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research centers generating policy-relevant insight into pressing issues


ranked for public affairs (U.S. News & World Report)


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Influence with Integrity

It’s not just an education. It’s a mindset. Maxwell students celebrate diverse people and ideas. They value informed and ethical leadership. They are engaged—and engaging—citizens primed to shape the future.

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Our acclaimed education programs combine the study of human society and relationships with opportunities to address relevant social challenges.

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Celebrating Maxwell's 100 Years

Alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Maxwell School’s 100th anniversary on May 31, 2024 with the Centennial Awards and Awards of Excellence.

The 2024 College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Undergraduate Convocation will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in the JMA Wireless Dome. A reception for graduates and their guests will follow in the Quad.
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Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ranked #1 overall in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Public Affairs Schools rankings.

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Maxwell School alumni, friends and their guests are invited to join the Maxwell School centennial celebration at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31, in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
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International relations professionals may apply for the first-of-its-kind program supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
It adds internships for those studying in Strasbourg, France, as well as research opportunities for faculty and students interested in human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
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This first collection of portraits from the "Americans Who Tell the Truth" collection by artist Robert Shetterly are being displayed in the foyer outside the Maxwell Auditorium, in Maxwell Hall, to elicit a conversation about citizenship.
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Maxwell’s D.C.-based facilities at the Center for Security and International Studies are a perfect launching point for networked, effective leaders prepared with the knowledge, skills and connections to get things done.

Only 10% To Go!

With incredible support, our campaign is going strong. But to meet our campaign goals, we will need to raise the remaining 10% by December 31, 2024 to support campaign priorities from the school’s long-range strategic plan.

$125,000,000campaign goal
2013the year the campaign started
90% Funded
2024the year the campaign will end
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I Ever Strive...

to make a difference by participating in the policy process in every way: as a citizen, voter, advocate, teacher, researcher, evaluator, policy formulator and commentator.”

Cheryl Camillo ’98 M.P.A.

Maxwell's Centennial