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150 Years

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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.

An old vs. new comparison of renovations done to dining facilities in the Brewster, Bolland and Brockway dorms.

Honor the Past

Then and Now: Campus Buildings Evolve

Syracuse University's facilities plan advances innovation and accessibility to meet emerging demands and help shape the future of student life.

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Embrace the Present

Voices of Our National Pastime

From Boston to San Francisco and just about everywhere in between, Orange alumni are calling the plays in a hometown near you.

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Impact the Future

Faculty Connections Empower Biotechnology Major to Find Her Research Niche

When Amanda Luke volunteered to mentor new students and assist professors teaching a first-year seminar, she forged an unexpected faculty connection that sparked a rewarding experience in a biology research lab and inspired her career path.

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

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Campus Store

Show your support with apparel, gifts and more.

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

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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.

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Events Calendar

View a full list of 150th anniversary events.

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Make an Impact

Make your gift and help change lives for generations to come.