FAQs

Fall 2020: Explore the Syracuse Welcome schedule today! For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit syracuse.edu/Fall2020.

Connection

Following your acceptance and throughout your first semester, the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs is here to help you throughout every phase of your Becoming Orange journey.

Website
Our website will be updated with Becoming Orange information by May 1. Here you will find helpful information surrounding Required Tasks, Orientation, New Student Checklists, Moving-In, Academics and more.

Becoming Orange Newsletter
Sent to your Syracuse University email address (i.e. @syr.edu), this newsletter will arrive bi-weekly May-June and then weekly July-Aug. It is essential to read each Becoming Orange Newsletter to prevent missing important deadlines and information surrounding your transition to Syracuse University. Throughout the first academic year, students will receive monthly emails encouraging involvement and offering inspirations of how to be active on campus.

Social Media
Share your unique Becoming Orange journey, connect with fellow new students and learn more about First-Year and Transfer Program resources by following us on your favorite social media platform.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help answer any question. For more information or questions, please email newtosu@syr.edu or call 315.443.9187.

Yes, in addition to the Goon Squad to help with move-in, we also have several other upper division students to help ease student transitions. We have 44 friendly and knowledgeable  Orientation Leaders (OLs) in attendance at every event and residence hall during Syracuse Welcome. Students are highly trained to know Syracuse University and orientation, so please feel free to ask questions!

Additionally, there will be a number of staff volunteers and each school and college will have student peer advisors to help with any registration or advising questions you might have.

Incoming students, parents, families and supporters are invited to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a student leader from the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs (FYTP). Available to help answer a variety of questions and offering schedule flexibility, make an appointment to speak with an FYTP student leader today!

From academic support, professional development, to health and wellness, Syracuse University offers a multitude of digital resources to support your success.

Explore a list of student success digital resources today!

Getting Started

As part of a student’s required tasks, please visit the Required Tasks webpage to learn more and for additional directions.

It is encouraged to complete required tasks as soon as possible. Failure to complete requirements may result in losing the ability to register for classes, additional charges and/or a Conduct Hold on your student account.

Explore the Required Tasks webpage for a complete list and additional instructions.

Community Wellness Requirements provide students the opportunity to participate in community wellness activities that build connection, promote community well-being and help students learn more about health and wellness resources and programs.

As part of the required tasks students are asked to complete, activities begin before arriving, while others take place a few weeks into the semester. Failure to complete these requirements will result in a Conduct Hold, hindering class registration in addition to participation in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Athletics, studying abroad and more.

Explore Community Wellness Requirement details today!

  • Some schools and colleges depending on your program, will require a Mathematics Placement Exam.
  • If you are taking a foreign language course, you may need to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam.
  • Non-native speakers of English must take the English Language Assessment Exam.

Learn more about placement exams on the Course Enrollment webpage.

A team of Transfer Transitions Leaders (TTLs) support transfer student transition through social and educational programing. The Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs will also send a transfer student e-newsletter. For more information, visit the Transfer Students webpage.

Orientation

COVID-19 Update: Syracuse University continues to monitor, assess and respond to developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes evaluating the status of events, activities and other public gatherings and rescheduling, postponing or canceling as appropriate. We are currently reviewing how COVID-19 will impact the planning and implementation of Syracuse Welcome and will communicate with you as details become available. For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit Syracuse.edu/fall2020/. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this complex and challenging situation.

Fall 2020 Syracuse Welcome new student orientation will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person events. Specific dates and times to be determined. Learn more on the Orientation webpage.

COVID-19 Update: Syracuse University continues to monitor, assess and respond to developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes evaluating the status of events, activities and other public gatherings and rescheduling, postponing or canceling as appropriate. We are currently reviewing how COVID-19 will impact the planning and implementation of Syracuse Welcome and will communicate with you as details become available. For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit Syracuse.edu/fall2020/. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this complex and challenging situation.

Traditionally occurring one to three days prior to Syracuse Welcome, new students are encouraged to participate in a Pre-Welcome Program. Organized by interests, pre-welcome programs offer students the opportunity to meet and connect to fellow new students in small groups. From outdoor adventure to on-campus acclimation, there are programs for all interests!

Pre-Welcome Highlights

  • Early move-in.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus.
  • Have fun!
  • Peer connections.
  • Build community.

Please note, space is limited and costs may apply per program. For questions, deadlines, registration and more, please visit the Pre-Welcome webpage.

