Expand opportunity, excellence and success

As part of its founding mission in 1870, Syracuse University values opportunity, access and academic excellence, enriched by a diverse student body and an inclusive campus environment. Syracuse has honored that founding mission in novel ways with programs dedicated to serving underrepresented groups, including students of color, veterans, Native Americans, people with varying abilities and students across the socioeconomic spectrum for whom higher education can seem out of reach.

Mindful of the delicate balance between tuition and access and affordability, Invest Syracuse: Advancing Academic Excellence and the Student Experience will dedicate significant resources to fundraising and identifying new cost-containment efforts. Ultimately, Invest Syracuse will create new opportunities for promising, high-achieving students and provide an exceptional student experience.

Over the last few years, we have undertaken strategic streamlining efforts and operational efficiencies to plan for the future. We are now-well positioned—with an ambitious academic strategic plan—to significantly enhance the student experience, advance our faculty and research portfolio, and expand opportunity and access.

Our goal is to invest in the future in ways that are bold and balanced and fund our priorities defined by the Academic Strategic Plan.

Opportunity Syracuse: Increasing Access and Affordability

Syracuse University will enhance our commitment to access and affordability through the Opportunity Syracuse Initiative, an intensive philanthropic campaign to raise $40 million for undergraduate scholarship support over the next five years.  We will also:

  • Lead in the area of financial aid with additional investments in our need-based aid programs that will expand access to students deserving a Syracuse University education.
  • Create a new named scholarship program focused specifically on valedictorians and salutatorians at high schools from around the country. This program would attract hard-working scholars from across the economic spectrum and result in an increase in both access and excellence.
  • Rebalance student grants and loans, to enable our students to graduate with less debt.
  • Provide enhanced support and education via our Office of Financial Literacy to ensure our students graduate with a firm grasp of debt management, budgeting, planning and saving.

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