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| I cannot say enough good things about Syracuse (SU). I also went to PSU, so, unlike most posters, I have a basis of comparison and with the exception of football tailgating and ice cream, Syracuse is better than PSU in absolutely every way. Syracuse academics are substantially better than they are rated ... TRUST me. I am currently in graduate school and I am competing against students will a variety of backgrounds who represent many different schools, and I will put my Syracuse education against ANY of theirs, including the students who went to IVY schools, like Cornell, and near IVY schools, like NYU. |
However, beyond that, Syracuse has a mentality that doesn't settle for second place. Any Syracuse team competing in anything (athletic or academic) has a realistic chance to win and an expectation to win, regardless of who they are competing against. Unfortunately, SU is underrated because SU students hold SU to a MUCH higher standard than students at other schools hold their school.
That said, SU is far from cut-throat in that the students are very, very friendly and the faculty and staff are simply amazing. In all honesty, I have never seen an organization as big as Syracuse is that is as well-run as Syracuse. I cannot tell you how many times I missed a dead line only to have an administrative official work with me and solve my problem anyway.
One of Syracuse's few weaknesses is that it can be a little unsafe. For the most part, the university is safe-enough. The problem is that the areas around the university have a reputation of being shady. However, to be fair, the bar is usually worse than the bite in that they are actually safer than people say they are. I think older students just get a kick out of scaring freshmen, and the university would rather be safe and war too much than be sorry and not warn enough.
Also, Syracuse really, really pushes diversity. Although diversity is certainly a good thing, I think the university pushes it a little too much, which is annoying. However, once again, to be fair, on the upside, if you go to Syracuse, you will have friends from all over the world by the time you graduate which is pretty cool. Actually, some of my best friends are people I met while at Syracuse and they are from China which is pretty neat.
In summary, my review honestly does not do Syracuse justice. It really is something special. Trust me, I have seen other "comparable schools," like Penn State, State College, and they do not measure up. Syracuse has a good reputation, FANTASTIC academics, a fun environment, and GREAT athletics (Cuse basketball is currently ranked #2, Cuse lax is in the hunt for its 11th national championship, and Cuse football is ranked #14 in all-time wins). I had the opportunity to transfer to Vanderbilt, Boston College, and some other well-known schools, but I chose Syracuse and I am glad that I did.
|Feb 08 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| Binghamton University is the kind of place where you make your own destiny. Socially, it can be great, as long as you put yourself out there and get involved. People will not go out of there way to meet you, but are generally open if you make the effort. As long as you do some of the legwork, I can almost guarentee you will have a core group of great friends by the middle of the first semester here. The only people who dont make that many friends here are those that refuse to make the effort. Greek life is somewhat small, but I reccommend getting involved in it as I have found it very rewarding in my short time here, especially for those who are worried about fitting in. Not to many out of staters, but thats not much of a problem, as I came here knowing no one, being the only student from my STATE, and fit in just fine. Night life is good, as long as you either drink, or enjoy the great variety of stuff the University has to offer. The town of Binghamton isnt that nice, but the bars are always fun 7 days a week and are notoriously lenient on ID's. Academically, you get what you want out of the school, it offers great programs as long as you are interested in learning. Some people slide through without learning anything, but that doesnt mean the academics here dont have the potential to be superb. Basically, you get what you put in here at Binghamton. |
|Dec 14 2006|| Male --
Class 2000 |