Syracuse University

Syracuse University

New York, United States | Private

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Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, coeducational, research institution located in the heart of Central New York. It ranks #58 among Best National Universities by US News & World Reports. Designated as a Research 1 institution, Syracuse was awarded a total of $82.2 million in fiscal year 2020 for research, teaching, and other sponsored programs. Infused with a strong entrepreneurial culture, the University is home to over 30 research centers and institutes spanning disciplines from performance, design, fine arts, and humanities to information, health, and social sciences, and STEM fields. Its student population for 2020 represented all 50 U.S. states and 127 countries.




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$75 - $85

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Syracuse University is located in the heart of New York state, resting atop a hill overlooking the City of Syracuse. The sprawling campus is just a short walk, drive or bus ride away from downtown. The fifth-largest city in the state, Syracuse offers the cultural and business advantages of a midsize city surrounded by expanses of open space and wilderness. Syracuse is a regional hub for entertainment and is home to museums, art galleries, performance spaces and more. More than 170 parks and natural areas surround Syracuse. Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, ice skating, swimming, apple picking, rafting, biking, camping and horseback riding. Additionally, Syracuse is about a 5 hour drive or 1 hour direct flight from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, and Toronto.


Syracuse University students learn, study, and play among the 300 buildings on 900 acres that make up the campus. The University’s 144-year history is reflected in buildings across campus, with architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to modern. Fifteen buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Syracuse also has 4 libraries, featuring quiet study spaces, group meeting rooms, wireless access, 24/7 assistance, and 4.8 million items. Syracuse University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.).

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Most graduate students choose to live off-campus at Syracuse University, where housing is extremely affordable – most graduate students pay between $500-800 per month for housing. The University is bordered by both suburban and urban residential neighborhoods. Some students prefer city living and stay downtown, while others reside in apartments that are near or on campus. Graduate students most frequently choose to live in the Euclid and Westcott neighborhoods, as well as the Hawley-Green and Outer Comstock neighborhoods. Many of the neighborhoods are a 15 minute or less walk to campus, or there is a free bus shuttle that also transports students to campus.


The student-faculty ratio at Syracuse University is 15:1, and the school has 58.6% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Syracuse University has more full-time teachers than the average school, with 65.0% of instructors teaching full time. This use of adjuncts is low, below the national average of 51.4%, which is indicative of Syracuse University's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team. Many students, especially graduate students, are able to work directly with faculty on project such as research work during their time at Syracuse University.

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The Class of 2019 consists of graduates from undergraduate programs who were awarded degrees in July, August, December 2018 and May and June 2019. Here is an outcomes overview: 87% of placement survey respondents report they are employed full-time or part-time, interning, in the military, participating in a service or volunteer program, or attending graduate school. 90% of employed respondents report that their job relates to their career goals. Syracuse graduates have gone on to work at Bloomberg, Deloitte, General Electric, IBM, iHeartMedia, Inc., Lockheed Martin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, MLB Network, NBCUniversal, Teach for America, Walt Disney Company, Wayfair, Yelp, and more.

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