Orange Alert

New Students

Welcome Class of 2027!

College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School

This web page will be your one-stop resource for any information related to your success as a new student in A&S|Maxwell. In addition to communications from the Office of New Student and Family Programs, A&S |Maxwell students receive weekly emails from the Academic and Career Advising team, with information “You Otto Know” that will help them prepare for the transition to College and beyond.

Check out the University’s Required Tasks on the Becoming Orange website. Familiarize yourself with the website as it includes important information and deadlines you will have to follow during the summer.

To Do List

Step One – Activate your NetID and email ASAP. You will need your SUID#, included in your acceptance letter. We will be sending all communications to your Syracuse University ( email account. Important information will be directed to that account and not to the email account you used in your application.

Email communications will go only to you and not to your parents and/or guardians. Be sure to check it at least once a week!

Step Two – Take the foreign language and the mathematics placement exams by Monday, May 15, 2023. These will open on Monday, May 8, 2023.

Notes about Placement Exams:

All incoming students should take the foreign language and mathematics placement exams, even if you have AP/IB/College credits that may transfer.

Do not stress! No prior knowledge or experience is needed to take these exams. Do NOT study!

The placement exams ask some basic questions for SU to gauge where your proficiency level is in a specific foreign language or math class. These will be used to determine your starting point for these classes.

Step Three – On Monday, May 15th, you will receive an email on your ( account with a unique Qualtrics survey link to complete by Friday, June 2, 2023.

If you have any questions, please email the Academic and Career Advising Office at

AP/IB/Transfer Credit

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam

Contact College Board to have your scores sent to SU (college code 2823).
Refer to the AP Examination Table for score requirements and a list of SU equivalent courses.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

Contact IB to have your transcript send to
Refer to the IB Credit Table for score requirements and list of SU equivalent courses.

Transfer Credit

Send copies of syllabi for any Foreign Language courses to for review.
Contact the institution where the class was taken to have your official transcript sent to the A&S|Maxwell Academic and Career Advising Office.

Electronic transcripts (preferred) may be emailed to
(If ordering through Parchment, please select “I’m sending to myself or another individual”, located under the search bar. This will allow you to send transcripts directly to our office for review.)

Hard copy transcripts may be mailed to:
Syracuse University
College of Arts and Sciences | Maxwell School
Academic and Career Advising Office
342 Hall of Languages
Syracuse, NY 13224-2100