Founded in 1870, Syracuse University (SU) is a private, coeducational, urban institution located in the heart of Central New York.

It ranks among the top 60 universities in the United States, and hosts students from all 50 United States and 118 other countries.

Nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate and law students study within Syracuse’s 11 academic schools and colleges, where they choose from 200 majors and can participate in more than 300 clubs and organizations.

Syracuse is known primarily as a global research university, and an SU education is distinctive for blending a strong liberal arts core with applied and professional studies and for providing experiential learning via research and internship opportunities. Additionally, students can customize their learning experiences via Syracuse University centers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., as well as with highly-ranked study abroad programs in nearly 60 countries.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 52%
  • Average ACT score: 27
  • Average SAT score: 1780 (with writing included)
  • Test optional? Yes, for students attending school outside of the United States
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Architecture; Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Biology; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Languages; Linguistics; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Neuroscience; Nutrition; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Relations/Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion
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  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $82,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Softball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Ice Hockey; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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