Syracuse University Summer College aims to give students the college-experience filled with free time and opportunities for adventures and activities.

Syracuse allowed me to meet an array of amazing people. Though it’s hard for most to make friends in a new environment, Syracuse made it easy through its inclusive activities. I spent a great deal of time meeting new people and forming new friendships. I always found myself running around chasing the next adventure. Whether it be going to Destiny USA mall, Niagara Falls, ice skating, or out to eat, Syracuse always had something to offer.   -DeAndre M., Summer College student, 2019.

Summer College Activities

Exclusive Field Trips

The Summer College staff plans exciting field trips on Saturdays throughout the summer that are exclusively for our pre-college students. These trips require a student to sign up at the Summer College office and are offered at a subsidized cost. Depending on the length of trip, the cost may include lunch and/or dinner. We will be emailing field trip sign-up instructions in June. Cost of field trip admission is included in the overall Summer College cost of attendance.

July 4: Darien Lake Amusement Park

Come with us to visit one of the state’s favorite amusement parks! Darien Lake is New York’s largest water and theme park with rides, thrills, and coasters. Hit the Mind Eraser, Grizzly Run, and the Flotation Station. (Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, too!) Registration is required.

July 18: Niagara Falls + Maid of the Mist

Photo of Niagara Falls
Do you see all the blue ponchos? Those are our Summer College students preparing to board the Maid of the Mist!

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Niagara Falls on the Maid of the Mist! On this boat ride, you will hear the crashing waves, feel the raging currents, and feel the refreshing mist of 600,000 gallons of water falling before your eyes every second! Registration is required.

August 1: Howe Caverns

Join Summer College to wind through limestone corridors, cavernous galleries, under massive boulders,  discover a subterranean riverbed carved over countless millennia at Howe Caverns!  Participate in the H2GO Ball and the zip line! Registration is required.

Tennity Ice Skating Nights

Cool off on the ice under the orange lights! Ice skating is a Summer College favorite and is offered at Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion. A bus will shuttle students to South Campus and back. Skates are available at the pavilion.

Summer Movies on the Quad

Watch a recently released movie on the Quad, a free event open to the entire community. Bring a chair or blanket and be sure to arrive early to get a free popcorn and drink, and a raffle ticket for movie-inspired items!

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Students gather at night for a movie under the stars!

Twilight Tours

Summer College students! Syracuse University has a lot to offer and we’ve designed an evening tour that will help you learn more about us. Learn about applying to Syracuse University, academic opportunities, campus life, and the experience of being a full-time undergraduate student. Current students will be on hand, as well as an admissions representative who can answering your questions.

Accepted students will receive a link via email to register online.

Additional campus tours and admissions interviews are provided by the Office of Admissions.

College Preparation Workshops

The Syracuse University Summer College Preparation workshops are designed to help students prepare for their college application processes. Students will have the opportunity to attend two separate sessions as well as connect with Syracuse University Admissions Representatives.

The first session will focus on different types of college review processes. In a discussion based format, students will learn how different types of schools might read applications based on institutional differences, their application pools, and more. The second session will be a case study format, wherein students will review several different fake applications provided by the instructor and make decisions on whether they find each student to be admissible or not. Through engaging the college search process from their own perspective as well as that of an application reviewer, participants will learn how best to advocate for themselves and make the most of their college searches.

About the College Prep Instructor: 

Jake Deitrich is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Syracuse University. Originally from Philadelphia, Jake spent time in Asia teaching English and helping students prepare for college education in the United States. At Syracuse, he works to connect high school students with different campus resources to help them understand how they might find their fit at the University. He also works with the Admissions Campus & Events team, and helps coordinate visits and day-to-day opportunities for prospective students and families.

College Tours

Join Summer College on exploring college campuses in New York State!

Dates: 

  • Coming soon!

The Office of Student Activities

Summer College is working with The Office of Student Activities to plan exciting events for the summer that are similar to the activities provided year-round for undergraduate students. These activities may include:

  • Trivia Nights
  • Grocery Bingo

Residence Life Activities

The Office of Residence Life will coordinate Residence Life events in your dormitory. Floor events are common. There is typically something happening every night! Events may include:

  • Ice Cream Social
  • Dodgeball
  • Talent Show
  • Spa Night
  • Tie Dye Night

  • Paint Night
  • Video Game Battles
  • Movie Night
  • Craft Night
  • Karaoke

Board games are also available for rental at the main desk. Some resident halls have gaming systems and may offer a foosball or a pool table as well.


The Barnes Center at The Arch

Barnes Center at the Arch Cardio Fitness Facilities

The staff at the Barnes Center at the Arch encourages you to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle throughout the summer, and will assist you in this effort. We hope that you will take advantage of the various facilities provided for you to make that effort to get-in or stay-in shape, be mindful, or simply enjoy recreation with your friends. The Barnes Center at The Arch offers a variety of resources and services to meet the unique needs of your health and wellness journey. From climbing, to swimming, and exercising with state-of-the-art equipment, the selections and variety available are here to help you Be Active. Information regarding hours and facilities can be found on the Barnes Center at the Arch page. Their services include:

  • Aquatics
    • Accessible Recreation/Lap pool
    • Accessible Spa Pool
  • Basketball Courts
  • E-Sports
    • Console Games
    • Computer PC Games
    • Virtual Reality Games

  • Fitness Centers
    • Bicycles
    • Elliptical Cross-Trainers
    • Free Weights
    • Rowing Machines
    • Stretching
    • Treadmills
    • Weight Machines


The Office of Admissions

Looking for something to do? The Office of Admissions has various admissions events that may occur during your Summer College experience.

Take A Campus Tour

Can’t make it to the Twilight Tour? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities for you to see the Syracuse campus. The Office of Admissions offers many tours throughout the summer.

View Campus Visits Here

Schedule an Admissions Interview

While not required, prospective first-year students have the opportunity to schedule a personal interview with an admissions representative. Representatives include staff, current students, and alumni. A personal interview is an opportunity for you to have a one-on-one conversation with an admissions representative. You’ll get the chance to discuss your high school experiences, interests, and future goals. (Don’t forget to dress for success if you decide to schedule an interview!)

Schedule an Admission’s Interview


Additional Things to Do Off-Campus

Syracuse University is located in the heart of the city of Syracuse. It’s a city with a rich history and vibrant culture that offers a wide array of entertainment, art museums, shopping, and restaurants. Upstate New York is famous for its beautiful summers. From the numerous Erie Canal parks that dot the east-west route of the historic canal to the gorgeous lakes and scenic state parks, there are many areas to explore the great outdoors.

If you’re interested in visiting the nearby mall, students can take a $2 Centro bus ride to Destiny USA. Students must also sign out at the residence hall main desk when leaving campus.

How to Get Around Campus


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For More Activities…

Accepted Students: Don’t forget to download the Syracuse University Summer College Guidebook App to stay up-to-date on all Summer College activities. More information on how to download the app is available on the New Student Checklist.