About SummerStart

Students connecting with staff at SummerStart 2022 Resource Fair.

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: Saturday, July 2–Friday, August 12, 2022
        • Arrival and Orientation: Saturday, July 2-Sunday, July 3, 2022

All students should be moved in by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

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. The majority of rooms are double occupancy and roommates are randomly 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.

Temporary housing is available for students who need to remain on-campus between the end of SummerStart and beginning of the fall 2022 semester.  Temporary housing and meal plan rates will be available soon.

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, 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 Retention and Outreach. 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 Peoples & Cultures of World (3 credits)
  • CLS 100 SummerStart Seminar (1 credit- required)
  • EAR 104 Introductory Geology Lab (1 credit)
  • EAR 105 Earth Science (3 credits)
  • EAR 111 Climate Change Past and Present (3 credits)
  • ECS 109 Engineering Student Seminar (1 credit)
  • ENL 207 Advanced Integrated Skills for Non-native Speakers of English (3 credits)
  • MAT 121 Probability and Statistics for the Liberal Arts (4 credits)
  • MAT 193 Algebra-Infused Precalculus (4 credits)
  • PSC 121 American National Government and Politics (3 credits)
  • PSC 124 International Relations (3 credits)
  • PSY 205 Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credits)
  • WRT 105 Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits)
  • WRT 114 Writing Culture (3 credits)
  • Other course options (TBD)

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 $7,268, which includes tuition, housing, meals and program activities. The breakdown is as follows:

    •  Tuition $4,865

    • Program fee $2,403 (includes housing, meals and program activities)

    • Total cost: $7,268

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

Financial Aid Eligibility

Limited scholarship support may be available for SummerStart 2022.

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 full-time students for Fall 2022.

International students must register for the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE): Non-native speakers of English must take the ELAE on June 2nd, 2022 to be considered for admission to SummerStart. Students will have from 12:00am to 11:59pm on June 2nd EDT to complete the exam.  It must be completed in one sitting once started.





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! Student Outreach and Retention Office 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 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., Director of Student Retention and Success

Alison Fredericks, Program Manager, SummerStart

Email | Phone: 315.443.1031





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