Exhibitions:


“Tip It, Frosh!”: The First-Year Student through SU's History

The First-Year Student through SU's History

A sampling of this online exhibit may be viewed in the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center from August 2010 until January 2011.

In the fall of 1871 Syracuse University admitted its first students - 34 men and 7 women. From that humble beginning to 2009 when over 3000 freshmen, or first-year students, joined the campus community, the first-year experience has always been one of orientation, acclimation and excitement.

The first-year experience is one that has been steeped in history and tradition: wearing beanies and being required to "tip" those lids to upperclassmen; the cane, flour or snow rushes that pitted the first-year class against the sophomores; freshman squads in baseball, football or crew; special publications, dances, and Freshman Weekend; and Moving Up Day, which for years was a symbolic advancement of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to their next class level as the seniors graduated and left the University. All these and more have always been a way to help the first-year student integrate into campus life.

Whether new to campus or returning as an alumnus, the SU Archives invites the campus community to experience the first-year student through SU's history.

~ Exhibition was curated by Meg Mason with the assistance of
Edward Galvin and Mary O'Brien

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