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Without the incredible support of our donors, Syracuse University would not be where it is today. But a number of exciting initiatives still need your support. Learn more about them below, then make your gift—and help change lives for generations to come!

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The Orange Girl is an honored Syracuse University tradition dating back to the late 1940s. The featured baton twirler–part of the Syracuse University’s “Pride of the Orange” Marching Band (SUMB)–is part of every energizing performance, whether the band is playing on the Quad, in the Carrier Dome during a half-time show, or at any one of dozens of other events.

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) has launched a $2.5 million campaign to help its Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music become an All-Steinway School, one of only 160 such schools in the world. The elite designation means the Setnor School will exclusively use pianos designed or built by Steinway & Sons, the maker of the world’s finest pianos.

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For generations of students, Hendricks Chapel has been a place of refuge, sustaining the soul life of the University. Chapel programs reach across disciplines to encourage critical thinking about the religious, moral, and ethical issues of our time, creating soulful citizens prepared to grapple with the human complexity of modern decision-making. 

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For many students, going to college is a chance to explore academic interests, build social networks, and develop their sense of self. Nationwide, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are disproportionately denied these opportunities. Syracuse University is committed to bucking this trend. (more…)

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CitrusTV—the successor to Synapse, UUTV, and HillTV—and WJPZ Z89 Radio are operated and managed exclusively by SU students. For them, it’s more than just extracurricular fun, it’s their ticket to a future in one of the most competitive industries in the world. Z89 and CitrusTV alumni have been hired immediately after graduation by stations and networks coast to coast. (more…)

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Starting this fall, SU students will be able to take a course in giving back. Led by the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Affairs, PAF 410: Philanthropy and You will be taught in conjunction with the Central New York Community Foundation, and will enable students to learn the ethics and values of charitable giving in their own lives and in their community. (more…)

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In June 2011, SU and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the creation of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The first of its kind in the United States, the institute will serve all 25 million U.S. veterans, focusing on the social, economic, education, and policy issues affecting them and their families post-service. (more…)

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Say Yes to Education is a landmark collaboration–one that brings Syracuse University together with dozens of governmental, philanthropic and corporate organizations to ensure that all Syracuse public school students can afford, and succeed in, college. (more…)

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Syracuse University is a global leader in inclusion, advocating for and welcoming all qualified students, faculty, and staff. The Inclusive Campus Initiative for people with disabilities involves all aspects of SU’s operations, every school and college, and 10 campuses across four continents. (more…)

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For more than 100 years, Syracuse University College of Law has had a proud tradition of ensuring that students have the resources needed to fund their education. Today, 90 percent of Syracuse Law students receive scholarship or financial aid. To meet this challenge, the College has launched the Syracuse Law Scholarship Initiative. (more…)

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Helping Student Entrepreneurs Bring Business Ideas to Life

For aspiring entrepreneurs, the college years are the perfect time to start a business. If the venture is successful, the market potential is limitless. If it fails, the lessons learned are incredibly valuable, and help make a future venture a success. (more…)

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The number of SU students who require additional aid to stay in school has increased dramatically in today’s uncertain economic times. In response to this need, a new scholarship fund has been created to provide a safety net for undergraduate students with unexpected financial hardship. (more…)

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Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.

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Project Transition

Syracuse University is committed to helping students from all walks of life have the most successful college experience possible. But we can’t do it alone. Parents and other family members play a critical role in helping students cope with the social and academic challenges of college life.

Parents are Key to Student Achievement and Success

Unfortunately, some parents have no firsthand knowledge of the college experience and are unable to support their child through the transition from high school to college.

Project Transition was created to ensure that all SU parents—regardless of socioeconomic or other barriers—have a firm connection to the University and gain the insight and confidence they need to coach, counsel, and cheer on their children to four years of academic success.

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At Family Weekend 2009,
a first-year Project Transition
student and his parents look
forward to a successful four
years at SU.

 

 


Project Transition Maximizes Parent Power

In recent years, SU has admitted some of the most academically gifted and diverse classes in its history, with a significant increase in low-income and first-generation college students. But many of these students find themselves underprepared for the demands of college life.

Without advice and encouragement from family back home, these deserving students are at risk of dropping out of school. Project Transition maximizes parent power to help students make a smooth transition from high school to college, stay in school once they get there, and thrive.

Project Transition offers eligible New York City School District students and their parents many points of contact throughout the year. Following the first spring information meeting at Lubin House, they are encouraged to participate in a series of cost-free events both on and off campus─including trips to campus for Family Weekend, informational meetings at Lubin House in New York City, and a capstone dinner for graduating seniors. Learn more about the types of events parents participate in.

A first-year Project Transition student
with his grandparents at Family Weekend 2009.

A Track Record of Proven Success

Project Transition’s approach has proven to be highly successful. Currently, Project Transition students boast a 94 percent graduation rate and consistently equal or surpass the general Syracuse University student population in academic achievement—a significant accomplishment, considering most students from low-income families have less than a 10 percent chance of earning a college degree.

“Family Weekend was a wonderful experience filled with many activities, such as Dean’s Breakfasts, a concert, study abroad information sessions, and sports events,” one grateful parent remarked. “Now, I’m a happier parent because I personally know my daughter’s college life. Sending your child away to school is difficult, and I thank you for making it a bit easier!”

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