Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University, or SU, is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. It was founded as a university in the year 1870. The campus is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, on one of the larger hills. The university is organized into 13 academic divisions offering nationally recognized programs in communications, public administration, and engineering.

Syracuse University's athletic department offers various athletic teams which participate in more than 15 intercollegiate sports. The sports teams are nicknamed the Oranges. Their official mascot is Otto the Orange. SU is a member of the Big East Conference for all NCAA Division I athletics and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

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Syracuse University
Syracuse , NY 13244-1100
General Phone: (315) 443-1870

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Syracuse University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts991African studies, American studies, Latin American studies, South Asian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, ...
Media575communication studies, mass communication, journalism, radio and television, advertising, public relations and advertising, communication and journalism, radio and TV tech
Business and Management543business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, sales and marketing, business and related services
Family and Social Work523food and nutrition, foodservice management, family studies, public administration, social work, social service professions
Computer Science and Engineering389computer and info science, information science, computer networking, computer services management, computer support, computer engineering
Education and Teaching352curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of speech impaired, early childhood special ed, special education, school counseling, ...
Engineering334aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, ...
Photography and Commercial Art257commercial art, cinematography, photography
Law231law, legal professions
Therapy and Counseling218psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology, social psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy
Science197biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Architecture and Planning115architecture, interior architecture
Drama and Performing Arts76drama, various performing arts
Fine Arts66fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy50exercise science
Religion and Philosophy42philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Music40music, music performance, music theory and composition
Mathematics32mathematics, statistics
Transportation31transportation and materials moving
Medical Support and Technology27audiology and speech pathology
Security and Law Enforcement21criminal justice and administration
Medical Administration19health care facilities management
Medicine5neuroscience, health professions
Nursing and Emergency Medicine5registered nursing, various nursing
Construction Trades1apparel and textiles

Number of programs and degrees for Syracuse University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,88692
Master's degree1,64883
Postbaccalaureate certificate1629
Doctor's degree16339
Post-master's certificate388
Award of less than 1 academic year93
First-professional degree2271
Associate's degree71

Syracuse University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Syracuse University had a total enrollment of 19,084 students (16,670 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 42%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 37%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 30%
20-21 30%
22-24 14%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York41%
New Jersey11%
(International Students)4%
New Hampshire1%
Puerto Rico1%
Rhode Island1%

Syracuse University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %
Part-Time 58 %

Syracuse University Room and Board (2007)

Syracuse University offers campus housing for 7,944 of its 16,670 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Syracuse, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Syracuse University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520620
SAT Math550650
SAT Writing530630
ACT Verbal2329
ACT Math2329
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Syracuse University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,440
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,440
Room and board $ 11,656
Room charge $ 6,112
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,544
Books and supplies $ 1,268
Other expenses $ 1,456

Financial Aid:
Syracuse University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 288200)

Syracuse University Faculty

Syracuse University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track124104
Non-tenured and not on tenure track8959

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$184,1990*
Associate professorcalendar year4$91,5010*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*2*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year14$120,5254$78,735

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year245$112,52880$106,400
Associate professoracademic year178$84,138115$79,414
Assistant professoracademic year151$70,957122$66,930
Instructoracademic year11$58,22810$41,513
Lectureracademic year3$55,1676$53,821
No academic rankacademic year4$74,1104$87,263
All faculty totalacademic year592$91,829337$79,813

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Syracuse University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big East Conference
Basketball Big East Conference
Track Big East Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports65128193

Syracuse University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Interior Architecture

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Information Science/Studies

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Speech or Language Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Operations Research

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science, Other
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
South Asian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Radio and Television
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology

Transportation and Materials Moving, Other

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