Transitioning into college is one of the most significant moments in many young adults’ lives. To help students feel more at home, the Jewish and Muslim chaplaincies of Hendricks Chapel have created unique Pre-Welcome programs for incoming Syracuse University students.

FreshFest with Syracuse Hillel

Syracuse Hillel is proud to offer FreshFest, a three-day Pre-welcome program for 100 incoming students and 50 upper-division student FreshFest mentors. Move-in early, learn about Jewish life at Syracuse University, get to know campus and the Syracuse area through a variety of activities. You’ll be paired with an upper-division mentor who will welcome you to campus and answer any questions you may have about your experience.

  • Dates: Aug. 23-25, 2021
  • Cost: $320
  • Registration: As of Monday, June 14, 2021, registration has re-opened. Complete the FreshFest Registration 2021 today!

For more information or to request accommodations, contact Syracuse Hillel at 315.422.5084 or by emailing

Muslim Student Life Mentor Program

Have you been wondering what programs are provided for Muslim students on campus? Well, you’ve found one! The Muslim Student Life Mentor Program is run by our Muslim Student Life mentors and ​gives Muslim students on campus an opportunity to meet new people, receive peer advising, find resources on campus and explore your new campus, all before even starting your first day of classes! You will get to know the campus, find your classes and create a network in hopes to make you feel prepared and ready to begin your first year at Syracuse University!

For more information or to request accommodations, call the Office of Muslim Student Life at 856.266.8625 or email at

About Pre-Welcome

Pre-Welcome programs are supported by the Office of First-Year and Transfer Programs, and traditionally occur one to three days prior to Syracuse Welcome. Organized by interests and identity spaces, programs offer students the opportunity to meet and connect to fellow new students in small groups. Learn more on the First-Year and Transfer Programs website.