General Summer College Questions

Application Requirements

Costs & Aid

Move-In & Orientation

Campus Life

Health, Safety & Accommodations

Grades & Transcript

General Summer College Questions

Who attends Summer College?

2019 Summer College Student Breakdown:

  • 66% Rising Seniors
  • 25% Rising Juniors
  • 8% Rising Sophomores
  • 1% Graduated Seniors

2019 Summer College Gender Breakdown:

  • 53% Male
  • 47% Female

2019 Summer Geographic Location:

  • 11% International (from 25 countries)
  • 89% Domestic (from 36 US states)

Can out-of-state students and international students apply to Summer College?

Yes! We accept students from all over the United States and the world! In 2019, over 650 students joined us from 25 countries and 36 U.S. states.

How old must I be to attend Summer College?

In order to participate in Summer College, students must be at least 15 years of age by the first day of the program in which they are enrolled.

One, two, three and four-week programs are open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Rising sophomores may only attend noncredit courses. The Architecture program is only open to rising seniors. In addition, six-week, six-credit programs are only open to rising seniors (summer before senior year).

Will Summer College consider granting exceptions to the minimum age requirement of 15 years of age by the first day of the program of admission?

University policy regarding Summer College admission criteria requires students to be at least 15 years of age by the first day of their program of admission, and that they have attended least one year of high school. In addition, many Summer College programs are only open to rising high school seniors, which is often determined by the faculty or academic department offering the program. Summer College is therefore not able to accommodate requests for students under the age of 15 as of the first day of their selected program.

I plan to apply to Syracuse University next year. Will attending Summer College improve my chances of being accepted?

Admission to Syracuse University is very competitive and acceptance to the Summer College program is not a guarantee that you will be admitted to the University. At the same time, Summer College students have the opportunity to excel, prove themselves at the college level, and make a positive impression on  professors/instructors. We recommend that students request a letter of recommendation from their professors/instructors upon completion of the program.

How do I receive more information?

To receive updated information for Syracuse University Summer College, please fill out our Keep Me Updated form. You will receive emails about new programs, announcements, deadlines, and other important information.

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Application Requirements

What are the application requirements?

There are several application requirements, which may vary based on program. Please visit the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page for more information and a complete list of eligibility requirements. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Is there an application fee waiver?

The fee to submit an application is $60 to cover the cost of processing. There is not an application fee waiver available at this time.

How should I submit my teacher/counselor recommendation?

When completing your application in SlideRoom, you will be given the opportunity to enter the name and email address of your recommender. Once you submit this information, your recommender will be emailed a link to submit the recommendation online (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 when applying to Summer College. Recommendation letters must be received within one week of the date your application is submitted in order 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.

I am homeschooled. What do I do about a recommendation letter and transcript?

A recommendation can from a teacher, 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 list of the classes you have taken with the corresponding 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.

How long does it take to receive an admission’s decision?

Please allow up to two weeks to receive an admission’s decision, which is sent via email. Admissions are completed on a rolling basis.

Costs & Aid

I am unable to afford the cost of the full program. How do I determine financial aid?

Summer College has a limited number of partial need-based and merit-based scholarships for admitted students. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each application is evaluated independently. View the Scholarship & Discount page for more information on all financial aid opportunities.

Are there scholarships or aid for international students?

International students are eligible for various Syracuse University Summer College scholarships and discounts. Additionally, international students are encouraged to reach out to their local embassies to determine if there are any scholarships or aid available. View the International Students page for more requirements and important information.  For more information on discounts, view our Scholarship & Discounts page.

Move-In & Orientation

When is move-in?

Please refer to the Welcome Weekend and Move-In page for specific information about your move-in dates.

Is the parent orientation mandatory?

The parent orientation is recommended, but NOT mandatory. Your student will hear similar information in their student orientations.

Campus Life

How are roommates selected?

Roommate pairings are made at random in the same way Syracuse University freshman are assigned. 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. For privacy purposes, roommate information will not be given prior to arrival on campusFor more information on roommate requests and other residence hall information, view the Residence Halls page.

How is the residence hall set up?

The residence hall is coed by floors. Rooms are typically doubles, and house two students. Some students may be placed in singles. Others may be in triples or suites that accommodate two to six students. Roommates are assigned (see above). Large bathrooms on each floor are shared. Residence halls also typically contain a large common room and several smaller lounges. Dining facilities are in a nearby dining hall. For specific residence hall information, view the Residence Halls page.

Can I ship my belongings to the residence hall?

While we do not recommend shipping belongings, you may ship your items to the residence hall, but the package cannot arrive before you arrive on campus. The earliest the package can arrive is the Monday of the start of your program. For example, if you are attending Session I on June 27, you would not be able to have your items shipped to the dorms until Monday, June 29.

I am registered for multiple two-week sessions. Can I stay in the residence hall over the weekend between the two sessions?

