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.
For Prospective Students: On Campus
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. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
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.
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 Spring 2018 semester:
- Monday, February 19
- Friday, April 6
For Admitted Students: On Campus
VPA sessions for admitted students 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
If you are coming for a weekday visit, please call the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 315.443.2769 before your visit to learn about options for a more in-depth look at your major, some of which are only available by advance appointment.
Sunday, April 15
11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Experience the big picture of life in our creative and scholarly community! Learn about all that VPA has to offer via this special tour of our buildings on campus and in downtown Syracuse. Faculty will be ready to greet you and offer fun activities, and we’ll provide lunch along the way.
Registration is required and space is limited. Please reserve your space as soon as possible but no later than April 5. For details, call 315.443.2769.
Come to campus to celebrate your admission to Syracuse University!
Meet current students, 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.
Spring Receptions will be held on the following dates in 2018:
- Monday, April 9
- Friday, April 13
- Monday, April 16
- Friday, April 20
Registration is required.
For Admitted Students: Off Campus
Saturday, April 21
Syracuse University’s Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York City
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! For details, call 315.443.2769.