everything was provided to us as residents in regards to furniture and amenities. In the residence hall, we got great rooms along with a dining hall, study spaces, lounge spaces along with a laundry room and music room. On South Campus, we had an apartment which consisted of two bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and a kitchen. However the laundry room was located in Goldstein Student Center, which was a bit of a hassle, lugging our laundry all the way from our apartments to the student center.

Aside from the actual amenities, overall the environment was open and clean, we luckily did not have any hygiene related problems. However, honestly speaking, for the astounding amount we have to pay for housing, it isn't anything that great and certainly not worth our money.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life. I am not a part of Greek life, but I have never felt any sort of negative feelings or stereotypes that come from that. Non greeks view Greeks as a part of campus, just a different part. We're still allowed to most of their parties and we are all able to mingle together without it being uncomfortable. Fraternity row is actually where most students go for their weekend parties, so I would say that Non Greeks and Greeks get along pretty well on our campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: SU has a lot of pride for all of their athletic teams, whether it is football, lacrosse, softball, track, etc. Some sports we have exceptional teams for, and others are not too bad. Regardless of that, we have a very spirited school.

I think SU's basketball team is incredibly renounced all over the country. And for that, SU has a lot of pride, and investment. Our athletic facilities are some of the most modern and advanced buildings we have on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Syracuse University certainly has a very diverse campus, whether it's the students, faculty or even opportunities. With it's location and size, it's a very friendly and homely campus with a great sense of pride and sense of belonging, especially when all of us are engulfed in the crazy winter weather.

Although overall, the university is wonderful with many great courses, professors and opportunities, I don't believe that they are always very understanding with their students. Transferring between colleges within the university is sometimes next to impossible and even receiving financial aid for certain students is very difficult. Although I love the school, I believe they could be more fair with their students who need more understanding and aid.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus itself is pretty safe, but I don't go out alone walking past eight or nine. The surrounding area is horrible and there are a lot of random people on campus at night, but the blue light system is all around campus and DPS does frequent rounds.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If I could do it all over, I would chose this school again. I love the amount of spirit everyone has and how much pride they take both in the school and their work.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's a lot of hazing in the houses on my campus so a lot of people are kind of put off by the idea. You do not have to be in Greek life in order to have a place on campus. Most people see Greeks as party people, but that really isn't the case. I am not involved in it, but my roommate is and we do a lot together. It doesn't affect friendships whether you are involved or not.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school has a ton of school spirit. Everyone shows up to the games or if they can't make it, they are always rapping orange all day. The gyms are new and filled with advanced equipment.

3 College Junior

Academics: Registration process is simple, most professors are good (just not in the math field), workload can be dangerously stressful at times

4 College Junior

Diversity: Good diversity, haven't seen anyone treated different for their diversity or uniqueness.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't know enough about it, I try to avoid the scene as much as possible.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes are okay, class styles vary between just lecturing and powerpoint slides - I like both.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: If looking in all the right places and with good connection, finding jobs and internships are easy. Without the right connections, may be nearly impossible.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The administrators advertise a helpful support system for sexual assault victims and they will listen... but for the most part, no action is done towards the assailant, only a number of cases have resulted in justice.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live off campus but from the few times I went to visit friends, it seemed okay.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: The greek life image at Syracuse is somewhat negative. Both Fraternities and Sororities often times discriminate and seem to be superior to the non-greeks.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit and fan support is undeniably present.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Math professors at Syracuse aren't the best. I've only had one math professor who truly cared and was passionate about Math and inspired students. Other Math professors don't seem enthusiastic and don't seem to care much about student success. Professors outside of the math department seem much more enthusiastic and passionate, history, philosophy, anthropology - just to name a few - are classes that I've taken with professors who were truly passionate and their passion showed.


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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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