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Below you will find frequently asked questions about first-term enrollment as well as general questions often asked by first-year students. If your question isn't answered here, please contact us.

First-Term Enrollment FAQs

I can’t open some of the links in FTES.

First, remember to turn off your pop-up blocker. Next, make sure that you are using a MySlice-compatible browser (see MySlice Certified Browsers). Chrome and Safari usually get the best results.

Do I have to take the placement exam if I’m not planning to take a math or a language my first semester?

If your major has a math or language requirement (find your program requirements in the VPA course catalog), you should take the placement exam now while everything is still fresh in your mind. The scores are saved and will be used to assist with your entrance into math and language courses later in your college career.

I am interested in taking a language other than French, German, Hebrew, Italian, or Spanish. Where can I find the placement tests for other language courses?

Placement exams for other languages will take place during Syracuse Welcome. Refer to either the electronic copy found on the Syracuse Welcome website or the hard copy you receive upon arrival.

What is the deadline for submitting my AP English Language and Composition/AP English Literature and Composition in order to receive credit for WRT 105 (from page 1 of the FTES)?

First, if you indicated during your exam that your score report should be sent to Syracuse University, we will be automatically receiving your scores in early-mid August. If you did not indicate that SU should receive your scores, you will need to contact College Board as soon as possible to have an official score report (we cannot accept reports that were mailed to and opened by you) sent to Syracuse University. To request scores, find information online at AP Score Reports. Remember, you can earn credit for WRT 105 with a score of 4 or higher on either the AP English Language and Composition exam or the English Literature and Composition exam.

I am an international student and have taken English courses at another institution. Do I still have to take the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE)?

If you are a non-U.S. resident, you are required to take the English Language Assessment Exam during Syracuse Welcome. Based on your scores, the Office of Student Success will place you in the appropriate English language course.

How many credits do students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts usually take during their first semester?

VPA students take between 15 and 19 credits during their first semester, depending on their program. We do not recommend taking any more than your department requires (anything over 19 is too many for your first semester).

Why hasn’t anyone called me yet about my schedule?

Some colleges at Syracuse University contact incoming first-year students over the phone in the summer, so you may be left wondering why you haven’t heard from us. In general, we do not call students over the summer to discuss your schedule. Instead, we use the information that you’ve provided us on your First-Term Enrollment form. You will, however, be contacted by a peer advisor over the summer.

Where can I find information about what I need to do before I arrive on campus and Syracuse Welcome?

The Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs has a website called ReadySet. Here you will find to-do lists, academic and housing information, and important dates to remember. This is also where you can find a digital copy of the Syracuse Welcome Book 2017, your guide to orientation week.

General First-Year Student FAQs

What is MySlice?

MySlice is web portal that allows you to view and interact with your student record. You will complete your FTES form in MySlice and be able to view your fall schedule beginning Wednesday, August 1. After the fall of your freshman year, you will register for classes on MySlice.

I already have an email account. Do I have to use my account?

YES! It is extremely important to use your email address on a daily basis. Some people like to keep their personal email account active and check both each day. If you choose to keep your personal email account active, you can redirect your SU mail account; to do so, follow these easy instructions.

When will I know who my academic advisor is?

Your academic advisor will be assigned to you by your VPA school or department. Some schools/departments may not assign advisors until after you arrive on campus, and each may have a different method of notifying you. Check with your school/department if you have any questions about locating your academic advisor.

I want to get a computer before coming to campus. What type of computer and/or computer programs will I need?

Beyond your standard office software, computer and software needs will vary by program of study. Read about your program’s specific computer recommendations on our Resources page.

How do I go about getting AP or other credits transferred to SU?

Make sure you’ve requested that an official grade report be sent to Syracuse University. The address for sending official transcripts from other institutions (if you took SU Project Advance (SUPA) courses, you do not need to submit a Syracuse University transcript; we have access to those records) is as follows:

Office of Student Success
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Syracuse University
200 Crouse College
Syracuse NY 13244-1010

A summary of the accepted transfer and other credits will be sent to your permanent address once the credits have been posted to your transcript.

What is the difference between the Course Catalog and the Schedule of Classes?

The Course Catalog is a comprehensive explanation of all the majors, minors, classes and policies of Syracuse University. The catalog contains course descriptions for all classes offered from each department and is updated yearly. The Schedule of Classes is updated and made available every semester. This is a listing of all of the classes that will be available to take during the current/upcoming semester. When you are figuring out your schedule for the upcoming semester, the Schedule of Classes will also provide the days and times that each class will meet.