Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you are expected to stay in the residence hall for the duration of your programs UNLESS there is a week break between the sessions you register for. For instance, if you register for a program in Session 1 and Session 3 you may NOT remain in the residence hall during Session 2.
Note: you will only need to attend one orientation session, however all curfews remain in place so you may not leave for the weekend.
Credits earned through Summer College credit programs are Syracuse University credits. These credits are eligible for consideration at SU and as transfer credits at other colleges and universities upon matriculation and a credit-transfer request. The student’s college of matriculation (SU or other) determines whether and how credit transfer applies. The variables involved in the transferability of credits (and applicability of the credits at SU) are many:
- Does the university/college accept transfer credits from other institutions?
- What are the degree requirements within the undergraduate program of study where the credits are to be applied and do the earned credits fulfill any of those requirements? If not, can they be used to fulfill elective requirements?
- Are the Summer College courses taken regularized (for undergraduate study)? Summer College has both regularized courses and courses that are designed by faculty and academic departments specifically for Summer College students. These “designed” courses are sometimes viewed by other institutions as less transferrable than “regularized” courses.
Because of this variability of potential credit transfer, it is recommended that the interest in the specific coursework you have chosen be your primary reason for attending Summer College rather than the potential transfer of the credits. Please call/email the Summer College office if you have any questions regarding the variability of potential credit transfer with specific courses.
When completing your application in SlideRoom, you will be given the opportunity to enter the name and email of your recommender. Your recommender will then be sent a link to submit the recommendation online and directly to Summer College. Alternately, a recommender may choose to submit her/his letter directly to Summer College via fax, mail, or email, though this will result in a delay in the review process.
A recommendation letter is strongly encouraged, but not required. Recommendation letters must be received within one week of the date your application is submitted to be considered as part of your application. Any recommendation letters received after that time will not be included in the review of your application.
Faculty are required to have their grades submitted during the last week of August. Students can check their grades anytime by logging into their MySlice accounts via the SU website. All students have a NetID and password to access computers on campus, the SU network with a personal computer, personal email, the internet, MySlice, Blackboard, etc. SU does not mail grades home to students.
To request a credit or non-credit transcript, click on the link below: http://registrar.syr.edu/students/transcripts/
If you need assistance, you may contact the Registrar’s Office at 315-443-2422.
NOTE: Summer College does not have access to grades and only the students can request transcripts. This is in accordance with SU policy and FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) regulations.
Of course, this varies from student to student and family to family. Remember, the cost of the program includes all meals and most of the Summer College trips and activities. There will be optional day trips on the weekends that will cost between $10-$40 each. These trips may include destinations like Niagara Falls and Darien Lake Amusement Park. Floor members or other groups sometimes plan theater, concert, or amusement park trips for which ticket money would be needed. For a small fee, students can take a 10-minute bus ride to a nearby mall for shopping and movie theaters. Students will also need pocket money for snacks, school supplies, and toiletries. Students enrolled in the 6-week program should estimate about $150 per course for textbooks.
Parents may wish to purchase prepaid credit cards for students to reduce overall cash on-hand.
Admission to Syracuse University is very competitive and acceptance to the Summer College Program is no assurance that a student will be admitted to the University. At the same time, you have the opportunity to excel, prove yourself at the college level, and make a positive impression on your professors/instructors. In so doing, we recommend you request a letter of recommendation from your professors/instructors.
No, Summer College students are not permitted to bring or have cars (or any other type of motor vehicle) on campus during the program. The only exceptions are for commuting students who need to drive to class each day. Students are not permitted to ride in/on any motor vehicles owned or operated by other students. Students who are invited to ride with the parent of another student must provide documentation from their parent expressly granting permission on a case-by-case basis.
Roommate selections are made by the RD (Residence Director) and ARD (Assistant Residence Director) within a few weeks of the beginning of the program. Roommate pairings are made at random in the same manner as the regular academic year. Students attending Summer College with a friend from high school may request to room together and we’ll make every effort to honor that request, although we cannot guarantee placement with late requests. Roommate requests must be made by both of the individuals requesting each other in the Summer College application in the space provided. Many students enjoy the adventure of rooming with a new acquaintance, so we encourage students to consider this option.
The residence hall is coed by floors and/or wings and rooms are doubles, triples, or suites that accommodate two to six students. Roommates are assigned. Large bathrooms on each floor are shared. Residence halls also typically contain a large common room and several smaller lounges. Dining facilities are in the hall or in a nearby dining center.
