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Facts, Figures and Rankings

Syracuse University is a student-focused R1 research university fueled by 150+ years of tradition, academic distinction and a spirit of discovery.

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With a global footprint and a beautiful campus in the heart of New York state, our Orange community embraces innovation and cultivates a sense of belonging for all.

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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 2020, the University’s endowment fund was valued at approximately $1.35 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 University support its commitment to veterans?

Our commitment to veteran and military-connected students dates back more than 100 years, and we are consistently top-ranked in the Best Private Colleges for Veterans list. We are 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. Our Office of Veteran and Military Affairs supports veteran and military-connected students on campus, and the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families empowers service members, veterans and their families through research and innovative programs.

Reputation and Rankings

Syracuse is a university of national stature and international opportunity, known for its investment in research and innovation, its professional programs and its undeniable school spirit. Ranked #62 among the Best National Universities and #42 for Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S News & World Report, Syracuse University offers many highly ranked programs and co-curricular opportunities:

  • #1 Best Public Affairs School, 2023 U.S. News & World Report
  • #1 Best Photojournalism Schools, 2022 College Factual
  • #2 Information Technology Management, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #2 Best Broadcast Journalism, 2022 College Factual
  • #2 Best Elementary Special Education, 2022 College Factual
  • #3 Best Music Management, 2022 College Factual
  • #4 Best Fashion Design, 2022 College Factual
  • #4 Digital Librarianship, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #4 Local Government Management, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #4 Best Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications, 2022 College Factual
  • #4 Arts and Media Management, 2022 College Factual
  • #5 Most Admired Architecture Schools, 2020 DesignIntelligence
  • #5 Information Systems, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #9 Entrepreneurial Studies, 2022 College Factual
  • #9 Learning Communities, 2023 U.S. News & World Report
  • #9 Study Abroad, 2023 U.S. News & World Report
  • #10 Best Supply Chain Management, 2022 College Factual
  • #10 Best Information Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools, 2022 College Factual
  • #10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway in the 2018-19 Season, 2018 Playbill
  • #11 Best Colleges for Sport Management, 2022 Niche
  • #17 Top American Film Schools, 2021 The Hollywood Reporter
  • #19 Food and Nutrition Programs, 2022 College Factual
  • #24 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools, 2022 College Factual
  • #30 Most Innovative Schools 2023 U.S. News & World Report
  • #32 Speech-Language Pathology, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #34 Best Colleges for Veterans 2023 U.S. News & World Report
  • #34 Top Business Schools, 2022 Poets & Quants
  • #53 Best Fine Arts Programs, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #54 Earth Sciences, 2022 U.S. News & World Report
  • #72 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, 2022 U.S. News & World Report

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 2021 was 21,772, including both full- and part-time students in undergraduate, graduate and law programs. This student population represented all 50 U.S. states and 126 countries. 

Total Students
Undergraduate
Total Students
14,778
Graduate
Total Students
6,271
Law
Total Students
650
All University Total
Total Students
21,322

Fall 2021 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

Alumni

Syracuse University has a tightknit and well-connected community of alumni in more than 170 countries. Our alumni network is eager to help students with internships, learning opportunities and job placement.

Degrees awarded 324,000+
Region of origin 50 U.S. states, 170+ countries and territories

Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2021-22 academic year, 83% of Syracuse University undergraduate students received some form of financial support totaling more than $447 million, including assistance from institutional, federal, state and private sources. The single largest form of that financial aid was the more than $328 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.