About SummerStart

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SummerStart is an exclusive opportunity for incoming first-year students to get ahead prior to starting their fall semester at Syracuse University. Easing the transition to college life, students will get ahead by earning credits toward their degree, making friends, experiencing all that campus life has to offer, and connecting with faculty and staff—all before the fall semester has started!

  • Program Dates: Monday, July 19–Friday, August 27, 2021
  • Arrival and Orientation: Saturday, July 17-Sunday, July 18, 2021

All students should be moved in and ready to begin orientation by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, prior to the start of the program.

All SummerStart students will live in Ernie Davis Hall (619 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210) during the six-week program, offering an opportunity to build community, make friends and acclimate to the residential living experience.

A skilled resident advisor (RA) will live with students in Ernie Davis who will provide guidance and support, host programming, and build community within the residence hall. Full-time residential staff also live in the building and are trained to provide a supportive and secure environment that encourages a sense of community conducive to study and relaxation. All rooms are double occupancy and roommates are assigned.

Dining facilities are conveniently located within the Ernie Davis residence hall. A full meal plan is included in your program cost and is available seven days a week. The meal plan offers options that include deli, grill, salad and a dessert bar. Vegetarian and kosher selections are available.

The University will assist students with moving into their fall 2021 housing assignment on Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 21.

College life is about both academic and social integration. This involves becoming an active member of the Orange community. Through SummerStart you will:

  • Make friends and establish a social network
  • Become a campus leader and increase your self-confidence
  • Enjoy recreational and social activities offered by the Barnes Center at The Arch, Student Activities, and various cultural centers
  • Explore the campus and learn about the resources Syracuse University has to offer, including campus libraries, writing center, math clinics and computer labs

Learn more and take the Virtual Campus Tour today!

Through the SummerStart program, you will take foundational courses that help complete required coursework early and classes tailored to your program and interests. You will receive personalized attention from faculty in a small and supportive classroom setting. Your schedule will consist of (2) three- or four-credit courses and the required one-credit SummerStart seminar.

During the summer, you will meet with academic advisors and receive support from the Office of Student Success. Into the fall, you can expect continued support, including special events and referrals to programs.

Course offerings include:

  • ANT 111 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • ANT 121 People and Cultures of the World (3 credits)
  • CAS 102 First-Year SummerStart Seminar (1 credit)
  • MAT 121 Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts (4 credits)
  • MAT 193 Algebra-Infused Precalculus (4 credits)
  • PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credits)
  • WRT 104 Introduction to College-Level Writing (3 credits)
  • WRT 105 Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
  • Other course options offered online (synchronous-meet on specific days/times)

Yes, all students are required to take the placement exams, which are used to advise students regarding their placement in the appropriate course.  The Math placement exam is available via MySlice > Student Services > Placement Exams > Take Placement Exams.

All students will be contacted via their official Syracuse University e-mail (i.e. @syr.edu) by their school/college advisor approximately one to two weeks prior to arrival for the program to discuss options for their class schedule.

SummerStart attempts to limit class size to 20 students. The small group, seminar like class allows instructors to give students one-on-one attention and gives students a better transition to college coursework. However, if a student does not enroll in a SummerStart section, courses may be slightly larger.

Yes!  Below is the shipping address for summer 2021.  Make sure the arrival date is on or after July 16th as no one will be able to receive the package prior to that date and it could get returned to sender.  You may leave the mailbox # blank if you do not know the room.

Student Full Name
Ernie Davis Hall
619 Comstock Avenue
Mailbox# ____
Syracuse, NY 13244

*Do NOT include “Syracuse University” on the address.

The cost of the program is substantially discounted compared to the cost of a typical summer session at Syracuse University.  The comprehensive fee for the six-week program is $7,197, which includes tuition, housing, meals and program activities. The breakdown is as follows:

  • $4,865 Tuition
  • $2,332 Program fee (includes housing, meals and program activities)

Please also remember that the cost of textbooks and educational supplies is estimated to be $200–$250.

Financial Aid Eligibility

Limited scholarship support is available for SummerStart 2021.

Students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Student Support Services Program (SSSP), or Kessler Presidential Scholars Program should contact their program with any financial aid questions.

To join the SummerStart program, students must be incoming first-year students for Fall 2021.

Students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Student Support Services Program (SSSP) and Kessler Scholars Program will be enrolled in the SummerStart program.

Welcome to SummerStart! The Office of Student Success is here to help you accelerate your learning outside of the classroom, supporting your growth academically, socially, personally and professionally. SummerStart will be your head start to face the demands of the fall semester, while beginning to shape your Syracuse University experience.

Through this unique opportunity, you will take courses for full academic credit, participate in a wide range of academic and social activities, and begin to create a community of friends who will be with you throughout your undergraduate career. We look forward to welcoming you on campus and supporting you throughout your experience.


Kal Srinivas, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director of Student Success
Alison Fredericks, Program Manager, SummerStart


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Kal Srinivas

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Alison Fredericks

“SummerStart set the foundation for my entire academic and professional career at Syracuse University. My favorite experience was being a part of the SummerStart seminar which taught me how to become a successful college student and was the setting in which I learned how to engage with the many resources and opportunities on our campus. The individual attention and support I received has inspired me to do everything I can to provide for future students and make their experience as fulfilling as mine.”

SummerStart Student Testimonial