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.

Admitted Graduate Student Checklist

Review this checklist carefully for all of your next steps.

You will receive an official admission notification from Syracuse University via email. To keep track of your application status or upload any additional materials, please ensure you have access to our Application Portal. Once logged in, you can check all updates regarding your application, including the admission decision once it’s made.

Review the admission letter carefully to understand the terms and conditions of your admission. Any scholarships or funding offers may be sent as an additional communication.

  • Log in to your application status portal using the following link: Syracuse University Application Status Portal. Locate and complete the Admission Acceptance Form provided within the portal. This form signifies your intent to accept the admission offer.
  • In the same application status portal, find the option to submit the $500 Graduate Tuition Deposit. This deposit may be required to secure your place in the program and is typically non-refundable.
  • Once your Admission Acceptance Form and Graduate Deposit have been completed and submitted, you will be matriculated.

Collect all required financial documentation to demonstrate your ability to cover the costs of your education and living expenses while in the United States. This documentation often includes bank statements, sponsorship letters, or financial guarantee letters. Students can submit their proof of funding documentation at any time, but the I-20 and other visa eligibility documents will not be processed until the Admission Acceptance Form and Graduate Deposit has been submitted.

  • Soon after matriculation, the university will issue your visa documents (such as the I-20) as long as they have received the appropriate financial proof that will cover the cost of attendance for your program for the first full year.
  • After receiving the I-20 and other required documents, you can initiate your student visa application. Contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for specific instructions on applying for a student visa (typically F-1 or J-1).

By the end of their first semester of study, all graduate students must submit an official transcript, bearing the appropriate signatures and seal from the issuing institution, directly to Syracuse University in a sealed envelope. Unsealed documents, which may have been in the hands of students, are not considered official.

  • Health Services provides a patient portal for students to securely upload required immunizations and complete needed health screenings. Use your NetID and password to access the portal at
  • Records are due prior to your arrival on campus.

The university may provide pre-arrival orientation sessions or materials to help you prepare for your transition to Syracuse University and the United States. Be sure to participate in these if available.

Book your travel to Syracuse, New York, considering your program start date and any orientation sessions. Make sure to carry all essential documents, including your passport, I-20, and visa.

Arrive in Syracuse before the start of your program as specified in your admission materials. Attend any mandatory orientation sessions organized by the university to get acclimated to your new environment.

Complete any remaining academic registration requirements, such as course selection and meeting with advisors. You will receive information on registration through your SU email. You should be checking your email daily for important updates and announcements.

IS and ADS students will be pre-registered for their required classes. When registration opens, you will additionally register for an elective.

LIS students should register for IST 511 Cultural Foundations Information Studies and IST 605 Reference and Information Literacy Services. They can then choose either an elective or IST 616 Information Resources: Organization and Access (please note this course may not be offered in the spring).

Course registration is completed online in your MySlice account. You can also find your registration date and time in My Slice under “Enrollment – Enrollment Dates”. You should register as soon as you can as classes can fill up quickly.

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 late fee. Schedule adjustments may also be made during the Late Registration period. Please email with any questions

Obtain your student ID card and explore the various student services and resources available on campus.

Your academic journey begins! Attend your classes, participate in research or coursework, and make the most of your experience as an international graduate student at Syracuse University

It’s important to communicate closely with Syracuse University’s Graduate Processing Team, the iSchool Admissions Office and International Student Services throughout this process to ensure a smooth transition to your graduate program. Keep an eye on your email and the application status portal for updates and instructions from the university.

Scholarship and Employment Opportunities

Scholarships are awarded at the time of program admission in recognition of a candidate’s merit. There are student employment opportunities to apply for once you arrive on campus. Learn more about Scholarships

Events and Resources for Admitted Students

Throughout the year, we host several opportunities for admitted students to prepare for graduate studies. This includes engaging with the field of information science and meeting future classmates, professors, and the iSchool community.

Information Systems M.S. Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 09:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

Applied Data Science Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 09:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

Career Services Admitted Student Session
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 09:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

Library and Information Science Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 08:00 PM -09:00 PM ET

Information Systems Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 09:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

Applied Data Science Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 9:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

iSchool Academic Advising Admitted Student Session
Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00 AM -11:00 AM ET

Library and Information Science Admitted Student Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 12:00 PM -1:00 PM ET

IS/ADS Admitted Student Q & A Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 9:00 AM -10:00 AM ET

LIS Admitted Student Q & A Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 12PM to 1PM ET

IS/ADS Admitted Student Q & A Virtual Info Session
Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 09:00 AM-10:00 AM ET

iSchool Insights is a virtual webinar series that focuses on trending topics in the field of information studies and features lectures, presentations and opportunities for engagement with iSchool faculty, leadership, alumni and current students. iSchool Insights presentations are held regularly and information on future events can be found on our events calendar. Past presentations can be viewed on the iSchool’s Youtube playlist.

To prepare incoming students for their academic experience at Syracuse, iSchool faculty have compiled a list of suggested readings and other resources.

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We’re always available for a 1-on-1 meeting to answer your questions and explore the right options for you. Make an appointment today!

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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.