I had the pleasure of visiting Syracuse, NY this summer and made it to 3 campuses (I cheated a little, Syracuse University and ESF are separated by a sign). I want to share a little about each school. The city of Syracuse is a smaller city (around 150,000 population) in Central New York. There are theaters, art museums, and festivals that bring a host of cultural experiences to the city. The sports scene definitely centers around Syracuse University though the Syracuse Mets are a minor league baseball team in town (that feeds the NY Mets). There are also some beautiful parks and hidden trails within the city that allow you to enjoy some space away from the hustle and bustle. If you like snow in the winter, this the place for you!
*If you are a veteran please read the additional information at the bottom of the page.
Syracuse University is a beautiful campus set in the middle of the city of Syracuse. It has a campus feel but merges into the community on the edges of campus. Syracuse is known for Newhouse and the Maxwell School. Newhouse School is home to Syracuse University’s renowned journalism program. 96% of Newhouse graduates are in a position related to their career goals. The Maxwell School is home to the social sciences, public policy, public administration, and international relations programs. Syracuse also has a very strong architecture program. In addition there is a strong Visual and Performing Arts School (and I recommend eating at Phoebe’s before catching a performance at Syracuse Stage).
SUNY (State University of New York) ESF (College of Environmental Science and Forestry) is uniquely situated abutting Syracuse University. ESF is a small SUNY college with about 1,800 undergraduate students and has it’s own contained campus but is allowed to use most Syracuse University facilities and take part in the extracurricular activities on both campuses. ESF specializes in the understanding, conservation, and management in natural resources. The school has several facilities that they operate in NY (including in Adirondack Park and the Thousand Islands) and Costa Rica.
LeMoyne is a small Jesuit college with a strong liberal arts program that is on the on the edge of Syracuse, NY and DeWitt, NY. It is a little bit more suburban in feel though right down the street is Erie Boulevard that has all the stores and restaurants you would need. There are about 2,800 undergraduate students. LeMoyne is a fairly self-contained campus with residential neighborhoods surrounding it. LeMoyne is known for their full liberal arts curriculum that is a part of any major you choose, their science, social science, nursing, business and education programs are highly regarded. The LeMoyne Madden School of Business also has both undergraduate programs and an MBA program.
Syracuse and LeMoyne are both Yellow Ribbon schools meaning that the institute of higher learning and the VA work together to help bridge the gap between the amount the GI Bill covers and the cost of the school. This is especially helpful at private colleges and universities as their tuition tends to be higher.
LeMoyne was named 7th on the US News and World Report Best Colleges for Veterans. You can find more information on their Veterans programs on their website.
Syracuse was named 4th Best School for Veterans by the Military Times. They have instituted programs to help transition veterans and all military spouses across the country to get the support they need to further their education and reach their career goals. IVMF is a great place to start for veterans and their families looking to further their education.