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Syracuse Welcome Kicks Off Vibrant University Experience

As new students flocked to campus, a week of events nurtured connections, fostered belonging and ignited potential.
Students form Block S shape on dome field.

What makes Syracuse University so great? The people. And that was never more obvious than this past week, when about 4,000 incoming students and their loved ones arrived on campus from 48 states, 14 Indigenous nations and 56 countries across the United States and the world to participate in Syracuse Welcome.

Syracuse Welcome, the University’s new student orientation program, is packed with events and opportunities to make sure those just joining the Orange family have everything they need start out strong on their journey of growth and discovery at Syracuse University.

Students in orange tee shirts help new students move into dorms.

Making Syracuse Home

During Syracuse Welcome, incoming students start to find their sense of belonging on campus and within the community. Transforming a dorm room into one’s personal sanctuary is a major milestone in this process. The legendary Goon Squad—some 400+ student volunteers with orange shirts and cheerful smiles—were there to help make move-in go smoothly.

Students sit in community gathering space in 119 Euclid building.

Meeting Friends and Building Community

At Syracuse University there are students from all over the world and organizations and clubs representing every possible interest. This is great for expanding one’s global perspective and exploring new activities—and it means there are many opportunities for students to find the friends they’ll connect with most closely and the spaces that will help them thrive.

I can’t believe how much the campus has to offer. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and get started.

Lauren Erickson ’27, biochemistry
Otto and students interact on campus on a sunny summer day.

Getting Comfortable on Campus

Our campus is beautiful—and big! During Syracuse Welcome, tours crisscrossed the quad and students and their loved ones learned quirky traditions and unique features of the campus and visited extraordinary facilities. They also discovered spots that might become favorite study nooks, places to get a snack between classes, and areas to exercise, relax and connect with friends.

I knew I made the right choice coming here. There are so many opportunities here for my family and me. I also like the flexibility and versatility of my degree program.

McKenzie Holmes ’27, communication and rhetorical studies
Students on stage in downtown Syracuse.

Connecting With the Community

During Syracuse Welcome, incoming students had a chance to experience the City of Syracuse. Through a range of academic and extracurricular programs, students will have many opportunities to engage with the city and regional communities we are a part of.

Two students pet goldendoodle dog in the Barnes Center at The Arch.

Understanding the Resources and Support Here for You

New beginnings are exciting—but can be nerve wracking too. During Syracuse Welcome, students got an introduction to the abundance of resources available to help them navigate the triumphs and challenges of the years ahead. From a wide range of academic support programs to programs for mental and emotional well-being—including pet therapy at the Barnes Center at The Arch—every student has access to support, assistance and care.

We want students not to be afraid to ask for help—for them to take advantage of special opportunities. Our doors are always open.

Oliver Raycroft ’25, Engineering and Computer Science LLC Peer Mentor
Parents and their students pose together in front of balloon background.

Extending the Orange Family

Once Orange, forever Orange. We were happy—but not surprised—to welcome to campus so many proud alumni excited to share their memories and celebrate the latest in their immediate families to join the Orange family.

Student in traditional dress performs on stage with international flags in background.

Appreciating Your Talented Peers

Students took to the stage many times during Syracuse Welcome. From the International Talent Show to performances at Syracuse Welcome Fête and beyond, students celebrated the incredible talent of their peers, and got a sense of the many organizations they can get involved in to express themselves and their creativity.

Students play Connect Four on quad.

Having Fun!

Nothing forges community and friendship like laughter. And while Syracuse Welcome helps students get set up for success in all the pragmatic ways, it also provides plenty of laughs. Whether playing games at the Living Learning Community picnic or in the JMA Wireless Dome during The Slice is Right—great times were had, memories made, and friendships and connections forged.

Students in Dome pose for picture.

I feel like Syracuse wants me to become the best version of myself, but in a fun and meaningful way.

Incoming first-year student, College of Arts and Sciences

Starting the Next Chapter

Be curious, be courageous, try new things, show up—and be yourself. These were some of the messages of wisdom students heard from administrators, faculty and fellow students at the New Student Convocation. Then, linking arms and keeping time with the traditional sway, the newest members of the Orange community sang the alma mater. In the words of Provost Gretchen Ritter, “Welcome—we are so excited to see everything you will do!”

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