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Welcome Counselors

Syracuse University recognizes the vital role school counselors play in the lives of their students! We strive to make the college search and application process as smooth as possible. Please reach out to us if we can assist you or your students at any point.

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Spring 2021 Updates

We realize that the search, application and decision process is constantly changing due to COVID-19. We continue to closely monitor the situation and offer the following updates to assist you and your students.

The University is planning for a fully in-person Fall 2021 semester. We will remain vigilant and cautious, follow all public health guidance related to COVID-19 and continue to take care of those who remain at risk. For additional updates related to COVID-19, please visit our Stay Safe webpage.

Virtual Visits

While campus is physically closed to visitors, we invite counselors to contact us to have an admissions representative host a 30-minute virtual visit for your students.

Virtual visits can take the traditional form of an information session followed by Q&A or a themed session on a variety of topics including college application best practices, tips for essay writing, and how to build a college list.

For Prospective Students

Students are invited to join us for one or more of our virtual sessions, including a general information session,  school or college session, current student panel and sample class.

If students would like to visit campus, we are offering self-guided tours throughout the spring. We hope to provide a more robust campus visit experience this summer or fall 2021, pending public health guidance.

Additional Information

  • Given the extraordinary circumstances facing high school students and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAT/ACT scores will not be required for students applying for fall 2021 or fall 2022 admission. Students who are unable to submit test scores, or who choose not to, will not be disadvantaged and will remain eligible for merit scholarships. Please read the full details surrounding this update here.
  • For students who are not able to access a TOEFL or IELTS testing center, we are now accepting the Duolingo English Test.
  • For juniors and potential applicants not able to take their at-home AP Tests, the Admissions Committee will consider their course completion favorably.

Please know how much we appreciate your dedication and partnership, especially during this uncertain time. If there is anything we can do for you this spring, please let us know.

Contact Us

If you would like to receive Syracuse University emails and updates for counselors, please register for our mailing list.

For general inquiries and group tour requests, reach us by email at orange@syr.edu or by phone at 315-443-3611.

To contact your regional representative, please visit our Meet Your Admissions Representative page.

Preparing Applications

Common Application

Syracuse University utilizes the Common Application and a holistic review process. We encourage students to utilize our application checklist and MySlice portal to ensure submission of all required documents.

Test Scores

ACT and/or SAT scores are required for domestic applicants, except for students pursuing certain programs within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (a portfolio and/or audition is required instead).

International applicants must submit an English proficiency examination score. Learn about accepted English proficiency exam scores.

Fee Waivers

Syracuse honors College Board and ACT fee waivers, NACAC fee waivers, and requests from school counselors documenting financial hardship.

Submitting Documents

Application materials not submitted through the Common Application can be emailed to orange@syr.edu, faxed to 315-443-4226 or mailed to:

Syracuse University
Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
716 East Washington St., Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 14210

Dates & Deadlines

Review our enrollment options, dates, and deadlines for further instructions on submitting applications.

Please note our college-specific requirements for additional application items and due dates, such as portfolios and auditions.

FAFSA and CSS Profile applications are due at the time of application. For additional information regarding need-based aid, please contact our Office of Financial Aid.