Syracuse University (SU)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 24 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

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Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Syracuse is an awesome community to be involved in. Not just the campus itself, but the Syracuse community as a whole. It provides a gorgeous campus with lots of clubs and activities to get involved in for a variety of interests.

Academics

Depending on your major and courses class size can vary. I had a math class with only 18 students in it, however I also had a biology lecture hall with 300 students. Science courses are typically larger than any other courses on campus due to liberal arts core.

College Life

Greek life is big here at Syracuse and it is just another way to become involved on campus and meet new people. Football and especially basketball are the pride and joy of Syracuse, we bleed orange...


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I really appreciate the orientation programs available at Syracuse University. My involvement in the L.O.O.P. Program this summer was a great experience and really gave me a jump start to making new friends as a transfer student at SU.

Academics

I feel like I have unlimited resources available to me for my research. The professors are all unique and have a great deal of information to share with their related professional experience. Class sizes vary from large 30-people lectures to small 15-people courses. The class sizes are catered to the material being taught and smaller classes are usually found in courses exclusive to your major to provide more professor-student communication. This is especially true for classes in the Visual and Performing Arts.

College Life

There is so much to get involved with on campus and off. You really have to pace yourself if you want to get involved because of all the appealing options available. There's really no excuse to be bored unless you choose to be. The campus safety organization is great, they really look after students especially when you're stuck on campus finishing a project and need to get back home.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

When I visited Syracuse for the first time, I just knew it was where I wanted to spend my college years. Not only is the campus beautiful, with brand new buildings and old ones covered in ivy, but the atmosphere is just amazing. Most students are hard working and care about academics, but are ready to have fun any night of the week. I have met many great people here, including alums and professors, and if I had to go back and make the decision again I would still choose 'Cuse.

Academics

First semester my classes were generally very large (between 180-250) but as you go on classes go down to about 20-25. I've had really good professors in my major, but not so much in my gen eds. Newhouse and Maxwell are amazing and if you are interested in communications or public affairs I HIGHLY recommend checking them out. I took 18 credits my first semester and that was too much, stick with 15 or so first semester and it won't be hard at all.

College Life

I immediately jumped into a bunch of clubs because I was very active in high school, but it was difficult because there is so much to choose from! Just don't pick more than two or three first semester or you will get overwhelmed. Campus is safe if you use common sense: don't walk in alleyways at 2 a.m. by yourself. Syracuse is one of the safest campuses in the country, despite its size, if you are smart and safe. Obviously with the switch to the ACC basketball and lacrosse are better than ever, and soccer games are fun every once and a while too. The Dome is full of energy all the time and camping out for the first Duke game should be a blast. You can also find a party almost any night of the week somewhere, or check out Chuck's, Lucy's, Faegans or DJ's (they do 18 and under nights sometimes too).


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

What I like most about the school is its diversity and school spirit. My greatest memories are involved with meeting people of different cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. and connecting on different levels. Syracuse's diversity is what made me choose it as a school that I was transferring to because my other school wasn't very diverse. Also a lot of my best experiences at SU involve the sporting events where school spirit is really shown. My tip for prospective students would get out of your comfort zone and experience something new!

Academics

My classes involving religion and communication and science disorders have been great. The class sizes have been under 30, the workload has been just enough, and the professors are great. The worst professors that I have had to deal with are in the chemistry department. The class sizes for general education are very large and most of the professors in these classes aren't very concerned with the students in their general education classes.

College Life

The social atmosphere is very immense, their is a group for everyone to be a part of. The main clubs I have been a part of are intramural sports and the co-ed service fraternity alpha phi omega. Syracuse athletics have been very successful especially the men's and women's lacrosse teams, the men's basketball team, and the men's football team.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I absolutely love Syracuse. Truthfully, it was not my top choice at first. Go with your gut, if you visit and feel the school has everything for you and it is incredible, it probably is! Do not base your decision purely off paper and brochures. Talk to current students, professors, and VISIT! I love the Sport management program here because everyone knows each other and it's like its own mini family. The professors here are here to help you and you aren't just another student. You have a name and they are willing to help in any way they can. I have not had a bad professor yet! Some of my most memorable experiences have been attending the concerts and other events the school puts on. Famous comedians, rappers, musicians, a capella groups, and things of the like have provided countless memories for me during this year. Also, the atmosphere at the basketball and football games is something you will never experience elsewhere.

