To-Do List

Congratulations on your acceptance to Syracuse University or the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you with your transition to Syracuse.

This webpage contains numerous links to information that will help you establish your life in Syracuse. Please take the time to review all of the information linked below and to the right and to view the YouTube arrival video directly below (click on ¿YouTube¿ to enlarge display).  

Visit campus online! Take a walking tour with our virtual tour guide to explore the sights of our beautiful campus. Visit the Quad, academic buildings, the Carrier Dome, and more. Begin tour.

Meet our Mentors from the Connections Program Click Here

Before Your Arrival in the U.S.

Your Immigration Documents, Visa Acquisition, and Port of Entry Information

Preparing for Your Arrival

New International Student Checklist

Essential Medical Information

Health Insurance

Health Forms


IMPORTANT: Please read the letter from Dr. Patricia Burak, Director of SCIS regarding the latest updates on Health Insurance.

Please check in at the Slutzker Center on the first day of your arrival in Syracuse during our business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Fall Semester Classes start on - 
Monday, August 29, 2011

Student Orientations -
Summer Orientation: 
Friday, July 1, 2011
starts at 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Watson Theater (Watson Hall)

Graduate Orientation: 
Friday, August 19, 2011
starts at 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Grant Auditorium

Undergraduate Orientation:
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
starts at 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Grant Auditorium

Although Fall semester classes begin on August 29th, 2011, please remember that you first must arrive early enough to check in with the Slutzker Center (SCIS), find housing, and attend the International Student Orientation on one of the dates mentioned above. 

Summer Session I:          May 21 ¿ June 29, 2011 
Summer Session II:         July 2 ¿ August 10, 2011


Information regarding summer housing is coming soon!! 

 Spring 2011 Early Move-In for New International Undergraduate Students with University Housing Assignments (and the very few graduate students who might have university housing) starts on Saturday, January 14, 2011 at 12:00pm. Ernie Davis will be open for dining that evening from 4:30 p.m. ¿ 9 p.m. All dining centers will return to regular operating hours on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

If you arrive before January 15th, please make temporary housing arrangements, as on-campus housing might not be available.

Finding Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Living

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Dependent Concerns

Things to know upon your arrival

All New Students 

Banks and ATMs Here are some banks located near campus and some within driving distance, go to 
Orientations Website  

Transportation Information.  Not only can you get to Syracuse via plane, bus, or train, but you can also ride around in Syracuse and the university with the Centro bus company.  For details on bus routes, visit

Syracuse Area Restaurants.  Not only can you eat on Marshall Street or in the Westcott area, but you can take the Connective Corridor bus to downtown restaurants or visit the many options on Erie Boulevard.  To preview some of the menus online, go to

Shopping in Syracuse guide.  This includes directions to grocery stores, shopping malls, wholesale stores, and home improvement stores.

Carousel Mall

ShoppingTown Mall

Topics of Interest for All New International Students