As a first-year student, you’ll live in one of the 18 residence halls on main campus. If you choose to live in a Learning Community, you'll live with a group of students that share one of your interests. With 70% of students living on campus, you’ll soon make friends and settle into your home away from home.
Change is the name of the game with Central New York weather, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Fall blazes in a fantastic gold display; winter demands humor and a warm hat; spring encourages flowers and intrepid sunbathers; and green summers beckon outside dining and play.
Armory Square is home to 22 restaurants, 15 different places to shop, nightlife, entertainment, and Syracuse University’s Nancy Cantor Warehouse, which houses the College of Visual and Performing Arts design programs. Most restaurants and shops are locally owned and operated. Entertainment options include the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology; the Point of Contact Gallery; and The Redhouse, a multifunction art house featuring presentations in modern theater, film, music, and fine arts.
100+ years of traditions are celebrated daily at Syracuse University: Crouse Chimes playing the Beatles as you’re walking to class, the legacy of #44 seen on the revered Ernie Davis statue and even in the zip code, and who doesn’t love Otto the Orange, especially when he zips across campus on his scooter.
Healthy & Happy
Take advantage of SU’s seven fitness facilities that offer plenty of equipment, plus a variety of classes, including Boot Camp, RPM™, Power Yoga, Zumba, and Ballet. You can also take your fitness to new heights at the Challenge Ropes Course or practice your triple salchow at the Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion on South Campus. If you're feeling under the weather, the Health Services office on campus provides services from general medical care to nutrition education and counseling (and everything in between).
LGBT Resource Center
The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is to embody values of awareness, community, integrity, and social justice. The Center encourages thoughtful explorations of gender and sexuality, and provides education and resources, cultivates leadership, engages in advocacy, and collaborates with others.
At Syracuse University, students with big ideas can make them happen. There are programs and competitions across campus and throughout the city of Syracuse that help entrepreneurial students turn their ideas into reality. With the help of IDEA, students are connected to to the right people and places to get going, fast. And there are programs like that all across campus, from the Student Sandbox in the iSchool, to the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management.
When you need to refuel, head to any of the five residential dining centers. Meals are served on an all-you-care-to-eat basis and include vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and halal options. In addition, there are two student centers with food courts, numerous cafés, and two campus groceries.
The Connective Corridor is a signature strip of cultural development connecting the University with downtown Syracuse. It stitches together and showcases bike paths, public and interactive art, and way finding systems. As part of this initiative, a free bus service, provided by Centro and SU, conveniently connects you with downtown Syracuse.
Bordering campus is Marshall Street, a bustling area with shops and restaurants, all overflowing with Orange spirit. It’s here you’ll satisfy your craving for sushi, find a fashionable pair of boots, watch an away game on a big screen, or simply get your hair cut.
City of Syracuse
Central New Yorkers are a hearty lot and enjoy being active during all four seasons. Whether you’re into skiing, shopping, or sailing, you’ll find adventure around every corner.
Beloved across campus, students and faculty can't help but smile when fun-loving Otto struts up for a high five and dance, or when he rolls by on his scooter. In 2014, Sports Illustrated named Otto the Orange the No. 1 mascot in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Parks & Lakes
No matter the season, there’s always an outdoor activity just around the corner. You can rent a paddle boat at Green Lakes State Park, cross-country ski at Highland Forest, go for a dip at Jamesville Beach Park, or rent a bicycle at Onondaga Lake Park…all within 20 minutes of campus.
Foods Native to Syracuse
The Syracuse area has a long list of foods and restaurants guaranteed to whet your appetite. Home to the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and the Great New York State Fair, there's no better city to enjoy salt potatoes, Hoffman Hotdogs, or a liberal pour of spicy tomato oil on handmade pasta. Head to Little Italy for Utica greens and chicken riggies, Amory Square for tapas, pub grub and top-notch Thai, or to various spots on the Hill and beyond for everything from simple snacks to special occasion dining.
Festivals & Fairs
Food, art, and festivals take place in the Syracuse area throughout the year. Festivals include the Syracuse International Film Festival, Taste of Syracuse, Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, Syracuse Polish Festival, the Great New York State Fair, Jamesville BalloonFest, Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, the WinterFest, the Apple Festival, and The Central New York Maple Festival, among others.
If you’re highly competitive, have a desire to serve your country, hold yourself to an exceptionally high moral code, and want both certainty and flexibility in your future career, consider the ROTC program. You’ll simultaneously earn the commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army or Air Force and a Syracuse University degree. You’ll combine leadership training with a regular academic major—a combination that will prepare you for both military and civilian careers.
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