Summer is a great time to take classes to boost your GPA, make up credit so you can graduate on time, prepare for a semester abroad, or get a tough course out of the way so you can concentrate on your major during the regular semesters. There are four summer sessions – on campus and online.

There are other summer programs that take place on campus in addition to Summer Session classes. Summer College for High School Students allows you to take classes, earn credits, and experience college life, all before graduating high school! SummerStart helps incoming first-year SU students transition to college life.  The Student Success Initiative (SSUI) helps struggling SU students get back on track with better study and learning skills. And the Visiting International Student Summer Program (VISSP) enables undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to visit and study at Syracuse University.

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Students in Summer

Summer at Syracuse

Summer is a great time to study at Syracuse University. The weather is spectacular in Central New York, and there’s so much to do in the Central New York area you’ll never want to leave. Swim in the famous Finger Lakes, climb mountains, hike trails, visit festivals, attend concerts, watch films…and so much more.

Summer At Syracuse
Summer College for High School Students

Summer College for High School Students

Summer College for High School Students is a great way for students to jump start their college career while still in high school. SU offers two, three, and six-week residential and commuter programs in many areas of study so students can explore their interests and possible college majors, earn college credits, create portfolios, and experience life as a college student.

Summer College for High School Students

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SummerStart

SummerStart is a 6-week residential program for incoming first-year students at SU. It eases the transition to college, increases confidence and familiarity with campus, and serves as an introduction to the academic, social, and cultural life at SU. Students live in a residence hall, take college classes and earn 7-9 credits toward their degree.

SummerStart

Student SUccess Initiative

Syracuse University reaches out to students who are struggling in their academic and personal lives. The Student Success Initiative is a summer residential program aimed at student retention at SU. SSUI helps undergraduates who are falling short of their academic and personal development goals, providing tutoring, personal coaching, and social activities to help students achieve success in every area of their lives.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program, and eligibility criteria apply.

Student SUccess Initiative
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Visiting International Student Summer Program

Visiting international students are welcome to take courses at Syracuse University Summer Sessions as full-time students only and we are here to help you understand and navigate the rules and regulations for studying at SU this summer.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program, and eligibility criteria apply.

VISSP Homepage

Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons

Science-oriented middle school students in Onondaga County have an opportunity to explore a variety of science careers each summer through Science Horizons, made possible through funding from Bristol-Myers Squibb. This weeklong hands-on adventure gives students the opportunity to explore technology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and more.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons

English Language Institute

Intensive English language classes in academic English for international students, scholars, and professionals. There are five proficiency levels. It also designs tailor-made courses for discipline specific needs on a contract basis. For example, in the summer, it offers business English for global executives. Classes are intensive and range from 20 to 30 hours per week.

English Language Institute