Syracuse University

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs

Syracuse Challenge

The Syracuse Challenge is a program co-developed by the Syracuse City School District and Syracuse University. A student enters into an agreement with the school district in the 8th grade and agrees to earn a NY State Regents Diploma with advanced designation, maintain an 85% average for each year in high school, and achieve an SAT combined score of at least 1100 (critical reasoning and math) or ACT composite score of at least 23. Students who successfully meet the criteria are guaranteed admission into The College of Arts and Sciences (but may be admitted into other colleges if qualified) and are guaranteed an individualized financial package based on family financial circumstances, to ensure that enrollment at Syracuse University is affordable.