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​Enrollment Options and Admission Plans

Enrollment Options

Single Enrollment

Single enrollment means you apply to one of nine undergraduate colleges where you will earn a bachelor’s degree. This is the most common option.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment means you apply to two different colleges and have two different majors, but you receive a single bachelor’s degree granted by both colleges. Most dual enrollments are readily completed in four years; you must satisfy major requirements in each college. Dual enrollment options are offered between the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (secondary education programs)
  • School of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (music education)
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies
  • Whitman School of Management and the School of Information Studies
  • Whitman School of Management and the Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Whitman School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (applied mathematics, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental geoscience, international relations, mathematics)

Combined Enrollment

Combined enrollment allows students to have one major in the College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and one major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. It leads to two degrees, one conferred by each college. This enrollment option requires an additional year of study.

Admission Plans

Students may apply for fall or spring semester. If applying for fall, first-year applicants to Syracuse University are offered two ways to apply: either through the Early Decision plan or the Regular Decision plan. Please refer to  application deadlines  for more information.

Early Decision

If Syracuse University is your first choice, consider applying for Early Decision (ED). As an ED candidate, you agree to enroll at Syracuse University if admitted to your preferred college. The ED application deadline is November 15. Most ED candidates are typically notified of their admission decision prior to January 1. The EDII application deadline is January 5 and candidates are typically notified by early February. You may apply to other colleges and universities through Regular Decision or Early Action, with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications if admitted to Syracuse University.

As part of the ED application, you will be required to submit your e-signature on the Common Application agreeing to the terms of ED. Your parent and guidance counselor will need to sign off as well.

If you are applying for financial aid, you will receive an early estimated financial aid award package. While Early Decision is binding, we understand that financial considerations may affect a student’s ability to enroll.

Regular Decision

Most applicants to Syracuse University apply for a Regular Decision (RD). To have the best opportunity to be notified of an admission decision in late March, be sure to complete all admissions requirements (including auditions and portfolio reviews) by the required deadlines. The deadline for Regular Decision is January 5.

Transfer Students (Fall)

Transfer students who would like to apply for fall should apply by July 1. However, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Notification will begin late February on a rolling basis as application reviews are completed.

  • Although enrollment in some colleges and programs may be limited, transfer applications will be evaluated as they are received and completed by July 1.
  • Spring semester transcripts may be required, but applicants should not wait until the conclusion of the semester to apply.
  • Students will continue to be aided as funds remain.
  • Check out the Transfer Applicants section for helpful information about transferring to Syracuse.

Applying for the Spring Semester

Both high school and transfer applicants are welcome to apply for the spring semester. Applications should be submitted by November 15. Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply by this date, and any applications submitted after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Transfer students should also submit fall transcripts as soon as possible; credit evaluations will follow the admissions notification.

For high school students wanting to take time off or pursue part-time study prior to starting college, spring admission is an option. Spring orientation is available for students entering midyear, and on-campus housing is available.

Please refer to the  application deadlines  and the  financial aid deadlines  for more information on deadlines.

Early Admission

Early Admission is an option for secondary school juniors who have completed all but a few course requirements for secondary school graduation.

  • It is the responsibility of students to meet requirements to obtain a diploma from their secondary school at the end of their first year at Syracuse University.
  • A personal interview is required.
  • High school juniors who will finish all of their graduation requirements early must apply under the Regular Decision plan.
  • Contact the Office of Admissions for additional requirements .

Discovery Programs: First-Semester Liberal Arts Programs

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When submitting your application for admission to The College of Arts and Sciences or College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, you may indicate interest in a Discovery Program on the Common Application. View more information about the Discovery Program .