New Student Orientation

Syracuse University offers orientation sessions for new incoming students at the beginning of each semester. Syracuse Welcome (fall orientation) and Winter Welcome (spring orientation) offer students a mix of academic, educational, and social programming designed to help their transition into Syracuse University.

Syracuse Welcome 2019

August 22-25, 2019

Syracuse Welcome  is Syracuse University's mandatory new student orientation program for all new first-year and transfer, undergraduate students arriving in August.  Syracuse Welcome  begins for new students and families with new student move-in.  

Important Dates:

*August 16-17 - International Student Move-In 

*August 18-21 - International Student Orientation

August 18-20 - Pre-Orientation Programs (Optional. Please note: dates vary by program.)

August 20 and 22 - Residents of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (students may select their preferred day beginning June 1)

August 21 - Residents of all remaining states and Canada

August 22-25Syracuse Welcome 2019

August 23 - Parents and families should leave campus at noon

August 26 - First Day of Fall 2019 Classes

* - denotes International Students only

2019 Pre-Orientation Programs

Prior to Syracuse Welcome in August, new first-year and transfer students can participate a pre-orientation program.  From outdoor adventure to on-campus acclimation, there are programs for all interests!  Students participating in a pre-orientation program move in to their fall housing assignment early, make connections with other new students, get familiar with campus, explore their new home, and have fun!

More information about the 2019 pre-orientation programs will be available in April 2019.

Winter Welcome 2020

Date: TBD

Winter Welcome is Syracuse University's mandatory new student orientation program for all new first-year and transfer, undergraduate students arriving in January.