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Syracuse University Overview

Syracuse University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Syracuse University Known For?

4,114 Undergraduate Awards
$51,811 Avg Cost After Aid
47% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Syracuse is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Syracuse.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Syracuse makes roughly $62,100 a year. This is 52% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Syracuse student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Syracuse University Rankings

We have ranked Syracuse as #148 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 149 colleges in New York, it is ranked at #16.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Syracuse has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#165 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#174 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Syracuse.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Arts & Media Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Interior Architecture Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#65 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Syracuse has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Information Science College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#22 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#57 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Syracuse University?

Location of Syracuse University

Contact details for Syracuse are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-1870
Website: https://www.syracuse.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syracuseuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SyracuseU

How Do I Get Into Syracuse?

You can apply to Syracuse online at: https://www.syracuse.edu/admissions/apply/

Admission Requirements for Syracuse

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Syracuse?

47% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Syracuse University is 47%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 46%, and the acceptance rate for women is 47%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to Syracuse submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Syracuse University  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Syracuse University  ( 580 to 680 )
200
800
Syracuse received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Syracuse University  ( 25 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Syracuse University  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Syracuse University  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Syracuse University?

$51,811 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
3.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Syracuse is $51,811. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Syracuse, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $9,398 a year. That adds up to $37,592 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Syracuse is 3.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Syracuse University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,727 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,275 undergraduate students at Syracuse, with 14,727 being full-time and 548 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Syracuse

There are also 7,575 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,727 full-time undergraduates at Syracuse, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Syracuse

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Syracuse University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Syracuse Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 953
Black or African American 901
Hispanic or Latino 1,406
White 8,263
International Students 2,176
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,028

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Syracuse University. At this time, 45 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at Syracuse. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Syracuse University

2,279 Took All Classes Online
3,070 Took At Least One Class Online
54.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at Syracuse. In 2017-2018, 3,070 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Syracuse has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Syracuse

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Syracuse University was 54.0%. This is the #479 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Syracuse regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Syracuse majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 10%
Business Administration & Management 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Computer & Information Sciences 10%
Computer Information Systems 48%
Electrical Engineering 14%
Engineering 2%
Library & Information Science 61%
Library Science 61%
Management Information Systems 67%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 67%
Public Administration 13%
Public Administration & Social Service 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Syracuse ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Syracuse.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Computer & Information Sciences #1
Information Science #3
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #4
Library & Information Science #4
Library Science #4
General Social Sciences #5
Computer Systems Networking #12
Information Technology #14
Teacher Education Subject Specific #15
Social Sciences #16
Computer & Information Sciences #37
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #48
Liberal Arts General Studies #48
Education #81
Business Administration & Management #119
Business, Management & Marketing #154

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Syracuse University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 2 0 83 7 363 2 457
Information Science 0 0 220 0 189 4 413
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 221 0 165 0 386
Public Administration 0 0 62 56 179 3 300
Computer Information Systems 0 0 70 0 213 3 286
General Psychology 0 0 245 0 7 0 252
Economics 0 0 229 1 6 5 241
Journalism 0 0 135 0 73 0 208
Accounting 0 0 107 0 94 0 201
International Relations & National Security 0 0 95 25 76 0 196
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 152 0 32 0 184
Political Science & Government 0 0 170 0 6 6 182
Law 0 0 0 0 0 179 179
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 160 0 0 0 160
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 111 0 38 0 149
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 148 0 0 148
Health & Physical Education 0 0 140 0 0 0 140
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 73 0 58 7 138
Marketing 0 0 127 0 0 0 127
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 117 0 10 0 127
Social Work 0 0 40 0 78 0 118
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 102 0 12 3 117
General Biology 0 0 101 0 1 8 110
Computer Engineering 0 0 20 0 89 0 109
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 0 106 0 106
Public Health 0 0 67 10 11 0 88
Civil Engineering 0 0 51 0 19 4 74
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 62 0 10 0 72
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 43 0 27 0 70
Special Education 0 0 34 0 33 2 69
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 68 0 0 0 68
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 52 12 3 0 67
Electrical Engineering 0 0 16 0 42 8 66
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 37 0 28 0 65
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 63 0 63
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 15 2 39 5 61
Information Technology 0 0 0 44 14 0 58
Applied Mathematics 0 0 28 0 29 0 57
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 37 0 16 3 56
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 51 1 1 3 56
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 20 34 2 56
Sociology 0 0 46 0 6 4 56
Arts & Media Management 0 0 35 0 20 0 55
Chemistry 0 0 19 17 3 15 54
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 45 0 6 0 51
General English Literature 0 0 44 3 3 1 51
Writing Studies 0 0 33 0 13 3 49
History 0 0 40 0 4 3 47
Mathematics 0 0 26 0 19 1 46
Educational Administration 0 0 0 17 22 1 40
Chemical Engineering 0 0 28 0 8 4 40
Ethnic Studies 0 0 13 27 0 0 40
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 36 0 0 0 36
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 34 0 34
Physics 0 0 16 0 4 14 34
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 30 3 33
Music 0 0 21 0 12 0 33
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 32 0 0 0 32
Communication Sciences 0 0 15 0 3 11 29
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 28 0 0 0 28
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 24 0 0 3 27
Geography & Cartography 0 0 18 1 4 4 27
Nutrition Science 0 0 16 0 10 0 26
General Education 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
Romance Languages 0 0 18 0 6 0 24
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 12 0 11 0 23
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 2 20 0 22
Other Homeland Security 1 0 0 18 3 0 22
Interior Architecture 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Real Estate 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Environmental Engineering 0 0 12 0 9 0 21
Dispute Resolution 0 0 0 21 0 0 21
Anthropology 0 0 17 0 0 4 21
Human Services 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 14 6 20
Area Studies 0 0 8 6 5 0 19
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 1 13 4 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 6 0 6 6 18
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 17 0 17
Other Education 0 0 0 9 7 0 16
Philosophy 0 0 13 0 1 2 16
Religious Studies 0 0 3 2 4 6 15
Biotechnology 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 8 6 0 0 0 14
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Graphic Communications 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 4 6 0 10
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Statistics 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 6 3 9
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Student Counseling 0 0 0 2 3 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Management Information Systems 2 0 1 0 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Systems Theory 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Native American Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 8 4,101 481 2,572 351 7,518

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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