​Deadlines and Guidance

Be aware of the application deadlines for individual programs and enrollment options.

Upcoming Deadline: Students wishing to apply for Early Decision II or Regular Decision should submit their application by January1.

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Application DeadlinesLink

Early Decision (First-year students only)Early Decision II (First-year students only)Regular Decision (Fall)Spring Enrollment
Electronic application submission deadlineEarly Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2018
Regular Decision (Fall)
First Year: Jan. 1, 2018
Transfer: July 1, 2018*
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2017*
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Design, Transmedia***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2018 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 18, 2017)
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2018 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 18, 2017)
Dec.21, 2017*****, in-person review
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2017
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Drama***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Oct 1, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2018 for online portfolio submissions for non-performance programs. Acting and musical theater are not available for EDII.
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2018, online submissions
Feb. 10, 2018***, in-person audition
Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Nov 15, 2017
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2017
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Music***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2018 (in-person or online)
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2018, online submissions
Feb. 3, 2018***, in-person audition
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2017
School of Architecture: In-person portfolio reviewEarly Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Dec. 1, 2017
Regular Decision (Fall)
Dec. 1, 2017
Spring Enrollment
Students may only apply for fall semester
School of Architecture: Portfolio postmarked/submission deadline (Portfolios should be mailed to the School of Architecture or submitted online through SlideRoom.)****Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 5, 2018
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 5, 2018
Spring Enrollment
Students may only apply for fall semester
Admission notification begins (via email)Early Decision (First-year students only)
Mid December 2017
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Mid-January
Regular Decision (Fall)
Late March 2018
Spring Enrollment
Early November 2017
Candidates reply dateEarly Decision (First-year students only)
Feb. 15, 2018 (If admitted to first choice. If admitted to second or third choice, reply date is May 1.)
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Feb. 15, 2018 (If admitted to first choice. If admitted to second or third choice, reply date is May 1.)
Regular Decision (Fall)
May 1, 2018
Spring Enrollment
Dec. 30, 2017

*Transfer application deadline is December 1 with the preferred deadline of November 15. Transfer applications will be accepted on a space available basis after November 15 for spring enrollment. Although the transfer application deadline for the fall semester is July 1, we encourage you to apply earlier. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified. It is in your best interest to apply earlier for the fall semester as transfer students are admitted on a rolling basis beginning in late February and some programs are limited in space.

**Spring enrollment is not available for the School of Architecture, the Newhouse School of Publications or the Whitman School of Management and very limited for programs in sport management, health and exercise science, music, design, and transmedia.***Specific event dates and further instructions on submitting your portfolio/audition are available on the VPA website. Prescreen audition is required for Acting and Musical Theater programs. If you have further questions please contact the College of Visual and Performing Arts at admissu@syr.edu or 315.443.2769.

****For further instructions on submitting your architecture portfolio please visit the School of Architecture website.

*****In-person portfolio submission at January National Portfolio Day (NPD) events in CA and FL will be considered on time for Regular Decision applicants.