College Corner: Syracuse University


Syracuse is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York. It has a total enrollment of 21,492 students. “Cuse” offers standout academics and a spirited culture combined with a heavy sports atmosphere. Since its founding in 1870, Syracuse University has had a proud tradition of providing an environment in which students from diverse backgrounds come together to break boundaries and to make a difference in the world.

When I visited SU last fall, I was worried that the cold weather would affect my opinion. I was shocked when I discovered that the majority of the residential halls have an underground tunnel to connect the halls with a cafeteria and convenience stores. This is crucial because Cuse tends to get very, very cold during the winter. However, during the winter, you’ll rarely have to go outside!

The campus itself is medium sized. Syracuse is certainly a “rah-rah” school, where sports dominate. The Syracuse mascot is Otto the Orange, so clearly the school colors are orange, white, and blue. Anyone who has ever visited SU has definitely seen or been inside the Carrier Dome. This is where Syracuse plays basketball, football, and lacrosse. It holds over 49,000 people, so getting tickets for the games is never a problem. Cheering for a Division I sports team is more than accessible at Syracuse; it is encouraged.

On campus, there are more than 300 student clubs and organizations. About twenty percent of Syracuse students are involved in Greek life, though only juniors and seniors may live in Greek housing. All freshmen and sophomore students must reside in on-campus housing. If you are interested in studying abroad, SU has their own program, which includes opportunities to study in cities like Florence and Madrid.

Syracuse is unique because it offers 13 different schools. The headline schools are S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which offer majors such as Broadcasting and Digital Journalism, along with Public Relations. The Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers majors and minors in business. At Syracuse, there is a school to accommodate almost any major that students wish to pursue.

The sense of pride is overwhelming (in a good way) at Syracuse. Everyone seems to be wearing orange or white, displaying his or her pride in Syracuse. Additionally, the sense of community at Syracuse is unlike that of any other college. If you are into a medium sized school that embodies sports as part of its’ culture, then Syracuse University is the place for you. The opportunities that Syracuse University offers are endless. Take a visit; you won’t be disappointed.