Syracuse University

Syracuse University


Syracuse University is one of the top 65 universities in the United States and classified in the top tier for research activity among all doctoral universities in the nation. With more than 200 majors and 100 minors, Syracuse offers a rigorous private education within an inclusive, welcoming community of 15,000 diverse students and scholars from all 50 U.S. states and more than 130 countries. Syracuse University welcomes you. Thousands of students choose Syracuse every year for its blend of extraordinary academics, legendary spirit, and research, internship and extracurricular opportunities—all offered in a classic campus setting. As a first generation student you’ll be supported by many services that help ensure a rich and productive experience, including the Office of First Year and Transfer Programs, the Gen One Scholars Learning Community, TheFirst program, faculty and peer advisors, tutoring and study centers, and more.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience SummerStart

SummerStart at Syracuse University is a six-week program designed to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college for newly admitted students. This six-week program provides pre-freshmen with an opportunity to become familiar with the academic, social, and cultural life at Syracuse. Learn more about SummerStart

First-Year Experience & Transition Gen-One Scholars Learning Community

Join with other first-generation college students in taking a behind-the-scenes look at how the University works. Members of the Gen-One Scholars Learning Community will learn how to navigate SU and understand the keys to succeeding both in and out of the classroom. You will connect with students, faculty, and staff who identify as first-generation and meet people from offices all across campus who can help you during your college years. Learn more about Gen-One Scholars Learning Community

Scholars & Leadership Full Circle Mentoring

fullCIRCLE is a sustainable, multilayered program designed to assist its participants in effectively adjusting to the different challenges of college life, including those that are academic, social, professional and personal in nature, with the goal of building community. The program serves first-year and upper-class students with an emphasis on Black/African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx American, and Indigenous/Native American students. fullCIRCLE promotes academic success, identity development, community leadership, and social responsibility. Mission: To support the holistic development of students of color through intentional relationships with peers, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers. Learn more about Full Circle Mentoring

Scholars & Leadership Wellslink

The WellsLink Leadership Program is the nationally recognized academic and leadership excellence program for first-year students of color at Syracuse University. Through structured academic, social, and cultural enrichment activities, WellsLink scholars train for exceptional success at the University and beyond. The program is named after Barry L. Wells, former senior vice president and dean of student affairs at Syracuse University and founder of the University's Office Minority Affairs in 1976. Wells is currently a Special Assistant on Chancellor Kent Syverud's leadership team. The program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, part of the Division of Student Affairs. Learn more about Wellslink

Student Life & Support The First

Mission TheFirst (formerly known as The Story Project) is for those who are first in their families to attend college. TheFirst provides opportunities for first-generation students to describe their journeys to higher education. It is a space for dialogue and community/campus outreach where students who are first generation are encouraged to document their experience though journal writing, sharing, and videotaping their stories. They hope to put a face on various facets of diversity on this college campus while telling their stories of perseverance and determination. Learn more about The First

Student Diversity

  • 15,000
  • 45/55
  • 21%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 56%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 12%

Student Success

  • 91%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 82%
    Six-year graduation
  • 80%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 70%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • n/a
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Liberal Arts Business Engineering Media/Communications Performing & Visual Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Student Union Chinese Students and Scholars Caribbean Students Association Black Reign Step Team Latino Greek Council African American Male Congress Raices Dance Troupe La LUCHA National Pan-Hellenic Council Asian Students in America


Cost of Attendance

  • $43,440
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $6,917
    Required Fees
  • $15,217
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $260,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • n/a
    Students with financial need
  • 75%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 31,000
    # of applicants
  • 50%
  • 3.60
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date