Syracuse University: Breadth, Depth, and great basketball!

We thought we knew Syracuse University before our visit.  After all, we were aware that many of the Orangemen’s (and women’s) athletic teams are nationally ranked Division I programs, the Carrier Dome hosts exciting college basketball and lacrosse games plus concerts and events, and the campus spends much of the academic year under a blanket of snow and ice.  What we found out from our recent visit to SU was that our knowledge only scratched the surface.  Our trip opened our eyes to the diverse academic, social and extracurricular opportunities that abound on campus and within the Syracuse’s city limits. All of the above combine to make Syracuse University a college worth considering for many high school students in the college admissions process. Syracuse’s numbers tell about its large size and many academic opportunities.  The university has close to 12,000 undergraduates, studying 200 different majors at nine undergraduate schools.  Despite these numbers, the campus is compact giving the school a small college environment.   Students find their academic home to be more manageably sized (e.g., the school of Architecture has only 400 students and the School of Education has just 350.)  Many prospective students will graduate from a high school class that is larger! Even within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of the colleges, the major departments offer a cozier academic home.  Academically the university offers a vast array of majors. The many and varied professional programs allows all students to begin thinking about their career goals and aspirations at the start of their undergraduate career.  Most students will have internships in their chosen field before graduation in addition to taking courses which are hands-on technical preparation for the many careers to which SU students aspire.   The most well known undergraduate professional program on the campus is the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Many of its alumni are well-known broadcasters such as Steve Croft of CBS’ 60 minutes and Bob Costas of NBC and HBO. Another large part of Syracuse is the financial commitment students and families must make to attend.  The full cost of attendance for one year is nearly $48,000.  The university, however, has also made a financial commitment to the students and (according to the Admissions Officer leading our Information Session) will meet the full financial need of all incoming students for class entering in the Fall 2009.  Families must complete the FAFSA,...
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