The health and well-being of our students is of utmost importance. Summer College students in need of routine healthcare have access to SU Health Services in the same way as matriculated SU students. In addition to SU Health Services, there are several hospitals within a few blocks of campus. SUA (Syracuse University Ambulance) service provides medical transport when needed during the day. The University has an established relationship with Rural-Metro (Ambulatory Service) for evening and overnight hours. DPS (Department of Public Safety) is also used in conjunction with picking up students from the hospital after they have been discharged. For routine first aid, it is the policy of ORL (Office of Residence Life) to call DPS for all medical situations. Therefore, medically trained professionals attend to all situations potentially requiring medical treatment.
Syracuse University welcomes people with disabilities and we are committed to providing all students with equal access to the educational experience. The SU Office of Disability Services coordinates a wide array of support services for students with documented disabilities. The Summer College office will be happy to assist students in contacting this office or students may make connect them directly in person at 804 University Avenue, Room 309 or by phone: 315-443-4498 (VOICE), 315-443-1371 (TDD).
We’re ready for whatever student needs come up. Our staff can help students connect with professors and teaching assistants to get the course-specific assistance they need to excel. Resident advisers can help arrange study groups and tutoring and can guide students in accessing University resources. One of the ways a Summer College experience prepares high school students for success as undergraduates is by showing them how to navigate the academic system. The process of needing help, asking for it, and solving the problem at hand boosts competence and confidence.
Yes, students are permitted leave campus during the day and evening hours as long as they sign out prior to leaving and sign back in upon their return. Students enjoy exploring the Syracuse area together by way of the Syracuse Centro bus service or by taking a taxi to the mall or other locations.
Students who are traveling beyond city limits must submit an overnight request form, even if the student plans on returning the same day.
Yes, Summer College students are required to sign in at the main desk of the residence hall prior to curfew each night and then remain in the residence hall for the rest of the night. Curfew is 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Yes, students will have full access to University recreational facilities while in Summer College. These facilities include: multiple fitness centers, playing fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, basketball courts, racquetball/squash courts, a pool, and an ice rink. Recreation Services also provides numerous and varied classes (fees apply) that students can register for.
For those living on campus, one of the primary components of the Summer College experience is for students to learn how to live on their own, to manage their time, and to be responsible for their actions. Therefore, Summer College students will have a good deal of autonomy and freedom in their schedules. They will spend between 16 and 30 hours per week in the classroom, studio, lab, and/or theater. The remaining time is to be organized around studying, writing papers, rehearsing, doing laundry, attending (optional) residential activities, socializing, etc. Off-campus weekend trips and activities are planned in addition to the in-hall and on-campus activities that occur in the evenings during the week.
On weekdays students in the Liberal Arts Program, as well as those in the non-studio/lab programs, have three to four hours of classes per day, four or five days per week. Students typically spend the remaining hours of the day (and some evening hours) on class assignments, group projects, and studying. Students in the studio/lab programs are in class and the studios, labs, or theater from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch Monday through Friday. Weekends offer opportunities for outdoor activities, trips, and evening social events. Most students also spend considerable weekend time on academic pursuits.
A letter of recommendation can be submitted on your behalf by a supervisor, instructor, or coach. We’re looking specifically for someone who can comment on your level of maturity as well as your academic and personal abilities. As for the transcript, you may submit a listing of the classes taken with final grades and your parent’s certification of mastery. We will, of course, be particularly interested in standardized test scores, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc. You should send a copy of any such score reports directly to us as part of your application.
Six-week, six-credit programs are open to rising seniors (summer before senior year) and recent high school graduates who are NOT matriculating as undergraduates at Syracuse University. Two, three, and four-week programs are open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.*
*The minimum age for participation in any Summer College program is 15 years old (by the first day of the program in which they are enrolled). Rising sophomores are only eligible for non-credit courses.
Approximately 80% of Summer College students attend during the summer before their senior year. Female students generally outnumber male students by 3 to 2. Students come to Summer College from an average of 30 US states and from over 20 countries. International students represent approximately 10% of the student body. Recently represented countries include: Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Netherlands, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and UAE.
Summer College does have a limited number of partial need-based scholarships for admitted students. Scholarships are only available to domestic students, and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to be considered, students must submit their family’s most recent tax returns with their application. Our need-based scholarships are designed to assist families whose adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less. Each application is evaluated independently and extenuating circumstances may be considered. Scholarship awards range from 10% to a maximum of 25% of the total program cost.
Most programs have a commuter option. See program cost webpage for details. Commuters do not pay room and board fees or related residential programs fees. Commuters are permitted to spend time in the residence hall approved common areas if they are appropriately signed in as a guest of a Summer College residential student and adhere to all guest policies. Commuter students may elect to add their own money to a declining balance account to eat lunch at campus eateries, however many commuter students choose to bring a packed lunch. Commuter students may utilize campus common areas for study and gathering outside of class time. Such areas include but are not limited to the Life Sciences Atrium, Bird Library, Schine Student Center, Marshall Square Mall and many more.