Congratulations on your admission to Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)! We’re eager to connect with you to share all that our college has to offer.

Below you will find in-person and virtual events that give you opportunities to connect with VPA students, faculty, and staff. We hope you will join us for multiple sessions to learn more about the VPA student experience, ask questions, and get excited for the fall semester! Attending a virtual event? Consider using one of our custom VPA Zoom backgrounds.

Please note: Our list of events is updated regularly, and all times are listed in Eastern Time. Click on the link provided with each event to register. Once you have registered for a virtual session or special event, you will receive a Zoom link via email.

For University-wide programming for admitted students, please visit University Admissions.

All-VPA Sessions and Special Events

Spring Receptions

(IN PERSON)

Meet current students, learn more about your academic program, explore campus, meet with representatives from many of the offices and student organizations at Syracuse University, and have lunch in the Stadium.

View dates and register


Vibe with VPA

(VIRTUAL)

Join the VPA recruitment specialists and current students on a Zoom call to ask any questions you may have about the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University, your major, resources and opportunities on campus, and more. Stay for a short time, or stay for the full hour — we’re just excited to see you! 

This is an interactive session tailored to you and your questions, so come prepared to chat!

  • Weekly on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Search for a session by date and register


Exploring Creative Careers

(VIRTUAL)

Join VPA’s assistant director of career services Jackie Flores for a discussion about how VPA supports and prepares students for successful careers in creative fields. The session will include a brief overview of the college’s career services and share information about career exploration, internship opportunities and examples, alumni engagement, and more! A question-and-answer session will follow. 

Admitted students and parents are welcome and encouraged to join together.


Meet Our VPA Ambassadors

As an elite group of student volunteers in the Office of Recruitment and Admissions, the VPA Ambassadors help admitted students and their families gain valuable insight into life at the University and the college. Email an ambassador anytime at .

    Trivia Night

    (VIRTUAL)

    Hang out with the VPA Ambassadors and test your knowledge of Syracuse University and the College of Visual and Performing Arts! Meet other admitted students, get in the Syracuse spirit, and ask any remaining questions you have about the student experience. There will be prizes and lots of fun!


    Class Visitation

    (IN PERSON)

    Are you wondering what your classes will be like as a VPA student? Class visits are available on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. There is a range of options at a variety of times, so please call us at 315.443.2769 to set something up prior to your arrival to campus.


    Individual Appointments

    (VIRTUAL)

    You may schedule an individual virtual appointment with a representative from the VPA Office of Recruitment and Admissions or a current student. To request and schedule an appointment, please call 315.443.2769 or email .


    VPA School/Department-Specific Events

    Experience the VPA Community

    At Syracuse, being Orange is a way of life. But what does it mean to be Orange in VPA? Check out these videos from our schools and departments to find out!

    For School of Art Students

    Studio arts major Danielle Russo integrates special effects makeup into her fine arts practice

    Frank Cammuso channels a love of comics into his teaching

    For Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) Students

    Faculty and students explain the benefits of a degree in CRS

    Tour Sims Hall, home of the CRS department

    For School of Design Students

    Inside the School of Design

    Consider joining the Design Learning Community

    For Department of Drama Students

    Inside the Department of Drama

    Take a virtual tour of the Department of Drama

    Alumni Spotlight: Jonalyn Saxer ’14 (Jonalyn PDF Transcript)

    Alumni Spotlight: Ben Holtzman ’13 and Sammy Lopez ’13 (Ben and Sammy PDF Transcript)

    Alumni Spotlight: Alexis Ostrander ’07 (Alexis PDF Transcript)

    For Setnor School of Music Students

    Student profile: Gabrielle Pinkney, music industry major

    Student profile:  Sarah Gross ’22, sound recording technology, jazz and commerical music voice​

    For Department of Film and Media Arts Students

    Student profile: Film major Danial Khan ’21 

    Playlist of computer art and animation students’ short films

    Art photo alumni share how their education prepared them for their current success