150 Years

Syracuse University Hall of Languages with 150 Years of Impact signifier and the title

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.

See a timeline of events in Syracuse University's 150 years of history.

Honor the Past

Love, War and a Glimpse of Heaven

At 103, a former POW reflected on “one big lifetime” filled with love, loss and gratitude. Donald R. Waful was not just one of Syracuse University’s oldest alumni, he was arguably our most loyal football fan.

Embrace the Present

Connective Corridor Makes Downtown More Accessible

The Connective Corridor strengthens the bond between the City of Syracuse and the University and has positively influenced downtown development. With a free shuttle and illuminated pedestrian and bicycle-friendly paths linking the campus with downtown, the Connective Corridor became one of the largest infrastructure projects built in New York in several decades.

Impact the Future

The Plant Kingdom’s Invaders

As the world grapples with climate change, invasive plant species will expand their reach, according to a Syracuse University scientist. For more than two decades, biology professor Jason Fridley has studied the ecology of plant communities, often focusing on the role of climate change.


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