Opening Weekend

Get Involved

Make the most of your Syracuse experience by getting involved. Get to know your faculty, staff, and classmates.

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Beyond the classroom, consider becoming a VPA peer advisor (see below) or joining a student group, holding a leadership position, seeking student employment, and getting involved in the community via Syracuse University's Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service. Whatever the combination, we encourage you to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth through activities that suit your goals and interests.

Become a VPA Peer Advisor

Do you want to mentor first-year VPA students? Are you a student in good academic standing? The College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Peer Advising Program provides an opportunity for you to meet and assist new students in their transition to college. In the process, you will develop and sharpen your leadership skills.

Peer advisors are liaisons between the college and its students and serve as an important link between first-year students and the Student Success team. They are resource people.

Advisors are assigned a group of incoming students to connect with over the summer and mentor throughout the coming academic year.

Application Process

The application process for the 2018-19 academic year has begun! For more information, see the applications below. Please complete the new application if you are new to the Peer Advising Program, or complete the returning application if you have previously served as a peer advisor. Email the form to Vicki R. Smith at or drop off a completed hard copy to 200 Crouse College by Friday, March 9, 2018. You may participate if you are abroad during the spring 2018 semester; let us know this when you submit your application.

New Peer Advisor Application [PDF]
Returning Peer Advisor Application [PDF]

If you would like to learn more about becoming a peer advisor, please contact Vicki R. Smith at

Special Events

Join us! The VPA Office of Student Success hosts college events for Opening Weekend, Family Weekend, and Commencement.

Opening Weekend

Syracuse University’s Office of First Year and Transfer Programs offers a complete guide to new student orientation and life at SU, including the new student orientation schedule and the VPA schedule of events.

Family Weekend

It is our pleasure to welcome you to campus for Family Weekend in the fall. We look forward to meeting you at the VPA Dean’s Breakfast, which is held on the Saturday of Family Weekend. The breakfast will be followed by an informal gathering and Q&A session with faculty.

SU’s Parents Office offers complete information on Family Weekend.

Commencement Weekend

SU’s 2018 Commencement Weekend is scheduled for May 11-13, 2018. Details and a schedule, including information on the VPA convocation, are posted as available on the Commencement website.