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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Usually a decent number of houses. Not always best quality

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: This place has a party going every day of the week

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Calios is the place to go

3 College Freshman

Administration: Had a friend suspended a whole semester for a candle

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food usually good and Shaw dining was on point.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Brand new rooms meant a nice living space.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is great. The best parties are usually on Euclid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is convenient,however, the prices can be a little expensive. There also aren't a lot of healthy options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is very strict when it comes to alcohol and drug use. On academics, if a student falls below a certain GPA he or she gets put on probation and if the student does not improve he or she gets kicked out of school. Syracuse University enforces the value of education.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid process went smoothly for me. After I completed the FAFSA and CSS Profile, I was alerted by Syracuse University to provide them with copies of my income tax returns and I received the awards I needed in order to attend the school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall options are good, but sometimes they can be repetitive. Especially on the weekends, there are a limited amount of options to choose from.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. Freshman year I lived in Shaw Hall and loved it. The renovations made my first year living in the dorms very comfortable and I felt at home. Its close proximity to all my classes is the number one reason why I loved living in Shaw and the food in the dining hall.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Syracuse is strict in aspects I would expect from any university. The only issue I have is with campus police and breaking up parties. They disproportionately break up parties held on South Campus held by black students, but parties held by white fraternities are permitted to extend without interference from campus police. It is common knowledge to everyone that underage drinking and sexual assault happens in those organizations, but their parties are allowed.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not get as much financial aid as I needed. I had to fill out confusing paper work, and they charge so many unnecessary fees. Also, to appeal their decision they expect you to go through an appeal process which is very inconvenient.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are better than I have seen at a lot of schools. That being said, after eating at the same place every single day for every single meal, it gets repetitive. Also, the quality was often inconsistent. Sometimes there would be great food, other days it was hardly edible. On top of that, a meal plan is so expensive!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Syracuse University is an interesting experience. Depending on the location of your dorm though, this experience varies. I was lucky enough to live in a dorm that was close to the academic buildings as well as the social scene on campus. Also, it was not a freshman only dorm which I think was better. We had more independence and I felt my floormates were more mature. Additionally, I got lucky when it came to room type and roommate. I like that our RAs planned a lot of events, because there was always free food or free something being handed out. Activities and day-to-day interactions really made this dorm feel like home.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: One of the nice things about Syracuse University are all the available off campus housing options. There are apartment complexes everywhere, and living in Syracuse is very affordable. There are many apartment complexes within walking distance, and even if the apartment is slightly further away, there are always bus lines running in and out of campus. Cons are that the apartments won't necessarily be as nice as on campus dorming, in terms of cleanliness, space, amenities, and there are some unsafe areas to live in around campus. Parking varies depending on the apartment complex, but there are lots to park in for a fee. I don't know if the University can help you find off campus apartments. But, there are many websites available to help students find the right housing.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off campus dining options around Syracuse University. Marshall street, which is located very close to campus, has many dining options ranging from Japanese, Korean, Thai, Sandwiches, Mexican, Pizza etc. There are also many downtown dining options, and many places that you can order delivery from. Restaurants that deliver will deliver directly to your dorm, and usually come within an hour, if not sooner, depending on weather conditions. My favorites are Chorong house, Dinosaur BBQ, Appethaizing, Komachi, Bleu Monkey, Chipotle, and more. The prices vary depending on the restaurant, but in general it ranges from a $4 breakfast at Brueggers to ~$20-30 at Cheesecake Factory.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Syracuse University is not a school that is going to provide full financial aid. However, while it doesn't give out the most financial aid, the University offers other options to help students pay for finances. There is a part-time college, monthly payment plans available, a small residency retirement, leniency in accepting transfer credits etc. So, while you won't receive a lot of financial aid from the school, they do attempt to help students out through other means and offer other grants and Scholarships. There are also many on campus jobs that students with work-study can apply for. Definitely go to the Financial Aid Office, apply to FAFSA early, and make sure to utilize the payment plans that they do have.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are many dining options available on campus that use either a meal plan or your SUID Food account. Of all the on campus dining halls, I've eaten in Ernie Davis, Sadler, and Graham. All of the dining halls have set food that are always available such as the salad bar, fruit bar, gluten free section, vegetarian options, hamburgers, bagels, pizza etc. The main food line's menu changes daily and typically serves chicken, pasta, pork, meatloaf, grilled cheese, vegetables, potatoes, etc on a set schedule. There will be days that are better than others in terms of options; however, overall, there are many dining options available and the quality of the food throughout the dining halls I've been in has been very good. If you don't have a meal plan, you can use your the money on your SUID food account to buy food at Kimmel dining hall, Schine, and all of the on campus cafes that are located in several academic buildings throughout main campus. It's very convenient if you don't have time to swing by a cafeteria on your way to class. The quality of the food in the cafe's are also good, though there isn't as much variety as the cafeteria and the menu doesn't change daily.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing options at Syracuse University are varied in pros and cons; however, in general, all are acceptable living places. Even the furthest dorm locations from main campus, such as BBB, Day, and Flint, have their own advantages. While Flint and Day are located on a hill and are somewhat isolated from Main Campus, they are all inclusive with private dining, a computer cluster, market, and small cafe available when the cafeteria is closed. A different dorm is renovated every year, and the cleanliness levels are good in even the oldest dorms such as Watson. The housing application process is easy and straightforward. I never worried about not getting a room and there are many off campus housing options available either through the school, such as South Campus or Syracuse University Apartments, or off campus apartment options. I lived in Flint my freshman year, and even though it was far from the other dorms, it wasn't an inconvenience, and it had its own advantages. Sophomore year I lived in Lawrinson and then I moved to Watson. Lawrinson was also somewhat removed, but the building itself was very new and the rooms were spacious, clean, and really nice. Watson is one of the older buildings on campus, and while it is rough on the inside, the cleanliness is acceptable. I lived in a four person suite, and, again, while this is an old building, the convenience of being right on campus, coupled with the prime location near the Ernie Davis Cafeteria, the Library, the Schine Student Center, and more, outweighed the cons of an older building. I've only had good experiences living on campus, and I think, overall, Syracuse University has a lot of good housing options with an acceptable price range.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are dinings halls all around the campus which makes food accessible but the food choices and quality aren't always the best and each meal is so expensive-- not worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are really convenient in that people clean the bathrooms and trash rooms, meals plans are associated with dorms so food is easily accessible if money is a problem, and the location is close to all of my academic buildings.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I've been to other gyms for club volleyball tournaments and they're amazing. Meanwhile, the volleyball gym for our VARSITY players is embarrassing.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Varsity pizza is classic! I'm going to miss it when I graduate. The variety on Marshall Street is awesome. There's food for pretty much every mood.

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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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