Congratulations on your decision to attend Syracuse University and welcome to the Orange family!

FreshFest is the largest pre-orientation program at Syracuse University. 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 in the Dome for participants and their families. 

  • 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 Jessica Lemons!