New Student Arrival Information


Congratulations on joining the Earth Sciences program at Syracuse University.  We are looking forward to your arrival at SU and wanted to help you to prepare for your start.  A good reference for you to use is the future graduate student checklist at   In the meantime, please read the material below and let us know if you have any further questions.

Mark Your Calendars

Before Arrival

1.        Activate your SU NetID and password so that you can activate your SU email address and register for classes.  You can refer to the link above for instructions.  See

2.       Plan to register for classes on August 1st.  You should have had a discussion with your faculty advisor regarding what courses you should register for in Fall.  If you are unsure of which classes to register for, please email your faculty advisor.  The steps on how to register are in the link above and additional help can be found at  This early registration will help us determine which labs or recitations you will be teaching if you are on a teaching assistantship.  We will be able to fine tune your class choices during the departmental orientation.

3.  Register for the Teaching Assistant Orientation Program (registration information is emailed to you by the University TA program) or click here.  ALL incoming students regardless of whether your appointment is for a fellowship, research or teaching assistantship.

4.  Please email Jolene Fitch, Academic Coordinator ( to tell us your arrival date in Syracuse.  Please check with the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services (LESCIS)for when you must arrive. 

5. Housing:  If you have not yet found or arranged permanent housing before your arrival:

a.  You can email Jolene Fitch at if you are interested in rooming with a current graduate student.  She can forward your contact information to the current graduate students to see if anyone has space, or

b.  here are some links to help in your search. The Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services is a good place to start. See "Off-Campus Living" links.  Orange Housing:  Sutton Management Click on Find an Apartment.  Campus Hill Apartments:, UV Colvin:


There are several area hotels close to campus. You will need to make a hotel reservation BEFORE you arrive. See Visit Us: Accommodations

6.  We encourage you to review the materials that were sent to you with your appointment letter including the Earth Science Graduate Program Guidelines and referenced attachments.  We know that once you get here you will become busy with course work and research, so we wanted to give you the opportunity to review these materials before arriving.  We will briefly be going over these material during orientation so have your questions ready!

On Arrival

International Student Check In:

International students must check in with the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services (LESCIS) as soon as possible after entering the United States. The Slutzker Center is located at 310 Walnut Place. Be sure to bring your documentation so they can prepare the I-9 form for payroll. They can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 315-443-2457.

All New Grad Department Check In:

Shortly after arrival, ALL new graduate students should come to the Earth Sciences Graduate Office located in room 204 Geology Laboratory to see Jolene Fitch. You will be assigned a mailbox, asked for your local address, and have your photo taken for our department directory.

For US citizens and permanent residents, I-9 forms are to be completed at the Human Resources Satellite Office located at 210 Steele Hall. We cannot put you on payroll until you complete this task.  Don’t forget your passport for identification purposes.

Orientation - Fall Semester

The University

International teaching assistant orientation starts August 12, 2014.  The remaining incoming graduate students join the international students at the general teaching assistant orientation starts August 16th.  The university orientation ends on Friday August 18th. The international students have an additional meeting at the Slutzker center for international students from August 19th-20th.

 The Earth Sciences Department

Our Departmental orientation starts August 23th and ends on August 25st.

Classes begin on August 31st.


 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Jolene Fitch                                                       

Academic Coordinator                         , (315) 443-2674



Dr. Greg Hoke

Director of Graduate Studies, (315)443-1903

Contact Us

Department of Earth Sciences
204 Heroy GL
Ph: 315-443-2672
Fx: 315-443-3363