Syracuse's Colleges and Universities

Syracuse University (SU) is a private four-year institution with an annual enrollment of nearly 15,000 students. Offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, SU encompasses nine colleges and schools, including the College of Law, School of Information Studies and School of Education. SU reports that it consistently ranks among the top colleges in the U.S., with several of its undergraduate programs ranking high in the nation.

The State University of New York (SUNY) operates two campuses in Syracuse. The College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, forestry, science and landscape architecture. SUNY Upstate Medical University has bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in health professions, nursing and biomedical science. The College of Medicine at this university is a graduate medical school with master’s degree programs in public health and doctoral degree programs in medicine.

In addition to four-year universities, Syracuse also hosts two-year community and technical colleges. Onondaga Community College is part of the SUNY system and offers certificates and associate degree programs from 30 academic departments. St. Joseph’s College of Nursing features a variety of undergraduate nursing programs, including evening and weekend programs for working students. The following table depicts some of the training opportunities for Syracuse students.

Institution Type Programs
Syracuse University Four-Year, Private Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees
Onondaga Community College Two-Year, Public Certificates and Associate Degrees
LeMoyne College Four-Year, Private, Jesuit Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees
SUNY Upstate Medical University Four-Year, Public Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees
SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Four-Year, Public Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees
Crouse Hospital College of Nursing Two-Year, Private Associate Degree in Registered Nursing
St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Two-Year, Private Associate Degree in Registered Nursing

Online Certificate and Degree Programs in Syracuse

University College at SU, the school's center for part-time students, serves the community through a variety of online undergraduate programs. However, many are hybrid programs that require students to complete some courses on campus. About 14 graduate certificate and degree programs can be completed fully online, including master’s degree programs in computer engineering, electrical engineering and information management, plus graduate certificate programs in global enterprise technology and information security management.

Onondaga Community College provides 11 fully online programs, including associate degree programs in education, business administration and criminal justice. Online certificates are available in early child care and human services. For students who can travel to campus, the college also offers hybrid programs, in which about 50 percent of the curriculum must be completed on campus.

The SUNY Learning Network is a symposium of SUNY campuses that offer online courses and programs. In 2011-2012, the SUNY Learning Network served more than 200,000 students enrolled in 12,000 online courses. Online undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in 17 subject areas, including education, law, psychology, business and sport management.

Leading Employers and Occupations

Nearly 18,000 residents are employed at Syracuse area hospitals, making health care one of the city’s top industries. Manufacturing is also prominent in the Syracuse area, with 32 advanced manufacturing employers operating in Onondaga County. More of Syracuse’s top industries include:

  • Clean Energy & Environmental Systems
  • Financial Services
  • Agribusiness & Food Processing
  • Health, Biomedical Services and Biosciences
  • Education
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities
  • Government

Lawyers, accountants and registered nurses (RNs) are among the highest paid employees in Syracuse, with retail and food service workers at the other end of the spectrum. According to the New York State Department of Labor, the RN designation is the most in-demand professional license in the region, with certified public accountant (CPA) following close behind. The department also reports that Syracuse industries could provide opportunities for workers with technical skills and training in health care, business, transportation and finance.

The region’s top employers range from hospitals and universities to shipping companies and aerospace manufacturers.


10 Largest Employers in Syracuse

Employer Number of Employees
Upstate University Health System 9,525
Syracuse University 4,621
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center 3,745
Wegmans 3,713
Crouse Hospital 2,700
Loretto 2,476
Lockheed Martin MS2 2,250
National Grid 2,000
Time Warner Cable 1,800
Raymour & Flanigan 1,400

In addition to educational institutions and high-tech firms, this wide range of local industries includes retail, utilities and furniture manufacturing.

Colleges & Universities in Syracuse

Colleges & Universities in Syracuse

Syracuse University 31,780 $36,300 Not For Profit (Private)
Le Moyne College 4,292 $27,390 Not For Profit (Private)
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 2,939 $5,270 Public
Upstate Medical University 1,635 $5,270 Public

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Syracuse

Onondaga Community College 20,141 $7,860 Public

Online Colleges in Syracuse