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.