Pre-Welcome

Traditionally occurring one to three days prior to Syracuse Welcome, new students are encouraged to participate in a Pre-Welcome Program. Organized by interests and identity spaces, 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! For questions, please email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Pre-Welcome Highlights

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

Registration

International students should plan on attending the required International Student Orientation, Aug. 19-24, 2022. Curious about the move-in day for these programs? Visit the On-Campus Living webpage for details.

Connect with fellow incoming students who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as an upper-division Summer Connections Mentor. Meetings will take place virtually once a week and participants will engage in meaningful conversation surrounding background, identity and building connections, and will learn about campus resources to help incoming BIPOC students thrive at Syracuse University.

The goal of this program is to educate students about the differences between high school and college, and engage students in small group discussions regarding the social, emotional and academic expectations you can anticipate as you navigate your college experiences. We will also review how students will access their accommodations while attending, tour the Center for Disability Resources (CDR), learn about the array of resources available and, most importantly, build a community of learners that is both empowering and positive. The $50 program fee will be billed to the student's Bursar account in Sept. 2022. 

For more information, scholarship availability or to request accommodations, email the Center for Disability Resources or call 315.443.4498.

Sponsored by Center for Disability Resources.

All International students that are coming to the Syracuse University campus for the first time are required to attend International Student Orientation Aug. 19-24, 2022, and Syracuse Welcome Aug. 25-28, 2022.

Dates: Aug. 19-24, 2022

Cost: Free

Registration: Complete the International Student Orientation registration today!

Contact: For questions or to request accommodations, email the Center for International Services or call 315.443.2457.

Are you looking to connect with Christians on campus and grow spiritually during college? Join incoming students and peer mentors to build community and serve others. Peer mentors will share how to grow in your faith during college and you'll participate in community service projects to bless your new neighborhood. You'll also be able to move in to your residence hall early, get comfortable on campus, explore Syracuse and more. This program is for anyone who wants to start college with new friends and mentors to support you in your goals to love God, serve others and share Christ.

For more information, scholarship availability or to request accommodations, email the Baptist Chaplaincy or call 716.983.7786.

Are you the first in your family to attend college? This program is specifically designed with the needs of Syracuse University incoming first-generation students in mind! Come meet other first-generation students and participate in this helpful transition-focused program. Sessions will include study tips, how to navigate the University, managing your finances and more. The program is led by first-generation student leaders known as 'Cuse First Leaders (CFLs). You’ll feel more prepared for your first week of classes after this informative start to your Syracuse University career!

For more information or to request accommodations, email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Sponsored by New Student and Family Programs.

Have you been wondering what programs are provided for Muslim students on campus? Well, you've found one! The Muslim Student Life Welcome is run by our Muslim Student Life mentors and ​gives Muslim students on campus an opportunity to meet new people, receive peer advising, find resources on campus and explore your new campus, all before even starting your first day of classes! You will get to know the campus, find your classes and create a network in hopes to make you feel prepared and ready to begin your first year at Syracuse University!

For more information or to request accommodations, email the Office of Muslim Student Life or call 856.266.8625.

Updated May 26, 2022: LOOP Adirondack Adventure is currently full. Students may register to be put on the waitlist or explore other Pre-Welcome options.

The Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP) Adirondack Adventure is designed to give incoming first-year students a jump-start on their college experience while engaging in outdoor adventure activities including a low and high element challenge course, hiking, flat-water kayaking and canoeing, as well as campfires and starry night hikes. This program provides an opportunity to move into your fall assigned residence hall early and then go off-campus to the serene setting of the Oswegatchie Educational Center, located within the majestic Adirondack Park region of New York. The program fee will be billed to the student's Bursar account in Sept. 2022.

For more information or to request accommodations, contact Julie DeLeo or call 315.443.5011.

Sponsored by the Barnes Center at The Arch.

Join your classmates on an adventure that will be sure to kick your first year into high gear! During this program you'll develop various skills on our outdoor "Odyssey" style challenge course. Throughout the program you will not only get an opportunity to experience all the high element challenge course has to offer, but you will also "learn the ropes," so to speak. We will teach you the basics of challenge course facilitation as you develop skills that will help you on your journey through college, such as positive relationship and trust building, effective communication, resiliency and determination, as well as the ability to think through and solve problems, not just as an individual, but as a contributing member of a team and larger community. The program fee will be billed to the student's Bursar account in Sept. 2022.

For more information or to request accommodations, contact Yaohui (Sandy) Paul-Wei or call 315.443.1130.

Sponsored by the Barnes Center at The Arch.

Our Nya weñha Skä:noñh Welcome and early orientation invites Indigenous students to arrive on campus three days earlier than the rest of the incoming and returning students. This provides an opportunity to get your bearings, learn where your classes are, where your residence hall is, meet your roommate and begin building a sense of community with other incoming Native students. This will prepare you to begin your first year at Syracuse University!

  • Dates: Aug. 22-24, 2022
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: Invitation only. 

For more information or to request accommodations, call the Native Student Program at 315.443.0258 or email Regina Jones.

Syracuse Hillel is proud to offer FreshFest, a three day Pre-Welcome program for incoming students. Move in early on Aug. 22, 2022, learn about Jewish life at Syracuse University, and get to know campus and the Syracuse area through a variety of activities. You'll be paired with an upper-division mentor who will welcome you to campus and answer any questions you may have about your experience.

For more information or to request accommodations, email Syracuse Hillel or call 315.422.5084.

By joining a first-year Living Learning Community (LLC), students can move into their residence hall early, connect with their LLC resident advisor, and begin to build connections and friendships with fellow LLC floormates.

Move in a day early to your assigned LLC residence hall and then spend that evening participating in welcome programs with your LLC resident advisors. The next day, stop by the LLC Question and Answer Session to learn about the opportunities that you get to participate in all year long. Parents are welcome at this session, too! Lastly, join your resident advisor, peer mentor and fellow LLC floormates for a picnic-style kickoff celebration where LLC faculty and staff members will be waiting to meet you.

Date: Aug. 23-24, 2022

Cost: Free

Complete: During the Housing Application, students must complete the Living Learning Community portion to be placed in a Living Learning Community.

Contact: Learn more about LLC Orientation or call Living Learning Communities at 315.443.2079.

Are you transferring to Syracuse University? Transfer Transitions is a two-day program designed to help new transfer students find the answers to their questions and prepare for their academic career at Syracuse University. Sessions include an introduction to academic resources and services, tips on getting involved in campus life and how to navigate campus. You will have the opportunity to connect with other new transfer students and the Transfer Transitions Leaders (TTLs), returning transfer students who will serve as a resource throughout your transition to Syracuse University! The $50 program fee will be billed to the student's Bursar account in Sept. 2022.

For more information or to request accommodations, email New Student and Family Programs or call 315.443.9187.

Sponsored by New Student and Family Programs.