Check out this issue for important information on pre-orientation programs, placement exams, and health insurance!
New Student Newsletter
June 14, 2017
Volume 3

This is the third issue of the ReadySet New Student Newsletter.  If you did not receive the first two issues of the ReadySet New Student Newsletter, you can read them through the Newsletter Archive on the ReadySet website.  Don't forget to regularly check your email account!
Health Insurance Requirement

All incoming full-time students are required to have qualifying health insurance that provides coverage while studying in Syracuse. If you already have coverage, please document this coverage as soon as possible by completing a Student Health Insurance Waiver Form online at . Failure to complete this process will result in you being automatically enrolled in and billed for the Student Health Insurance Plan insured and administered by Aetna Student Health . For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about this requirement, visit the Student Health Insurance website.
Pre-Orientation Programs
Get an early start on your SU experience!

Get an early start on your Syracuse University experience by participating in a pre-orientation program. These programs enable you to make connections early, get familiar with our campus and community, and have fun. Space is limited, so sign up early.  Registration deadline is July 15th. There are programs for all interests! 

2017 Pre-Orientation Programs include:
  • Access 'Cuse
  • Build Your First Year Experience: A community service experience in the City of Syracuse
  • Commuter Students Unite: Learning to make the most of your time on campus
  • `Cuse First (for first generation college students)
  • First-Year Career
  • FreshFest
  • Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP): Adirondack Adventure
  • Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP): Odyssey Adventure
  • SOULscape: A First-Year Wellness Retreat
  • Transfer Transitions (for transfer students)
  • Transitioning Military Veterans to University Life
For more information and to register, visit the Pre-Orientation Programs website.  
Placement Exams
Complete your required exams soon!

All new SU students are expected to take all applicable placement examinations before requesting classes.  Each school or college requires different placement exams, so be sure to check with them to see what you need to take!
Math Placement Exam:  If you wish to take or need to register for a math class, you must take the placement exam available at

Foreign Language Placement Exams:  If you have any previous instruction in, or personal experience with a language and plan to continue studies in that language, you must take the appropriate foreign language placement examination.  To be properly registered, you must take the appropriate placement exam online at before submitting your course request forms.

English Language Assessment Exam:  Non-native speakers of English must take the English Language Assessment Exam in-person in August. Please register for the exam at
For more information, visit the placement exams website
Join the SU Marching Band

The Syracuse University Marching Band is an essential source of tradition, musical engagement, and school spirit at Syracuse University. We have performed at SU home football games, MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl, and more. Our rehearsal and performance schedule is school-friendly; and we're also new marcher-friendly, we teach you our marching principles and techniques from the ground up. If you're interested in becoming part of the SUMB tradition, email
Learn your SU Traditions!
Crouse Chimes

The Crouse Chimes were first installed in 1889 and renovated in 1981, the Crouse Chimes are rung at least twice a day and again on special occasions. John Crouse purchased the bells on May 25, 1889, from the Meneely Bell Company in Troy, NY. For 54 years, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity played them, including playing the Alma Mater at 5 p.m. every day.

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