Our Mission, Vision, Goals and Learning Objectives


 FYTP serves as a gateway and introduction for students to find resources and support at the beginning and through their academic career.


The mission of the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs is to provide tools and opportunities for students to have self-directed success personally, professionally, academically, and socially while feeling engaged and appreciated by the broader Syracuse University community leading toward persistence and personal growth.


  • To provide resources before and during students’ arrival as well as through their academic career.
  • To communicate in an effective, time sensitive manner; highlighting action items and providing resource referral as determined by evolving student needs and using current communication trends.
  • To provide programming to meet students’ social, academic, and educational needs.
  • To provide a welcoming, supportive, and friendly introduction to the University so students feel immediately part of the Syracuse community leading to an established sense of belonging.
  • To provide pathways for students to establish meaningful peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty/staff relationships.
  • To provide transfer students immediate knowledge of University resources and facilitate students’ sense of belonging through connection to the University and peers.
  • To empower first generation students to gain the knowledge and support to navigate through their college experience and gain skills to persist to a successful career.
  • To provide students with leadership opportunities to enhance their personal growth and professional development as well as to provide mentorship and leadership for first-year and transfer students.

Learning Objectives

By accessing resources and programming through the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs, students will:

  • Acknowledge, appreciate, and value a diverse community at the University and beyond.
  • Utilize self-directed skills to navigate campus resources.
  • Gain decision making skills and comprehend how decisions affect themselves and others.
  • Engage in the campus community to create a sense of belonging.
  • Have the ability to build and appreciate positive and meaningful relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.
  • Take responsibility for their own success.
  • Develop a connection to the University which facilitates a life-long commitment to the University and “Orange Spirit.”