Admitted Graduate Students

Welcome and congratulations!

Congratulations on your admission to the Syracuse University School of Information Studies! We are delighted that you have been  admitted to our graduate program, and we look forward to assisting you and welcoming you through this exciting process.

New pathways for study this fall.

We know that these are uncertain times, and we are committed to working with you to ensure that you will not have to put your degree plans on hold. We’ve developed four pathways that will allow all of our graduate students to begin coursework this Fall, or accept your offer and plan to begin in Spring or Fall of 2021.

We will ensure that these options allow you to get the same excellent iSchool education you are expecting, while providing more flexibility for those students who may not be able to get to campus in time for our typical August start. Please contact Bridget Crary at to request a deferral or change your start term.

Fall 2020 Pathways

Admitted Graduate Student Checklist

Review this checklist carefully for all of your next steps.

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.

First things first, you must accept your admission and confirm your intent to enroll by matriculating to Syracuse University.

For campus students, the matriculation deadline is stated on your original admission letter.

In order to matriculate, all students must:

  • Sign and return your Intent to Register (ITR) card which is included in your admission letter envelope. You may mail your signed ITR, or you may submit a scanned copy (include both sides) via email to
  • Pay your Advance Tuition Deposit via MySlice. You should receive an email from the Syracuse University Enrollment Management Processing Office containing a link to go to MySlice and pay the advance tuition deposit.

Instructions for the matriculation process will also be included in your formal admission packet from the Syracuse University Graduate Enrollment Management Center, which you should receive in the mail within a few weeks of receiving your admission email from the iSchool.

  • 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.
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.

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.

Course registration can be done online through your MySlice account. 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

It is strongly advised that you register for your preferred section of the introductory 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.

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.

Sign up for Listservs

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.

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!

Start Learning Now

Throughout the remainder of the spring and summer, we will be hosting presentations, panels, office hours, hangouts and other opportunities for admitted students to prepare themselves for graduate studies, start engaging with the field of information science and meet their future classmates, professors and the iSchool family.

Start Learning Now

Funding Requirements for International and/or Conditionally Admitted Students

If you are an International student and/or have been offered conditional admission, send your financial documents as soon as possible.

It is important to send in the necessary materials as soon as possible, because you will not receive your ITR or I-20 until you send in the necessary paperwork and we extend an official offer of admission.

For more information on what financial documents you need to send, please refer to the Syracuse University Graduate Admissions International Funding Requirements page.

Request an Individualized Session

We know that you may have a lot of questions about how your graduate program attendance will be affected by the current crisis.

That’s why we’re offering virtual sessions, video calls through WeChat and Microsoft Teams, and phone calls with iSchool faculty, staff, and current students to make sure you get the answers you need.

To schedule a session, please send an email to In your request, make sure to let us know whether you would prefer to speak with a student, faculty, or staff member.

Set up a one-on-one

Stay Connected

Admitted Student Facebook Groups

Our Facebook groups are a great way to meet your future classmates and get answers to all types of questions about the iSchool and beyond: choosing where to live, seeking roommates, gathering locally for informal meet-ups prior to arriving on campus.

This is your space and is hosted by current students, so be sure to join!


Connect with other iSchool students, faculty and staff by joining our official LinkedIn group.


Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest video content. From faculty research to student vlogs, our YouTube Channel is full of great content to view and share.


If WeChat is your thing, you can connect with us in our Admitted Student Group by scanning the QR code below.

iSchool WeChat QR Code

Helpful Links

As a newly admitted student to the Syracuse University iSchool, you probably have a lot of questions! Here are a few commonly used resources that might help answer some of your questions.

Technology Recommendations for First Year Students

iSchool students must have a laptop with Windows 10 or MacOS. Chromebooks or tablets are not adequate for the technical demands of your coursework.

Many of your classes will require you to use Microsoft Windows applications. Mac users can work with these applications in our Hinds Hall computer labs, or via virtualization. A Windows laptop is recommended.

Hardware Minimum Specifications

  • 8GB RAM (16GB if attempting virtualization)
  • Intel i5/i7 processor
  • HDMI adapter
  • 25GB of storage reserved for iSchool courses