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​Application Checklist for First-Year International Students

Use this checklist if you will be an incoming first-year student and are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Syracuse University has a long tradition of welcoming international students to its campus, and we're eager to continue expanding the cultural diversity of our student population.

To be considered for admission to Syracuse University, international students must:

  • Demonstrate sufficient academic preparation to achieve success in their studies at Syracuse
  • Demonstrate the ability to pay for all educational expenses
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English Language


Follow these steps to complete your application:


Complete the Online Common Application


Pay the application Fee ($85)


Submit your official academic credentials

Ensure that all your transcript/academic credentials are submitted by mail. Please review our credentials requirements for more details.

Any items submitted by mail should be sent to the appropriate mailing address.


Submit two academic recommendations


TOEFL or IELTS required (if English is not your native language)

In addition, we will consider results of the Cambridge English Language Assessment and PTE Academic for English proficiency. The SAT/ACT is optional for some international students; for more information, see English proficiency requirements.


Complete and submit a Visa/Financial Support Information Form


Check to see if your college requires any additional materials


Submit SAT/ACT scores (Optional)

The SAT/ACT is optional for international students studying outside the U.S. and currently enrolled in a school that does not follow the American system of education. Although we do not require the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission, we encourage all students to submit scores if available. Syracuse University does not require the SAT II subject tests.

Note: Prospective Division I student athletes must take the SAT or ACT in order to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.


Review all Visa and immigration information.

For Early Decision Applicants Only

If you'll be applying to Syracuse University under Early Decision, you must complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement through the Common Application or complete the ED Agreement  and submit  by mail , fax to 315.443.3423 or email to . As an ED candidate, you agree to enroll at Syracuse University if admitted to your preferred college. You may apply to other colleges and universities through regular decision with the understanding that you will withdraw these applications if admitted to Syracuse University.

For Discovery Program Applicants Only

If you are applying to the College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs or the College of Engineering and Computer Science and wish to be considered for the  Discovery Florence, Madrid, or Strasbourg  first-semester study abroad programs, you must indicate this on the Common Application.  Due to visa application requirements, students applying to a Discovery Program for the fall 2022 semester must be at least 18 years of age by July 1, 2022.