Early Decision
(First-Year Students only)
Regular Decision (Fall) Spring enrollment
Electronic application submission
Nov. 15, 2016 First Year: Jan. 1, 2017
Transfer: July 1, 2017*
Nov. 15, 2016*
College of Visual and Performing
Art, Design, Transmedia**
 Nov. 15, 2016  Jan. 1, 2017
(Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 19, 2016)
Dec.22, 2016****, in-person review
 Nov. 15, 2016
College of Visual and Performing
 Nov. 15, 2016  Jan. 1, 2017, online submission
Feb. 12, 2017**, in-person audition
 Nov. 15, 2016
 College of Visual and Performing
 Nov. 15, 2016  Jan. 1, 2017, online submissions
Feb. 4, 2017**, in-person audition
 Nov. 15, 2016
of Architecture:

In-person portfolio review
Nov. 15, 2016 Dec. 1, 2016 Students may only apply for fall semester
of Architecture:

Portfolio postmarked/submission deadline (Portfolios should be mailed to the School of Architecture or submitted online through SlideRoom.)***
Nov. 15, 2016 Jan. 6, 2017 Students may only apply for fall semester
Admission notification begins Mid December 2016 Late March 2017 Early November 2016
Candidates reply date Feb. 15, 2017
(If admitted to first choice. If admitted to second or third choice, reply date is May 1. The candidate reply date is the same for ED)
May 1, 2017 Dec. 30, 2016

*Transfer applications will be accepted on a space available basis after November 15 for spring enrollment. Although the transfer application deadline for the fall semester is July 1, we encourage you to apply earlier. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified.  It is in your best interest to apply earlier for the fall semester as transfer students are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in late February and some programs are limited in space.
**Specific event dates and further instructions on submitting your portfolio/audition are available on the VPA website. Please note that an audition is not required if you are applying to the Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries in the Setnor School of Music.  If you have further questions please contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at admissu@syr.edu or 315-443-2769
*** For further instructions on submitting  your architecture portfolio please visit the School of Architecture website.
****In-person portfolio submission at January NPD events in CA and FL will be considered on time.


Application Steps

Follow the steps below to apply for admission. If you don’t understand something or have a question, helpful admissions counselors are just a phone call or email away: 315.443.3611 or orange@syr.edu.

First Step:

Once you’ve submitted the Common Application:

  • Follow up with your teachers/professors/counselor to verify that they’ve submitted their recommendations.
  • Make certain your high school or college submits the official transcripts to Syracuse University.
  • If required for your first, second or third choice on the application, complete the audition or portfolio requirement.
  • Check your records to confirm that test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL) will be sent to Syracuse University.  SU does not require the essay with the new SAT, nor the writing portion of the ACT.
  • Once your application is uploaded onto our system, you will receive an email confirmation from Syracuse with instructions on how to check your application status online through MySlice.
  • You will not receive an admission decision through MySlice, but will be able to track “My Missing Application Materials” within the Admissions To Do items of MySlice. Admission decision notification will be sent via e-mail and is sometimes followed by notification in the mail.

Please allow up to seven days from the date your materials are submitted for items to be reflected as complete in our system.  We will send you e-mail notices as key application materials are received and, therefore, completed.