Syracuse University

Syracuse University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University is a private, nonprofit school that offers certificate and degree programs at several levels. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend Syracuse University?

Syracuse University is a 4-year, private nonprofit university located in Syracuse, New York. The school offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through more than 12 schools and colleges, including the College of Law, the School of Architecture and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Read below about the pros and cons of attending Syracuse University, and decide if it's the right school for you.


  • Graduation rate is 30 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Accepts dual and AP credits


  • Total cost is $15,819 more than the national average
  • Acceptance rate is 16.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Average student debt at graduation is about $6,000 more than the national average
  • High number of teaching assistants instruct classes

Syracuse University at a Glance

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost at Syracuse University for the 2011-2012 school year, a figure which included tuition, fees, books and on-campus living expenses, was $53,790. This was nearly $16,000 more than the national average of $37,971 for 4-year, private non-profit universities during that same school year, according to The College Board. This higher cost was also accompanied by an average student debt of $32,663 for the 2011 graduating class, compared to a national average of $26,660.

Syracuse offers over 200 majors, giving you a wide selection of programs to choose from. The most popular majors at Syracuse are related to the fields of business and communications. Programs for business, communications and related fields accounted for 31% of the degree programs chosen by the 2011 graduating class. Visual and performing arts, social sciences and engineering rounded out the top 5 programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The student-to-faculty ratio at Syracuse University is 16:1, which matches the national average. Approximately 61% of classes contain fewer than 20 students, and 8.5% have more than 50 students. At Syracuse, teaching assistants make up almost 38% of instructors, which is a high percentage. If you need additional help, Syracuse offers tutoring services. These services are not free, however, and you will be charged by the hour for time with a tutor. Of students who began classes in 2005, 70% completed their bachelor's degree program after 4 years, which was 30 percentage points higher than the national average. After 6 years, 80% of students who started in 2005 had graduated.

If you need non-academic help, there are over 20 programs and centers overseen by the Division of Student Affairs. For help with personal problems, there is a counseling center, as well as an LGBT resource center, a multicultural center and a disability center.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Syracuse University

In Fall 2011, Syracuse had an acceptance rate of 49%, which was 16.5 percentage points lower than the national average. If you're certain that you want to attend Syracuse University, you may apply for early decision. This application is due by November 15. While early decision gives you a better chance of being accepted into the school, it also binds you to attending Syracuse if you're admitted. If you apply through early decision, you must deliver your answer by December 16. The regular application deadline is January 1. Of students who were admitted in Fall 2011, 43% had a high class standing, and admitted students had an average GPA of 3.6.

The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 1. This application is required for need-based aid. In 2011, 75% of first-time freshmen applied for need-based aid, and 59% were determined to have need. Out of the entire undergraduate population, only about 65% of students had their financial need fully met. Non-need-based aid is also available. The average non-need-based academic scholarship or grant award was $8,940 in 2011, while the average non-need-based athletic scholarship was $41,730 for full-time undergraduates.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) January 1***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2011) February 1***
Application Fee (2011) $70***
Acceptance Rate (2011) 49%**
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $37,668**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $32,760***
Percent of Undergraduates with Needs Met (2011) 64.9%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $32,663***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.9%**

Life at Syracuse University

The total student population at Syracuse in Fall 2011 was 20,829. Incoming freshmen are required to live on campus during their first 2 years as undergraduates. Students living on campus must sign up for a meal plan, which gives them access to 5 residential dining halls. There is also an on-campus grocery store, and there are food courts and cafes if you prefer not to eat at a dining center. Kosher, halal, vegetarian and vegan options are available.

The retention rate for beginning students between 2010 and 2011 was 92% for full-time and 69% for part-time students. There are almost 350 clubs and organizations for students to participate in, including 29 fraternities and 22 sororities. If you're interested in going Greek, you'll join the 19% of men and 25% of women on campus who choose to pledge.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsized city**
Student Population (2011) 14,671 undergraduate students
6,158 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 44% to 56%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 95%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 39%**
% of International Students (2011) 6%**
Retention Rate (2011) 92% for full-time beginning students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 75%***
Number of Libraries About 5*
Extracurricular Activities Roughly 350***

Sources: *Syracuse University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 900 South Crouse Avenue, 100 Crouse-Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-5040
  • Phone: (315) 443-3611