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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.

Honor the Past

A Lesson in Courage, Creativity and Humility

Beloved music instructor, trombonist and volunteer firefighter William "Bill" Harris reflects on decades of commitment to his alma mater and the Syracuse community.

Embrace the Present

Esports Community Flourishes at the Barnes Center at The Arch

As the competitive gaming industry explodes worldwide, Syracuse University students enjoy the chance to relax and connect in a facility that welcomes gamers of every skill level.


Impact the Future

Designing Smart Grids with People in Mind

Doctoral candidate Ehsan Sabaghian is a big-picture thinker and passionate advocate of collaboration. He knows that when people bring diverse perspectives to work toward a common goal, they solve real-world problems.


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


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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.

Events Calendar

View a full list of 150th anniversary events.

Make an Impact

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