Syracuse University, within driving distance of Toronto, Boston, Montreal and New York City, is home to more than 20,000 enrolled students, from over 123 different countries.
In 1874, just four years after its founding, the university offered the very first bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree in the United States. To this day, the College of Visual and Performing Arts is highly reputed and produces eminent alumni, including visual artist Sol LeWitt who received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1949.
Syracuse University also founded one of the first schools of journalism in the country in 1934, which would become the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. SU has established 29 research centers and institutes that focuses research, often across disciplines, in a variety of areas.
Currently, minority students make up more than a quarter of all enrolled students. In fact, the university has a long history of promoting diversity and inclusion since its founding as a coeducational university.
Since the Second World War Syracuse University has been putting effort into transforming from a liberal arts college into a world-leading research university, by adding programs and staff to focus on medical research, social work, engineering and other disciplines.
The university is spread over two campuses – Main campus and South campus - and additional building in downtown Syracuse. Most academic buildings and halls of residence are on the main campus, where a historic district of older buildings has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In its 2017 ranking of U.S. colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Syracuse tied for the 60th among undergraduate national universities. Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2015 placed SU the 401st. Besides, in 2005, Syracuse University was named one of 81 ‘Colleges with a Conscience’ for its outstanding community involvement, including responsible university policies, financial support, political activism and civic engagement.
Among its alumni many notable people like Eileen Collins – the first woman to command a NASA space mission, Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States.
Syracuse University offers very wide program selection with 192 undergraduate programs. It has 13 academic units, including:
Many of SU's programs have been nationally recognized for excellence. A 2008 survey in the Academic Ranking of World Universities places Syracuse University in the top 100 world universities in social sciences.
In the 2015 'Design Intelligence' national rankings, the Environmental and Interior Design program is ranked the 9th. The School of Architecture's Bachelor of Architecture program was ranked second nationally in 2010 by the journal Design Intelligence in its annual edition of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools."
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are psychology, information science, finance, business/marketing, communications/journalism, social sciences, visual and performing art, engineering.