Academics

There are a few different schools within the University. There is David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Visual and Performing Arts, Newhouse School, Arts and Sciences, and a few others. Each has different academic requirements but most require a liberal arts core. The core is not difficult to fulfill, as many students use their liberal arts core in order to take classes for a minor. There is room to focus on what you want and to study exactly what you want. There are hundreds of combinations of majors and minors that you can create. The workload is not too unbearable, although it is a lot of reading. However, that is to be expected for a college. A lot of group projects are assigned as well as papers. There are many resources to help if you struggle with any of these, or other academic work. The largest class is around 200 yet the professors still know your name. However, as you get into your major and upper level courses, the classes get smaller and more intimate.

College Life

The social atmosphere is incredible for a large university. When walking aross the quad, you are more than likely to see an individual you know form your classes or other activities. I participate in about three clubs and they have created some life long friendships. There are over 300 clubs and organizations, so there is something for everyone! There are also many fun classes you can take, such as dance, workouts, or wine and beer! There are definitely parties for those people who are looking. But the school works to provide alternatives to the partying. There are concerts, movies shown, bowling, ice skating, skiing, etc. The campus is relatively safe. There are blue lights everywhere. The campus police are also visible and are willing to help if you ever do not feel safe. You can always find a safe way home. The athletics are incredible as well! There is something for everyone


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

It really takes sometime to settle in a school of this size (roughly 15,000 undergrads). During the first 2 years, you may find it to be slightly difficult to find your group of good friends. But by your Junior year, you will know exactly who you are and what you want and who your best friends are. Greek life is a little overwhelming at Syracuse if you're not into that scene. If you are however, you will fit right in. Otherwise, you'll just have to wait till you're 21 to hit the bars on campus. The bars are always lively, and is a good source of social interaction (especially Chuck's). Our athletics are overall quite good here, but more specifically, our basketball team. We are in the NCAA, and our campus goes absolutely insane when it comes to the March Madness tournaments. Our school definitely has a lot of school spirit, and it is very fun and interesting to observe and be a part of.

Academics

The Newhouse School fo Communications and Whitman School of Management are two of the best schools on campus, among all the other great schools. The schools all provide top quality technology for students use, (most) professors are quite enthusiastic about what they teach, but the introductory courses can be a little too large and overwhelming. However, as you move more towards higher level classes, the classes become smaller and more personal. The work load isn't too bad. I personally think a lot of work given is just busy work and somehow avoidable.

College Life

Greek life is huge here, and great if you're into the scene. If you're not into it, it can feel like it occupies way too much of the campus and is just a little too loud and obnoxious. Syracuse offers a lot of academic and non academic clubs. Each school offers academic clubs that have to do with the school, which is great for resume building, or if you just want to get involved and meet some new people. But there are also great non academic clubs, such as the outdoors club, where you can also meet great people with similar interests as you. The campus itself is quite safe. However, if you move a little off campus, towards where off campus housing is, such as Euclid or Westcott area, tend to be a bit more dangerous, as there have been many alerts on armed robberies and thefts. Athletics at Syracuse is absolutely mind blowing. We have many good teams, but one of our most recognized teams is our men's basketball team. We are in the Big East tournaments, and in the NCAA. When it comes to games, our school is full of energy, school spirit, and pride. During semi final and final games, our entire campus goes all out, making a day (or a weekend) of it. As for weekend activities, it's mostly just house parties or frat parties, which are... ehh, okay I guess, but can easily get boring. If you're 21 however, you can hit the bars which are quite fun.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

The athletic events are very popular with people dressing up on weekends in orange for the games often the sports events at the dome will sell out. Greek life is very predominant on campus with 11 sororities numerous amounts of frats and multi cultural fraternities also along with academic, community service and business fraternities.and many other things are offered to students such as numerous clubs and activites that can fill anyones interest.

