New Students

Welcome to the Newhouse School! If you will be studying on campus, the information on this page will help you begin planning for your arrival.

Upcoming Dates and Events

Future events and updates will be posted here

Summer Course Registration
Begins: Monday, June 3rd @12pm
Ends: Friday, June 7th @11:59pm

Summer Orientation
Monday, July 1
8am – 10am
Location: TBA

New Student Checklist

Please review and complete the items below to prepare for your first semester at Newhouse.

Activate your NetID

Your Syracuse University NetID will give you access to your email via SUMail, financial aid and registration system. It is essential that you activate and check your email account regularly, as it will be the primary communication source for class, program and school information before and after you arrive on campus. Your SUID is printed on your admit letter and Intent to Register form.


The SUID is an identity tool and is used to access a variety of campus services. Prior to June 15, you should follow these photo submission instructions (click on New Graduate Students.) You will be notified via email when your card is ready for pick up in 111 Waverly, Suite 111. After July 15, an SUID card must be requested via the request form.

Apply for Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

In order to be considered for federal aid you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your program begins in the summer, you must file for both 2023-24 and 2024-25. You should also check your Financial Aid To-Do List on MySlice in order to apply for summer financial aid.

Communications Law Waiver Request

If you took a communications law course within the past five years, you may be able to waive this master’s program requirement and take another course in its place. You must have earned a B or better in a relatively recent course. A course description and syllabus are required. You must complete the Communications Law Waiver Request form by June 14 if you plan to request a waiver. Please send the waiver form and the course syllabus in one email to

Degree-bearing Transcript

Please refer to the Graduate Admission Transcript requirement page for submission information.

For students who start in the summer, the deadline to submit these documents is July 15. If we do not receive your degree-bearing transcript by this date, the Advising Office will place a hold on your student record, preventing your registration for future terms. Please notify us immediately if you are concerned about meeting this deadline.

If you are starting your program in the fall, you must submit your transcript by Sept. 15.

Students who earned bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University do not need to submit a final transcript. Degrees will be verified internally.

Health Records and Insurance

You must complete your health history and immunization forms through the SU Health Services Patient Portal by July 1. Completion of this may require a physical or immunizations.

Health insurance is also required of all graduate students, to cover expenses not included in the health fee and medical treatment outside of the Health Center, such as emergency room care, hospitalization, eye care and dental services.


There are ample housing options in Syracuse, with many within walking distance to SU. Utilize the SU Off-Campus Housing Finder or apply for on-campus housing through MySlice.

Employment Verification

If you plan to work on campus, you are required to complete the I-9 employment verification process prior to beginning any paid work at the University.

Course Registration

Summer registration will begin in early June and instructions will be sent via email. Fall registration will begin on Aug. 1.

Campus Resources

Below are helpful resources you will use throughout your time at Syracuse University. Please review all items as they will help you complete the check list above.

Syracuse University Academic Calendar

Summer Session for professional master’s students begins on Monday, July 1 and ends on Friday, August 9, 2024. Fall semester classes begin Monday, August 26.

Get more details on the Syracuse University Academic Calendar>>


Campus maps
Paper copies of maps are available to pick up from the Graduate Programs Office and the Academic Advising Office.


Free shuttles are available to Manley Field House, South Campus, downtown via Connective Corridor. ‘Cuse Trolleys make loops around campus.

Some Centro bus routes near campus include a free fare zone for those who show an SU ID. Otherwise bus fare is $1 per trip.

More about transportation>>

Academic Support

Academic Advising
Please go to your faculty program director for any program advising needs or concerns. Questions about registration or your academic record may be directed to the Academic Advising Office.

Office of Graduate Programs
Questions about merit aid awards should be emailed to If you need to make an appointment with Associate Dean Kaplan, email him directly at

Additional Resources and Support

If you need to request enrollment verification, request a transcript, or change your name.

All billing inquiries should be directed here.

Financial Aid
Contact this office with any questions related to your student loans. 

Information and Technology Services (ITS)
If you have issues with your NetID, your email account, or campus software.

Center for International Services
This is the place to direct I-20, visa, or CPT/OPT concerns.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Syracuse University
This list includes disability resources, multicultural affairs, LGBT resource center, and religious groups.

Student Organizations

Social Media Directory – Suggested follows include SU Campus News and Events, Department of Public Safety, and The Daily Orange.