Syracuse iSchool

Written by Beth Cassie

We attended a great presentation in NYC jointly hosted by the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University. While we were familiar with Newhouse, home to Syracuse’s flagship journalism, advertising and public relations programs, we were less familiar with iSchool. iSchool is one of the smaller schools (515 students) within the SU network and is focused on how to organize, deliver and secure information. (There are ten iSchools in the country – the concept is new and grew out of library science programs.) The presenters spoke about the growing “convergence” or blurring of boundaries in the marketplace and how iSchool students are well positioned to capitalize on this trend. They stressed the great opportunities to dual enroll in iSchool and Newhouse or the Whitman School of Management. Job placement for iSchool grads has been very strong.

Admissions

The iSchool is looking for strong students who are creative, innovative, curious, collaborative team players who are focused on solving problems who are not afraid of technology. Extracurricular activities are important – Have you been part of a team? Are you engaged in solving problems and looking at challenges? Admissions are holistic, 85 GPA and solid test scores. The SU reps made it clear that admissions to the iSchool is less selective than for Newhouse (Newhouse average SAT CR+M 1300, ACT 30, GPA 3.97).  Interviews are important and SU makes it easy offering interviews at Lubin House located on 61st Street in NYC.

Applicants can indicate up to three schools on their application and should list them in order of interest, but also only list a school first if you are within the range academically. If you are interested in a dual degree, you must meet the requirements for both. Girls interested in technology should apply for the “IT Girl” weekend program offered by the iSchool.

We were very impressed with the student ambassadors at the presentation. They were articulate, energetic and passionate about their SU experiences. If you are interested in how technology works with business, sports, music or just about anything, the iSchool is worth checking out!

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