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August 2015

Coming Soon!

Syracuse Welcome 2015 Parent and Family Orientation

August 27-28, 2015

If you plan to make the journey to campus with your student for Syracuse Welcome 2015, please consider attending the Parents Office Welcome on Thursday, August 27 at 11 a.m., followed by information sessions, and the New Student Convocation and Barbecue.  On Friday, August 28, plan to attend school and college programs and the Transitions: Holding On and Letting Go session at 11 a.m., just prior to your departure from campus at 12 Noon.  We encourage you to leave campus at that time so your student may focus on their academic orientation. Please click here for the complete schedule.

For travel and transportation information to campus from the airport and Regional Transportation Center (RTC), please click here.

Don't forget to download the SU Guides mobile app for easy access to the schedule and other information.

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Conversations with Your Student

Preparing for Take-Off

You may have most of the "What to Bring" list crossed off, the car is serviced for the trip or the airline tickets are purchased. You rarely see your soon-to-be Syracuse University student because they are off with friends, working a summer job, or travelling the globe.  There is a good chance, even if it isn't on paper or your smart phone yet, that you are making a mental checklist of what to do in the coming days.  Yes, it is down to days now--13 days give or take.
While you are making that list, here are some conversations you may wish to have with your student:

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The First Semester

What You Need to Know About Health Services

by LeeAnne Lane, Clinical Nurse Manager, Syracuse University Health Services

What health services does the University provide?

The SU Health Services staff of physicians, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, nurses and other professional health services staff provide confidential, primary health care to students. Our outpatient services include:

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Student Employment

Is your student looking for a job on or near campus?  Do they have a Federal Work Study grant?  If so, here is some advice to share with them:
Begin searching for open opportunities at, but don't neglect a call to an office or department you might really want to work with.  Sometimes, they have student jobs available.
If there isn't a specific application form for the position, make sure to update your resume.  Don't neglect your social media accounts when you do this.
Don't forget to bring appropriate forms of identification with you to complete your I-9 Employment Verification.  Even though it seems counterintuitive to bring some of these documents with you, here is a list of acceptable documents.
For parents and families, there are Student Employment information sessions during Syracuse Welcome and Family Weekend.

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Getting Involved

With over 350 recognized student organizations, the ability to become involved in their residence hall community, club sports, and programming like Late Night at the Gym and Orange After Dark, your student can find plenty to do at Syracuse University.  It may take some time to find the right fit, but there is bound to be something your student can connect with.

Please remind your student that some student organizations will be performing or sharing information during Syracuse Welcome.  In addition, the Student Involvement Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Quad.

Family Weekend 2015

September 25-27, 2015
Family Weekend is an exciting time to visit campus! For information, schedule, and registration, please click the link below.

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First Year and Transfer Programs

Parent and Family Resource Handbook

For New International Students

Chancellor Syverud's Blog


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