COVID-19 Update: Syracuse University continues to monitor, assess and respond to developments associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes evaluating the status of events, activities and other public gatherings and rescheduling, postponing or canceling as appropriate. We are currently reviewing how COVID-19 will impact the planning and implementation of Syracuse Welcome and will communicate with you as details become available. For the latest information on health and safety precautions and updates from the University, please visit Syracuse.edu/fall2020/. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to navigate this complex and challenging situation.

  • Fall 2020 Family Orientation will be delivered virtually, with specific dates and times to be determined.
  • Students should plan to bring no more than two parent/family members to campus for move-in. Parents and family members are encouraged to leave campus immediately following move-in.
  • Parent and family participation in Syracuse Welcome is not required.

Explore complete event lists for Syracuse Welcome, schools and colleges on the Fall 2020 Syracuse Welcome webpage.

Moving-In

August 17-20: New Student Move-In
We will continue to share more information pertaining to move-in registration, health and safety guidelines, shipping belongings, and schedules as details are confirmed. We are committed to making the arrival to campus as easy and safe as possible for all our students.

  • Important Update on Quarantine Requirement and On-Campus Housing Assignments (July 20)
  • 10 States Added to New York Travel Advisory and Quarantine Order (July 21)
  • Additional Information for Students and Families Impacted by NYS Travel Advisory (July 21)
  • Required Move-In Registration
    As the University is working to formulate a strategy to enable students impacted by the New York State government’s travel advisory, housing assignments and the opening of the housing portal for move-in registration are temporarily delayed. Housing assignments are expected to go out Friday, July 24, and we will notify students as soon as new dates are determined for the move-in registration portal.
  • Pre-travel Testing Requirement
    In addition to testing all students upon arrival, Syracuse University will require that all students be tested for COVID-19 before traveling to campus in August. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks, related to how soon (prior to travel) this test should be completed, and how to document a negative test result with the University prior to travel.
  • Move-In Health and Safety Guidelines
    In addition to extending the move-in period, the following health and safety guidelines will be in effect to maintain social distancing and support good health practices:

    • Students will only be permitted to move in during their scheduled move-in time;
    • Students will only be allowed one guest in the residence hall at a time;
    • Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times during the move-in period, except when the student and guest are alone in the student’s room;
    • Roommates are encouraged to stagger their move-in times; and
    • Guests of students may only stay two hours in the residence hall.
  • New York State Travel Advisory
    For first-year and transfer students impacted by the New York State travel advisory for states with high-infection rates of COVID-19, the University has prioritized the limited quarantine-eligible housing resources we have available for new first-year and transfer students. Further communication will be sent to students affected by this order.

To support students' fall 2020 transition to campus, please explore this list of hotels offering reduced rates for student quarantine.

Explore the Fall 2020 Move-In Checklist today! The ease at which you can unload your car should help determine what to pack. Students should bring only the essentials.

All first-year students are randomly assigned to any number of residence halls on North campus. Students who elect to live in a Living Learning Community or who mutually select a roommate, will likely have those requests honored.

Please note, students cannot select a residence hall or a specific room type. Additionally, following roommate assignments, students may not change until after arriving and moving-in.

Learn more on the On-Campus Living webpage.

Living Learning Communities (LLC) provide a distinct, personalized housing experience based on your academic interests, passions and studies. Plus, you live on the same floor with other LLC students who share common interests! LLC residents have exclusive access to faculty, staff and peer leaders and participate in social activities and outings together. Learn more about the 24 offerings, including academic LLCs, identity-based LLCs and theme housing.

Learn how to apply to join an LLC on the Required Tasks webpage.

First-year students are not allowed to have a car. However, in the event of a medical condition, the student commutes or another extenuating circumstance, a student may fill out a petition with the Parking and Transit Services Office. Transfer students may have a car but will be required to purchase a permit.

Learn more on the Parking and Transit Services Permit webpage.

Required for first-year students, we encourage you to explore the available meal plan options. Please visit the Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services website for more information about packages and to get an idea of what could be offered.

Please note, meal plans are subject to change annually. You may also decide to change your specific meal plan during the semester. You may always increase the meal plan size, but there is a deadline in the beginning of the academic year to decrease the meal plan size.

Community Wellness Requirements

As part of a student’s required tasks, please visit the Community Wellness Requirements webpage to learn more and for additional directions.

As part of a student’s required tasks, please visit the Community Wellness Requirements webpage to learn more and for additional directions.