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How do I find out more about the program to which I have been admitted?

What kind of food will I find on campus and nearby?

All undergraduates living in either North or South Campus residence halls are required to enroll in a University meal plan. Meal plans provide a wide array of dining options on campus in one of the five residence hall dining centers (vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal options available), two food courts, 13 cafes and two convenient on-campus grocery stores and snack areas.  Within walking distance from campus are restaurants on Marshall Street or in the Westcott area. Or, explore eateries in downtown Syracuse by taking the Connective Corridor bus.

What types of clubs and organizations are available?

You can choose from more than 300 student organizations from academic, arts and entertainment, to governance, Greek life, and more. Visit the Office of Student Life for more information and a comprehensive list. Many students get involved in the community through service learning and volunteer opportunities. Visit the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service to learn more.

What exercise facilities and recreation opportunities are available?

Students can choose from a variety of weightrooms, gyms, studios, tennis courts, and fields on campus. While students can participate in a variety of exercise and recreation activities on campus, there's plenty to do off campus as well. Students take advantage of activities such as whitewater rafting, skiing, and hiking. Visit the Department of Recreation Services for more information on fitness classes, facilities, and off-campus recreation events.

 

Payments and Important Forms

Is the advance tuition payment refundable?

The $500 advance tuition payment is nonrefundable.

Deadlines for submitting the tuition payment:

  • Early Decision: February 15 (if you were not admitted to your first choice, the deadline is May 1)
  • Regular Decision: May 1

Is the advance housing payment refundable?

The advance housing payment is $450 for the Spring or Fall 2014 semester.  If you withdraw from Syracuse University, your advance housing payment is fully refundable until June 1, 2013 (January 1, 2014 for spring applicants). After that date, your housing commitment is financially binding. Refunds are subject to penalties according to schedules stated in Tuition, Fees, and Related Policies, a publication available from Bursar Operations.

What forms of payment are accepted?

When completing the Admissions Acceptance Form, you will see options for submitting your advance payments. The following forms of payment will be accepted:

  • ACH - Electronic Funds Transfer from U.S. Bank Checking or Savings Account
  • Credit Card or Debit Card

Using a secure online web connection and browser, you may use your credit or debit card to make a payment on your Bursar account.  You may use MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit cards, or debit cards with the MasterCard or Visa logo.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: NelNet Business Solutions, an independent third party contractor that accepts tuition and other payments made using credit and debit cards, charges a non-refundable convenience fee of 2.7 % of the amount charged.  This fee is established and charged solely by NelNet Business Solutions, not by the University. The convenience fee is paid in full to and retained by NelNet Business Solutions; the University does not receive any of this fee.

  • Paper Check

Please make the check payable to Syracuse University.  Write the Student Account Number (SUID) in the comment section of the check.

Checks must be drawn on a U.S. Bank.  Third party checks will not be accepted.  A $20.00 fee will be charged to your Bursar Account for each check that is returned due to Insufficient Funds.

Mail to:
Admission Acceptance Processing
Syracuse University
P. O. Box 35180
Syracuse NY 13235

If you choose to send the advance payments using a package delivery company (i.e. FedEx, UPS, DHL), use this address:

Admission Acceptance Processing
Syracuse University
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13210

  • Wire Transfer

Should you need to provide a physical mailing address to complete a wire transfer, please use:

JPMorgan Chase
500 Plum St
Syracuse, NY 13204

More specific information is provided on the Admission Acceptance Form.

Where and when do I need to send in the Health Form?

The Health Form must be completed and returned to Health Services by June 1, 2014 (January 1, 2014 for spring applicants). It does not need to be included with your advance tuition payment. A PDF version is available to download and print. More information on Health Services can also be found online.

Please mail your health form to:

Syracuse University Health Services

111 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse NY 13244-2320

What if I'm getting a low grade in one of my current high school classes? Is my admission going to be rescinded if I drop the class?

Please seek assistance from your current teacher. The Office of Admissions cannot definitively advise you on whether to drop or switch your current course. The final decision should be made in consultation with your guidance counselor and in consideration of your goals and the requirements of the college to which you have been accepted, as well as your high school's graduation requirements. You will need to decide what is the best course of action for your situation.

Your guidance counselor will need to submit your final high school transcript at the end of your senior year.  Your admission is contingent upon maintaining the same level of academic achievement as demonstrated in your application as well as graduation from secondary school.

When and how do I register for classes?

Please visit the Office of First-Year and Transfer Students web site for more information.

When is orientation and when do I move in?

Please visit the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs for more information on orientation.

When do classes start?

Please check out the complete academic calendar for important dates.

 

Housing and Meal Plans

How do I gain access to the online Housing and Meal Plan Application?

You must complete the following steps prior to gaining access to the online housing application:

  • Accept your offer of admission by submitting the online Admission Acceptance Form (AAF) with your advance tuition and housing payments.
  • If you have not already done so, activate your NetID by going to http://its.syr.edu/netid/.
  • Access your official Syracuse University e-mail account by visiting http://its.syr.edu/email/.
  • Upon receipt of an e-mail from Syracuse University Housing to your syr.edu e-mail account confirming your MySlice Student Services access to the online housing application, complete your housing application.

For a tutorial on completing the online housing application, visit http://housingmealplans.syr.edu/.

