Program Overview

New for 2020! This two-week summer program will introduce students to the world of digital forensics. Foundational topics will be covered, which include many types of information, computing hardware and software, information security, and current information trends. These basics will then be expanded to discuss how these areas are being exploited and the ways digital forensics can be used to safeguard the computing environments.

Program Objectives

Students will get understanding of several topics including:

  • Computing Environment
  • Popular Tools
  • Information Security Categories
  • Information Security Trends
  • Forensic Methodologies

Computer Studies Track

Interested in learning more about computers? Summer College students can choose an additional computer studies program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional computer studies programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Digital Forensics, IT Girls

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Learn to Code, MakerSpace & 3D Printing, Mobile App Development

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Computer Animation and Game Design, Cybersecurity: Hackathon Challenge

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!

Learn more about Digital Forensics:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 27 – July 10, 2020
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

Students are expected to be on time and ready to learn for the entirety of the class. A focus will be placed on the students ability to listen, communicate, and present material in a easily comprehensible manner.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Each Morning – 1 Class Discussion on Current Events/Case Studies, 2 Lectures, 2 Hands
Afternoon – Group Labs, Homework, Reading

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Possible Trips include:

  • Law Enforcement Digital Forensics Lab or
  • Frontier Cyber Center

End Event

Students will select and present on an area of digital forensics that is selected by their assigned group. Presentations will last between 30-45 minutes on the last day of class. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 10 upon the completion of the last class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Vincent Schoonmaker – iSchool Adjunct Professor

Vincent Schoonmaker is an adjunct instructor in Syracuse University’s iSchool. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Bonaventure University and master’s degrees in information management and data science from Syracuse University. Schoonmaker most recently served as the CIO of a large New York based credit union. He has worked in many areas of information technology and with large organizations including Hilton Worldwide, Kodak, National Grid, and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Schoonmaker currently resides in Central New York with his wife and two children. He is an avid athlete, and enjoys playing and coaching many sports.