First-Year Experience

Welcome to your first year at Syracuse University! We’re excited to have you join the Orange community as a first-year or transfer student and experience your Becoming Orange journey.

In addition to the academic and social opportunities during orientation, known as Syracuse Welcome, you can expect signature experiences to introduce you to the University, connect with your fellow students and successfully begin your academic journey.

Your first-year experience will be rooted in a Discussion Seminar, SEM 100. The seminar will be connected to an introductory course in your school/college that sets a foundation for your academic career. Additionally, Community Wellness Requirements will help you learn about supporting a healthy community and building connections across our campus.