Purpose & Values

Syracuse University is a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society. Syracuse University prepares undergraduate students for professional and personal success through six institutional learning goals which were selected through a multi-year, university-wide, collaborative initiative that adhered to the principles of shared governance. The institutional learning goals reflect what all students should know, do, and value as graduates of our institution.


  • Allow students to communicate the value of their degree to prospective employers and graduate schools.
  • Provide pathways for students to connect their major field of study, liberal art requirements, and co-curricular or other experiences.
  • Enable academic programs to integrate the institutional learning goals into the curriculum.
  • Meet Syracuse University’s regional accreditation requirements (Middles States Commission on Higher Education).


  1. Emphasis on student, faculty, and staff development
  2. Sustainability
  3. Shared institutional governance
  4. Equity-mindedness

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