Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university located in the heart of Central New York. The main 270-acre campus is positioned on University Hill overlooking the city of Syracuse. The beautiful quad, surrounded by a mix of old and mid century buildings, is home to just under 15,000 undergraduates and close to 5,000 graduates from all over the world. Marshall Street serves as SU’s college town, just down the hill from the quad and essentially an extension of campus. At the other end of University Hill lies the Carrier Dome. Try and plan your visit around a football or basketball game; Syracuse students have tons of school spirit, and it’s so much fun to experience Orange pride at one of the games. 


Stay: Sheraton |  Breakfast: Funk 'n Waffles

Lunch: Varsity  | Dinner: Pastabilities

Visitor Information: Tour Syracuse

Stay: The Sheraton, located right on University Ave is conveniently located to campus and Marshall Street. Make reservations early; it books up quickly. The next best option is the Hotel Skyler, less than a five-minute walk from campus and the Genesee Grande Hotel.

Coffee: Known for the best coffee in Syracuse, Cafe Kubal has a location right on campus in the Marshall Square Mall, right across from the Whitman Business School and the Sheraton. Recess Coffee is another great option for coffee, five minutes away from campus.

Breakfast: Students rave about Mother's Cupboard, known for their huge pancakes and cocoa iced coffee. If you have a car and have only one breakfast, Stella's diner is the place to go.  A favorite of locals as well as SU students,  it's known to have the best hangover brunch in the area. You must order the home fries; you won't regret it, it's a meal in itself. Another great choice is Eggplant - also known as the "All Night Eggplant Diner."  Right on campus, Funk 'N Waffles (locally owned by SU grads, ) is created by the students for the students. They have every waffle you've ever dreamed of…savory or sweet and excellent sandwiches. Check them out on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Lunch: Armory Square is a short 5- 10 minute drive from campus.  Our favorite lunch spots include: Blue TuskEmpire Brewery, and Modern Malt.  A few blocks away hit family run Gannon's for homemade ice cream for dessert. On campus, Varsity is an institution at Syracuse; it has been around for over 80 years - famous for pizza and wings.  Also on Marshall Street is Faegan's,  another SU icon serving bar/pub food offering great salads, sandwiches, and a wide selection of beers!



Casual: Housed in a church built in 1840, The Mission serves up excellent Mexican fare. Another good option for Mexican is snug Alto Cinco serving homemade food to hungry students and their families for over twenty years. Other good options are Mizu (about 5-7 minutes off campus) or Dinosaur BBQ.


A Step Up: Everyones favorite, Pastabilities is the oldest restaurant in Armory Square, serving delicious, Italian inspired fare to hungry students and locals alike. A must order is their famous spicy hot tomato oil served with their homemade stretch bread. Other Italian favorites include Asti, Joey’s and Francesca’s Cucina. Local favorites, Phoebe’s and The York are American bistros with a seasonal menu.

Late Night Snack: Insomnia Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth perfectly!

Local Attractions:  Before leaving school stock up on your “Orange” gear at Mannys or T Shirt World. Explore Armory Square, the revitalized district downtown, where old warehouses and historic buildings are now home to a large concentration of restaurants, bars, and eclectic shops. The Everson Museum of Art, focusing on American artists, has an impressive collection housed in a building designed by acclaimed architect I.M. Pei. The picturesque town of Skaneateles, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, is a half hour drive from SU. Stroll along Skaneateles Lake and enjoy the historic downtown filled with architectural treasures and great restaurants. Popular student recommendations include Gildas, Bluewater Grill, The Corner and Doug's Fish Fry to name a few!  Enjoy an afternoon of hiking or biking on the extensive network of trails at Green Lakes State Park or just do a loop around the glacial lake. There's also an 18 hole Robert Trent Jones golf course.

SU's Famous Alumni


I love the spirit of our University, it’s amazing to see how one aspect of the school can bring together an entire student body. I forever will Bleed Orange!
— Emma
There’s nothing better, on a nice day, then sitting on the quad with your friends. People are playing Frisbee, reading books, playing guitars—it’s everything you picture college to be when you’re little—Syracuse has a beautiful campus!
— Stephanie
Even though Syracuse is a big school, I always feel that I’m a part of a smaller, tight knit community.
— Bri
Greek Life is huge!
— Trevor
Syracuse has one of the oldest and most respected study abroad programs. Plan ahead and get your requirements out of the way so you can take advantage of the many program options.
— Tamryn





Otto the Orange

School Colors


Acceptance Rate

53.2% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

900 South Crouse Avenue, 100 Crouse-Hinds Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-5040

(p) (315) 443-3611
(f) (315) 443-4226

Maurice Harris, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Taye Diggs
Vanessa Williams
Dick Clark
Bob Costas
Betsey Johnson

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Photographs by Syracuse photography major, Allen Chiu