Syracuse University is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States. Its roots can be traced back to Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1832, which also later founded Genesee College. Following several years of debate over relocating the college to Syracuse, the university was founded independent of the college in 1870. Since 1920, the university has identified itself as nonsectarian, although it still maintains an affiliation with the United Methodist Church. Syracuse was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1966.
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. The industrial design program is ranked 13th nationally by the same 2009 issue of DesignIntelligence. The School of Architecture’s Bachelor of Architecture program was ranked second nationally in 2010 by the journal DesignIntelligence in its annual edition of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.”
Schools and Colleges
- School of Architecture: Syracuse Architecture offers a professional education that is disciplinary and rooted in humanistic tradition.
- The College of Arts and Sciences: The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning.
- School of Education: The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.
- L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science: The L.C. Smith College educates engineers and computer scientists and creates new knowledge and technologies.
- Graduate School: The school oversees SU’s academic policy, graduate degree and certificate program modification and development, and the professional development programs for graduate study at Syracuse University.
- The College of Human Ecology: The College of Human Ecology prepares students through scholarship, practice, civic engagement, advocacy and entrepreneurial endeavors to promote the health and well-being of individuals of all ages, their families, and their communities within the framework of social justice principles.
- School of Information Studies: The nation’s Original Information School, the nationally ranked iSchool continues to be a leading center for innovative programs and research.
- College of Law: As part of a leading research university, the law curriculum combines a balanced commitment to scholarship, teaching, and research. Interdisciplinary programs at the College of Law partner our offerings with other schools and colleges to create innovative initiatives that cross academic barriers–thus our students gain both a sound doctrinal legal education and practical hands-on experience in the real world.
- The Martin J. Whitman School of Management: The Whitman School develops entrepreneurial managers who will become leaders in an era of global competitiveness.
- Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs: Nationally ranked, The Maxwell School advances citizenship, scholarship and leadership around the world.
- S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications: One of the nation’s premiere schools of mass communication, Newhouse embraces virtually every known form of information dissemination.
- College of Visual and Performing Arts: The center of cultural life on campus, VPA supports the creative process and professional development.
- University College: Offers SU degree and certificate programs to part-time students. Flexible course formats, supportive academic advisors, and financial aid options meet the needs of adult students.
- Summer at Syracuse: Part-time, full-time, and visiting students can take a variety of classes in flexible formats. People of all ages can enroll in programs to improve academic success, jump start a college career, or pursue artistic and athletic interests.