-I am a Syracuse Alumni class of 2004. I am from the Syracuse area and I am number 7, that's right, SEVEN in my family to attend this fine institution. My family members attended the school from 1965 + and are now in the medical field, communications, geography and business and STILL live in the Syracuse area. I myself attended the Maxwell School undergraduate and graduated with a BA in geography and international relations. I am now attending the University of Virginia School of Architecture and finishing my Master's in May.
I am disappointed by the negative posts about application essays, dorm food, yada yada. It is appauling to see how many mothers on here are were not favorable of the school. Let me tell you... Syracuse is a strong name and a HIGHLY impressive school all around the country.
Alumni connections are extremely strong with SU. We are some of the happiest alumni in the country. Since living in Virginia, I have run into more alumni in the DC area.
My favorite part about the school were the friends I made, the incredible academics with top professors and learning about myself at the same time. SU is a balanced school- politics don't run the campus, there is time for basketball and sports, but academics are a priority no questions asked. I learned things at SU my sophomore year of college that most of the Master's students at UVA didnt know and we were in the same field!
As far as the school being safe... what college campus in a city is SAFE?? Ask the students at NYU...Miami...LSU... I bet you a million that they will agree that the campus is "not safe". Here's the catch, SU is a safe campus, but you just have to be smart about it. Dont walk in an alley by yourself at 2AM. Not smart.
Last but not least...the application for SU is rough, but there are reasons for it. They have up'd their standards 150% of who they'll accept. They don't take just anyone, and those that show effort in their application and display their passion to attend will be given high consideration. It's as simple as that. College essays arent just something they want to make you suffer through, they are an important part of who you are and if you through crap together you definitely don't deserve to be at Syracuse.
As an alumni I can optimistically say that you will never find another school like SU, and should you chose to go, it will be the best four years of your life.