Syracuse University Admissions Statistics

Learn About Syracuse and the GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores You'll Need

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Syracuse University, with an acceptance rate of 48%, has selective admissions. You will need strong grades and above average SAT or ACT scores to be a competitive applicant. The application process is holistic and includes the Common Application essay, two letters of recommendation, and information about your extracurricular activities. Some programs also require a portfolio or audition.

Why You Might Choose Syracuse University

Located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, Syracuse University has made a name for itself in both academics and athletics. Programs in media studies, art and business are all worth a look, to name just a few. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Syracuse Orange compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. The attractive campus is the home of the 33,000 seat Carrier Dome, the largest college dome stadium in the country.

Syracuse GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Syracuse University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Syracuse University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of Syracuse's Admissions Standards

About half of applicants to Syracuse University don't get in. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most admitted students had a high school average of "B" or better, a combined SAT score of 1100 or higher (RW+M), and an ACT composite score of 22 or higher. The higher those grades and scores, the better your chance of receiving an acceptance letter.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue throughout the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Syracuse did not get accepted. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Syracuse admissions are based on much more than numerical data.

The university uses The Common Application and has holistic admissions. Syracuse takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. The admissions folks are looking for students who will both succeed in the classroom and contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • Syracuse University Acceptance Rate: 52 percent

Test Scores—25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 530 / 630
  • SAT Math: 560 / 660
  • SAT Writing: - / -
  • ACT Composite: 25 / 29
  • ACT English: 24 / 31
  • ACT Math: 24 / 29

More Syracuse University Information

Syracuse University way have a dauntingly high price tag, but about two-thirds of matriculated students receive grant aid from the university to help make the price manageable. As you create your college wish list, be sure to take into account factors such as financial aid, academic offerings, and graduation and retention rates.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,970 (15,218 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,022
  • Books: $1,440
  • Room and Board: $15,217
  • Other Expenses: $1,665
  • Total Cost: $63,344

Syracuse University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 71%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 67%
    • Loans: 50%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,222
    • Loans: $9,322

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 69%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Rowing, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Field Hockey, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

If You Like Syracuse University, Be Sure to Check Out These Schools

Applicants to Syracuse often apply to other large private universities in the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Boston University, American University, the University of Rochester, and Carnegie Mellon University are all popular choices.

If you're looking for a more intimate learning environment in Upstate New York, be sure to check out Alfred University and Ithaca College.

For public options, Syracuse applicants often show interest in Penn State, the University at Buffalo, and Stony Brook University.

Data Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Institute for Educational Statistics