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Mazal tov and congratulations on your decision to attend Syracuse University and welcome to the Orange family! Registration for FreshFest, the largest pre-orientation program at Syracuse University, hosted by Syracuse Hillel is currently closed. For information on how to get involved, please contact Ian Solow-Niederman.

Syracuse Hillel makes every effort to eliminate barriers to entry for our students. If you are in need of financial assistance to participate in FreshFest, please contact Ian Solow-Niederman

Students that sign up for FreshFest will have access to:

  • Early Move-in: participants move in to their residence halls the Monday before regular move-in. 

  • Two Days of Programming: participate in two days of activities that help them get acclimated to campus. Past activities have included field trips to the New York State Fair and Dave & Busters, Greek Life panel, study abroad panel, ultimate frisbee, and a welcome breakfast for participants. 

  • Tailored Mentorship: are paired with a returning student mentor. Mentors represent a wide variety of majors, have lived in almost every residence hall, hail from across the country, and are incredibly involved in the Orange community. More importantly, they are all leaders on
    campus and at Hillel and are there to answer questions, to a guide to SU life, and build an enduring relationship with participants.


FreshFest is a great way to meet other incoming students and returning students before the academic year begins. 

Questions about FreshFest? Contact Ian Solow-Niederman!