Do I need to complete the online Housing and Meal Plan Application if I'm not going to live on campus?

If your immediate family resides in the Syracuse area and you plan to commute from home, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.

If you are not obligated to the University's two-year, on-campus living requirements and you plan to live off campus, please check the appropriate box on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.

How am I assigned housing and may I choose my residence hall?

Shortly after the Candidates Reply Date, the Office of Housing assigns a random number to each online housing application received from new first-year and transfer students. The randomly assigned number will establish the order in which applications are processed and is designed to promote a fair and equitable system for all new students that is inclusive and encourages students from different backgrounds to live together. Housing assignments will be made in the order of the assigned number and will take into consideration any living and learning opportunities, mutual roommate requests, or special circumstances you have indicated on the online Housing and Meal Plan Application. The University will not accept requests for housing in a specific room type or residence hall.

What is a Learning Community?

Learning communities allow you to live and take classes with a group of students who are all joined by a common interest or academic major. Although living in a learning community is optional, many first year students find that the experience helps to ease the transition to college life. However, not all learning communities are residential. Check out your options.

Learning communities are offered on a space-available basis and fill up quickly. If you'd like to enroll in a community, please submit your completed Admission Acceptance Form as soon as possible so you may gain access to the online Housing and Meal Plan Application.

I am entering as a first-year student. In what type of room will I live?

First-year students live in one of the following residence halls on Main Campus: Boland, Brewster, Brockway, Day, DellPlain, Ernie Davis, Flint, Haven, Lawrinson, Sadler, and Shaw. First-year students typically live in a double with another first-year student. More information on floor plans, building descriptions, specific living options, and virtual tours of rooms is available from the Office of Housing.

I am entering as a transfer student. In what type of room will I live?

Transfer students typically live on South Campus. If you have completed fewer than 40 credit hours, you are encouraged to reside in University housing unless you have a family or commute from the permanent home of your immediate family. Housing for transfers is on a space-available basis until all vacancies are filled. More information on floor plans, building descriptions, specific living options, and virtual tours of rooms is available from the Office of Housing.

What meal plan must I purchase?

All Main Campus and Skyhall residents are required to purchase a meal plan. Your options for a meal plan are based on your class year. First-year students may choose one of three plans: the Deluxe Meal Plan, the 19-Meal Plan, or the 14-Meal Plan. Indicate which meal plan you want on your online Housing and Meal Plan Application. You can refer to the full list of meal plan options online

 

International Students

In addition to the information provided in the frequently asked questions below, visit the Admitted International Students web page  through the Slutzker Center for more details on making the transition to Syracuse University

I am an international student. When may I move in?

International student orientation for the Spring 2014 semester is January 11-12, 2014.  You are expected to arrive on campus between January 6 - 9.  This will allow enough time for you to check-in with the Slutzker Center, attend Orientation, and complete the mandatory clearance process.  You will then participate in SU  Winter Welcome 2014, with all other students admitted for the spring semester.  Please visit the International Student Orientation web page for more information.

Where do I send my advance payments by mail?

By mail:

If you will be sending your advance payments using a package delivery company (i.e., FedEx, UPS, DHL), please send to the following address:

Admission Acceptance Processing
Syracuse University
716 East Washington Street, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13210

By Credit Card or Wire Transfer:

You also have the option to submit your advance payments by credit card or wire transfer.  You may authorize your banking institution to transfer funds through the Federal Reserve (U.S. banks) or the SWIFT system (foreign banks), in accordance with the following instructions:

JPMorgan Chase
New York, NY
ABA#: 021000021
Credit: Syracuse University
Account #: 018-000-1182 ATTN: Upstate Syracuse Account
SWIFT Code: CHASUS33 (required for foreign banks only)
Reference: (include your student ID number)

Should you need to provide a physical mailing address to complete a wire transfer, please use:

JPMorgan Chase
500 Plum St
Syracuse, NY 13204

Using a secure online connection and browser, you may use your credit or debit card to make a payment on your Bursar account.  You may use MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit cards, or debit cards with the MasterCard or Visa logo.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: NelNet Business Solutions, an independent third party contractor that accepts tuition and other payments made using credit and debit cards, charges a non-refundable convenience fee.

Further information is provided on your Admission Acceptance Form (AAF).

As an international student, what do I need to do when I arrive at Syracuse University?

Upon arrival, please report to the Slutzker Center to start your orientation and clearance procedures. They have prepared a checklist to help you make a smooth transition into life at Syracuse University.

When do I take the ELAE exam?

If required, international students must take the ELAE exam.  You may take the exam upon arrival, prior to the beginning of classes.  Visit the Slutzker Center web site for more information.

As an international student, how do I ship my luggage to the U.S.?

You may ship your luggage and boxes to Express Save Industries (ESI) in Syracuse. To do this, you must send a fax to ESI with the following information:

Your name
Address
Phone number
Fax number
E-mail address
Your anticipated date of arrival
Number of boxes and bags

The fax number for ESI is 315-454-0292. The charges will be a minimum of $10 monthly storage fee for each package less than 2x2x2 feet. To have the bags delivered to the front door of your residence or residence hall, there will be an additional charge. Further questions can be addressed to ESI at the fax number above.