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3 College Freshman

Academics: The university has an inflated ego. The school is just okay

College Freshman

Academics: I haven't officially declared my major but there seems to be a lot of opportunities for it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Syracuse is known for it's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and the Whitman School of Management, but any degree from Syracuse holds its own when applying for a job after school. There are a wide array of majors and minors to choose from and you're sure to find the one that fits your interests. Professors are usually very knowledgeable and willing to help but courses can be pretty challenging after your general ed requirements. I easily do 2-3 hours of homework every night but the payoff is worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: A lot to do usually

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4 College Senior

Academics: very intelligent professors. curriculum and workload can be rigorous but useful. registration can be stressful.

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Syracuse is a university of choices. SU has over 200 majors in nine undergraduate colleges, so you're bound to find some that are agreeable. A few of SU's schools are world-renowned: the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, School of Management, and the School of Architecture are premiere programs that house some of the top professors in their specific field. Also, the School of Information Studies and Visual and Performing Arts hold high status, as well.

The faculty at SU is generally compliant with students' needs. All professors must hold office hours during the week, and most instructors conveniently hand out their home numbers, as well. If you make use of the availability of your professors, go to class, do your homework, and study for the big tests, and you should have no problem getting excellent grades. Most classes are interesting, but sometimes you'll get a class with those monotone, lengthy lectures and dread that two hours of rambling each week. Your consolation is that a decent number of professors post their lectures online and don't take attendance. There are the classes with somewhere around 15 to 20 people where you'll receive, more often than not, excellent teaching, and you'll come away with a whole new perspective. Either way, SU learning is quite a bit different-and better-than high school.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
981
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
572
Total FT Faculty
1,048
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$91,617
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
177
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students : 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students : 30%
  • 50 or More Students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Human Services and Health Professions
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Education
  • School of Information Studies
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Information Science/Studies: 2%
  • Public Administration: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Bird Library
  • Life Science Atrium
  • Panasci Lounge
  • Whitman Conference Rooms
Tips to Succeed
  • Go to class. Go to all of your classes as much as you can. It's okay to miss some days, but once you make a habit out of it, it's hard to break.
  • If you don't like your roommate, don't hang out with him or her. It won't affect your life too much if you don't let it.
  • Join a few clubs and organizations that interest you, but not every club and organization that interests you. If you find something that you enjoy, and there truly is something for everyone here, you should most certainly pursue it.
  • Meet as many people as you can the first month. No one knows anyone in the beginning of the year. It can be the most important time to gain the friends you will have for your freshman year, and maybe even the friends you will have for your entire college career.
  • Spend time in between classes to get work done so you have less to do at night or over the weekend. If you're a morning person, you might want to get some work done in the mornings before class starts.
  • Visit your professors during the semester. Make sure they know you. It will help. They make themselves available to you, and you have to take advantage of that.
  • Watch out for getting a cold in December when the real cold weather starts. Take Vitamin C supplements.
  • You should really take a few hours of each day to study. It won't affect your free time in the least bit, especially if you get the bulk of the studying done before 9 or 10 p.m.
Did You Know?
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Architecture are among the top colleges in the field in the country. The School of Management is in the top-40 schools by many rankings in their field. For graduate schools, the Maxwell School of Citizenship is the best school for International Relations and Public Policy in the country.
  • Syracuse offers a Technology Classroom Survey that allows students to share their ideas on improvement. To check it out, go to www.fcms.syr.edu/classrooms/room_survey.htm.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 19% Dick Clark - former TV/radio personality
  • 17% Bob Costas - sportscaster
  • 14% Vanessa Williams - singer/actress; first black Miss America
  • 12% Aaron Sorkin - TV producer, director, writer
  • 8% Taye Diggs - actor
  • 6% Jim Brown - former athlete; advocate
  • 6% Mike Tirico - sportscaster
  • 3% Carmelo anthony
  • 2% Jerry Stiller - actor
  • 2% Ernie Davis - First black Heisman trophy winner
  • 1% William Safire - New York Times columnist
  • 1% Joe Biden - Vice President
  • 1% Steve Kroft
  • 1% Ernie davis
  • 1% Betsey Johnson
  • 1% Joe Biden - Vice President of the United States
  • 1% Lou Reed- musician
  • 1% Marv Albert - sportscaster
  • 1% Ted Koppel - newscaster
  • 1% Joseph Biden

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 100 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 102 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 33 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 32 responses

  • 31% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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