Q. I am having trouble registering for orientation, what should I do?

A. The first thing you should do is make sure Suffolk has received your admission deposit; you’re unable to register for Orientation until the deposit has been made. If you’ve recently made your deposit payment, please be advised that it takes three to five business days to process your deposit and get you set up to register. It’s a good idea to wait at least four days after you have made your deposit to attempt your Orientation registration.

Q. How do I register for Orientation?

A. Orientation registration is done online through your MySuffolk portal.  Check out our instructions for completing your registration form.  

Q. Where and when do I report for my Orientation?

A. Once you register online for orientation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will include information on check-in.  In general, you should plan to arrive on campus by 8am on the first day of your chosen session.

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. You should bring the following items with you:

  • Any transfer credit or test score information you wish to discuss with Suffolk University.
  • If you have already registered for select courses, such as your Freshman Seminar, please bring this information to orientation.
  • Photo I.D. (state ID, license or Passport)
  • Umbrella & comfortable shoes for walking
  • Pen & notebook to take notes

Q. What if I can't attend Orientation?

A. This is the only opportunity for you to attend Orientation and register for Fall 2014 semester classes, so it’s mandatory for all new first year and transfer students. If you cannot attend, please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements.

Q. Is there an Orientation program for parents and family members?

A. Yes! We encourage you to bring your parents and family members who will be supporting you financially and/or emotionally while you are at Suffolk. Family Orientation is a two-day program held on the same dates as orientation in August. Interested families can register for Family Orientation through the student’s account in the MySuffolk portal.

Please be advised that there is a $40 fee for each participant (children under 12 are free). The student and family programs run separately.  Overnight accommodations are not provided for families or students during orientation in August. 

Q. Can I bring a guest to Orientation?

A. As we expect more than 200 students at Orientation, we cannot permit guests. Please keep in mind that your family members are invited to participate in Family Orientation.

Q. Can I stay overnight in a residence hall as part of Orientation?

A. August orientation sessions do not include any overnight accommodations for students and families.  You must arrange for a stay in an area hotel if you are unable to commute to campus for both days of the program. Students who will be living on campus are advised to contact our office for assistance with housing for orientation.

Q. Will I meet with an advisor and finalize my class schedule during Orientation?

A. Yes! You will go home with your class schedule after meeting with an academic advisor.

Q. How can I declare or change my major?

A. If you are interested in changing your major, please contact Registrar prior to orientation by emailing registrar@suffolk.edu.  By changing your major before orientation, you will more easily be paired with an advisor who can cater to your specific interests and field of study. 

Q. Will food be provided?

A. Yes! We will provide select meals during your sessions, free of charge. Breakfast and lunch on Day 1 and Day 2 are provided.

Q. Why do I have to take a math placement exam?

A. All students must take it for placement into the correct course. Math is a basic element of your college education. Placing you in the right course helps to ensure that you will have a positive experience instead of a frustrating struggle or a boring revisit of material you have already mastered. If, for some reason, you cannot take the exam prior to Orientation, you will have the opportunity to take it during Orientation.

Q. I have taken advanced placement examinations (or IB, dual enrollment, etc.). Will I receive academic credit for these?

A. Suffolk does award credit for examinations such as AP or IB. Official results need to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. If you have taken courses through a dual enrollment program, please have an official transcript sent from that college or university directly to Suffolk. Upon receipt of the official results or transcripts, Admissions will review and notify you if you will receive credit. If these are not received before orientation, please bring a copy of what exams and/or courses you have taken.

Q. Do I need to bring my tuition payment?

A. If you plan to attend Suffolk University, you must submit the “Admission Deposit” prior to registering for or attending orientation. Pay the appropriate deposit (for residential or commuter student) via the Office of the Bursar website by clicking the blue button labeled "Admissions Deposit” on the right side of the screen. If you still have questions about the Admissions Deposit, tuition or your bill, please contact the Office of the Bursar.

Q. After my financial aid is subtracted, I'll still have a balance. My family plans to borrow a loan to cover it. When should we apply for loans?

A. The sooner the better! While most loans can be processed fairly quickly, at peak processing periods it can take some time. As soon as you know you will have to borrow, it is wise to begin applying for your loan(s).

Q. Is work-study subtracted from my tuition bill?

A. No. Employment program awards cannot be subtracted from your tuition bill. Employment funds are set aside for you to earn and you are paid biweekly for the hours you work.  To ensure that you find a job on campus, we suggest that you start your search early.  Most offices will hire new students within the first few weeks of the year, so you should consider contacting offices you are interested in over the summer.

Q. I was awarded work-study. How do I get a job?

A. All students awarded employment are mailed an information packet. The packet will contain details on how to find a job, required paperwork/forms, how students are paid, a listing of all campus departments hiring student workers, etc. Most students are hired during the first three weeks of each semester.