Syracuse University (SU)

Syracuse, NY

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Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Students can truly enjoy every aspect of Syracuse University. Some people love the cold weather; others find refuge in high-energy basketball games, while others chose to be a part of Greek life or an educational fraternity. Some of the things that I love about Syracuse are its diversity, the almost unimaginable school spirit, and the feeling of love and pride by each and every student, teacher’s assistant, and professor. My favorite part of this past year was being able to meet so many different people from numerous places around the world. One of the most memorable experiences for me from this past year was when it was between 75 and 80 degrees all week in March and the quad was packed to the maximum all week. Walking between classes, each student saw numerous people that they knew simply enjoying themselves on the quad, playing frisbee, tanning, or playing football. This felt very "college-like" and made me feel the true unity and fun that exists at Syracuse. Prospective students should, however, be ready to face a brutal winter or a more calm one. You never know what Mother Nature is going to bring to Syracuse, so being prepared is ideal. I would also recommend that prospective students get involved in programs, clubs, jobs, etc. as early as possible and participate in all events, sports games, screenings, etc. It will benefit you greatly for the rest of the time you are at Syracuse.

Academics

There are nine individual colleges that make up Syracuse University as a whole. Some colleges (i.e. Newhouse and Whitman Schools) are more well-known than others, but the education is great regardless. The workload, depending on your major, is bearable at least and doable at best. You will be challenged academically-- papers, presentations, or reading 40 pages a night. It is helpful, though, that professors are easily accessible and only a select few are incredibly intimidating. Depending on the class, there are either big lectures of hundred(s) of people, or there are smaller classes of 20-30 people. Either way, the professors and teaching assistants make their office hours very clear and known and are always available for appointments. Attendance is generally very important for all classes and is required for being successful at Syracuse. Though this is often one of the biggest challenges for students, going to class and completing all assignments on time can guarantee success in the classroom.

College Life

The social life at Syracuse is nothing less than ideal for any college student. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and most Tuesdays, there are open house parties in a majority of the close off-campus houses and fraternities. The bars are also open and are very popular on weekdays. Greek life is commonly known as an ideal "in" to a perfect social life at Syracuse. If involved in a fraternity or sorority, students find themselves going out 4 or 5 nights a week to their closed mixers or parties with frats.However, even if one is't involved in Greek life, students at Syracuse are always having fun. There are always parties going on and they are not difficult to find as there are usually people flooding onto the front and back lawns. Furthermore, the university sponsors many concerts such as Juice Jam, Mayfest, Blockparty, and Rock the Dome. These events all draw artists such as B.o.B., Avicii, Timeflies, Ludacris, and others. These big events, along with every home basketball game and most football games, keep students occupied during the weekends of college. On top of these things, there are opportunities to volunteer, get a job, participate in club activities, etc. The very large and well-known Carousel Mall is ten minutes down the road, and there are numerous buses transporting students to places all over the city of Syracuse. Essentially, there is always something fun to do at Syracuse University!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Very rigorous academics yet fun social life. The campus was beautiful and well-kept. The athletics events were always fun. There was always something to do that was school-sponsored. The campus was always a pit-stop on music tours. Top-notch teachers and interesting classes.

Academics

Boot camp was a great learning experience. You have to jump right in and it's basically sink or swim. But, they give you all the tools to swim. The education went outside of the classroom and into real life. As a Newhouse graduate I learned all the communication skills I needed for the real world.

College Life

Many choices to choose from for any interests. There was always something to do. From salsa lessons to Dane Cook and an awesome athletic department there was never any down time and you really never had to leave the campus. As a grad student, we had an activities group that helped organized the events to keep everyone updated.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

The school is incredible. I made some of my best friends there. The city of Syracuse is small but charming, though you do have to brave the cold weather. The faculty is great, and the opportunities Syracuse has afforded to me have been immense. I think most people that go there bleed orange for life.

Academics

I graduated with three majors, so I can't say enough about the academics. I had some incredible professors, and there was a good balance of large lecture classes as well as small, intimate ones. The variety of topics you can study is awesome; even though they had nothing to do with my majors, I took karate, human sexuality, and wine tasting. Can't beat that.

College Life

So much to do at Syracuse. You can get as involved as you want with any kind of organization. The athletic teams are fun to support, especially football, basketball, and even lacrosse. Greek life is pretty big there. The student body is diverse enough that everyone can find their place.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2002

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Syracuse was really great. Education, friends, and fun. What more could you want? My communications degree led me to a career in advertising and I love it. I even work with people I met in school. If you can handle the weather in upstate New York, everything else takes care of itself.

Academics

My Communications school is known as one of the best for a reason. I got an excellent, well-rounded education, courses taught by experts in their field. Of course early level classes can be a bit large but that's how it is anywhere. By the time you get deeper, everything's perfect.

College Life

I never expected big city excitement but Syracuse exceeded my expectations. It's a tight-knit community with, no matter what you're into, more than enough to do. You can root for elite college sports teams and then you can go play on your team. Syracuse is a big school. They've got it all.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1989

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

I visited Syracuse University a few months ago. It was an amazing experience to say the least. The entire environment is unbeatable. I was surrounded by people who radiate intelligence. I would love to attend this school in the fall.

Academics

I have never sat in on a full class at Syracuse University, therefore all of the following information I will be providing you will be based on the words of my friends who attend full time. The classes are challenging, but not unbearable. The professors vary, naturally; most are engaging, yet some are dull and blatantly rude. The class size is fair, with the exception of lectures which is inevitable.

College Life

For the duration of the weekend I stayed at Syracuse University, I can definitely say I was never bored. Everyone is friendly and genuinely wants to have a fun time. There is a "work hard, play hard" mentality. Yes, illegal activities take place at this school, however there isn't any pressure to participate.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

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

Overall the community of the school is wonderful. People are really there to help one another out.

Academics

I haven't taken a course yet.

College Life

I do not live there yet.


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