After You Join

Ernie Davis residence hall

We look forward to welcoming you on campus for SummerStart 2021! As you prepare to begin your Becoming Orange journey, please review the following important information about required tasks, course selection,  placement exams, preparing to arrive, move-in and orientation, policies and additional resources.

Visit the First-Year and Transfer Programs website for a complete list of all required tasks for incoming students.

Visit the First-Year and Transfer Programs website for a complete list of all optional tasks for incoming students.

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.

The course sections are open to SummerStart participants only. However, students, in consultation with their college advisors, may select an alternative course from the University curriculum. College advisors will contact students via email prior to arrival to determine appropriate course selection and schedule.

Once registered for courses, you can purchase textbooks and course materials through the Syracuse University Campus Store.

To ensure proper course selections, all SummerStart students must complete placement exams in math and writing. Your prompt completion of the exam will ensure your enrollment in the appropriate writing and math course. For students in the music, art, drama, or transmedia programs of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the mathematics test is optional.

Exams must be completed on or before June 25, 2021.

These exams are given under the honor system. Note that these assessments are for placement purposes only, with no impact on your course grades. They should accurately reflect your skill level in order to assure your placement in the course.

Math Placement Exam

The math placement exam is available via MySlice > Student Services > Placement Exams > Take Placement Exams.

Writing Placement Exam

The writing placement exam is included in the SummerStart application.

Wondering what you should bring to campus? Please refer to the What to Bring, What Not to Bring Move-in Checklist. For your time during SummerStart, please also remember to bring dress attire or business casual attire for SummerStart banquet on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

Please Note: It will not be possible for you to return home prior to the start of the fall semester.

Move-in is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021. Students should be moved in and ready to begin by 5 p.m.

Orientation will take place Saturday, July 17, 2021 and Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Additional information and a full schedule will be available soon.

Transportation to the University is available via taxi/Uber/Lyft from the airport, train and bus stations. The cost is approximately $30 to $50 and the travel time takes approximately 20 minutes.

  • Academic
    • Math Consultants (Tutors): Sunday-Wednesday [6pm-9pm] Ernie Davis 6th Floor Lounge
    • Writing Consultants (Tutors): Sunday-Thursday [7pm-10pm] HBC Writing Center
    • School/College Meet and Greet: Thursday, July 29th [5pm-6:30pm] Ernie Davis Dining Hall
    • Resource Fair: Friday, July 30th [11pm-3pm] Bird Library
  • Social
    • Library Event: Wednesday, July 28th [Time TBD] Bird Library
    • Bingo Bites on Monday Nights: Monday, August 2nd [10pm-11:30pm] LSB 011
    • Bingo Bites on Monday Nights: Monday, August 9th [10pm-11:30pm] LSB 011
    • High Ropes Course & Zip Line, August 13th [12:30-2:30pm or 3:00-5:00pm]
    • SummerStart Closing Banquet: Thursday, August 19th [5pm-7pm] Sheraton
    • Movie on the Quad: Tuesday, August 24th  [Time TBD] Quad
    • Be Active at the Barnes Center at The Arch

“SummerStart is a time for you to enjoy how beautiful campus is and provides you with the confidence to familiarize yourself with available resources and facilities on campus; this is helpful especially if you’re a first-generation student going away for college. Take short breaks and take walks with friends to get a sense of where your safe spaces will be, where you’d like to go for fun or where you’d see yourself studying.”

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Diana Garcia Varo, Class of 2023