Syracuse University Reviews

  • 134 Reviews
  • Syracuse (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $57,591
84% of 134 students said this degree improved their career prospects
85% of 134 students said they would recommend this school to others
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John Doe
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2022
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"The online IDDE Masters program at Syracuse U is one of the worst attempts at higher-level education instruction I have had the misfortune of committing to. The overall instructional goal is to teach how to develop instruction, yet none of the classes come close to displaying a standard I would hope to emulate. Every class's blackboard layout is different, and most are missing crucial information. I am constantly spending more time looking for turn-in dates and rubrics than I am doing the work. The only uniting factor in the entire system is a set of video lectures that have all-natural pauses removed and are narrated so quickly they are almost unwatchable. The chosen text are ok, but we were literally reading articles on "emerging technology" written in the 1990s. On the plus side, I was taught about the new thing called "social media" and even given myspace as an example. Sadly, several of the teachers seem to really care but they are stuck regurgitating a curriculum that has not been updated for decades and is so disjointed that is loses any appeal or instructional value. The only thing I have learned so far is how much is wrong with the Instructional design of this degree path."
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2022
  • Degree: Business
"I had one professor look me dead in the eyes at the start of the semester and said "I don't think you can make it, pick another major." I ended up acing his classes. I had another professor tell me she didn't know how to teach me because I was learning too slow. She got furious when I told her that teachers need to challenge themselves to teach every type of student and those who can't should find a new career path. I got a B in her class but she refused to ever make eye contact with me. I had the dean of my school ask me to come in and told me I would not graduate because they didn't accept any of my transfer credits from Onondaga Community College. I told him that I graduated from there and those credits weren't transferred. He exclaimed "oh yeah! it says it right there!" That dean laughed it off that he mistakenly almost made me not graduate by not looking at the fine print and just making assumptions. Those 3 experiences alone dwarf all the good experiences I had there."
Angelica Sweat
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"I would NOT recommend attending this online program. The curriculum is fine; However, the hoops they make you jump through to complete your degree are not worth it. The school enrolls online MBA students and then forces you to fly to 1 of 2 destinations to complete the 3 required in-person residencies. The only locations they offer are New York and New Orleans They start on a Thursday and end Sunday evening; this means you are missing Wednesday-Tuesday. They only allow you to REQUEST admittance to these residencies a couple of months ahead of schedule and there are limited seats, therefore you CAN NOT plan ahead for travel or other commitments until you are admitted to the residency. Additionally, the 3 required residencies are only offered once a semester, so if the weekend they choose is impossible for you (typically never fits with my schedule as a business owner). There is no alternative to this and I am registered for my last classes, yet have been unable to attend residencies elongating my completion. I requested the first residency and was denied and have not been able to attend one since. They have zero solutions for this issue. Find somewhere else, honestly unless you are able to fly across the country and miss a week of work at the drop of a hat with the current prices to travel find another institution."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2020
  • Degree: Data Science Masters
"SU does not make it easy to take required courses for the major. They send out pre-registration surveys to ensure students get the courses they need to graduate, but rarely actually do so. Required courses that are offered from other colleges are "out of their jurisdiction" and students must jump through many loops and contact multiple people to get approval for these courses. Courses that are required for the major. SU's online systems all look like they were done in the 90's and are very unintuitive. My experience with SU has been disappointing. I was told it was a prestigious school, but I learned more in my undergrad at BYU. The bureaucracy of the school is prohibitive to the students, and the services are overpriced. If this was a normal business, competitors would immediately overtake them. SU's provided education is nothing more than a money grab from students who want to get a job with a degree."
Thalia Charles
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"Syracuse University offers a challenging curriculum that prepares its students to navigate the international landscape of business. What set Syracuse apart is its strong alumni, and support given to alumni's in regards to job placement after the completion of your degree. Students have life-long access to services."
