Early Decision

Congratulations on being an “Early Decision” student for Fall 2020! We know you are probably eager to learn more about next steps. We have created an Early Decision Frequently Asked Questions list that includes concerns commonly brought up by new students. We hope this helps you plan for your summer as you prepare to transition to Syracuse University!

When is my housing assignment announced?

Beginning in early February 2020, you may select your roommate if you know with whom you wish to live. This must be an equal match (they must select you, you must select them). Around mid-July 2020, you will receive your housing assignment. This will include information regarding your roommate, residence hall and room number. You will be encouraged to begin communicating with your roommate at this point to begin planning your living arrangement, style and expectations. Room changes will not be allowed until class has started. If you have more questions about housing assignments and this process, please visit the Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services website for more information.

What should I bring to live on campus?

Prepare for your time at Syracuse University with the "What to Bring, What Not to Bring" List.

What is a meal plan? Which one is best?

Meal plans are required for first-year students. We encourage you to explore the several options available for meal plans. Please visit the Housing, Meal Plan, and I.D. Card Services website for more information about the 2019-2020 packages to get an idea of what could be offered in 2020-2021. Meal plans are subject to change annually. You may also decide to change your specific meal plan during the semester. You may always increase the meal plan size, but there is a deadline in the beginning of the academic year to decrease the meal plan size.

When is move-in?

Move-in begins about a week, to a week and a half prior to the start of classes for International Students. International Students will move in prior to the International Student Orientation (beginning Aug. 21, 2020).

For non-International Students, it will depend on the following. 

  • If you are attending a pre-orientation program (Aug. 22-24).
  • What state you are from (Aug. 25-27). The exact dates will be determined and announced by Feb. 2020. It is encouraged to not schedule travel plans until the dates are formally announced.


How do I submit my Health History and Immunization Records?

To register for classes and to move into the residence halls, students must submit their Health History and Immunization Records within the Patient Portal.

What is Orientation and when is it?

Syracuse Welcome is Syracuse University’s New Student Orientation program. It begins on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in the evening and goes through Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. Class begins on Monday, Aug. 31. During Syracuse Welcome, you will meet other new students, meet with your school/college and advisor to discuss your class schedule, and attend many social events to get you acclimated to campus and your new home at Syracuse!

What should I bring?

Prepare for your time at Syracuse University with the "What to Bring, What Not to Bring" List

When do I register for classes?

Your home school or college will email you in May to give you specific instructions on registering for your Fall 2020 courses. You will be given your final schedule prior to your arrival in August. If there are issues with your schedule, you may meet with advisors at Syracuse Welcome in August.

What are my parents, family members and other support systems expected to participate in while at Syracuse Welcome?

Your family and support systems are free to participate in all activities up until 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. We will have several offices welcoming families and students on campus from Tuesday, Aug. 25, through Thursday, Aug. 27. On Thursday evening, we will officially begin Syracuse Welcome with New Student Convocation – parents, families and support systems are invited to this event. On Friday, Aug. 28, schools and colleges will hold welcome meetings for new students and their parents, families and support systems.