Frequently Asked Questions about Undergraduate Admissions

When you apply to Syracuse University, you apply to one of nine undergraduate colleges, depending upon the program of study in which you are interested.

Three admission plans are offered: Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Spring Enrollment. You can apply for single, dual, or combined enrollment. Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding undergraduate admissions at Syracuse University:

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  1. What are your requirements for admission?
  2. How do I locate my SUID?
  3. How do I monitor the status of my application materials online?
  4. Do you offer merit scholarships?
  5. When should I apply for financial aid?
  6. Do I need to submit a portfolio? If it's not required, can I still send in extra portfolio materials? (Specifically Common App arts supplement)
  7. How much is the application fee? Can I receive a fee waiver?
  8. Should I apply to Syracuse University through the Early Decision plan?
  9. Will you accept the old SAT or do I have to take the new revised SAT?
  10. Does Syracuse require SAT Subject Tests?
  11. Does Syracuse University weigh my application differently if I take the SAT or ACT more than once?
  12. Do you accept AP, IB, or college credits taken in high school?
  13. What is the minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score required for admission?
  14. Is an interview required?
  15. Can I receive a second bachelor's degree?
  16. Do you have part-time or online study?
  17. Does Syracuse offer summer programs for high school students?
  18. Can I apply if I have earned a GED?
  19. If I am accepted during Early Decision, can I have an extension on the Feb. 15 reply deadline?
  20. What are your homeschool requirements?
  21. If I'm admitted for the fall semester, may I start school early?
  22. If I will complete most or all of my high school requirements as a junior, can I apply as a high school junior?
  23. What is the total cost of attendance?

What are your requirements for admission?Link

View a complete list of requirements for first-year and transfer admission. Additional requirements for international students as well as college-specific requirements are also available.

How do I locate my SUID?Link

You will receive your SUID number once you submit an application for admission. After your application is uploaded on our system you will receive an email confirmation with access to your SUID. You can always email us at orange@syr.edu (providing your full name and date of birth) and our staff can retrieve it for you. Only students can request their own SUID numbers.

How do I monitor the status of my application materials online?Link

You may access your application status online through MySlice. You will not receive an admission decision through MySlice, but this will allow you to track receipt of your application materials. Once your application is uploaded on our system you will receive a confirmation email with access to your SUID and the instructions on how to check your application status online.

You may check the status of your application for admission via the “Admissions To Do Items” box on MySlice. If you have not activated your NetID, you will need to do so to access MySlice—please visit http://netid.syr.edu, click “Activate Your NetID” and follow the instructions. You will need your SUID number to activate your NetID. Once you activate it, you will only need your NetID and associated password to access MySlice.

Admission notification will not be accessible through MySlice. Admission notification is sent electronically only via email.

Please allow two to four weeks from the date you submit your materials for mailed items to be reflected as complete on our system. Contact us if you have any questions.

Do you offer merit scholarships?Link

All students who submit completed applications for admission at Syracuse University are considered for merit scholarships. No separate application is needed.

When should I apply for financial aid?Link

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Review the financial aid application requirements and deadlines. File your financial aid applications at the same time as your admissions application; do not wait for an admission decision. Federal financial aid will be disbursed to the student account when all financial aid and admission requirements are met, including receipt of official degree bearing transcripts.

Syracuse University requires both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE applications.

Do I need to submit a portfolio? If it's not required, can I still send in extra portfolio materials? (Specifically Common App arts supplement)Link

A few academic programs at Syracuse require portfolios. Please view our college-specific requirements to see if this applies to your program of interest.

Syracuse only accepts portfolios and auditions for the Department of Drama and School of Art and Design through the Art Supplement section of the Common Application, if not completed in person. More information about submitting the required portfolio or audition can be found online:

Due to the volume of applications and supporting materials we receive each year, we cannot accept portfolio materials that are not required as part of the application process.

How much is the application fee? Can I receive a fee waiver?Link

The application fee is $75. There are a few ways to receive a fee waiver:

  • Students who received an SAT or ACT fee waiver may forward a copy to our office;
  • If you have received a waiver from NACAC, we will accept this;
  • Guidance counselors may request, via letter written on school letterhead, that Syracuse University waive the application fee because it presents a financial hardship to the student and his or her family.

