Syracuse University

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The Syracuse University is founded in 1870, private research university in Syracuse at the US state of New York . In 2005, 18,735 students were enrolled at the university. The university is particularly known for its research and teaching in the fields of architecture, entrepreneurship , information sciences, communication sciences, creative writing and public affairs. From 1966 to 2011 she was a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900.


Genesee Wesleyan Seminary was founded in 1831 by the Genesee Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lima, New York, south of Rochester. In 1850 it was decided to expand the facility from a seminary to a college. Since the railway bypassed Lima completely, a new geographical location was sought. The city of Syracuse was looking for a university because Cornell University was supposed to be built there, but it was built on the farmland of Ezra Cornell in Ithaca . In 1869, Genesee College received New York State approval to move to Syracuse, but Lima received an injunction to block the move and the college remained in Lima until it was dissolved in 1875. At this point, however, the court order had been overturned by the establishment of a new university on March 24, 1870. At the same time, New York State granted the new Syracuse University its own charter independently of Genesee College. In 1871 the university was opened in rented rooms in the city center. By 1872 the university developed a fixed program for three areas of study. In February 1873, Alexander Winchell became the first chancellor of Syracuse University and three months later the first building on the new campus was inaugurated. The university was founded as a co-educational university. At the College of Liberal Arts, the ratio of male and female students was roughly equal in the 19th century. The College of Fine Arts was predominantly female, and the College of Medicine and College of Law had a small percentage of women enrolled. Men and women were taught together in the same courses, and many extracurricular activities were co-educational. Syracuse also developed "women-only" organizations and clubs.


The college's sports team is called Syracuse University Orange . Syracuse University has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 2013 .

Famous students and graduates

Arts and Culture

Media and communication

Law and politics

  • David Crane - Sierra Leone Special Court Judge
  • Sean O'Keefe - Former NASA Administrator
  • Joe Biden - Vice President of the United States




Science, medicine and discovery


  • Scott Pitoniak, Rick Burton: Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University. Syracuse University Press, New York 2019, ISBN 978-0-8156-1144-8 .

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Coordinates: 43 ° 2 '15.6 "  N , 76 ° 8' 2.4"  W.