Eugene Kim
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"The campus for Syracuse University is beautiful, and certainly one of the strengths of the University. Although Syracuse is a low socioeconomic city known for having high crime rates, the University is well guarded at all times and there's not much to worry about as far as safety is concerned. Considering that Syracuse is upper New York, it would be highly advised that you bring winter attire that's suitable for heavy snow and extremely cold weather. The student life is quite good, and there's a lot of activities hosted by the school that's worth checking out. I was a part of the School of David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, majoring in Public Health, which took over the old Law building. If you're interested in the field of Public Health, SU can be a good choice for you. The professors there are very considerate and very passionate about the field. One of the downfalls of Syracuse University though, is that it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. Many people either remain on campus, or they go downtown. Destiny Mall is also an option. The party life at Syracuse is also pretty big, so expect a lot of people to start going out as early as Thursday night. If you live in a dorm, expect puke in sinks and stuff every once in a while, because some people are nasty like that. The dining hall food has a lot of options, but it's usually always the same stuff so it can get a bit subpar and boring at times as well."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I loved attending Syracuse so much!! I would highly recommend the school. It is expensive however, they give generous academic scholarships and financial aid. I have always found that the professors really want to help the students. I would recommend pursuing research opportunities, joining the sports teams (being an college athlete is a once of a lifetime experience), and applying to the honors program, which is an incredible program."
Christina G
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2019
"I found my undergraduate program to be exceptional in the field of psychology; however, the neuroscience program is still growing. The campus offers many opportunities to get involved in various areas of interest. With my healthcare and humanities interests, I joined Global Medical Brigades, Habitat-for-Humanity, and a brain and behavioral psychology lab. The school gave me the stepping stones to set me up for a successful future. I am grateful for getting a great job out of college at Johns Hopkins University. Other than the Arts and Sciences program, Syracuse is known for its Communications school, Newhouse, and its' business school, Whitman. Each school is its own entity and once you commit to one, it can be difficult to transfer to a different school. For this reason, it is best to go into this college with a general knowledge of the field you would like to major in. Sports are a huge part of the undergraduate experience. The boys basketball team is very popular for creating a huge fan base, with orange pride running through the entire campus. The school spirit is huge and if that is the culture you would like to be a part of, then this is certainly the school for you.The biggest downfall of Syracuse is the weather. Winters can be absolutely brutal, even for a fellow New Yorker. The wind from the great lakes makes it difficult to walk to class; however, I definitely got used to it and found it to be 100% worth it. I was given the best 4 years and made a great group of friends. Overall, if you want to attend a school with exceptional academics, tons of school spirit, and do not mind the cold, then this is the school for you."
Elisha Beinart
  • Reviewed: 6/22/2018
  • Degree: Fashion
"I thought it was a good program, however, it could have been more academically challenging. I was looking for more mentorship within the faculty. Individual attention could have been enhanced. The students were highly social but not necessarily focused on academic achievement and competition. The professors could have taught more techniques to increase our skill level. The fashion design program did not prepare students accurately for occupational experience. School stressed the creative and limitless boundaries of imagination. Although I appreciated the ability to be imaginative and inventive with design, it does not reflect real world job experience. The industry is all about limitations, catering to customers needs, and making compromises with the construction, costs, materials, hardware, and timing. The environment between school and working in the industry are at extremes. School is perceived as on a self-directed schedule with facilitators and driven by personal grades. A design job often leads to a stressful, unfriendly atmosphere of constantly proving yourself with long hours and complete dedication. The creative freedom is greatly reduced to fit the molds of consumer targets. Syracuse should teach their students more about the industry experience to prepare for post college life. With that being said, I still enjoyed the undergraduate program. The most memorable and productive part of my college experience, was studying abroad. Being able to study in a different country with new perspectives and external feedback, I gained valuable learning moments. I am grateful for the opportunity to study abroad. I highly recommend the chance to study abroad. The design program could help more with finding Internships and job opportunities. Networking within fashion design alumni and faculty can be improved. If given the chance to redo the undergraduate experience, I may have looked into other programs more seriously."
Emma N.
  • Reviewed: 4/20/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
"I worked really hard to get into the S.I Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University. After my first semester of school I was still settling into college life. I've always been an over achiever and joined a ton of clubs and organizations, and maintained a 3.9 throughout the course of the year. It wasn't until my junior year when I had two abhorrent professors that I became completely appalled by SU. In office hours one male professor openly flirted with me and asked me "how many men had asked me out" on campus. Not only did it make me uncomfortable, but completely unwilling to ever return to his office hours which made my grade drop and increased scrutiny in class. To make it worse- this professor is older and in his early seventies. Many consider him a legend of sorts in Newhouse, and it seems he is immune to any sort of discipline. Historically, friends who have graduated have told me that the only guys in his class always receive the highest grades (the class is predominantly female). To make matters worse, I gave a big presentation in another advertising class with the other male professor, and became so nervous that I fumbled some of what I wanted to say and the presentation came out much worse than I expected. It would have been fine to accept a lower grade than I wished and worked on my public speaking skills, but the professor openly roasted me in the class. His exact words were, "that was a complete mess, and utterly hard to watch." Needless to say, I felt destroyed. It wasn't like I hadn't worked my butt off but the workload I had that week was intense. I was overworked, exhausted, and now humiliated. I felt like I was being put down again and again. Here's the coup de gras- I take out 60k in student loans to have these old white men teach me things I can learn in seconds on the internet and conduct themselves absolutely shamelessly. Syracuse University should not be on any intelligent, high achieving person's college list. This is the honest truth."
