Pre-Orientation Programs

How to register

Register for a pre-orientation program through the Orientation Registration Form  available between June 1 and July 15.

Please note: You are not an official program participant until you receive a confirmation email from your pre-orientation program coordinator.

Access 'Cuse - CLOSED

Sponsored by the Office of Disability Services

*As of July 10, Access 'Cuse is Closed!*

Dates: August 19-20
Cost: $50


Do you plan to access testing, classroom, or other disability related accommodations while attending SU? You’re invited to attend Access `Cuse, providing you with an opportunity to move-in early in order to address your transitional concerns as a student with disability, learn about our resources, and how to access testing and classroom accommodations. You will also have priority in making your appointment with your assigned counselor and receive a goodie bag at registration. Breakfast and lunch are included for students and guests on August 20.

For more information, call 315.443.4498 or email The $50 program fee will be billed to the student's bursar account in September.

Cuse First - Closed

Sponsored by First-Year & Transfer Programs

*As of July 5, this program is CLOSED*

Dates: August 18-20
Cost: No fee


Are you the first in your family to attend college? This program is specifically designed with the needs of SU’s incoming first generation students in mind! Come meet other first-gen students and participate in this helpful transition-focused program. Sessions will include study tips, how to navigate the University, managing your finances, and more. You’ll feel more prepared for your first week of classes after this informative start to your SU career!

For more information, call 315.443.1012 or email First-Year & Transfer Programs at


Sponsored by Hillel at Syracuse University

Dates: August 19-21
Cost: $320

Syracuse Hillel is proud to offer FreshFest, a three-day pre-orientation program for incoming students. You'll move-in early, learn about Jewish life at SU, and get to know campus and the Syracuse area through a variety of activities and field trips, and meet over 200 other students. You'll be paired with an upperclassman mentor who will welcome you to campus and answer any questions you may have about your experience!

For more information, call 315.443.4831 or email Please visit Hillel's website for more information. 

LOOP: Adirondack Adventure - Closed

Sponsored by Recreation Services - Outdoor Education

*As of June 3: this program is now CLOSED*

Dates: August 18-21
Cost: $250

The Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP) is designed to give incoming first-year students a jump-start on their college experience while engaging in outdoor adventure activities including low and high element challenge course, hiking, flat-water kayaking and canoeing, as well as campfires, and starry night hikes. This program provides an opportunity to move-in early and go off-campus to the serene setting of the Oswegatchie Educational Center, located within the majestic Adirondack Park region of New York. 

For more information, visit, call 315.443.0290, or e-mail Scott Catucci at  The $250 program fee will be billed to the student's bursar account in September.


Transfer Transitions

Sponsored by First-Year & Transfer Programs

Dates: August 19-20
Cost: $50

Are you transferring to SU? Transfer Transitions is a two-day program designed to help new transfer students find the answers to their questions and prepare for their academic career at SU. Sessions include an introduction to academic resources and services, tips on getting involved in campus life, and how to navigate campus. You will have the opportunity to connect with other new transfer students and the Transfer Transitions Leaders, who are returning transfer students who will serve as a resource throughout your transition to SU!

For more information, call 315.443.1012 or email First-Year & Transfer Programs at  The $50 program fee will be billed to the student's bursar account in September.

Transitioning Military Veterans to University Life

Sponsored by the Office of Veteran & Military Affairs and the Office of Engagement Programs

Dates: August 18-19
Cost: No fee

Students and their families will enjoy an introduction to the Syracuse University campus and engage in conversation over dinner. A full day orientation will be held the following day focused on veteran resources, student support services, and services provided by Hendricks Chapel. Students will also be led on a campus tour. Every student that attends this orientation program will have the opportunity to be paired with an on-campus student mentor that will help them learn about all the opportunities that campus offers. This pre-orientation program is open to all first-year and transfer military veteran students.

For more information, call 315.443.1254 or email Syeisha Byrd at