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Facts, Figures and Rankings

With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and 150 years of history, Syracuse University is made for those who want a quintessential college experience.

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Under the leadership of Kent Syverud, our 12th Chancellor and President, Syracuse is recognized as a student-focused global research university renowned for its academic rigor, richly diverse learning experiences and spirit of discovery.

Find out more about:

  • Key Facts
  • Reputation
  • Research Profile
  • Syracuse People
  • Tuition and Financial Aid

Key Facts

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, coeducational research institution located in the heart of Central New York. Students can choose from more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs across the University's 13 academic units.

Founded 1870
Accreditation Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Color Orange
Mascot Otto the Orange
Motto Suos Cultores Scientia Coronat
Knowledge crowns those who seek her.

Is Syracuse University public or private?

Syracuse University is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. The University was incorporated  on March 24, 1870 and grew rapidly, establishing programs in architecture and fine arts that were among the nation’s earliest. By 1934, the University’s academic divisions had grown to comprise 13 schools and colleges . At the end of fiscal year 2019, the University’s endowment fund was valued at approximately $1.4 billion.

Where is Syracuse University located?

Our main campus  sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Syracuse, New York. Additional centers  are located in New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles, and study abroad programs  are available in 60 countries throughout the world, enabling students to gain a global perspective as they pursue their studies.

How does Syracuse support its commitment to veterans?

Our commitment to veteran and military-connected students dates back more than 100 years, garnering recognition by Military Times as the No. 1 private school and No. 5 school overall in its annual Best for Vets rankings. The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs supports veteran and military-connected students on campus. In spring 2020, the Daniel and Gayle D’Aniello building opened as home to the National Veterans Resource Center , a first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to serving the social, economic and wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and their families.


Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its professional programs, investment in research and innovation, and undeniable school spirit.

Latest Rankings

Ranked #58 among the Best National Universities by U.S News & WR, Syracuse offers many highly-ranked programs and co-curricular opportunities, including:

  • #1 Best College Newspaper, 2020 Princeton Review
  • #1 Public Management and Leadership, 2021 U.S. News & World Report
  • #2 Information Science, 2021 College Factual
  • #3 Entrepreneurial Studies, 2021 College Factual
  • #4 Best Human Development & Family Studies Colleges in the U.S., 2020 College Factual
  • #4 Entrepreneurial Studies, 2020 College Factual
  • #5 Architecture, 2020 DesignIntelligence
  • #5 Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Communications and Journalism, 2021 College Factual
  • #10 Study Abroad, 2021 U.S. News & World Report
  • #10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway in the 2018-19 Season, 2018 Playbill
  • #11 Social Work, 2020 College Factual
  • #13 Entrepreneurship, 2017 U.S. News & World Report
  • #16 Best School for Education Majors by Salary Potential, 2020 Payscale College Salary Report
  • #16 Top American Film Schools, 2020 The Hollywood Reporter
  • #17 Top Marketing Colleges in the U.S., 2020 College Factual Marketing Degree Buying Guide
  • #21 Top Music Schools, 2016 The Hollywood Reporter
  • #23 Best Schools for Art Majors by Salary Potential, 2017-18 Payscale College Salary Report
  • #23 Best Undergraduate Business School, 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek

Graduate Schools and Programs

  • #1 Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, 2021 U.S. News & World Report
  • #5 Information Systems, 2021 U.S. News & World Report
  • #6 Library and Information Studies, 2021 U.S. News & World Report
  • #7 Best Postgraduate Architecture Program in the U.S., 2019 Best Architecture Masters

Veterans and Military-Connected Students

  • #1 Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program for Veterans, 2018 College Factual
  • #1 Cybersecurity Program, 2018 Military Times
  • #5 Best Colleges for Veterans, 2020 Military Times
  • Gold-Tier Top 10 Military-Friendly School, 2021 Military Friendly® Schools

Research Profile

Centers and Institutes

Infused with a strong entrepreneurial culture, the University is home to over 40 research centers and institutes  spanning disciplines from performance, design, fine arts and humanities to information, health, social sciences and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

Sponsored Programs

Designated as a Research 1 institution, Syracuse University was awarded a total of $78.9 million in fiscal year 2021.

Library Holdings

Featuring quiet study spaces, group meeting rooms, wireless access, 24/7 assistance and 4.8 million items, Syracuse University Libraries support research and scholarship throughout campus and beyond.

Total items (excluding e-books) 4.8 million
All titles (excluding e-books) 3.9 million
Journal titles (print and electronic) 187,343
E-book titles 697,448

Syracuse People

Enrollment and Demographics

Syracuse University’s total enrollment for Fall 2020 was 21,322, including both full- and part-time students in undergraduate, graduate and law programs. This student population represented all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries. 

Total Students Male Female
Total Students
Total Students
Total Students
All University Total
Total Students

Fall 2020 Census

For further details on race, ethnicity, Pell status, and graduation rates, visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment .

Faculty and Staff

More than half of Syracuse University’s undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students, allowing for close mentoring and support from our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Tenured and tenure-track faculty 935
Non-tenure-track faculty 829
Student to Faculty Ratio 15-to-1
Staff 3,769


Syracuse University is a tight-knit and well-connected community eager to help students with internships and other learning opportunities, as well as job placement.

Degrees awarded 324,000+
Region of origin 50 U.S. states, 171 countries and territories

Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2020-21 academic year, 83% of Syracuse University undergraduate students received some form of financial support totaling more than $411 million , including assistance from institutional, federal, state and private sources. The single largest form of that financial aid was the more than $282 million awarded to students in the form of Syracuse University grants and scholarships.

Also of Interest

  • Research

    Research at Syracuse seeks to address pressing global needs, and strives to involve students at every opportunity.

  • History

    The history of Syracuse University may date back to 1870, but that doesn’t mean we’re caught in the past.

  • Campus Map

    Here you’ll find comprehensive campus maps to academic buildings, residence halls, parking, directions, and more.

  • Traditions

    Along with our 150-year history comes a number of beloved traditions that are passed down from student to student, year after year.