​College-Specific Requirements and Standardized Test Policy

Prospective students of the School of Architecture, some programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, have additional application requirements to be aware of.

Standardized Test Policy: Syracuse University requires either the SAT or ACT, except for select programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Syracuse University does not require the essay section of the SAT, nor the writing portion of the ACT. Please use the following codes:

SAT: 2823

ACT: 2968

The SAT/ACT is not required* of any student studying outside the U.S. and currently enrolled in a school that does not follow the American system of education (including U.S. citizens living abroad). Read more about international student requirements.

*Note: Prospective Division I student athletes must take the SAT or ACT in order to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.


School of Architecture

Portfolio required

Note: You may have your portfolio review in person, submit online through SlideRoom, or submit by mail.

The College of Arts and Sciences

Discovery Program

To apply for Discovery Florence, Madrid, or Strasbourg you will indicate your interest and choice of location on the Common Application after you select your desired academic program through the College of Arts and Sciences. Due to visa application requirements, students applying to a Discovery Program for the fall 2019 semester must be at least 18 years of age by July 1, 2019. An additional Discovery Program short essay is required on the Common Application.

Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement

If you select this major as your desired academic program under the College of Arts and Sciences, you will then be prompted to respond to a short essay question on the “Other Information” page in the Common Application.

School of Education

No additional requirements.

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Required High School Coursework:

  • Four years of college preparatory mathematics (including precaculus and/or calculus)
  • Laboratory science (including physics)

Please submit at least one academic recommendation from a math or science teacher.

Discovery Program

To apply for Discovery Madrid you will indicate your interest on the Common Application after you select your desired academic program through the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Due to visa application requirements, students applying to a Discovery Program for the fall 2019 semester must be at least 18 years of age by July 1, 2019. An additional Discovery Program short essay is required on the Common Application.

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

An interview is required for all transfer students interested in applying to the social work program. Contact Falk College Admissions at falk@syr.edu for more information.

School of Information Studies

No additional requirements.

Martin J. Whitman School of Management

No additional requirements.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

No additional requirements.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

School of Art/School of Design/Department of Transmedia

Portfolio required. Final portfolios must be submitted online through SlideRoom. Be sure to indicate on the Common Application that you intend to submit your portfolio online. Once you submit your Common Application you will be able to submit your portfolio through SlideRoom.

Standardized tests (SAT or ACT) are not required for School of Art/School of Design/Department of Transmedia programs. On the Common Application, should you choose a program outside of Art/Design/Transmedia that requires a standardized test as your second choice, you will need to submit a score.

Department of Drama

Audition or portfolio required. If you are considering applying for the acting or musical theater program, you must submit a prescreen audition prior to applying. Prescreen auditions for acting and musical theater must be submitted online through Accept'd. Final auditions for musical theater and acting can be done in person or submitted online through Accept'd. Portfolios for all other programs in the Department of Drama can be submitted online through SlideRoom or reviewed in person. Be sure to review carefully the instructions for submitting your audition or portfolio.

Standardized tests (SAT or ACT) are not required for programs in the Department of Drama. On the Common Application, should you choose a program outside of Drama that requires a standardized test as your second choice, you will need to submit a score.

Setnor School of Music

Audition required. Auditions can be completed in person or submitted online through Accept’d.

Standardized tests (SAT or ACT) are not required for programs in the Setnor School of Music. On the Common Application, should you choose a program outside of Music that requires a standardized test as your second choice, you will need to submit a score.

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

No additional requirements.