Programs and Initiatives

Air Force ROTC

Syracuse AFROTC Coin LogoAFROTC is a program designed to train cadets to be commissioned officers in the United States Air Force. Here at SU, we pride ourselves on having a meticulously designed training environment which gives meaning to the Air Force’s core values, fosters good camaraderie among cadets, and produces only the finest Air Force officers.

Why Detachment 535? The choice is simple. No one can offer a wider selection of academic programs and paths to success than Syracuse University or one of our cross town schools below. Nestled in the hills of Central New York, Air Force ROTC at SU is the perfect way to set yourself up for success after graduation. The potential is for more than just a great career, but to do great things alongside even greater people.

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Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

Army ROTC offers a commission as a second lieutenant in either the active Army or Reserve Forces in a variety of career fields including Combat Arms (Aviation, Armor, Artillery, Infantry, or Engineers), Combat Support, and Combat Service Support branches. There are two-, three-, and four-year scholarship programs available. Some cadets choose to join the National Guard or the Army Reserve while in Army ROTC, thus qualifying them for the Montgomery GI Bill benefits, in-state tuition (VANG) and other exciting benefits.

Training with Army ROTC is a new experience every week. Training covers a wide range of skills that are needed to be an Officer in the Army. We do Situational Training Exercises to teach us and practice the different types of offensive operations and tactics used on the battlefield. Rapelling to teach us the proper use of knots and to build confidence in our abilities to rapel. Land Navagation to learn the ins and outs of map reading and navigating the land with just a map and a compass. Combat Water Survival Test to test our abilities in the water during stressful situations. Physical Fitness 3 days a week to make sure our bodies are in top shape to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test. Skiing/Snowboard once a year to give our battalion a little extra cohesivness. We also have a Military Ball and Dining In to bring everyone in the battalion together to have some fun and bond outside of training.

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Defense Comptrollers Program

The Defense Comptrollership Program (DCP) represents a unique cooperative endeavor between Syracuse University and the Department of Defense. The program of study provides future comptrollers/resource managers with the conceptual perspective, practical and analytical tools, and management skills required in the increasingly complex, volatile, uncertain, and ambiguous resource management environment. Learn more


LOGTECH – MS in Supply Chain Management

Various branches of the government have a growing need for individuals who understand and can develop, manage, and lead the complex integration of goods, services and distribution, in a variety of critical and tactical situations. Our Master of Science in Supply Chain Management prepares professionals for these challenging and rewarding positions. Learn more


Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

A multidisciplinary, university-based center for the study of national and international security and terrorism, the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) offers law and graduate studies and conducts incisive research and timely policy analysis. Part of both Syracuse University’s College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, INSCT’s collaborative projects and initiatives have shaped law and policy dialogues for more than 10 years. Learn more


Institute for Veterans and Military Families

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. The IVMF focuses on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement. Some of the programs offered under IVMF include Veterans Career Transition Program, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), Veteran Women Ignite the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), and Operation Boots to Business. Learn more



Military Visual Journalism

The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is home to two Navy-sponsored programs that teach active-duty sailors photojournalism and broadcast journalism. The sailors enrolled in the Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) programs are serving the U.S. Navy as mass communication specialists. They come to Newhouse for 10 months to learn how to become better storytellers, taking 30 credits of coursework in communications, photojournalism, photography, broadcast and digital journalism, design, sound and documentary production. Learn more


Undergraduate Trauma Research Training Program

This one-year program for undergraduates is designed to improve access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research (namely, veterans) through the creation of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site. It involves coursework, mentored student-faculty interactions, and the development of a research project. Learn more | Download the UTRT Flyer


U.S. Army Signal Center

The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (iSchool) and the United States Army Signal Center School of Information Technology (SIGCEN) at Fort Gordon formally established an agreement to enable qualified United States Army Signal Center students and graduates to complete master’s degrees at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Learn more


Veterans Legal Clinic

The Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) assists veterans with claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs and discharge upgrades. Other clinical programs at the College of Law have dedicated priority slots to assist veterans in the areas of family law, elder law, community development, consumer law, tax law, criminal law, disability rights, and bankruptcy. To reach the VLC or any of the other clinics, please contact the Office of Clinical Legal Education at (315) 443-4582 | Learn more


Veterans Resource Center

Syracuse University has its own Veterans Resource Center (VRC) dedicated to providing services to veterans at the university, such as navigating military educational benefits like the GI Bill® and connecting with other veterans. Syracuse University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program to enhance the benefits of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act for veterans, making higher education more affordable. To find out more and see if you qualify for benefits, contact: Keith Doss | (315) 443-3261 |

700 University Ave., Room 107
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


VetSuccess on Campus

“Encouraging, promoting, and supporting veterans to be successful in their educational and career endeavors.”

The United States Office of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) division partners with certain schools to provide a dedicated staff member on campus to enhance the educational experience for student veterans. This program is known as VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC). Syracuse University is the only VSOC partner school in the state of New York, and because of this we are able to offer added value to our student veterans, including help with benefits, career exploration, aptitude testing, adjustment counseling, and more.

Learn more | Download Flyer: Syracuse University VetSuccess on Campus


Warrior-Scholar Project Host Site

Syracuse University class dates: July 11 -18, 2015

The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is hosted at top U.S. universities and enables veterans to reach their full academic and leadership potential. Under the guidance of both student-veterans who’ve successfully transitioned from the military to college, and world renowned professors, students in the Warrior-Scholar Project develop the analytical reading, writing, and discussion skills critical to academic success, and learn about what challenges to expect during this transition.

The academic boot camps, scheduled at 11 major U.S. universities in 2015, are immersive, intensive programs designed to help military veterans develop and rediscover the skills and confidence necessary to successfully complete four-year undergraduate degrees.

WSP boot camps are open to enlisted veterans and transitioning current service members who plan to enroll in or transfer into a four-year undergraduate program. WSP donors cover all program costs for accepted students, except transportation. Qualified veterans and transitioning service members can apply for a spot in the program here. Learn more