Health and medical careers offer excellent employment opportunities for new graduates. At Upstate Medical University students are often offered jobs before they graduate.
At Upstate, students learn in classrooms, in labs and in real patient care settings. During orientation, students are presented with a white coat — a symbol of their role as an emerging professional. From day one, they learn from and are mentored by professors who are leaders in their fields.
In addition to studying for a profession that makes a difference in peoples’ lives, Upstate students achieve a high on-time graduation rate, which puts them into rewarding careers without delay.
Upstate students are trained to become doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, medical technologists, research scientists, radiation therapists, sonographers and more.
SUNY Upstate is one of the nation’s 140 academic medical centers. These universities are built around medical schools and teaching hospitals and lead medical education, advanced patient care and research.
Upstate is part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. The SUNY tuition is a benefit for Upstate students.
SUNY Upstate includes four colleges — Health Professions, Nursing, Medicine, and Graduate Studies — a biomedical research enterprise, and a clinical system including its own Upstate University Hospital where students learn and observe.
The Upstate campus is part of Syracuse’s vibrant “University Hill” area that includes the campuses of Syracuse University and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry within walking distance of the University’s main academic buildings.
Upstate has an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students. As Upstate is for upper division and graduate school education, all students enter with at least two years of college. Although the majority of students are from New York State, the University also has a very strong and vibrant international student community. But no matter where they’re from, they all share a passion for helping others by pursuing a career in health care.
In every degree program, students enjoy individual faculty attention and support from their classmates. “I can’t say enough about how happy I am at Upstate,” one of our medical students said recently. “I didn’t know what to expect when I came here, but when I talk to friends at other medical schools, they can’t believe how strong the community is here.”
SUNY Upstate students also enjoy time away from the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings by taking advantage of extracurricular activities on campus. Those activities include many coordinated by the Center for Civic Engagement, which provides service-learning opportunities for University students in the Syracuse community and abroad.
Like any other university, Upstate has a student government, more than 50 clubs and organizations, intramural sports programs and regular social events like comedy acts and musical entertainment.
The University puts you in the heart of New York’s fourth-largest city. Syracuse, N.Y., offers an enviable combination of outstanding quality of life and affordable living. In 2014, the Simple Dollar Web site named Syracuse the most affordable mid-size city in the country (of more than 150 cities with population of 50,000 to 150,000). You can drive from downtown and campus, and be in the countryside in less than 10 minutes.
Central New York has long enjoyed a reputation as a comfortable place to live, with high-performing schools, cultural offerings and sporting events, a wealth of beautiful parks, lakes and year-round recreational opportunities.
Syracuse is close to the scenic Finger Lakes region, Adirondack Mountains and the Thousand Islands, and is within a half-day drive of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. Four seasons allow for spectacular springs, endless summer pursuits, colorful autumns and abundant winter recreation.
Learn more about the SUNY Upstate campus and degree programs at www.upstate.edu/students.