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Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%

Syracuse Admissions

Syracuse University is very difficult to get into. Around 52% of applicants get into Syracuse University each year. Last year, 41,489 students applied to Syracuse University and 21,471 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Syracuse University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/5 and the application fee costs $85.

Students who apply to Syracuse University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than .

Syracuse University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Syracuse University's admissions stats.

Syracuse University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Mean SAT Score 1310
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 38%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 15%
Waitlist Yes

Syracuse University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Syracuse University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15
Early Decision II Yes January 5
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 5

Considering Applying Early to Syracuse University?

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.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 5.

The early decision acceptance rate at Syracuse University is 60%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 52%. Last year, Syracuse University admitted 1235 of the 2060 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they hope it will help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Syracuse University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Syracuse?

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

In 2022, Syracuse accepted 52% of students, around 21,471 from the 41,489 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Syracuse, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Syracuse University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Syracuse University

Syracuse University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Syracuse University?

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

Admissions Factors at Syracuse University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Syracuse University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Interview Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Syracuse University for more information on admission factors.

Syracuse University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
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 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Syracuse University?

Students admitted to Syracuse University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.1% submitted a class rank. At Syracuse University 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Syracuse University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 33.4%
3.75 and 3.99 20.4%
3.50 and 3.74 20.1%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 10.1%
2.50 and 2.9 1.7%
2.00 and 2.49 0.3%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Syracuse University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Syracuse University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 38% of Syracuse University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Syracuse University?

To be competitive with other Syracuse University applicants, you should aim to score between 1220 and 1390 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Syracuse University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1390 and 25% of scored lower than 1220, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Syracuse University student is 1310.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Syracuse University students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Syracuse University students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

To be most competitive at Syracuse University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Syracuse University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Syracuse University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Syracuse University

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

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 University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Syracuse University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Syracuse University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Syracuse University.

Does Syracuse University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Syracuse University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Syracuse University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

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

βœ… Syracuse University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Syracuse University?

❌ No, Syracuse University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Syracuse University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Syracuse University's acceptance rate is 52%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Syracuse University?

βœ… Syracuse University's early decision acceptance rate was 60% in 2021.

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Syracuse Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Syracuse? Syracuse is a very selective institution. The Syracuse acceptance rate is 52%. This means that the institution accepts 51 out of every 100 applicants.


Syracuse Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Syracuse is Jan 5.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1390


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

610 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1390 and Above


1220 to 1390


1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Syracuse students is 1310. Applicants with SAT scores of 1390 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Syracuse, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1390 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 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 3.75. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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