Visit – Syracuse University, New York

Here is a short report of the visit of Ms Nancy Rothschild, Assistant Dean of Syracuse University.  17 pupils attended and 3 staff  – 3 from 1ère, 5 from 2nde, 9 from 3ème.

Medium-sized city – university is on a hill overlooking the city.  The US offers amazing choice.  Sunshine in Florida and California – snow in the North East.  Some universities in cities, like Syracuse.  And universities in small towns out in the countryside.

What kind of environment?  Small liberal-arts?  Professional school? Syracuse – right in the middle – a bit of everything.  13000 students divided between 9 different schools and colleges.  Largest indoor stadium on a campus – 35,000 in the stadium.  Division 1 teams in basketball, football etc  Residence halls – all 1st and 2nd year students have to stay in university housing.  Great facilities – golf, swimming etc.

US studies – exploration, changing your mind is fine – you don’t have to decide on major until end of 2nd year.

College of Arts and Sciences the largest.  3.3 students.

Well known for Economics and International Affairs.  The post-grad school is one of the best for social sciences – the professors teach the undergraduates. Architecture – engineering – information management and communications.  Management.  Public communications – public relations.  Visual and performing arts – art, music, drama.

Established 1870, one of the 1st to accept women.

You don’t have to know your major, but you do need to decide where to begin – arts and sciences or somewhere else.  Your current interests (e.g. engineering) dictate your choice of which part of Syracuse university you start at.  Transfer is of course possible.

What does it take to get in?  Grades – overall, and in particular subjects given your potential choice.  For example, architecture needs a portfolio.

Harder for Europeans to get in?  Competition from Asia?  Syracuse values diversity and Europeans are desirable in maintaining and developing this.  There are no quotas.  The question is how well prepared are you to succeed in the area you wish to major in.

SATs can be interesting but not required.  English proficiency IS needed of course – either through SATs or TOEFL.  At least 600 on writing and 600 on critical reasoning.  In case of doubt, interviews can be requested.

Majors and minors can be combined.

300 plus clubs and organisations – many professionally-oriented.

Centres in Strasbourg and Florence and elsewhere in Europe.

A teaching and research university.  Research is part of what you do from the beginning.

For a marketing degree in the business school, Maths is important.