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

Student draws by Shaw Quad (Syracuse ranks among the best schools for art majors)

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

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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 Syracuse’s 13 academic units





Suos Cultores Scientia Coronat
Knowledge Crowns those who Seek Her

Is Syracuse a public or private university?

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 which persist to the present day. In 2017 the University’s endowment fund was valued at approximately $1.2 billion.

Where is Syracuse University located?

Syracuse University’s main campus sits on top of a hill overlooking the city of Syracuse, in central New York state. 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?

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is committed to making a difference for those who have served. The first interdisciplinary national institute of its kind in higher education, IVMF focuses on the social, economic, educational, and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service.


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

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  • #1 Best College Newspaper, 2018 Princeton Review
  • #2 Best Special Education Colleges in the U.S., 2018 College Factual
  • #3 Architecture, 2018 DesignIntelligence
  • #3 Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Communications & Journalism, 2018 College Factual
  • #4 Best Undergrad Drama Schools for Acting Degree, 2017 TheHollywood Reporter
  • #4 Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program, 2018 College Factual
  • #8 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway in the 2017-2018 Season, 2017 Playbill
  • #9 Best Colleges Offering Degrees in Education, 2018 College Factual
  • #9 Social Work, 2017 College Factual
  • #13 Entrepreneurship, 2017 U.S. News & World Report
  • #14 Best Human Development & Family Studies Colleges in the U.S., 2018 College Factual
  • #16 Best School for Education Majors by Salary Potential, 2018 Payscale College Salary Report
  • #20 Top Marketing Colleges in the U.S., 2018 College Factual Marketing Degree Buying Guide
  • #21 Top Music Schools, 2016 The Hollywood Reporter
  • #23 Best Schools For Art Majors by Salary Potential, 2017-2018 Payscale College Salary Report
  • #23 Film, 2017 The Hollywood Reporter
  • #23 Best Undergraduate Business School, 2016 Bloomberg Businessweek

Graduate Schools and Programs

  • #1 Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs, 2017 U.S. News & World Report
  • #2 Information Systems, 2017 U.S. News & World Report
  • #4 Library and Information Studies, 2017 U.S. News & World Report
  • #17 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

Veterans and Military-Connected Students

  • #1 Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program for Veterans, 2018 College Factual
  • #1 Cybersecurity Program, 2018 Military Times College
  • #6 Best Colleges for Veterans, 2018 Military Times College
  • Military-Friendly School, 2017 Military Friendly® Schools 

Research Profile

Centers and Institutes

Infused with a strong entrepreneurial culture, the University is home to over 30 research centers and institutes spanning disciplines from performance, design, fine arts, and humanities to information, health, and social sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Sponsored Programs

Designated as a Research 1 institution, Syracuse was awarded $79.3 million in 2016 for research, teaching, and other sponsored programs.

Library Holdings

Featuring quiet study spaces, group meeting rooms, wireless access, 24/7 assistance, and 4.5 million titles, Syracuse University Libraries support research and scholarship throughout campus and beyond.

Printed Volumes
3.5 million
Current Periodicals/Serials
Electronic Books

Syracuse People

Enrollment and Demographics

Syracuse University’s total enrollment for fall 2017 was 22,484, 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. 

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Fall 2017 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 60% of Syracuse Univeristy’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
Non-tenure-track faculty
Student to Faculty Ratio


Syracuse University has more than a quarter of a million alumni in 171 countries. It’s a tightly-knit and well-connected community eager to help students with internships and other learning opportunities, as well as job placement.

Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2016-2017 academic year, approximately 75% of Syracuse University undergraduate students received some form of financial support totaling $390 million, including assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. The single largest form of that financial aid was the nearly $270 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.