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Syracuse University is just minutes from the heartland of Haudenosaunee territory—and invested in a relationship with its Native American neighbors that promotes cross-cultural dialogue, research opportunities, and stronger appreciation for Native American contributions. Hear from Native American Students.
Native Student Information and Resources
- Quick Facts
- Culture and Community
- Other Resources at SU and Beyond
- Native Alumni
- Contact Information
Main campus is in Syracuse, N.Y. (in Onondaga Nation territory), and just 45 minutes from the Oneida Nation.
Undergraduate enrollment is just over 14,000, including 350 Native American students.
Ranked as one of the top 200 colleges for Indigenous students (American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Winds of Change)
Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship
Who qualifies? Citizens of the Haudenosaunee Nation who reside on a nation territory
What does the scholarship cover? Cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and housing and meals (on campus, as outlined in the University’s Cost of Attendance), as well as optional study abroad opportunities. Learn more.
Haudenosaunee Honor Scholarship
Who qualifies? Certified citizens of one of the historic Haudenosaunee nations
What does the scholarship cover? Cost of tuition and mandatory fees as specified in the Syracuse University Cost of Attendance for each year of full-time undergraduate study. Learn more.
Native Heritage Month
As part of Native Heritage Month, you’ll enjoy screenings of Indigenous films, comedians, lectures, social dances, and other cultural festivities that celebrate Native heritage. This event is hosted by SU, in partnership with other area colleges such as Onondaga Community College and Ithaca College. View a sample calendar.
Native Student Program
Beginning with a three-day orientation program, the Native Student Program supports you during your transition to college and throughout your entire undergraduate experience. You’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops and receive academic counseling, as well as travel to places like Washington, D.C., to explore Indigenous history. Native students gather weekly at the program’s headquarters, 113 Euclid Avenue.
Indigenous Students at Syracuse (ISAS)
This student-run organization promotes awareness of, and provides a sense of belonging for, Indigenous students on campus. ISAS also educates the SU community about Indigenous issues and concerns. Learn more.
Indigenous Living Learning Community
SU’s residential learning communities support you in developing skills and attitudes that enhance academic achievement, help you make friends quickly and easily, and give you the tools to balance your academic and social lives. If you choose to live in the Indigenous Living Learning Community, you’ll live and work with other students while focusing on the traditions of Native peoples, particularly religion, history, aesthetics, and politics.
Native American Studies Minor
SU’s Native American Studies minor, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, explores the lives of Indigenous peoples from religious, historical, political, and aesthetic perspectives back to cultures that existed more than 11,000 years ago.
Ongwehonwe Alumni Association
Ongwehonwe, the Onondaga word for First Nation peoples, is also the name of SU’s Indigenous Alumni Association, a group of more than 400 members representing every school and college at the University.
The Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center
The Skä·noñh—Great Law of Peace Center, located nearby at Onondaga Lake Park, is a collaborative project between Onondaga County, Onondaga Historical Association, SU and other educational institutions in the area, and the Onondaga Nation. It tells the ancient and enduring story of the Great Law of Peace from its founding to the present time. Students are encouraged to be involved with the planning and events associated with the Center.
fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program
Designed to help you adjust to the academic, social, professional, and personal challenges of college life by providing academic resources outside the classroom. Learn more.
Connects you with experienced students for advice about settling into Syracuse, living with a roommate, opening a bank account, meeting new friends, and handling academics. Learn more.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Program Grant (NACME)
Provides scholarships to Native American students with financial need who are enrolled in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Learn more.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
Provides competitive, merit- and need-based scholarships for outstanding minority accounting students, including Native Americans.
Native American SUNY: Western Consortium
Created by the State University of New York (SUNY) to address the higher education needs of Native American communities, the program provides aid in the form of Haudenosaunee and general Native scholarships and grants. Learn more.
Distant Drums Scholarships for Part-Time Indigenous Students
Marathon Oil Corporation/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program
Scholarships and summer internships at various Marathon operation locations are available to Native American engineering majors. Learn more.
Oren Lyons ’58, H’93,Turtle Clan Faithkeeper, SU’s first Native graduate, and frequent lecturer at the UN
Ann Drumheller ’89, special assistant, Native American Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution and the first Native woman to letter all four years in volleyball.
Stephanie Waterman, G’04, assistant professor at University of Rochester and the first Onondaga to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse University
Brett Bucktooth ’06, Syracuse University All-American lacrosse player, National Lacrosse League All-Star, and member of the Iroquois Nationals and Onondaga Redhawks
Professor Michael Taylor, D’05, Author, Contesting Constructed Indian-ness, research affiliate at Colgate University
Robert Odawi Porter ’86, Senior advisor and Native American expert, Dentons Law Firm
Karla General, JD’10, Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center
Sarah Moses ’06, G’10, Staff writer, The Post-Standard
Leah Shenandoah ’06, Singer, songwriter, jeweler and multimedia artist
Amber Hill ’09, first known Native American woman to play in the NCAA tournament
Native American Alumni will assist you with the admissions process; campus tours; answers to your questions via e-mail, phone, or Skype; and at college fairs, high school visits, and interviews.
-Melissa Jane Qillauruq Tabor, Inupiaq
Dual major Psychology and Religion, Gerontology minor ’11
-Alexander Jimerson, Cattaraugus Seneca
Public Health, Native studies minor ’11
-Shara Francis-Herne, Akwesasne Mohawk
Psychology, Native Studies Minor ’11
-Phillip Rohetiio White Cree, Akwesasne Mohawk
Architecture, Native studies minor ’12
-Jenn Ullman, Salamanca Seneca
-Justin Schaap, Salamanca Seneca
To reach an alumni representative, please contact Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions and information, please contact:
Admissions Counselor and Native American Liaison
Office of Admissions