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With an acceptance rate of 52%, admission to Syracuse is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 27.
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So, you’re thinking about applying to Syracuse University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 52%, admission to Syracuse is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 27.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Syracuse admission statistics.

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Syracuse Admissions Statistics

Syracuse’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 52%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 30,923 applicants, Syracuse admitted about 16,179. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.6, the average ACT score was 27, and the average SAT score was 1270.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 24, and the 75th percentile score was 29.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1170. The 75th percentile score was 1370.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Syracuse is very competitive. Even if Syracuse is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Syracuse’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

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Syracuse Application Requirements

To apply to Syracuse, you’ll need to fill out the Common App, submit an ACT or SAT score (writing test optional), pay the $75 application fee, submit your high school transcript, submit your senior year grade report, submit a secondary school counselor evaluation, and submit two academic recommendations. Everything should be submitted by November 15th for Early Action, and January 1st for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $75 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit your senior year grade report
  • Submit a secondary school counselor evaluation
  • Submit two academic recommendations

The application deadline is November 15th for Early Action and January 1st for Regular Decision.

Have you been admitted to Syracuse? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.

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Syracuse Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Syracuse, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 46% are male and 54% are female
  • 12.3% of students are international

Syracuse has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 12.3%
  • Underrepresented minority: 3.3%
  • Two or more races: 3.3%
  • White: 64%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Syracuse offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

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  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Social Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Syracuse Tuition Figures

At $67,403, Syracuse’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $29,432.

Here’s a fuller look at Syracuse tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $67,403
  • Average financial aid package: $29,432
  • The average student debt of a Syracuse graduate is $37,753

Now, what is life like at Syracuse? Let’s take a look.

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Campus Location

The main campus is located in Syracuse, New York, in the University Hill neighborhood.

Much of the campus is a mix of 19th-century Romanesque Revival buildings to contemporary structures designed by world-famous architects like I.M. Pei.

Remember, you’re going to Syracuse for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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Syracuse Academics

Syracuse has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Digital Arts
  • Engineering
  • Fine/Studio Arts
  • Geology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Illustration
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Neuroscience
  • Photojournalism
  • Voice and Opera

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Syracuse.

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Student Life at Syracuse

Syracuse has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Syracuse’s student activities:

  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Black Box Players
  • Creations Dance Company
  • 20 Watts Magazine
  • Black Celestial Choral Ensemble
  • CHAARG at Syracuse University
  • Developing Emerging Academic Leaders
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Float Your Boat: Sketch Comedy Club
  • Gaming Club at Syracuse University
  • Health and Wellness Club at Syracuse University
  • It Girls United
  • Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program (J.U.M.P.) Nation at Syracuse University
  • La LUCHA
  • ManyMentors: Syracuse University Chapter
  • Nourish International - Syracuse University
  • Orange Seeds

Are you an athlete? Syracuse’s got plenty of options for you.

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Syracuse Athletics

Syracuse offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Syracuse’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Rowing
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Syracuse degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

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Notable Alums

Syracuse has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Author Joyce Carol Oates
  • US Vice President Joe Biden
  • Venture capitalist Arthur Rock
  • Musician Lou Reed
  • Fashion designer Betsey Johnson
  • Journalist Megyn Kelly
  • Actor Taye Diggs
  • Video artist Bill Viola
  • NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb
  • Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley
  • Hotelier Ian Schrager
  • Actor Peter Falk

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into Syracuse is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science.

Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and go check out Prep Expert!

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