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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.


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.

The Syracuse University 1901 Track Team photo. Click to read story

Honor the Past

The Original Orange Olympic Champ

In the 1900s, Myer Prinstein leaped to international acclaim in track and field and grabbed four gold medals along the way.

Three medical professionals wearing face masks and protective clothing holding food and beverages. Click to read story

Embrace the Present

Delivering Relief to COVID-19 Frontline Heroes

Syracuse University alumnus Kieran Pickering co-leads Founders Give, a new charity providing food, beverages and consumer supplies to New York City hospital workers.

Image of a quantum computer. Click to read story

Impact the Future

Introducing Quantum Information Science: From Bits to Qubits

Syracuse University's Quantum Information Science research cluster aims to harness the potential of quantum computers. But what is quantum information?

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Dive into the University's history and rediscover the legacy of impact.

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Show your support with apparel, gifts and more.

Orange Central Reunion Homecoming Football Game Otto


See a game and take part in our proud athletic tradition.

Forever Orange book cover

SU Press

Purchase Forever Orange, a new book celebrating Syracuse University's 150-year history. Take advantage of special pricing through Oct. 31 with code ORANGE150.

Orange Central Reunion Homecoming Marching Band and Marching Band Alumni Group Photo

Events Calendar

View a full list of 150th anniversary events.

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