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Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a large private institution with about 15,000 undergrads and another 6,600 students in its graduate and professional schools. The university's 13 schools and colleges offer about 200 majors and 100 minors, among them illustration, Arabic, ethics, and jazz studies. The Holden Observatory, the second oldest building on campus, is a brick marvel renovated to be of use in research conducted by undergrad and graduate physics students. All 50 states and more than 120 other countries are represented in the student body. On the weekends, sporting events, frat and house parties, and trips to off-campus Marshall Street dominate the social landscape. Students also have their choice of more than 300 campus organizations to join; represented special interests include information security, service dogs, and comics. School pride is written all over Syracuse, especially whenever Otto's Army student section shows up, and on any given day, half the students are likely to be sporting their trademark orange gear for the 'Cuse. But don't take winter-weather warnings lightly: Crossing the large campus can prove bone-chilling without the right clothes, or, better yet, a car.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$68,400
% of students who get any grants
70%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,700
Average price for low-income students
$19,610
admissions
Acceptance rate
47%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1260/28
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,788
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
94%
% of need met
93%
% of students who get merit* grants
20%
Average merit grant
$12,470
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
52%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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