First Year Programs

One of the biggest strengths of Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is our commitment to the success of every individual. Recognizing that engineering and computer science are rigorous courses of study, the College offers a number of programs focused on addressing the needs of first-year students both inside and outside of the classroom.

First-Year Academic Advisors

Every first-year student in the College of Engineering and Computer Science is assigned to a professional advisor who works directly with them to help select courses, understand academic policies/procedures, and facilitate their transitions to college. The first-year advisors can also assist students in the navigating the many opportunities and resources that Syracuse University offers.


SummerStart at Syracuse University is designed for newly admitted students to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college. This six-week residential summer program provides incoming first-year students with an opportunity to become familiar with the academic, social, and cultural life at Syracuse before getting caught up in the fast pace of the fall semester. Participants have the opportunity to earn up to eight credits during the program.
Benefits of SummerStart:

  • Develop college-level study and learning strategies
  • Engage in hands-on engineering projects
  • Expand problem-solving skills
  • Establish relationships with the College’s faculty and staff

Learn more about SummerStart

Engineering and Computer Science Learning Community

The Engineering and Computer Science Learning Community (E&CS LC) is housed in Shaw Hall, home of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) residential college. Being part of the residential college, students in the E&CS LC are clustered together based on academic interest and have access to additional resources in the building. These include academic counselor support, study lounges with in-hall computer clusters, and faculty involvement.

Learn more about the E&CS Learning Community