Frequently Asked Questions

I have AP credit in Calculus. Do I still need to take the Mathematics Placement?

Exam and the Calculus Readiness Exam?

Yes, all newly admitted College of Engineering and Computer Science students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam to assure placement in the proper mathematics/calculus course.

How do I register for the remainder of my courses?

Instructions will be emailed to your email account in mid-July on how to add courses beginning August 1-5.

What if I have AP credit for any required courses?

You can register for another Social Science or Humanity course. Some majors require at least 18 credits of social science or humanities.

Do I need to meet with an advisor during Syracuse Welcome?

Yes, you’ll need to meet with an advisor during Syracuse Welcome. Although the ECS Records office will register you for your required courses, you’ll have chance to enroll yourself in some courses.  It’s important for you to attend the advising session during Syracuse Welcome to go over your fall schedule and make any necessary adjustments.

When will I be assigned an advisor?

Success Advisor assignments are made by June 15, and you can start contacting them at that time. Your faculty/major advisor will be assigned in mid-August and you can contact them by the first week of fall classes.

When can I get my email/computer account?

You’ll receive in the mail instructions to set up your Syracuse University NetID.

When can I purchase my textbooks?

During the summer, the SU Bookstore will send you information about purchasing books according to your schedule. The books will be packed and ready for pick up during Orientation Weekend. You also have the option to purchase your textbooks when you arrive on campus. The SU Bookstore has extended hours at the start of each semester to accommodate your shopping needs.

Should I bring or buy my own computer?

Bringing your own personal computer is a personal choice. Many students find it convenient to own a personal computer. If you don’t want to purchase or bring your own computer, there are many computer labs located throughout campus and residence halls for your use.  If you wish to purchase your own computer here are suggestions.

The University Bookstore offers University-recommended computers, computer software, and many accessories. Syracuse University students, faculty and staff can receive significant savings on educationally priced software. For more information on computing services, visit Information Technology & Services website.

If you have any questions, review these resources: Required Courses, Non-Technical and Optional Courses, ECS Elective Courses and FYSR FAQs. If you have further questions, contact us at