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Visiting campus, especially when classes are in session, is the best way to learn about Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

You can experience first hand the vibrancy and energy of the University when you walk across the Quad to the Shaffer Art Building, down the hill to the Regent Theater Complex, or into Crouse College's Setnor Auditorium with current students during a typical day of classes (you can even schedule a music lesson). You will have the opportunity to speak with current students and get a real sense of what it's like to be part of VPA and the campus community. You can also meet with us at one of our many off-campus events, including National Portfolio Days, auditions, college fairs, and high school visits. Some of the dates and locations listed in this section of our site also give you the opportunity to have a portfolio review or audition.

On Campus

Prospective Student Visits: Information Sessions

Sessions for prospective first-year and transfer students are available on campus with a representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Sessions include a presentation about VPA, including overviews of the School of Art, School of Design, Department of Transmedia, Department of Drama, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, and the Setnor School of Music. We will also discuss application processes, talent requirements such as auditions and portfolios, and answer any questions you may have.

VPA sessions are included as an extension of the Syracuse University Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” and are offered on the following days and times:

11 a.m. Monday through Friday

3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Reservations for a “Weekday Campus Visit” are required and can be booked through the Office of Admissions. If you will be on campus all day, we recommend full-day visitors register for the Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” at 9 a.m., which includes a VPA 11 a.m. information session. This allows for such afternoon options as facility tours and portfolio reviews. If you are interested in planning your day with us or would like to know more about our afternoon options, please call the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769.

Admitted Student Visits

Congratulations on your acceptance!

Come see us, and let us show you around a little. View the beautiful, iconic campus in any season, tour our state-of-the-art facilities, and gain insight into the undergraduate experience. Plan your visit and get ready to make yourself at home. Campus visits for admitted students will begin in March.

VPA sessions are included as an extension of the Syracuse University Office of Admissions' “Weekday Campus Visit” and are offered on the following days and times:

1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Reservations for a “Weekday Campus Visit” are required and can be booked through the Office of Admissions. The admitted student visit begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Office of Admissions and includes a visit with the VPA Recruitment and Admissions Office at 1:30 p.m.

Special VPA options are available for admitted students such as class visits, lunch with a current student, and department tours. We strongly encourage you to contact us before your visit to discuss options for a more in-depth look at your major, some of which are only available by advance appointment. Please call 315.443.2769 to make arrangements for your visit.

Orange Previews

Come for an Orange Preview and learn more about academic and student life at Syracuse University! Orange Previews are intended for prospective first-year and transfer students who have not yet applied for admission. Plan to spend a full day on campus learning about all that SU has to offer.

Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to meet admissions staff and representatives from our schools and colleges as well as current students. You can also talk with representatives from offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid and Study Abroad, visit a residence hall, and have lunch.

Orange Previews will be held on the following dates during the Fall 2019 semester:

  • Monday, February 18
  • Friday, April 5

Register For an Orange Preview

Syracuse Saturdays

During the spring, two types of Syracuse Saturdays are offered. Prospective first-year and transfer students will enjoy an overview of the University's offerings and campus experience. The events include an information session with current students and faculty and the opportunity to tour campus.

Admitted students are invited to attend Syracuse Saturday events catered to their next steps as accepted students. These events include information sessions and small-group tours.

VPA will be represented at the following Syracuse Saturdays in 2019:

  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20

Register For a Syracuse Saturday  

Spring Receptions

Learn more about your academic program, explore campus, meet with representatives from many of the offices and student organizations at Syracuse, and have lunch in the Dome. 

Visitors who have been admitted to the College of Visual and Performing Arts will have the opportunity to meet department chairs and school directors from their area of interest, tour facilities, and meet current VPA students.

Following lunch in the Dome, we invite you to join Dean Michael Tick, the staff of our Office of Student Success, and other members of VPA’s leadership for an informal reception where you can ask questions and learn more about exciting things happening across the college.

Register by clicking on your preferred date. Registration for the Spring Reception on April 15 will be available in late March and will be in conjunction with registration for Own the Dome. Please wait until you receive official admission notification before making travel plans.

Off Campus

For Admitted Students: New York City Admitted Student Reception

April 7
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Lubin House


Join VPA Dean Michael S. Tick for a panel discussion and reception with alumni. Learn how a VPA education helped launch their careers and how VPA will prepare you for success too!

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