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Syracuse Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Syracuse, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee costs $85.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Syracuse Admissions Stats at a Glance

Syracuse 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1260
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 69%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 30%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Syracuse?

Syracuse University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at Syracuse is 56%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 69%. Last year, Syracuse admitted 1189 of the 2116 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Syracuse University

It is moderately difficult to get into Syracuse. Syracuse evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Syracuse accepted 69% of students, around 21,994 of the 32,005 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Syracuse, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Syracuse waitlisted 6,340 students. Of those, 5,470 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important to Get In to Syracuse?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Syracuse

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Very Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Very Important

Syracuse Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Syracuse must submit the following items. Double check with Syracuse's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Please visit the Apply to Syracuse web page at http://admissions.syr.edu for information on
requirements for First-Year, Transfer, and International applicants.
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Syracuse?

Students admitted to Syracuse have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 26.6% submitted a class rank. At Syracuse 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65% were in the top 25% and 90% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Syracuse University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 26.6%
3.75 and 3.99 19.5%
3.50 and 3.74 21.1%
3.25 and 3.49 15.7%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 5.2%
2.00 and 2.49 0.3%

Syracuse does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Syracuse does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 69% of Syracuse's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Syracuse?

To be competitive with other Syracuse applicants, you should strive to earn between 1180 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Syracuse 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Syracuse student is 1260.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Syracuse students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Syracuse students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Syracuse?

To be most competitive at Syracuse, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Syracuse's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Syracuse students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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Transferring to Syracuse University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Syracuse.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Syracuse during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Syracuse Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Syracuse?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Syracuse.

Does Syracuse accept transfer credits?

Syracuse accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Syracuse accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Syracuse accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Syracuse accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Syracuse?

Syracuse is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Syracuse's acceptance rate?

Syracuse's acceptance rate is 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Syracuse?

Syracuse's early decision acceptance rate was 56% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Syracuse? Syracuse is a somewhat selective institution. The Syracuse acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.



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Syracuse Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Syracuse is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Syracuse is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Syracuse ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Syracuse is 28. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Syracuse. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Syracuse SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1340


Math SAT Range

580 - 700


Reading SAT Range

580 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1180 to 1340


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Syracuse students is 1260. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Syracuse, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Syracuse.

Syracuse GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Syracuse, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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