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

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

If you would like to learn more about Peer Advisor Team involvement, please contact Vicki R. Smith at .

Look for the application period to open in early Spring 2020.


Special Events

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

Syracuse Welcome

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 Reception, which is held on the Saturday of Family Weekend. SU’s Parents Office offers more information.

Commencement Weekend

SU’s Commencement Weekend activities include VPA’s convocation ceremony for students, families, and friends. Details and a schedule are posted as available on the Commencement website.