​Deadlines and Guidance

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

If you have been affected by the wildfires in California or other disasters and disruptions, we understand that you and your teachers and counselors may face challenges in meeting our early decision deadline of November 15. If you require an extension to the deadline, please contact our office at orange@syr.edu to make appropriate arrangements.

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Application Deadlines

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, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2020
Regular Decision (Fall)
First Year: Jan. 1, 2020
Transfer: July 1, 2020*
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2019*
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Design, Transmedia***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Jan. 1, 2020 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec 16, 2019)
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2020 (Recommended online portfolio submissions: Dec. 16, 2019)
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2019
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Drama***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2019
Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Oct 1, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Acting and Musical Theater are not offered for EDII unless you have successfully prescreened and can submit your final audition ONLINE by January 1.
Jan. 1, 2020 online portfolio submission for non-performance programs
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2020, online submissions
Feb. 10, 2020***, in-person audition
Note: Prescreen auditions for Acting and Musical Theater must be submitted by Nov 15, 2019
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2019
College of Visual and Performing Arts: Music***Early Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
January 1, 2020, online submission only
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 1, 2020, online submission only
Spring Enrollment
Nov. 15, 2019
School of Architecture: In-person portfolio reviewEarly Decision (First-year students only)
Nov. 15, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Dec 1, 2019
Regular Decision (Fall)
Dec. 1, 2019
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, 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
January 5, 2020
Regular Decision (Fall)
Jan. 5, 2020
Spring Enrollment
Students may only apply for fall semester
Admission notification begins (via email)Early Decision (First-year students only)
Mid December 2019
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Mid January 2020
Regular Decision (Fall)
Late March 2020
Spring Enrollment
Early November 2019
Candidates reply dateEarly Decision (First-year students only)
Feb. 15, 2020 (If admitted to first choice. If admitted to alternate choice, reply date is May 1)
Early Decision II (First-year students only)
Feb. 15, 2020 (If admitted to first choice. If admitted to alternate choice, reply date is May 1)
Regular Decision (Fall)
May 1, 2020
Spring Enrollment
Dec. 30, 2019

*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.

***For further instructions on submitting your audition/portfolio for the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), please visit 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.