Should I apply to Syracuse University through the Early Decision plan?Link

If Syracuse University is your first choice, you should seriously consider applying through the Early Decision option. As an Early Decision candidate, if admitted to your first choice college, you agree to enroll at Syracuse University. The admission criteria is the same at Syracuse for early and regular decision candidates. Learn more about your enrollment options.

Will you accept the old SAT or do I have to take the new revised SAT?Link

Syracuse University will accept both the old SAT or the new revised SAT (beginning March 2016). If you take both, you should submit your scores from both exams. If you are taking the new revised SAT we do not require the essay.

Does Syracuse require SAT Subject Tests?Link

No, we do not require SAT Subject Tests. Students need to submit either their SAT or ACT test scores. If you opt to take only the ACT, you must also complete the optional Writing Test.

Does Syracuse University weigh my application differently if I take the SAT or ACT more than once?Link

No, the Admissions Committee will consider the highest score you have achieved on either the SAT or ACT. 

Do you accept AP, IB, or college credits taken in high school?Link

Yes, each individual college at Syracuse University evaluates AP, IB, and college credits. View a list of AP and IB scores required for credit.

What is the minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score required for admission? Link

There is no minimum GPA or standardized test score required for admission. Applicants to Syracuse University present a variety of academic and extracurricular credentials. The Admissions Committee will review your application individually, taking into account your academic credentials, as well as your unique personal qualities. For students entering the University in the fall semester of 2015, the average GPA was 3.63, average SAT was 1190 (M/CR), and ACT average composite was 27.

Is an interview required?Link

No, interviews are not required of applicants. However, this face-to-face meeting with an admissions representative is an ideal way to further personalize your application. Interested students may request a personal interview on campus during the summer or fall, or in selected cities across the country in the fall.

Can I receive a second bachelor's degree?Link

Yes, students can pursue a second bachelor’s degree in a program of study unlike the previous degree received. Students interested in earning a second bachelor’s degree should contact the Office of Admissions at orange@syr.edu.

Do you have part-time or online study?Link

Yes, Syracuse’s University College (UC) offers part-time students opportunities to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees. Learn more about about part-time study.

We do offer some online courses that are open to matriculated and non-matriculated students for credit at Syracuse and other universities. We do not, however, have undergraduate degree programs that may be completed online. For more information, please contact the Syracuse University Continuing Education Office at University College at 315.443.9378. View more information about our Distance Learning programs.

Does Syracuse offer summer programs for high school students?Link

Yes, high school students can take classes during the summer. Learn more about Summer College for high school students.

Can I apply if I have earned a GED?Link

We will consider applications from students who have earned their GED. Students with their GED must submit an official high school transcript for the grades completed, along with official SAT or ACT scores.

If I am accepted during Early Decision, can I have an extension on the Feb. 15 reply deadline?Link

If you are accepted to your first-choice college at Syracuse University under the Early Decision plan, you must respond with a postmark no later than February 15 or your admission will be withdrawn.

What are your homeschool requirements?Link

Syracuse University is happy to receive applications for admission from students educated within their home environment. Learn more about our homeschool requirements and procedures.

If I'm admitted for the fall semester, may I start school early?Link

Yes. Incoming first-year students may attend SummerStart, a six-week academic program that operates during the second summer session. SummerStart will ease your transition to Syracuse University and allow you to earn credit toward your degree.

If I will complete most or all of my high school requirements as a junior, can I apply as a high school junior?Link

We do offer Early Admission for secondary school juniors who have completed all but a few secondary school course requirements for graduation. Students are admitted directly to the University without a secondary school diploma. It is the responsibility of students to meet the requirements to obtain a diploma from their secondary school at the end of their first year at Syracuse. Early Admission candidates should contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to set up a personal interview. Secondary school juniors who will finish all of their graduation requirements early should apply under the Regular Decision Plan.

What is the total cost of attendance?Link

View the Cost of Attendance for Syracuse University.