Rachel Pinals
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Syracuse Universitys B.A. in Psychology program is good. Not great, but good. It focuses on the fundamentals of the science, but is limited in the experience needed to be ready for the field. Classes are interesting, but I found that most of them are classes which introduce you into the subject areas, including history and key words, and do not really give you hands on experience. Research labs are great to gain practice with experimentation, but does not fully prepare you for the job. This is similar for all psychology undergraduate degrees though, as furthering your education in a graduate degree is necessary in order to actually get a job in the field you want. Because of the size and population of the school, you do not receive much attention from your advisors, unless you put in the work to have them help you. Which is understandable, given that they are professors as well, however they do not give as much helpful information and guidance as you may have hoped without pushing them to it. It is an overall great school, and do not regret choosing it one bit!"
Kayla Wagner
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2018
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"The Clinical Psychology PhD program at Syracuse University is academically stimulating and rigorous. Faculty are supportive and promote success in research opportunities. The program heavily emphasizes research progress within coursework, assistantship, and practicum experiences. Clinical training is received through coursework and practicum sites in the community. This program is recommended to students who are interested in research careers in academia specifically."
Laura Andrea
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2018
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"As a student currently in the Exercise Science program at Syracuse University, I can personally say that I have never learned more in my educational career. The program pushes you to become an excellent scholar in this field by providing a variety of courses and close guidance with your advisor. As a student looking to pursue exercise science with an emphasis in adapted physical education, my advisor has provided me with support throughout the application process and now throughout the program. I am not only learning more about the skills and assessments needed in the exercise science field I am also learning how to advocate for myself and my own education. I have also been able to take courses outside of my department in order to supplement my learning, such as a statistics course in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. As for research, my advisor has involved me in several of his projects as a first year graduate student so that I can grow professionally. While the weather in Syracuse is very cold, the quality education I am receiving in my graduate program makes it worth it."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"Syracuse University was a great place to study. The faculty were supportive of my research, my small cohort was full of genuinely kind and driven people, and I have maintained relationships with my academic advisors. My time at SU prepared me well for a career in media and communication and continues to drive my passion for the industry."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"I attended Syracuse University to get a Masters degree in Public Relations. I decided to get my masters as I had majored in journalism in college, but knew I was most passionate about PR/marketing from several internships I held and felt I needed more experience in that field before I could really pursue a career. Syracuse (specifically Newhouse) was the greatest experience. The curriculum is robust and prepares you for the real world - It is not filled with things you know you'll forget in a few years, but instead things you will literally use or reference on a day-to-day basis in a job. The connections that Newhouse forms are also unparalleled. I am at my current job now because of a NYC trip where we toured several agencies. I feel they definitely prepare you to successfully jump into the real world and you know that the Syracuse/Newhouse network of grads and professors are always there for you following."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"Love the campus, teaching staff was wonderful, I would recommend."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Engineering
"It was okay. Research work is a little challenging."
Syracuse University
  • Reviewed: 7/16/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
"Attending Syracuse University was by far one of the best decisions that I have made thus far, I have gain great education, large network of people that want to see succeed and could help provide guidance, as well as playing a major role in my personal growth as individual."
Conor Cummins
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2017
  • Degree: History
"Syracuse University. The best undergraduate program I believe you will find anywhere. You might ask why? The moment you step on campus and take in the community feel; orange pride, outgoing faculty members and driven students you cannot ask for more social, ethnic and academic diversity. Students and faculty travel from all over the nation and country to discover who they will become after four years of higher education. I argue that Syracuse University provides the most opportunities to find both your social or academic niche over the course of four blessed and orange years!"
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Syracuse University has become my home away from home. I truly felt like I received the college experience from Syracuse. I felt academically challenged as I was able to maintain a social life. The possibilities of internships and research positions were endless, and my experiences that I had at Syracuse allowed me to follow my passion of helping people into graduate school at the University of Denver. I am forever grateful for my Syracuse experience and hope students who choose Syracuse will have the same experience."