Enhance your learning experience in a variety of ways. Syracuse University students enjoy the smaller community they experience in their home college, but appreciate having access to a larger university. In addition to small class sizes and a commitment to the liberal arts, students take advantage of many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. SU places no boundaries on student learning.


Do you have an Honors Program?

Yes. The Renée Crown University Honors Program is marked by four distinguishing characteristics:

  • heightened expectations
  • participation in a vibrant and active community of learners
  • intensity of intellectual experience
  • special intellectual opportunity and responsibilities

Can I take part in research as an undergraduate? What kind of opportunities are there?

Syracuse University is a well-known research institution that allows students to learn ‘for the world, in the world,’ through our vision of Scholarship in Action. Opportunities are plentiful but vary among our schools and colleges. Most students discover research opportunities through conversations with their faculty advisors.

What is the faculty-to-student ratio?

The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:16.

How big are the classes?

The average class size is 25 students. 80% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students, and 92% have fewer than 50 students. Some introductory courses are larger, but only approximately 3% of classes have more than 100 students. When classes exceed 50 students, they will often meet weekly in smaller discussion sections.

May I start school early?

Yes. SummerStart is a six-week academic program that operates during the second summer session. SummerStart, for entering first-year students, will ease your transition to Syracuse University and allow you to earn credits toward your degree. Learn more about SummerStart.

Can I complete more than one major at SU?

Yes. Students have a lot of flexibility and options when it comes to academics. Most of our students select a minor to compliment their major and many students will also complete a second major. Although students will be enrolled in one of the nine colleges as their home college, they will often pursue a second major, or minor, in another college. Students can usually complete two majors within four years, but this will depend on the requirements of their selected majors.

Can students complete internships?

Most of our students will complete at least one internship during their time at SU, and many will complete more than one. Students can partner with the Center for Career Services and the career development center in their home college to find local and national internships during the fall, spring and summer. Some students may even complete and internship abroad or cooperative (co-op) education program.

How many classes are taught by teaching or graduate assistants?

Almost all classes are taught by professors. Our faculty includes full-time instructional faculty, 1,013; part-time faculty, 96; and adjunct faculty, 454. Of the full-time faculty, approximately 86 percent have earned Ph.D. or professional degrees.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Syracuse University is continuously recognized as having one of the top international education programs in the country. SU Abroad operates seven overseas centers along with study abroad options in over 20 additional countries through our World Partners, summer, and short-term programs. We encourage students to take advantage of an international experience during their time at SU, and almost half of our students study abroad.