Top Ten FAQ’s for Newly Admitted Graduate Students

Your Decision: Is there a deadline to submit my decision? How do I do that?

Upon admission, you will receive a Graduate Admission Packet via email, which includes your Intent to Register (ITR) form. To accept or decline, you must fill out the ITR and either scan or email to the address outlined on the form. While you may need time to weigh your options with offers to other schools, the earlier we receive the better to be sure you receive departmental information. We will continue to take intent to register forms into early summer. If offered departmental financial aid, you will have a set date to return your ITR.

Tuition: How much is tuition and the cost of attendance?

See the cost of attendance for an outline of estimated expenses.

Financial aid: What kind of financial aid is available? Should I fill out the FAFSA form?

Domestic graduate students are eligible to apply to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  For more information on FAFSA and other FA opportunities, visit the Graduate Student Aid page.

Scholarships: Do you award scholarships and how do I find out if I am eligible?

Falk offers merit aid in the form of scholarships and assistantships. These are partial awards in an effort to spread as much aid to as many candidates as possible. By submitting an application, you are eligible for a departmental award.

Housing: Is there housing available?

Currently, there is limited availability of university housing for graduate students. To find accommodations off-campus we recommend you visit the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services website before you begin your housing search. They give tips on signing a lease and neighborhood information, as well as apartment listings. Please note Syracuse University does not offer recommendations or endorsements.

Registering: When do I register for classes and when do classes begin?

Students will register for classes via MySlice. Students admitted to:

  • Summer 2019 – register January 12, 2019*, classes start July 1, 2019
  • Fall 2019 – register August 1, 2019, classes start August 26, 2019

*Please check with your department for start dates, course selections and orientation.

Transcripts: When do I need to send in official transcripts?

All matriculated students will need to submit their degree-bearing transcript by the end of their first semester. See Graduate Admission Transcript Requirement for more information. Please note any student receiving Federal Financial aid will need to submit their certification prior to receiving their funds.

Deferring: How can I defer my admission, if I need to?

Students are eligible to defer one time, within the year. To make the request to defer send an email to the admissions office at Please note any merit aid awarded will not be deferred.

International: As an international student, when do I need to submit my financial statement?

You will need to provide financial proof from a bank or financial institution that demonstrates your ability to pay for, without dependents, your first year of study in a graduate program. You can provide this documentation at the time of application or after admission. If received with your application and are admitted, you will be able to matriculate. If documentation is pending, you will be admitted on a conditional basis, pending its receipt. Upon its receipt, you will be fully admitted and able to matriculate. In other words, sending the financial documentation at the time of application may expedite your ability to matriculate, but either way is acceptable.

Other Questions: If I have other questions, who can I contact?

Exercise Science
Department Chair: Keith DeRuisseau
Administrative Assistant: Donna Fecteau

Food Studies
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Anne Bellows
Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Hurley

Human Development and Family Science
Graduate Program Director: Rachel Razza
Administrative Assistant: Kathy Rainone

Marriage and Family Therapy
Department Chair: Dyane Watson
Administrative Assistant: Beth Ciciarelli

Public Health
Graduate Program Director: Lutchmie Narine
Administrative assistant: Laura Sauta

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Lynn Brann
Administrative Assistant: Donna Sparkes

Social Work
Graduate program director: Jennifer Genovese
Coordinator of admissions and recruitment: Adrienne Renfroe

Sport Venue and Event Management
Graduate program director: Dr. Jeffrey Pauline
Administrative Assistant: Kathryn Tunkel