Yes, you are expected to stay in the residence hall for the duration of your programs unless there is a break longer than one week between the sessions you register for. For example, if you register for a program in Session 1 and one in Session 3, you may NOT remain in the residence hall during Session 2.

Note: Students attending programs in more than one session will only need to attend one orientation session, however all curfews remain in place so they may not leave for the weekend unless they have parental permission.

How much spending money are students likely to need?

The money students need varies from student to student and family to family. Remember, the cost of Summer College includes all meals, field trips, and activities. Students are provided with lunch on weekend field trips. Students may want to bring extra spending money for souvenirs on these trips.

Many students like to purchase food to eat after the dining hall closes for the day. Some students like to grab coffee at Starbucks or lunch at one of the many eateries on Marshall Street. For a $2 fee, students can take a 10-minute bus ride to the nearby mall, Destiny USA, for shopping, movie theaters, and other entertainment. 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.

We suggest that parents purchase prepaid debit cards for students to reduce overall cash on hand.

Don’t forget to review your Packing List for other important items to bring with you!

Are Summer College students permitted to bring a car?

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.

I live in or near Syracuse. Do I have to live on campus during the program?

Most programs have a commuter option. View the individual program pages for more details. Commuters do not pay room and residential programs fees, but they are provided with a meal plan as part of their Summer College board fees. The meal plan consists of 5 lunches per week.  Commuters are permitted to spend time in the approved residence hall 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 utilize campus common areas for studing 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. For more information on life as a commuter student, visit the Commuter Student page.

Are students permitted to leave campus?

Yes, students are permitted leave campus during the day and evening hours as long as it doesn’t interfere with class and studies. They must sign out prior to leaving and sign back in upon their return. Students enjoy exploring the Syracuse area together by way of the Syracuse University 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. For specific residence hall information, view the Residence Halls page.

Do students have a curfew?

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. For specific residence hall information, view the Residence Halls page.

Do students have access to Syracuse University’s recreational facilities?

Yes, students will have full student 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.

What do Summer College students do outside of class time?

For students living on campus, one of the primary components of the Summer College experience is learning how to live on their own. This includes time management and being 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, working on group projects, rehearsing, doing laundry, attending (optional) residential activities, socializing, etc. Off-campus weekend trips and activities are planned in addition to the residence hall and on-campus activities that occur in the evenings during the week. See your individual program page for more details on what you will be doing in class as well as the Campus Activities page for fun events that are happening on campus.

What is a typical Summer College day like?

Students taking credit-bearing courses are typically in class for three to four hours per day, four or five days per week (Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday). Students spend the remaining hours of the day (and some evening hours) on class assignments, group projects, and studying.

Students in noncredit classes and 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 break for lunch Monday through Friday. Students spend the remaining hours of the day (and some evening hours) on class assignments, group projects, and studying.

Weekends offer opportunities for outdoor activities, trips, and social events. Most students also spend considerable weekend time on academic pursuits. Each program page has a tentative schedule of the program.

Health, Safety & Accommodations

What if a student needs medical attention?

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 OSL (Office of Student Living) to call DPS for all medical situations. Therefore, medically trained professionals attend to all situations potentially requiring medical treatment. For more information on the health and safety of students in Summer College, view the Health and Safety page.

What if a student has a disability?

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 connect with them directly in person at 804 University Avenue, Room 309 or by phone: 315.443.4498 (Voice), 315.443.1371 (TDD). For more information on disability and other academic resources, view the Academic Support page.

What if a student needs academic help?

We’re ready for whatever student needs arise. Our staff can help students connect with professors and teaching assistants to get in 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. For more information on disability and other academic resources, view the Academic Support page.

What if a student has a food allergy?

Our dining hall, Ernie Davis Dining, has food options for almost everyone: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and more! Do you have a food allergy, dietary restrictions due to medical reasons or religious observances, or stay away from certain kinds of foods? For questions regarding special dietary needs such as food allergies, vegetarian and vegan, issues, or general nutrition questions pertaining to your meal plan, call Ruth Sullivan, MSEd, RDN, CDN, at (315) 443-9884 or email her at to resulliv@syr.edu or mealtalk@syr.edu.

Grades & Transcripts

How do I get my grades and transcript after the program is over?


Faculty are required to submit their grades 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.  Syracuse University does not mail grades home to students.


To request a credit or noncredit transcript, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.

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 students can request transcripts. This is in accordance with SU policy and FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) regulations.

View the Grades and Transcripts page for more information.

Will my Summer College credits transfer to another college?

Credits earned through Summer College credit-bearing 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:

  1. Does the university/college accept transfer credits from other institutions?
  2. What are the degree requirements within the undergraduate program of study where the credits are to be applied? Do the earned credits fulfill any of those requirements? If not, can they be used to fulfill elective requirements?
  3. 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 credit transfers, it is recommended that students choose to attend Summer College based on their interest in the specific coursework (as opposed to attending to potentially transfer the credits).