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New Graduate Student Checklist

Congratulations and welcome to the iSchool! We look forward to having you join us.

Now that you have  chosen to attend SU and accepted our offer of admission, you can get started with setting up your student accounts and getting access to everything you'll need as a graduate student.

If you have received your acceptance letter but have not officially said you plan to attend, please follow the instructions on our Accepted Students page to get started. 

Please read these instructions closely, as most steps must be completed prior to the first day of classes. You can find your start date using the Syracuse University Academic Calendar.

Fall 2020 begins on Monday, August 24.

Syracuse University has announced that the Fall 2020 semester will start on Monday, August 24 and will follow an accelerated academic calendar.

The Fall 2020 semester is expected to follow this schedule:

  • Monday, Aug. 24: Residential instruction will begin (students living in on-campus housing will receive notification of their move-in date).
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: Residential instruction will conclude.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: The in-person instructional semester will conclude, and students depart for Thanksgiving break (students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break).
  • Monday, Nov. 30-Wednesday, Dec. 9: Review sessions, reading days and final exams will be administered virtually.

Please read the Chancellor's message to the Syracuse University community and consult the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar for further details.

Work with admissions to determine when and how you will begin classes. 

With the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak continuing, we are working with all of our graduate students to ensure they are able to begin classes in Fall 2020, or defer to Spring 2021 if necessary. We are offering a number of options to allow you to start in the Fall so that you do not have to put your degree plans on hold. Please get in touch with our team at to learn about your options and choose the best path forward. 

Review required checklist for incoming graduate students

  • All campus students: Please visit the the Graduate School website for information about health and immunization requirements, housing, health insurance, and the Syracuse, NY area.
  • International Students: Review International New Student Check-In.
  • Have questions about financial aid and loans? Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Set up your Syracuse University student accounts

Step 1: Activate your NetID

 As a new student, you must Activate your NetID in order to access university computing systems. You will need your 9-digit Syracuse University Identification (SU I.D.) number, which is included on your admissions letter and ITR card, to activate your NetID and set your password.Remember your password, as it will be the password you use with your NetID to access Syracuse University and iSchool services.

What is a NetID?Your NetID is a short username assigned to you by Syracuse University. FAQs about NetID can be found on the Activate Your NetID webpage. Once activated, your NetID and password will allow you to access MySlice, Blackboard, and your SU Email.

Step 2: Setup your SUmail address

Information about setting up your SUmail address is located on the Access SUmail webpage.

Your SUmail will be the primary email on file for you at the university, and will be used by faculty and offices across campus to communicate important information to you, even before you begin classes.

If you do not plan to use your SUmail as your primary email address, it is strongly encouraged that you set up email forwarding from your SUmail to your primary email account so you don’t miss important communications.

Step 3: Login to Myslice

Using your newly-activated NetID and password, login to MySlice. You will use MySlice to register for classes and access other important information associated with your student account, such as your current GPA, transcripts, and other information.

Step 4: Access Blackboard

Blackboard is Syracuse University's Learning Management system, which allows you to access your course syllabi, view and complete assignments, and other course-related notifications and information.

You will be able to login and access Blackboard on the Monday before the start of your courses. Use your NetID and password to sign in to blackboard.

Step 5: Request your Syracuse University Identification (SU I.D.) Card

Electronically submit your own picture for your SU I.D. Card on the ID Card Services webpage.

Your SU I.D. Card will serve as your official Syracuse University identification and will provide you access to residence halls, dining centers, computer labs, library privileges, print and copy centers and the Syracuse University Bookstore.

Once your SU I.D. is created, you can pick it up on campus at Syracuse University Card Services in Steele Hall, room 206.

Review your program’s curriculum requirements

Curriculum requirements can be found in the course catalog, and will also be sent to you via email prior to the beginning of the semester. You must review these requirements and identify your introductory courses, as you will need to register for your introductory courses in your first semester.


Register for your required Introductory Courses

Master's students must include the required introductory course in their first semester courses. Students attending the iSchool under the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence partnership are exempt from the introductory course requirement.

  • IM introductory course: IST 621
  • LIS and LIS School Media introductory course: IST 511

The iSchool Class Schedule can help you determine which non-introductory courses you'd like to register for in your first semester.

Register for courses via Myslice

Course registration can be done online through your MySlice account. It is strongly advised that you register for your preferred section of the gateway courses early on in the registration period as these courses can fill quickly. If you find that a course is full, you may add yourself to the waitlist using the Class Schedule.

The Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment period can be found on the current academic calendar. You will need Bursar Clearance before registering during this period if you did not previously register for a course prior to the start of the semester. There is a $35.00 late fee. Schedule adjustments may also be made during the Late Registration period.

Sign-up for student listservs

You can sign up for iSchool listservs using your SUmail address. Listserv emails will give you for important information such as deadline reminders, events, career opportunities, internships, and a lot more.

Attend new graduate student orientation

New Graduate Student orientation is required for all incoming M.S. students, and is encouraged for C.A.S. students. 

Orientation events will be communicated via email and added to the iSchool events calendar

Begin classes

Find your start date using the Syracuse University Academic Calendar.

Now you can begin your graduate program here at the iSchool! Questions regarding course requirements, registration or orientation can be emailed to

We look forward to seeing you at the iSchool!

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