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Syracuse University

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University, founded in 1870, initially specialized in science and language. It now includes 13 academic colleges, each of which offers a variety of degree programs. In addition to two campuses and several separate teaching and learning centers in Syracuse, it also operates academic and alumni institutes in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

The student body at Syracuse is diverse, as approximately 10 percent of the student body hails from over 115 countries. About 29 percent of students in 2007's freshman class were members of ethnic minority groups.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Undergraduate students seeking admissions to Syracuse must provide an official secondary school transcript, which must be submitted by July 31 prior to the desired freshman year. Potential freshmen may also request a personal admissions interview with a college representative. Transfer students may also apply to Syracuse by following the same application process; however, they must also submit records of their college grades. Graduate admissions are handled by Syracuse's Graduate School, which bases their decisions upon the specific requirements of each individual school whose prospective students they evaluate.

Colleges of Syracuse University

School of Information Studies

Also known as the iSchool, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies was ranked as the nation's best information studies program by U.S. News and World Report, www.usnews.com. Undergraduates can earn B.S. degrees in information management and technology. Graduate students can pursue master's, executive master's and doctoral degrees in numerous related topics, including telecommunications and network management, library science or information science. Many graduate courses are available online. Advanced certificates in school media, digital libraries and information security are also available.

LC Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science

This college opened in 1901 as a school of applied science and broadened its horizons to include all areas of engineering in 1952. It currently offers bachelor's degree programs in both computer science and the following types of engineering: electrical, civil and environmental, biomedical and chemical, and chemical and aerospace. The majority of these departments also offer master's and doctoral degrees in the same areas. Additionally, graduate students may pursue M.S. degrees in neuroscience or engineering management. All undergraduate engineering programs have accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

School of Education

The School of Education, founded in 1906, offers preparatory teaching bachelor's degrees in many topical areas of concentration, such as mathematics, health, art and special education. Graduate students can choose from many degree programs, including M.S. degrees for aspiring educators, Ph.D.'s for careers in educational academia and advanced certificates or Doctor of Education degrees for future school administrators. Possible areas of graduate specialization for students include human services counseling, postsecondary education, instructional technology and literacy training. Most graduate degree programs also include mandatory thesis work, student teaching or both.

The College of Human Ecology

This college is home to all human ecology programs, those which analyze the interaction between individuals or groups and the societies in which they live. Its degree programs are divided by subject into seven departments: dietetics and nutrition, health and family studies, social work, hospitality management, health and wellness, marriage and family therapy, and sport management. The College of Human Ecology offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in all the above-mentioned areas as well as nutrition science and public health. A graduate certificate in addiction studies is also available.

School of Architecture

Syracuse University's School of Architecture is located in the historical on-campus building Slocum Hall, which opened in 1918. Numerous student design work is also displayed in the nearby Warehouse building. The school offers bachelor's, master's and post-professional master's degrees in architecture. A 21-credit architecture minor is also available to students enrolled in other Syracuse degree programs. Prospective architecture majors must submit a portfolio of original designs along with their applications.

The College of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1870, the College of Arts and Sciences is Syracuse's oldest college. Its current total of 3,400 students and 530 staff also make it the university's largest college. Its 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through three main academic departments, which specialize in humanities, science and math and social sciences. College of Arts and Sciences students can select from such majors as economics, forensic science, anthropology and gender studies. The college provides the Liberal Arts Core curriculum, required for all Syracuse students.

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School, founded in 1924, offers a master's degree in public affairs which is ranked the nation's top program of its kind by U.S. News and World Report, www.usnews.com. The school partners with the university's College of Arts and Sciences to offer joint degree programs in social science-related areas of study, including anthropology, history and political science. In order to be admitted to any of the above-mentioned programs, undergraduates must first gain admittance to the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to offering master's programs in international relations and public affairs, the college grants Ph.D.s in public administration and social science.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is among Syracuse's largest schools in both size and population, enrolling over 2,000 students. Its 59 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are organized into the following three topical departments: communication and rhetorical studies, art and design, and music. A drama department is also available for undergraduate students. Admission requirements vary from one department to another; drama and music students are often mandated to attend auditions, while design students generally must submit a portfolio.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

The Newhouse School offers graduate, undergraduate and doctoral degree programs in verbal, written and digital communications-related fields. Undergraduate students can pursue degrees in advertising, photography, public relations or various forms of journalism, including broadcast, print and magazine. Many undergrads also select a minor or double major in a degree program offered by another Syracuse college. Master's degrees are also available in these areas and in specialized professional fields like arts journalism, documentary film, media studies and public diplomacy. Students may also earn doctoral degrees in mass communications with concentrations in such areas as popular television, political communication or new media.

College of Law

The College of Law, which was founded in 1895, currently serves a student population of 608. It confers Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees upon graduate students. In conjunction with the university's other colleges, the College of Law offers combination J.D./master's degree programs in such areas as communications, accounting, business administration, engineering or international relations. The school has many different teaching, learning and research centers devoted to legal areas of specialization including property and citizenship, disability and counterterrorism. Students may also gain legal experience by participating in any number of the school's additional offerings, which include moot court competitions, legal advocacy clinics and study abroad programs.

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management

This school was founded in 1919 as a business college for undergraduates. It began offering MBA degrees in 1948, and later expanded its graduate programs to include doctoral degrees. It offers B.S. degrees in such areas as marketing management and entrepreneurship. The latter degree program was ranked the sixth-best of its kind in the country by the 2010 U.S. News and World Report, www.usnews.com. Besides the MBA, graduate students can also earn master's degrees in finance, accounting, entrepreneurship and media management. Ph.D. degrees are available in seven different disciplines including managerial statistics, marketing and supply chain management.

Graduate School

The Graduate School acts as gatekeeper and administrator of every university graduate degree program. It supervises admissions and academic policy for Syracuse's numerous master's, Ph.D. and post-professional certificate programs. It's also responsible for the university's graduate recruiting efforts. Once students gain admission to their graduate program of choice, the Graduate School offers orientation and counseling in financial and insurance matters.

University College

Syracuse's University College is devoted to helping part-time students complete or attain educations in a variety of professional fields. Its course offerings, which include online, evening and summer classes, cater to adult students. Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees are available, as are advanced certificates. Students of University College can earn such degrees in liberal arts, psychology, engineering, information systems or accounting, among many other subjects.

Contact Information

  • Address: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244
  • Phone Number: (315) 443-1870
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