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FreshFest 2024 registration is now open! FreshFest will be August 19 - 21. Click here to register today!

FreshFest is the largest pre-orientation program at Syracuse University, part of Syracuse Welcome. Students that sign up for FreshFest will have access to:

  • Early Move-in: participants move in to their residence halls on 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 Apex and Green Lakes, small group programs aimed at making connections, tours by school/college, and a welcome breakfast in the JMA Wireless Dome (This year on Aug. 20!) for participants and their families. 

  • Tailored Mentorship: be 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. 

For more information about FreshFest or on ways to get involved as an incoming student, please email Jillian Juni.

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