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Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY

Learn what degree and certificate programs Syracuse University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University (SU), located in Syracuse, NY, was founded in 1870. It began as a private academic institution offering programs in modern languages and physical sciences. In 1874, the university was the first in the U.S. to award a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2012, SU was named the 62nd best national university by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition to the Syracuse campus, SU has campuses in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. The university also offers study abroad programs in over 30 countries.


SU incorporates 12 traditional undergraduate and graduate schools and colleges, as well as the University College for part-time students, and the Summer at Syracuse program. While most courses of study are on campus, SU does offer online courses through the University College.

Students at SU may earn degrees or certificates in a diverse range of fields, including architecture, management, arts and sciences, education, law, engineering and computer science, information studies, communications, and the performing arts.


Students interested in attending SU can apply using the Common Application and the Syracuse University supplement, both of which are found on the university's website. The application fee is $70, and the university strongly encourages all applicants to apply online.

The Common Application requires that an applicant provide personal information, academic information, a list of work experience and extracurricular activities, two teacher evaluations, and a transcript submitted by a school counselor. Applicants must also ensure that standardized test scores are submitted by the testing agency. The supplemental portion requests that applicants indicate which college they are applying to and provide information about their reasons for wanting to attend SU. Some SU schools and colleges may have additional admissions requirements and fees for certain degree programs.

For the fall 2011 semester, SU received nearly 26,000 applications for undergraduate admission. Of those who applied, 49% were admitted, while 27% of those admitted actually enrolled (approximately 3,425 students). The undergraduate student population at SU is 56% female and 44% male, with 95% attending classes full-time. The majority of undergraduates (55%) are out-of-state students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The estimated cost to attend SU for an undergraduate resident living on campus is $52,696 for the 2012-2013 academic year, including fees, housing, and meals. Books and class supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses increase the total yearly cost to around $55,600. Graduate students enrolled in nine credit hours each semester can expect to spend approximately $41,314 per year on tuition, housing, meals, books and supplies, personal expenses, transportation, loan fees, and required medical insurance.

In 2011, SU awarded over $193 million in scholarships and grants. Roughly 76% of the university's students receive financial assistance from state, federal, institutional, or private sources. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs can assist students with their options.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Midsized city**
Student Body Roughly 14,670 undergraduate and 6,160 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 21 residence halls, including four solely for freshman; university apartment complexes for upperclassmen*
Schools and Programs 12 traditional colleges and schools; University College for part-time students; Summer at Syracuse program; over 200 undergraduate majors and over 200 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011
Certificate: Public administration & social services (76)
Associate's: Liberal arts & sciences (7)
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, and related (505)
Master's: Business, management, marketing, and related (229)
PhD: Law (191)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 73% in four years
83% in six years
85% in eight years**
Admission Rate 49% of applicants in 2011**
Entering Class Size Roughly 3,425 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 92% (full-time students)
69% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1610-1870 for the middle 50% of students entering in 2010*
Application Due Date January 1st, 2013 for regular decision, November 15th, 2012 for early decision*
Decision Notification Date May 1st, 2013 for regular decision, December 30th, 2012 for spring term early decision, February 15th, 2013 for fall term early decision
Tuition $37,610 per year for undergraduate students and $22,482 per year for graduate students (estimated cost for 2012-2013, excluding fees)
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (26%), Pell grants (25%), other federal grants (23%), state and local grants/scholarships (22%), institutional grants/scholarships (71%), federal student loans (60%), other student loans (6%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 76% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Syracuse University **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Syracuse University, 900 South Crouse Ave, 100 Crouse-Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-5040
  • Phone: (315) 443-3611
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