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


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 6: 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 20: Niagara Falls + 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 3: 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.

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!
July 4: To be announced…
July 19: To be announced…
August 2: To be announced…

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.

Dates and locations to be announced. 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 worships are designed to help students navigate the college search process. Throughout this discussion based course, students will begin to address topics including writing an effective college essay, understanding “fit,” and institutional priority. Upon completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of what colleges look for, how to be a stronger self-advocate, and how to make the most out of the college search process. They will also gain new resources and professional contacts to take advantage of as they go through their own individual searches. No enrollment is required; open to all Summer college students and included in the cost.

Dates: Coming soon!

College Tours

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

Dates: Coming Soon!

The Ice Cream Golf Cart

A Summer College tradition! Watch out for the Ice Cream Golf Cart puttering through campus during your stay. Find it and get free ice cream courtesy of the Summer College office! Insider advice: check Facebook and Instagram for alerts!


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:

  • Movie Premieres
  • Trivia Nights
  • Obstacle Courses

Residence Life Activities

The Office of Residence Life will coordinate Residence Life events in your dormitory. They may include:

  • Ice Cream Social
  • Dodgeball
  • Talent Shows
  • Spa Days
  • Tie Dye Nights
  • Paint Nights

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


Additional On-Campus Activities

Recreation Services

The staff at the Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services 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, or simply enjoy recreation with your friends. Information regarding hours and facilities can be found on the Recreation Services page. Their facilities include:

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