Connect with Us: Events for Admitted Students

If you are an admitted student still trying to decide about Maxwell, please take advantage of these opportunities LEARN MORE to connect with our current students, our alumni, and our school.

Visit Days

Each spring, the PAIA Department hosts several on-campus visit days for our Admitted MPA and MAIR students. Visiting students will select the agenda for their program of interest: MPA or MAIR.

Round Table discussion & information session with Director of Admission and Financial Aid and current students; a review of career resources and pathways with representatives from the Maxwell's Palmer Career Center; a tour of the facility; and a relaxed lunch with PAIA faculty and students to further discuss the programs and academic life at Maxwell.

Visitors will be able to choose a class to attend. Isaac Olson our Global Programs Coordinator will also offer an information session on the study abroad and internship components of the MAIR program.

2019 Admitted Student Days

March 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

RSVP Online.


Since we have limited ability to help house our visitors overnight, you may wish to seek out reasonable rates at the following hotels in and around Syracuse University. All hotels listed below have Excellent or Above Ratings.  All hotels listed below have complimentary shuttle service to/from Hancock International Airport unless otherwise noted.

Hotel Skyler by Hilton 
seasonable rates around $124-130 per night  - short walk to campus
Syracuse's first LEED Platinum hotel, complimentary parking - no shuttle service available

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel 
seasonable rates around $164+per night - adjacent to campus

Genesee Grande Hotel
seasonable rates around $134-140 per night
Complimentary shuttle service to/from Hancock International Airport and to campus based on availability

The ParkView Hotel - Syracuse
has AAA rate around $119-125 

Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor
not walking distance to campus - seasonable rates of $100-110 per night 

See Google Maps for more hotels near Syracuse University.

Off-Campus Connections

Each spring we schedule off-campus events where admitted students can meet Maxwell representatives and alumni, including a reception each year in Washington, D.C. These are great opportunities to meet with alumni and learn more about the Maxwell program, alumni network, and professional opportunities of our students and graduates.

We will post other spring gatherings as they are announced. Also, whenever possible, we will notify admitted students in an area where we will be hosting events.   

Washington, DC Reception

Our 2019 Washington, DC Admitted Student Reception is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 14 from 6-8 pm at our Maxwell home, 1616 Rhode Island Ave, NW (at CSIS headquarters). To RSVP for this event, please send us an email with your full name, program of admission and area(s) of interest.  RSVPs are required for this event, no later than 5 p.m., Monday, March 11. Light refreshments will be served. Several Maxwell faculty members will also be in attendance, along with a number of alumni to share how their Maxwell education and network has benefited their professional development. Ryan Williams and Christine Omolino will be your hosts.

Webinar Series

We will be hosting a number of webinars this spring, reviewing various aspects of our MPA and MAIR degree programs. Join us to learn more about our faculty and the research, our global programs, and FAQs for admitted students (logistics and financial aid).

Please see our Webinar Schedule

PAIA Alumni Coffee Chats

Have time for coffee? You can connect with Maxwell alumni in your area who have agreed to participate in the Coffee Chats program. Through this program, alumni share their contact information and an offer to meet you at a local coffeehouse, bistro, or similar location.

Our alumni are excited to speak with you about their time at Maxwell and share how their Maxwell degrees have helped them throughout their careers. Each year, many of our loyal alumni meet with newly admitted students over coffee. These connections can be helpful in exploring our school and programs.

If you are an admitted student, please email us at to let us know you are interested in connected with PAIA alumni, and we will send you contact information for alumni participating in our Coffee Chats. If you do not see alumni listed in your area city, please feel free to reach out to any of the alumni listed to schedule time to talk about the program, their experiences and the Maxwell School's wonderful alumni network!

PAIA Admissions Blog

The PAIA Admissions Blog will continue to be in important tool for you on information about the programs and updates for our admitted students. Check in regularly with our PAIA student blog, PAIA Insider for the students’ perspective.