This week, a university spotlight about the home of three(!) of our student-athletes: Syracuse University. A beautiful university in New York. As you can see above, it looks like a fairytale! Kim Hansen and Sarah Sinck left for Syracuse in 2019, Quirine Comans started her Amerian adventure at Syracuse last summer.

As a kid, Kim already played tennis fanatically. She participated in national and international tournaments and took many titles home. Kim became National Champion U12, 14 and 16. That’s impressive! After graduating high school, she was more than ready for her American adventure.

Kim Hansen

Sarah took a lot of field hockey experience with her on the plane to Syracuse. As a goalie for the Dutch National Team Under 18, she became first at the ‘6 nations tournament’ in Barcelona and secured a golden medal at the European Championships! Her successes didn’t stop in the USA: she won beautiful titels such as the Athletic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive player of the week. What a champ!

Sarah Sinck – ACC defensive player of the week

Another strong player was added to the field hockey team last summer, Quirine Comans! After studying in the Netherlands, she decided to start her master’s degree in the United States. Before leaving to the States, she said the following about her choice for Syracuse:

I chose Syracuse University because of their high ambitions and because of their academic possibilities. The team welcomed me with open arms and I can’t wait to pursue the championship!

Quirine Comans

Three big champs and a fairytale like university. Want to know more about Syracuse? Just keep reading!


You probably guessed it by now… Syracuse University is located in the city named Syracuse. The campus is located on a hill, near downtown Syracuse. The large campus has 13 different buildings with a mix in style of nineteenth century and modern buildings. Check out the video below to get a better idea of the campus.

Syracuse has a rich history dating back to 1870. In all those years, some traditions were made. From student to student, year after year. One of those traditions is National Orange Day. This day is referred to as Syracuse University’s founding day. A cool name, because the color of the university is orange. Every year it is celebrated with different events, where alumni come together as well.

The real eyecatcher of Syracuse campus is the Carrier Dome. This is the home of the football-, basketball- and lacrosse teams. The Carrier Dome is also known as ‘The Loud House’ and is the largest on campus dome stadium of all universities in the USA! It holds the record of the largest average attendance of a NCAA men’s basketball on campus game. This was achieved in the season of 2015-2016 with an average of 26,253 visitors. That’s just insane right?!

Carrier Dome


Every university has their own nickname for its student-athletes. The athletic teams that represent Syracuse University are called the Syracuse Orange. The teams play in the NCAA Division l and are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse has a total of 20 teams, including 8 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams. The men’s sports are the following: basketball, track & field (inside and outside), cross country, football, rowing and lacrosse. There is no female football team, but there is women teams in the following sports: field hockey, ice hockey, softball, tennis and volleyball.

The student-athletes of Syracuse have won 30 team and 49 individual NCAA titles. Big champs!! That’s just too many to list in this article, but you can find the full list of championships and other sports accomplishments here.

All those awards have also been won through the encouragement of the fans. And of course the mascot for the Syracuse Orange. The mascot is (suprise) an orange, named Otto the Orange. He is cheering on all student-athletes from the sidelines. Otto was named the best mascot in the ACC by ESPN in 2016! Go Otto!


There’s more than 21,000 students studying at Syracuse. The group of students is diverse, representing all 50 American States and over 127 countries. About 15 percent of the students are from outside the US. With over 300 student organizations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore interests and get in contact with fellow students.

Students can choose from more than 200 majors en 100 minors. The university also offers multiple international study programs with universities in over 40 countries. The most popular majors are the following:

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences
  • Business Management and Marketing,
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Engineering

Syracuse also has a lot of well-known and notable alumni. Such as Joe Biden, the current president of the United States. Studying at the same campus as the President of The United States, how cool is that?!

Syracuse University

Do you want to become a student-athlete at such a cool university just as Kim, Sarah and Quirine? Feel free to reach out.