New Student Checklists

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

To assist you in building your unique Becoming Orange journey, the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs has organized tasks to help you successfully transition to Syracuse University.  It is encouraged to complete required tasks as soon as possible. For additional information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs.


Fall 2020 Packing Checklist

The ease at which you can unload your car should help determine what to pack. Students should bring only the essentials.

  • Academic Supplies (e.g. Backpack, Calendar/Planner, Calculator)
  • Bedding (e.g. Pillows, Blankets, Twin XL Sheets)
  • Clothing for late summer and fall.
  • Laundry Supplies (Consider pod style detergent and a laundry bag instead of basket.)
  • Medications
  • Small Fan
  • Toiletries for the first few weeks.  (It is recommend to ship additional items after arrival.)

  • Additional Furniture (e.g. Large Lamps, Shelving)
  • Candles, Incense, etc.
  • Cooking Appliances (e.g. Hot Plates, Toaster Ovens, Crockpots, Grills)
  • Expensive/Irreplaceable Collectibles or Jewelry
  • Firearms, Weapons, Fireworks
  • General Purpose Extension Cords
  • Halogen Lamps and Multi-heated Floor Lamps
  • Large Appliances (e.g. Air Conditioners, Refrigerators Over 5 cubic feet, Microwaves Over 1,000 watts)
  • Large Grocery Items (e.g. Cases of Water)
  • Large Pieces of Furniture
  • Pets
  • Rugs
  • Wall Mounted Televisions

Students are invited to participate in the Syracuse University Bookstore MicroFridge Rental program.


Required Tasks

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, hindering studying abroad, participating in Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and more.


Optional Tasks 

Traditionally occurring one to three days prior to Syracuse Welcome, new students are encouraged to participate in a Pre-Welcome Program. Organized by interests, 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! To register or for more information, please visit the Pre-Welcome webpage.

Pre-Welcome Highlights

  • Familiarize yourself with campus.
  • Have fun!
  • Peer connections.


For your convenience, you may wish to establish a personal bank account with a local bank prior to your arrival on campus. Information concerning types of accounts available, minimum deposits and required identification to open the accounts are available from each bank. For more information please visit the Treasurer's Office website.

Please note, local banks will not cash personal checks unless you have an account with them. Therefore, you will want to plan ahead and establish an account to have access to funds via an ATM machine.

Matriculated Syracuse University students may open a Bookstore Charge account to pay for Bookstore purchases.

  • There is no late fee or annual fee.
  • There is no interest charged if the Bookstore Charge account balance is paid in full on or before the due date.
  • If you prefer to extend payments over time, an APR of 16% interest charge is applied.
  • Your SUID card will be encoded for use as your Bookstore Charge card.
  • Bookstore Charge accounts are subject to a maximum credit limit of $2,000.
  • If you are under 21 years of age, a parent or guardian must cosign the agreement.

For complete terms and conditions, and to apply for a Bookstore Charge account, download the Retail Installment Agreement [PDF] (Print use only.). For additional information or questions, call 315.443.9900 or email the Bookstore.

'CuseTech, hosted in the Syracuse University Bookstore is your campus technology center offering education priced Apple products such as Macbooks and iPads, Dell PC’s, gaming systems, computer accessories and more. Additionally, the Bookstore offers special offer trade-in programs and extended warranties covering accidental damage and liquid spills.

For additional information or questions, call 315.443.9900 or email the Bookstore.

Syracuse University seeks to promote equal access to educational opportunities for all students. Incoming students who believe they have a current and essential need for disability related accommodations and resources, should complete the Syracuse University Disability Resources Registration Form.

For more information or questions, please visit the Center for Disability Resources website, email or call 315.443.4498.

Students may visit the O-Zone Student Pass webpage to purchase single game tickets and student season pass tickets for the Men’s Basketball season. Admission to both Women’s Basketball and Lacrosse are free of charge for all Syracuse University students. Student Pass holders receive additional benefits including a student section t-shirt, exclusive experiences and guaranteed seats for sold out games.

In addition to registering for Orange Alert, Syracuse University’s crisis alert notification system, the University offers LiveSafe.

As an app, LiveSafe is accessible using your Syracuse University email address (i.e. Upon logging in, students may instantly access safety maps of the area, a tip reporting feature where you can attach photos and video, and Safewalk, a virtual escort feature so you can make sure your friends get home safely.

Please visit the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website for helpful advice on personal safety, crime prevention, statistics, campus alerts and DPS events. For more information or questions, call 315.443.2224 or email

Organize your finances for college and beyond by partnering with a Syracuse Smart Money Coach to create your Orange Budget. Begin your financial journey by scheduling an appointment in Orange SUccess.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Literacy at 315.443.5905 or by emailing

For additional information, please contact Parking and Transit Services at 315.443.4652 or by emailing

Using your NetID and password log in to MySlice and access requested textbook information. Following, you may order books on the Syracuse University Bookstore website. Students who order books online through the Bookstore will receive a free gift and campus pickup.

New York State sales tax is not charged for textbooks required and recommended for courses. The Bookstore accepts Bookstore Charge, Bookstore gift cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for online purchases. In addition, to in-store purchases with a valid SUID, the Bookstore accepts SUpercard PLUS, personal checks and cash for in-store purchases.

For additional information or questions, call 315.443.9900 or email the Bookstore.

Preferred Name

Preferred names are names that may be chosen to be used instead of legal names.

  1. Using your NetID and password, log in to MySlice.
  2. Select the “My Profile” page.
  3. Click “Personal Details” from the “Personal” table.
  4. Click on the “+” icon above your name.
  5. Enter your preferred name and click “Save.”

Once students submit their preferred name it will appear on their Syracuse University email, Orange SUccess account, Degree Works, MySlice class and grade rosters, BlackBoard, Handshake and more. For additional information, please visit the Preferred Name Type Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns are the way individuals refer to each other in the third person. For some individuals who are transitioning, they might choose to change their pronouns.

  1. Using your NetID and password, log in to MySlice.
  2. Select the “My Profile” page.
  3. Click on the “Biographic” tab.
  4. Click on the “Pronoun” link.
  5. Select your personal pronoun and click “Save.”

Currently if you do not see the pronouns that you identify with there is not a way to create your own option; please feel free to send an email with your pronouns to and it will be reviewed and discussed by the Pronoun, Gender Preferred Name Advisory Council (PGPNAC). For additional information, please visit the Pronouns Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.

The opportunity to update and change your preferred name and personal pronouns are brought to you by the Syracuse University Pronoun, Gender and Preferred Name Advisory Council. Please visit the LGBT Resource Center website if you have further questions or want to learn more about gender identity and personal pronouns.