Syracuse University has never been bound by convention or the status quo. What is at first audacious to the world is just right for us.
And that's always been our point of pride. Our founders created a place that embraces leaders of all kinds and emboldens them to get to the future first. As we stand at the forefront of what's next and look back, we're reminded to make the most of every moment then, now and always.
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A Historic Milestone
Since 1870, Syracuse University has upheld the idea that “brains and heart shall have a fair chance” at achieving a University degree. We were pioneers in recognizing women’s achievements, the academic validity of the fine arts, the emergence of information studies and the importance of educational opportunities that serve veterans. Our founding values are embedded in 150 years of educational innovation, expansion, discovery and change.
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Honor the Past
Though denied admission to the bar more than a century ago, William Herbert Johnson, the first African American graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Law in 1903, found ways to use his legal expertise to help others. Thanks to the dedication of those whose advocacy helped keep his story alive, he was admitted posthumously to the New York State Bar this year.
Embrace the Present
A curiosity about literature’s unrevealed backstories set Jon Clinch apart as a Syracuse University student in the 70s. In his latest novel “Marley,” the acclaimed novelist reimagines the life story of Jacob Marley from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Impact the Future
For four graduate students in the Syracuse University School of Architecture, a semester-long research collaboration offered a unique challenge: work with Corning Research & Development Corporation, one of the world's foremost innovators in materials science, to take an extraordinary glass material and design architectural applications for it.
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