Admissions Overview & Eligibility

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Important Information Regarding the Application Process

  1. The Summer College online application is hosted on SlideRoom.
  2. A SlideRoom account must be created. Use the name of the student when creating the account (not the parent) and provide an email address that is checked regularly. This will be the primary mode of communication.
  3. After you establish your account, you will be required to click on the link in a confirmation e-mail sent to you by SlideRoom.
  4. Once you login, click on “Start a New Submission.”
  5. On the left, and under “Category,” select “2020 Summer College for High School Students Application.”
  6. Select the Summer College Application for your desired program of study and continue through the application steps.
  7. The $60 application fee is non-refundable and covers the cost of application processing.
  8. Once you are accepted and pay your deposit, program changes/switches are not permitted.

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Admission Criteria

Students applying to Syracuse University Summer College are expected to be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students must be at least 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in day of their selected program (the Architecture program requires that students are 16 years of age). Graduating seniors are also able to apply if they are not attending Syracuse University in the fall as a matriculated student. Rising sophomores are only eligible for noncredit courses.

The Summer College application requires students to complete the online application through SlideRoom, and includes the following:

  • Biographical, demographic, and school information
  • One essay response. There are three prompts, and students choose one. The essay prompts are as followed:
    • Do you have a background, interest, or talent that is especially meaningful? If so, please tell us about it.
    • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth or a new understanding of yourself or others.
    • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • A high school transcript with a copy of the most recent report card (these may be unofficial or official, and must include at least one full year of grades)
  • Optional, though strongly encouraged: a (non-family) recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, coach  that addresses the applicant’s maturity, self-discipline, and potential for success in a college-level program of study

Additional Requirements

Portfolios and Auditions

Acting & Musical Theater, 2D Art Studio, and 3D Art Studio have specific application requirements. Please refer to the specific program page for more information.

International Requirements

There are specific actions required of international students. Please refer to the International Students page for more information.

Commuter Student Requirements

Commuters have specific requirements and guidelines. To ensure you’re permitted to pursue the commuter option, visit the Commuter Students page. 


Application Deadlines

Applications for Summer College 2020 will open on December 1, 2019. 

If you’re requesting Financial Assistance or applying for the Merit-Based Scholarship, the application deadline is March 1, 2020. If you are an international student pursuing a credit course, your application is due no later than April 1, 2020. 

Applying early is strongly encouraged as all programs have enrollment limits. All applications are processed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are completed in full. An application is marked complete once it’s submitted and all external documents are received (i.e. transcripts, recommendation letters). Please refer to Important Dates & Deadlines for more information. 

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Sponsored Students

Sponsored students should complete the 2020 Sponsored Students CBO Summer College for High School Students Application. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. The Summer College Sponsored CBO online application is hosted on SlideRoom.
  2. A SlideRoom account must be created. Use the name of the student when creating the account (not the parent) and provide an email address that is checked regularly. This will be the primary mode of communication.
  3. After you establish your account, you will be required to click on the link in a confirmation e-mail sent to you by SlideRoom.
  4. Once you login, click on “Start a New Submission.”
  5. On the left, and under “Category,” select “2020 Sponsored Students CBO Summer College for High School Students Application.”
  6. Continue through the application steps.

The sponsored student application is for students who are sponsored by an organization or program ONLY.  If you are not being sponsored by a community based organization, please complete the 2019 Summer College for High School Students Application listed above. Please read instructions carefully.

Sponsored students are required to have one recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or coach that addresses the applicant’s maturity, self-discipline, and potential for success in a college-level program of study. Recommendation letters from family members are not accepted.

Sponsored Student Application