Students who attend colleges in Syracuse may find the city's cost of living, including housing, quite affordable. Syracuse is famous for heavy snowfall; fortunately, the city is proficient at snow removal. Top attractions in Syracuse include Destiny USA, a massive shopping, dining and entertainment center; and barbecue restaurants, such as the iconic, original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Syracuse University is a major employer here, as is the health care industry.
New York State's Smart Scholars Early College High School program gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses, earning credits for both high school and college.
Onondaga Community College offers 40-plus degree and certificate programs. Students who plan to continue their education later at a four-year school can benefit from OCC's almost 50 transfer agreements. Also available are formal athletics, intramural sports and clubs, and residence halls for students.
There are two nursing colleges in Syracuse. Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital and St. Joseph's College of Nursing. Both allow students to practice in a realistic hospital setting, thanks in part to high-tech simulators.
The Syracuse campus of Bryant & Stratton College offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in hospitality management, office management, occupational therapy assistant and physical therapist assistant.
Syracuse University is a private research university with more than 30 research centers and institutes in the fields of performance, design, fine arts, and humanities to information, health, social sciences and STEM.
One of the other private colleges in Syracuse is Le Moyne College, a Jesuit-based institution. Popular degree programs include biology, nursing and psychology.
There are two specialized public universities in Syracuse. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ranks No. 2 on Princeton Review's list of "green colleges" and No. 4 on Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools" list. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University has four colleges — Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies (biomedical sciences)
Of the Syracuse colleges that offer advanced degree programs, Syracuse University has the most — over 200 — with business administration and law the most popular.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers dozens of graduate programs, all in environmental and biological science.
Upstate Medical University is part of an academic medical center and awards Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in a variety of biomedical research departments.
To see the full list of higher education institutions in the state, visit our New York colleges page.