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Taking Syracuse University Courses

ESF and Syracuse University (SU) announced a new agreement governing Accessory Instruction—the courses that ESF students take at SU and the courses SU students take at ESF. The new model takes effect SUMMER semester, 2013. The new arrangement...

  • Gives ESF students a defined allocation of SU credit hours covered by their tuition and fees
  • Gives ESF students control of the use of their Accessory Instruction allocation
  • Gives ESF students the ability to take SU courses beyond their allocation by paying a tuition supplement
  • Gives ESF certainty about the cost of Accessory Instruction and SU certainty about the income from Accessory Instruction
  • Limits ESF student access to a small number of SU courses in high demand by SU students, but at the same time --
  • Lifts ESF restrictions on access to SU courses, thereby increasing access to SU courses
  • May allow for simplification of ESF registration process
  • Continues and enhances ESF/SU intercampus student exchange, strengthening the longstanding mutually beneficial relationship between the institutions
  • Limits the need for duplication of effort at ESF and SU, enabling better use of financial and human resources at both institutions

Major elements of the agreement are provided below.

How many SU credits can you earn?

Maximum SU credits in 1st 2 full-time semesters Maximum SU credits in 1st 4 full-time semesters Maximum SU portion of total credit hours earned
Entering Freshmen: 8 11 16
Transfer Students
based on transferred credit hours
applied toward ESF degree at entry:
0-7 8 11 16
8-14 8 11 15
15-22 8 11 14
23-29 8 11 13
30-37 8 12
38-44 8 11
45-52 8 10
53-59 8 9
60-67 8
68-74 7
75-82 6
83-89 5
90+ 4
Graduate Students (beginning any degree program): 15

Accessory Instruction Model with Syracuse University
(begins Summer Semester, 2013)

This new model is a significant advance for all involved, but for students and academic advisors the implications will take some careful thought. Please read the following. Contact the Registrar's office if you have questions.

How it Works

At entry, ESF students will be given an allocation of Syracuse University credit hours (CH) covered by their ESF tuition and fees.

  • For first-time freshmen (non-transfers), the allocation will be 16 CH.
  • For transfer students, the allocation will depend on the number of hours transferred from other institutions.
    • It will decline linearly from 16 CH for students with 0 transfer hours to 4 CH at 90 transfer hours (see attached table). The minimum allocation will be 4 CH.
  • For graduate students, the allocation will be 15 CH at the start of any degree program.
    • Graduate students enrolled concurrently in the Maxwell School MPA will have no CH limits for courses taken toward that degree.

ESF students may use only a portion of their allocation during the freshman and sophomore years.

  • First-time freshmen may use no more than 8 hours of their 16 hour allocation during the first two full-time semesters once they have matriculated at ESF.
  • First-time freshmen may use no more than 11 hours of their 16 hour allocation during the first four full-time semesters once they have matriculated at ESF.
  • Transfer students may also have restrictions on the portion of their SU CH allocations that may be used during the first four full-time semesters of their ESF programs of study (POS). The attached table shows the credit limits.

ESF students will have the option to purchase additional SU credit hours beyond their allocations and to pay for those through a tuition surcharge.

  • The cost per CH will be approximately $351.50.
  • This tuition surcharge will be paid as part of the tuition bill collected by ESF for the semester. ESF will remit the tuition surcharge in full to SU.
  • Students may purchase additional SU credits when they exceed their total credit hour allocation or when they exceed their first year or second year limits.

Exceptions and Review

  • SU may restrict access to some courses
  • As in the past, these arrangements do not apply to courses taken in the summer, except for students enrolled in the Maxwell MPA program.
  • The program will be piloted for three years to determine if it is operating as expected. If so, it will be continued with an indefinite term. If not, it will be modified. Annual reviews will also be conducted and mid-course corrections made as deemed advisable.

Provisions for Current Students

To begin the program, current undergraduate ESF students will receive allocations prorated by the number of credit hours already earned (as if they were transfer students).

  • All current undergraduates will be allocated at least 4 CH, regardless of the number of CH they have already completed.
  • Students may petition to the Associate Provost for Instruction for additional allocation to take required courses.
    • SU courses that are requirements in approved ESF minors are considered required in a student’s program of study if the student is already enrolled in the minor. Because minors are optional, SU courses taken to fulfill minors will not be considered required for students who begin minors after February 1, 2013.

To begin the program, current graduate ESF students will receive allocations of 15 CH.

  • Current graduates already enrolled in approved concurrent degree programs with SU will have no CH limits for courses taken toward the concurrent SU degree.