Becoming Orange

New student move-in is scheduled for Aug. 24 to 26 and Syracuse Welcome new student orientation is scheduled for Aug. 26 to 29. Move-in dates will be selected by students after they receive their housing assignment in mid-July. New international students will move to campus several days in advance for International Student Orientation.

You can find the complete Syracuse Welcome schedule for parents and families here.

Virtual Welcome for Parents and Families

Below is a  schedule of orientation programs prior to your student’s arrival on campus. Please click on the session title to register.

This Is Us: Challenges and Opportunities of a Diverse Student Community

7 p.m.

Panelists will provide families with a broad overview of the diversity of Syracuse University (demographics), inclusion (support services and resources), community (ways students can engage one another) and equity (the opportunities the university provides to bridge the gaps of disparity and underrepresentation).

Academic Support and Success

7 p.m.

Panelists representing the Syracuse University Libraries, the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS), Orange SUccess, the Center for Disability Resources and the Dean of Students Office will share information about the academic and personal support that is available to students.

New Student Send-Offs

Sponsored by the Syracuse University Alumni Association to welcome the newest members of the Orange family. These gatherings will help incoming students and their parents understand what to expect when they arrive on campus, learn about Syracuse University traditions and get to know alumni, current students and other new SU families.

What to Bring List

Review the Packing Checklist to learn about what your residential student should consider bringing to campus and what items they should leave behind.

Student Health Insurance Enrollment or Waiver

All students are required to have health insurance coverage. Coverage may be through an outside qualifying health insurance plan or through the SU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). For details on both of these options visit the Barnes Center at the Arch – Health information.


Making the Transition

Syracuse Welcome provides students with a mix of social, educational, and academic programs to help them settle in and prepare for that first day of classes.  It also offers informational programs for parents.  Details regarding Syracuse Welcome will become available in May or visit First-Year and Transfer Program Office.


Health and Wellness

Concerns about your student’s health and well-being are always a top priority.  Discuss available resources with your student so that they understand how to access wellness and recreation programs, health care, and mental health counseling while they are on campus.  The state of the art Barnes Center at The Arch is a student’s one-stop shop for health and wellness.


Personal Safety

Tips for staying safe are important to review–remind your student to travel in groups, pay attention to his/her surroundings, lock the door, etc.


Inclusion and Community

Creating an environment of inclusion, community, and global citizenship is important at Syracuse University.  We strive to provide the students with the tools for a successful personal and professional life in the ever-changing world beyond graduation.  Programs and services that support this objective are widely available on campus, including:


Academic Support


Student Support