New York State is known for being innovative and forward-facing and Syracuse University is at the center of it. Ranked among the top 60 universities in the nation, and classified in the top tier for research activity among all U.S. doctoral universities, Syracuse is home to many top 20 programs, including architecture, art, communications, entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, industrial design, and social work, as well as several top ranked graduate programs. Undergraduates can also study at the Maxwell School, recognized as one of the world’s best graduate schools for Public Affairs.
With more than 200 majors and 100 minors across 13 schools and colleges, Syracuse offers a rigorous private education within an inclusive, welcoming community of students and scholars from all 50 U.S. states and more than 130 countries. More than 4,000 international students are enrolled, about 20% of the total student body.
Why Choose Syracuse University?
- Prepare for a global career through coursework in one of our learning centers in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., or study abroad through one of the University’s eight overseas centers or World Partner affiliations.
- 94 percent of 2015 seniors responding to the University’s placement survey are employed, interning, or attending graduate school.
- You’ll be supported by many services that help ensure a rich and productive experience, including first-year experience programs, faculty and peer advisors, tutoring and study centers, Health Services, and a robust campus safety department.
- When you arrive on campus, a special orientation program will help you adjust to life in the U.S. Our Slutzker Center for International Services provides the opportunity to participate in English conversation practice groups, and attend special events to meet other students from around the world.
- Choose from more than 300 clubs and organizations, including the Asian Students in America Club, the European Student Association, and sports clubs like rugby and soccer.
- In addition to the natural beauty of the nearby Finger Lakes and Adirondacks, the city of Syracuse offers a wide range of cultural and professional possibilities.
- Syracuse’s location in the middle of New York State means easy access to Boston, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as New York City.
Stories from Current Students
More than 2,000 international students attend Syracuse University.
International Student Requirements
Join our global community! You’re considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or dual citizen with the U.S., or if you are not a permanent resident of the U.S.
International students have three enrollment options when applying to Syracuse University.
Don’t forget to submit an important aspect of your application! Use these checklists to keep track of your Syracuse University application materials.
As an international student, you can take advantage of the support services offered by Syracuse University to help with your transition to life in Syracuse.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply if I am a dual citizen?
- If I am not a U.S. citizen, but I live in the United States and go to school here, am I considered an international student?
- If I am in the process of obtaining permanent residency/green card, how do I apply for admission?
- What is the minimum preferred TOEFL/IELTS score?
- I attend an American high school (or college) and have been taking classes taught entirely in English. Do I still need to take the TOEFL/IELTS?
- What types of financial documents are necessary to submit as proof of sufficient funding?
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