Welcome to the Incoming Class
Syracuse University kicks off the academic year with a celebration of tradition, community and Orange spirit.
A Warm Campus Welcome
More than 4,000 first-year and transfer students—the largest incoming class in University history—converged on the JMA Wireless Dome for New Student Convocation. Academically distinguished and globally minded, the entering class joins the rest of the student body, which represents all 50 states and 126 countries.
Strike up the Band
The Syracuse University Athletic Bands provide up-tempo excitement on campus and around the country. Founded in 1901, the 200-strong Pride of the Orange is one of the nation’s oldest college marching bands. Many of its members also play in the Sour Citrus Society pep band.
A Guiding Presence
Chancellor Kent Syverud welcomes the incoming class in the JMA Wireless Dome. The 12th leader of the University since its founding in 1870, he has led the institution to unprecedented heights in academic, creative and research excellence; community engagement; and scholarly impact.
Song of Syracuse
Where the vale of Onondaga/Meets the Eastern sky/Proudly stands our Alma Mater/On her hilltop high… Students have been singing and swaying to the Alma Mater since 1893, when an evening stroll across campus inspired Junius Stevens (Class of 1895) to put words on paper. The melody is based on a popular 1857 ballad.