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Whether on campus or around the globe, at Syracuse University, we cultivate a proud and inclusive community of and for the bold and boundless.

The Potential To Go Beyond

Joining our campus community means becoming part of a vibrant academic ecosystem that encourages curiosity, critical thinking and the pursuit of knowledge.

As you begin the admissions process, you're likely contemplating what distinctive qualities set you apart. However, if you believe you have what it takes to take on the world, you’re probably in the right place. It's not just about what you bring to the table, but how you can contribute to a community that values your distinct voice and aspirations as well.

Here at Syracuse University, that translates to:

Preparation and Purpose

Your academic performance is a significant factor in our admissions decision, especially your senior-year pursuits accomplishments. Your participation in honors and advanced placement courses and/or meaningful electives demonstrates your commitment to make the most of your college experience.

Educational Background

Schools across the country differ in their curriculum, grading policies and overall quality. Your school’s profile will be a guide when putting your course selections and grades in context.

Standardized Test Performance

SAT/ACT scores will not be required for students applying for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, Fall 2025 or Spring 2026 admission. Students who choose not to submit test scores will not be disadvantaged and will remain eligible for merit scholarships. Read the full details surrounding this update.

If you choose to submit your test scores, your SAT or ACT score will also be considered as part of your application (whichever is higher). If you’re considering the Score Choice option for the SAT, please be aware that all of your test scores will be required. This works to your benefit—your application will be considered using the highest combination of your SAT scores. Both the old and new revised SAT will be accepted. If you take the new revised SAT, the essay is not required. If you take the ACT, the writing portion is not required.

At Syracuse University, we do not require or consider the SAT subject tests.


Grades are only part of our admissions equation. Your personal essay illustrates your goals, interests, experience and values. Though a personal interview is not mandatory, it is an ideal way to further personalize your application.

The Opinion of Others

An evaluation from your guidance counselor and a recommendation from one academic teacher give admissions representatives a sense of your gifts, capabilities and accomplishments. These testimonials help to round out who you are as a student—and a person.

Extracurricular Activities

The Admissions Committee will review your after-school activities, volunteer work and employment to see how each illustrates your organizational and leadership skills, as well as your commitment to helping others.

Special Talent

Several programs at Syracuse University have a talent component, including art and design, architecture, drama and music. Talent is evaluated by faculty members, and their evaluations are shared with the Admissions Committee.

Strength of Character

We look for more than academically prepared students. Syracuse students innovate and take risks—they’re people of integrity and good citizenship. You’re a strong candidate if you strengthen and support those around you, even as you work to develop yourself.

The Selection Process

Over 42,000 students applied for the Fall 2023 semester for a first-year class of about 3,700 students. Each college has specific enrollment goals. When your application and materials are considered, difficult decisions must be made. They are not always a statement of your ability, but a matter of competition. Keep in mind that you can always indicate a second-choice college for admissions and will be considered on a space-available basis.