Decision & Enrollment
Newhouse admits candidates on a rolling basis. Approximately four to six weeks after your application is complete, you will receive an email notifying you of your admissions decision.
Candidates will be either admitted to or denied from the program to which they applied. We do not offer conditional or provisional admission. Candidates pending official undergraduate degree conferral will not be permitted to begin the program until that confirmation is received. Candidates pending official transcripts only will be allowed to start the program, but any approved federally financial aid and course registration will be held until the documents are received.
Our admissions teams also may choose to place candidates on a waitlist during the admissions review process. All waitlisted candidates will receive a final decision no later than four weeks after the application submission deadline.
Please note that we do not provide individual feedback for candidates who are denied admission to Syracuse.
Your admission notification will include a PDF package with the following items:
- Admission Letter
- Declaration of Intent
The Declaration of Intent informs the Newhouse School of your enrollment plans. Candidates are asked to return the completed form whether or not they choose to accept an offer of admission.
- Informed Consent
This document informs candidates of their rights and responsibilities in the Communications@Syracuse program, covering topics such as location, administration and accreditation of the program. The Informed Consent form also covers requirements for graduation, academic integrity and immersion requirements. You must acknowledge your understanding of these requirements to enroll in the program.
- Classroom Integrity
Students in the Communications@Syracuse program are required to adhere to a set of behavioral standards to ensure the integrity of the learning environment for all participants. These standards include presentation, participation, rules and regulations, academic integrity and overall Newhouse School student policies. You must acknowledge your understanding of these standards to enroll in the program.
- NetID Activation Instructions
The NetID is a personal identifier that serves as your primary login to access Syracuse University online resources. It also serves as the handle for your Syracuse University email address. This document will provide your unique NetID and instructions on how to activate it. You will receive your NetID from the University.
All forms will be made available electronically. They should be signed and returned directly to Communications@Syracuse by the deposit deadline indicated on your admission letter. Once we receive your deposit, your enrollment will be considered complete and you will be eligible to register for courses. Enrollment deposit waivers are occasionally granted for special circumstances. If you have been granted a deposit waiver, you are not required to pay the deposit. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have questions about deposit waiver eligibility. Within three business days of receiving your Intent to Enroll documents with an affirmative answer, you will receive instructions to pay your deposit. Please contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions.
Welcome & Orientation
The Syracuse student support team provides a series of communications to orient you to our community:
Welcome Email – Once we receive your enrollment forms and deposit, you will receive an email that provides initial steps for becoming a Syracuse student and invites you to attend a Welcome Call with student support.
Welcome Call – Each new student will receive a one-on-one Welcome Call with student support. These sessions last approximately 30–45 minutes and allow you to meet your student support advisor, learn basic program information and what to expect moving forward, see the online platform, test the system capability of your computer and ask any questions. The one-on-one call will be scheduled directly with your student support advisor based on your availability, and you are able to choose a time that best fits your schedule.
Orientation Course – The Orientation course is the first class you will take as a student. Conducted through our online learning platform, Orientation contains helpful information about Syracuse University, the Newhouse School, online learning and how to use the features of the platform. The Orientation course also reviews your degree requirements and provides course information for academic planning purposes.
Office Hours – After Orientation, you will be more familiar with the technology and the overall community. You will then have Office Hours with a small group of your fellow classmates, giving you an opportunity to dive deeper into the details and functionality of our learning platform and connect with your peers. This live session provides you with the necessary information to attend, create and run your own live sessions in the learning platform. It will also cover navigation of the learning management system. Additional Office Hours will be offered leading up to the start of classes.
Ongoing Support – Student support advisors are available for ongoing assistance throughout your time in the program. Extra support will be available for the first two weeks of classes to make your transition as seamless and cohesive as possible. Additionally, student support will be available during all class times throughout the semester in order to address any issues that may arise. Student support advisors also will be your point of contact for any technical issues or questions.
Work Experience – You are encouraged to gain professional work experience during your enrollment in the Communications@Syracuse program. While you are responsible for finding your own opportunities, the Newhouse School’s Tina Press & David Rubin Career Development Center offers skills development and career training to guide you in your search for internships or hands-on work experience.