Have questions about being admitted to our undergraduate program? Check our FAQ for answers.

What are the average GPA and SAT scores of admitted Newhouse students?

Newhouse admissions are very competitive. Our incoming students, on average, have a 3.8 GPA, SAT scores in the 1290 range (without the writing), and ACT scores between 28 and 30. (Note: the SAT II is not required for admission).

Is a portfolio required for admission to Newhouse?

No, the Newhouse School does not require a portfolio review for admission. To personalize your application, you may wish to schedule an (optional) interview with an admissions counselor at the Syracuse University Office of Admissions.

I’m a transfer student. What do I need to know?

Admissions decisions for external transfer students are made by the SU Office of Admissions in collaboration with Newhouse’s Office for Student Affairs. Visit our page for transfer applicants to learn more about how to transfer to the Newhouse School. 

I was admitted to another program at Syracuse University and want to transfer into Newhouse. What do I need to know?

To transfer into the Newhouse School from another school or college at Syracuse University, you must meet the following conditions:

You must have completed a minimum of 30 credits at Syracuse University in which you received an A-F grade; “pass” grades do not count toward the 30 credits. The only exceptions to the 30 credit rule, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis, are students who transferred to SU from another institution as second-semester sophomores. In this case, you must complete a minimum of 15 graded credits at SU and petition for an exception to the 30 credit rule. Summer courses taken after you apply for transfer are not considered in the admission process since a decision will be made before summer grades are available.

Your cumulative GPA (which includes all courses taken at Syracuse University) must meet the GPA cut-off for admission to Newhouse. This varies depending upon the number of spaces available and the strength of the applicants in a given semester, but averages around 3.5 or above.

You must transfer before the beginning of your junior year. (A junior is defined as a student who has earned 54 or more credits.) You cannot transfer into Newhouse during your junior or senior year because you will need a minimum of four semesters on main campus to complete a Newhouse major. Graphics and photography transfer students may need five semesters on main campus to complete the major since some required courses are only offered once each year. If you are a junior or senior, you will be considered ineligible for transfer unless your internal transfer form is accompanied by a petition which indicates your willingness to be on campus for four or five semesters, depending upon your choice of major.

To apply, use the Intra-University Transfer Form, which is available at the Undergraduate Advising Office, 316 Newhouse 3. Submit the completed form to the Undergraduate Advising Office by May 1 for admission in the fall semester, or December 15 for admission in the spring semester. To re-apply, you must submit another form. You can contact the Undergraduate Advising Office at 315-443-4722.
Visit our page for transfer applicants to learn more about how to transfer to the Newhouse School. 

What if I have more questions?

The staff at the Newhouse Visitor’s Center can provide you and your family with answers to your questions about the school and the admissions process. You can also contact newhouse@syr.edu.