The iSchool prides itself on its tight-knit, family-like atmosphere. Students get to know each other as well as faculty and staff members, and many develop lasting relationships that extend far beyond their college years. It is not uncommon for faculty members to invite students to their house for a home-cooked meal or to organize outings to Syracuse-area attractions. The iBand (made up of three iSchool deans and a program director) can be heard rocking the halls during the annual multicultural fair and other spirit-building celebrations.
Our home in Hinds Hall, situated on the Main Campus Quad, provides numerous lounges and collaboratories for students to use during informal conversations, group work, and student organization meetings. Many of our classes are held within Hinds, and all of our faculty and staff members are housed within the 4-story building.
We're a small school with a large network of resources available to our students. Members of the iSchool benefit from a strong support system and social life within the school and also from the larger University setting. For more details, visit iSchool Life.
Campus life is busy with activities day and night. Many nationally and internationally known lecturers visit Syracuse University each year. The community enjoys plays performed by students from the Department of Drama, as well as productions of its affiliated professional company, Syracuse Stage. Various movie societies present films on campus nightly. The School of Music organizes performances featuring students, faculty members, and guest artists. The Lowe Art Gallery displays traveling exhibitions, student and faculty art, and the University's extensive permanent collection.
The Schine Student Center on Main Campus is a meeting place for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests. It houses student organization offices, dining facilities, a large auditorium, and the main branch of the Syracuse University Bookstore. The Goldstein Student Center, on the nearby living area called South Campus, offers students a dining facility, health center, branch of the Syracuse University Bookstore, recreation rooms, and many other services.
Students use campus facilities to play nearly every team or individual sport. Facilities include swimming pools; a 220-yard track; tennis, handball, racquetball, and squash courts. Student tickets are available for SU football, basketball, and lacrosse games held in the Carrier Dome, an indoor stadium that seats 50,000 spectators for intercollegiate sporting events. The Carrier Dome also hosts concerts and a variety of other non-sporting events.
Hendricks Chapel is the focal point for all religious activities on campus. It offers counseling, study, and student groups, as well as weekly religious services for Episcopal, Evangelical, Islamic, Jewish, Lutheran, Religious Society of Friends, Roman Catholic, and interdenominational Protestant faiths. The Central New York Mosque, located one block from campus, holds weekly prayer services.
Student organizations offer a range of activities to match the diversity of the graduate student body. Most colleges have formal or informal student organizations for graduate students. The Graduate Student Organization supports the need of graduate students in all programs and is represented on the University's governing bodies: the University Senate, Board of Graduate Studies, and University Board of Trustees.