Academics

the classes are always challenging most of the math and science classes are taught by TA's and not professors class size is often pretty large with large lectures that go at a fast pace and the teachers will place their notes online. often computers are needed for classes and every teacher allows them in the class rooms

College Life

greek life sports teams and clubs, all normally have filled social calendars there is a frat row that is a road that consists of frats and sororities that is always filled with people in costumes on the weekends


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall SU has proved to be the astounding University that most people see it as. I am from Syracuse so I did not want to be too close to home but this University made me happy to stay. I like the campus itself and the people that I encounter the most, this school also provides many great opportunities especially for studying abroad. I would encourage studying abroad to everyone because no matter your financial status it is possible. SU provides many ways to obtain scholarships in order to experience such opportunities. It is also one of the few schools that allows studying abroad as a freshman which I participated in for my first semester, that is an experience I will hold with me for the rest of my life.

Academics

Although so far I have only experienced the academic part of SU on campus for one semester it met my expectations. I always imagined large lecture halls with highly experienced professors feeding students information that they have been working on all their life-- or so it seems but that is exactly what you get. The professors seem to know what they are talking about and they are willing to work with you one on one during their office hours,; so the 400 student lecture halls don't cause a problem. The workload can indeed become a bit overwhelming but I feel that it is all about timing, and that is what a lot of students during our generation need to learn to manage.

College Life

The social atmosphere is enticing if it had to be defined by one word. There are over 200 clubs that provide opportunities for students with interests alike and organizations are available for almost any subject imaginable. While knowing Syracuse is not the safest place on Earth there isn't [too] much crime involved on campus-- although I wish that I could say the campus was [perfectly] safe. As goes for SU athletics, it can be pretty much said that our Basketball team has been number one or very close to number one for college basketball in the many years running. I don't know too much about other sports really. The weekend activities are always the best for there is always something to do, always a party to go to or something SU sponsored for students with a variety of interests. I am never bored and that says something.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

The school itself is very pretty with all the old buildings.This is a big school so if you want something you ask for it yourself. I like that the campus itself is a like a huge city! It gets really cool during the winter and stays cold till ends of April. It's not so much the snow as it is the wind. The wind is so strong here. My tip to future students would be to bring rainboots, wind jacket and warm winter jackets. These are the main items because there are few times when you actually get to walk around with flip flops and t-shirts.

Academics

My work load was fine. The lectures are huge with an auditorium full of students. Like I said before, if you need help go to the professor because they teach thousands of students and they won't remember you or your name if you don't go to their office hours. Last semester, I emailed my professor asking about my finals grade and he responded back and addresses the email with "Dear Mr. ..." This made me realize that my professor doesnt even know me, let alone your gender. You have to be very independent on this campus.

College Life

There is a party for every occasion every weekends. The frat rows are not far away from the freshmen housing. It gets very lively here during the weekends, but remember, be safe! Go with a friend! There are hundreds of clubs and organizations that you can be a part of. However, with huge numbers of people being involved doesn't count so much as being a leader of the club does. The only way to stand out and to make the organization that you are a part of see good, is by being a leader is some ways. There aren't much to do besides partying during the weekends unless you have a car. If you have a car there are many pretty spots around Syracuse.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Syracuse is what a person would think of if they are thinking about a true University. It offers so much for their students and allows their students to grow not just academically but socially as well. It is not an easy school, Syracuse is a lot of work and should not be looked upon as an "easy school".

Academics

The academics at Syracuse University are great. There is so many classes to choose from. Although there are your core classes that are required in the school that you are in, there are many classes to choose from. The professors are grew has well. They truly seem like they want to teach you and help you understand the material. They have a lot of office hours that allow you to get help or even just stop in and introduce yourself (which is highly recommended). The workload is big, it is very important that you stay on top of your work here at SU. You always want to make sure that you are ready for your class and the up coming lecture or class. The class size differ between classes. Some lectures can be up to 200 people while other are small 15 people classes.

College Life

There are many things to do here at SU. There is a club for just about anything and everything here. There are club days where the club sets up a stand in the quad and has information about it so that people can sign up. there are also organizations that have to do with the major that you are interested in and anyone can be in them. Since SU is located near a not so very good area, the campus safety is very large here. There are "blue lights" which are lights that placed all around campus and if you feel as if you are in danger you can press it and DPS will come and assess the situation. DPS is also always around. They patrol 24/7 and if you are walking back late at night and do not feel comfortable, you can call DPS and they will escort you back to your dorm or residential area. The athletics here are great! The dome is usually the place to be on football mornings. The football team is not as good as other colleges, but since many people go to the games, they are fun. The big sport here is basketball. SU's basketball team is amazing and they always go so far.


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