Syracuse University was chartered by the State of New York on March 24, 1870 as a private, coeducational institution offering programs in the physical sciences and modern languages. From its very beginning Syracuse University sought to develop the full potential of the human mind by offering equal education to men and women from all walks of life. Syracuse University has a long and proud tradition of academic excellence and was one of the first universities in the US to blend professional studies with a strong liberal arts core. The University has grown from an institution encompassing a College of Liberal Arts, a College of Medicine (which later became SUNY upstate Medical University) and a College of Fine Arts that included architecture, art, and music to a campus of eleven schools and colleges as well as innovative research centers and educational partnerships around the world. Syracuse University is classified as a Carnegie research university (high research activity).For more information, see SU Archives http://archives.syr.edu/ and History of SU.