Syracuse University

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Since its founding in 1870, Syracuse University has had an illustrious history of educational excellence. Among SU's milestones are:

  • 1870  Promotes equal education for men and women.
  • 1874  Offers the nation's first bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree.
  • 1924  Creates the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, one of the few schools in the nation to combine the social sciences and public administration education.
  • 1934  Pioneers one of the nation's first schools of journalism, now the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
  • 1946  Welcomes returning World War II veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights and enrollment triples overnight.
  • 1961  Celebrates the selection of Ernie Davis '62 as the first SU football player and first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
  • 1971  Establishes an intercollegiate athletics program for women.
  • 1980  Builds the Carrier Dome, the only domed stadium in the Northeast and the largest structure of its kind on a college campus in the country.
  • 1996  Receives the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for best demonstrating successful innovative faculty development programs to enhance undergraduate education.
  • 2002  Becomes the site of the New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.
  • 2003  Wins the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship.
  • 2004 Inaugurates Nancy Cantor as the University's 11th Chancellor and President.
  • 2005  Earns recognition as one of the nation's "Colleges with a Conscience."
  • 2007  Launches The Campaign for Syracuse University, the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the University's history.
  • 2008  Presents a major exhibition of original drawings and  writings by Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti at the SUArt Galleries on campus and the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City.
  • 2008  Hosts the Syracuse premiere of Universal Picture's The Express—a feature film about the life and times of football legend Ernie Davis '62.