Located just 250 miles northwest of New York City, Syracuse University was officially chartered in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution offering programs in the physical sciences and modern languages with a total of 41 students. Today, this institution has to grown to over 19,000 students and dedicated to faculty excellence, scholarly distinction, attracting and supporting enterprising students.
Syracuse University Fun Facts
- 1874 - SU offers the nation's first bachelor of fine arts degree
- 1961 - SU celebrates the selection of All-America halfback Ernie Davis as the Heisman Trophy winner; he is the first African American to earn this coveted award.
- 1980 - SU builds the Carrier Dome, the first domed athletic stadium of its kind on a university campus.
- 2002 - SU becomes the site of the NYS Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems.
- 2003 - SU wins the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
- 2005 - SU earns recognition as one of the nation's "Colleges with a Conscience."
- 2006 - SU hosts the international summit "Small World/Big Divides" focusing on practical strategies for peace.
The Legacy of Number 44
Number 44 at Syracuse University is one of the most fabled numbers ever associated with a college football program. Since 1954, nine players have worn the number and three earned All-American honors. Those three--Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little--rank among the finest running backs ever to play the college game.
Syracuse Athletics - Go orange!
It's hard to be a true Orange man or woman without cheering on one of Syracuse University's nationally recognized sports teams. All women's and men's varsity teams are NCAA Division I and many are nationally ranked.
Welcome Family & Friends
Parents and friends are an integral part of each student's Syracuse University experience. Learn more about the academic and living experiences that your student will have during his or her years at Syracuse University.