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Syracuse University FACTS 2013-14

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FOUNDED  Officially chartered in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution offering programs in the physical sciences and modern languages.

CHANCELLOR  Kent Syverud, 12th Chancellor and President.

MAIN CAMPUS  Syracuse, located in the heart of Central New York, is within easy driving distance of Toronto, Boston, Montreal, and New York City.

EXTENDED CAMPUS SU offers a rich mix of academic programs, alumni activities, and immersion opportunities in numerous centers in the U.S. and around the globe, including major hubs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

ENROLLMENT The total University enrollment for fall 2013 is 21,267. Full-time undergraduate enrollment, 14,422; part-time undergraduate enrollment, 675; full-time graduate and law school enrollment, 4,670; part-time graduate and law school enrollment, 1,500.

STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS The total student population at Syracuse University represents all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. The full-time undergraduate student population consists of 55 percent women and 45 percent men.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENT PROFILE The incoming class of 3,487 students has a mean high school GPA of 3.6; consists of 32 percent students of color; and 16 percent first-generation students. The entering student population consists of 55 percent women and 45 percent men.

DIVERSITY Minority students represent 25.8 percent of the total student population of 21,267. This includes 7.7 percent African Americans; 6.7 percent Asian Americans; 8.6 percent Hispanics; 0.6 percent Native Americans; and 2.2 percent of two or more races.

FINANCIAL AID Last year, nearly two-thirds of SU students received more than $216 million in Syracuse University grants and scholarships. Overall, about 75 percent receive some form of financial support, including assistance from institutional, federal, state, or private sources.

FACULTY Full-time instructional faculty, ­­1,043; part-time faculty, 94; adjunct faculty, 472. Approximately 86 percent of full-time faculty members have earned Ph.D. or professional degrees.

DEGREES CONFERRED Bachelors, 3,146; Masters, 1,909; Doctoral degree-professional, 212; Doctoral degree-research, 191.

STAFF Full-time staff, 3,346; part-time staff 357.

LIBRARY HOLDINGS Printed volumes, 3.4 million; microforms, 105,291; current periodicals/ serials, 33,187; electronic books, 41 million.

TUITION Full-time undergraduate tuition: $38,970 per year plus housing, meals, and expenses.

CURRENT ALUMNI ON RECORD  247,811 alumni representing all 50 states and 162 countries and territories.

SPONSORED PROGRAMS A total of $76.0 million was awarded for research, teaching, and other sponsored programs in fiscal year 2013. The federal government is the major sponsor ($43.4 million).  Awards from non-federal sponsors totaled $32.6 million, the majority of which are from New York State ($13.0 million).  Various corporations are the third largest sponsors ($9.4 million).

ENDOWMENT FUND The market value was approximately $1.117 billion as of 11/30/2013.

Academic Units

School of Architecture

College of Arts and Sciences

School of Education

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Graduate School

School of Information Studies (iSchool)

College of Law

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science

University College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

Centers for research and scholarship*

Aging Studies Institute

Burton Blatt Institute

Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture

Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE)

Center for Natural Language Processing

Center for Policy Research

Daniel P. Moynihan Global Affairs Institute

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship

Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education

NYS Science and Technology Law Center

Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

SyracuseCoE (Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems)

SyracuseCoE Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

*Partial listing

Making a Difference

SU alumni make their mark in a variety of professions—from actors to zoologists and everything in between. Here are just a few who deserve special recognition.

Sarah Loguen (1876) fourth African American woman physician in U.S.

Stephen Crane (1891) author of The Red Badge of Courage

Sol LeWitt ’49 renowned visual artist

Dick Clark ’51 creator and host of American Bandstand

Jim Brown ’57 football star, actor, and social activist

F. Story Musgrave ’58 pioneering physician-astronaut

Ruth Johnson Colvin ’59 founder of Literacy Volunteers of America

Frank Langella ’59 award-winning stage and film actor (Frost/Nixon)

Joyce Carol Oates ’60, H’00: award-winning novelist

Ernie Davis ’62 first African American to win the Heisman Trophy

Lou Reed ’64 rock singer-songwriter for The Velvet Underground

Floyd Little ’67 Pro Football Hall of Famer

Joseph Biden L’68 vice president of the United States

Kathrine V. Switzer ’68, G’72 runner and advocate for women’s sports

Donna Shalala G’70 president of the University of Miami

Steve Kroft ’71 award-winning correspondent for 60 Minutes

Bob Costas ’74 host of NBC’s “Football Night in America”

Susan Hilferty ’75 Tony Award-winning costume designer (Wicked)

Eileen Collins ’78 first woman astronaut to command a NASA space mission

Aaron Sorkin ’83 screenwriter and producer of The West Wing

Vanessa Williams ’85 actress and first African American crowned Miss America

Arielle Tepper Madover ’94 award-winning Broadway producer

Dennis Crowley ’98 founder of the social networking site Foursquare

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud G'99 youngest person to fly on the space shuttle, first member of a royal family in space, first Muslim in space

Pamela Chen 05 award-winning documentary photographer

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Foundation Relations

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Parents Office

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Sponsored Programs

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SU Abroad

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University College

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University Operator

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