Thank you for choosing to apply to Suffolk University. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Fall 2019

Undergraduate Freshmen Early Action: November 15, 2018
Undergraduate Freshmen Regular Decision (Priority): February 15, 2019*

*We will accept applications on a rolling basis after this deadline.

Please Submit the Following:

  • Common Application or Suffolk Application.
  • Application fee or Fee Waiver
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Official high school transcript or GED/HiSET results
  • SAT or ACT scores (non-native English speakers may submit a TOEFL/IELTS in lieu of SAT/ACT) Students can self-report SAT or ACT results during the application process.
  • Letter of recommendation

Honors Program

High achieving applicants will be invited to join Suffolk University's Honors Program at the time admission.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarship funding when applying to Suffolk.

To get an idea of the aid available to you at Suffolk, use our Net Price Calculator and New Student Merit Calculator.

Our Student Financial Services office can help you and your family understand options for paying for school with FAFSA (“Free Application for Federal Student Aid”), merit- or need-based aid, and numerous scholarship and grant opportunities.


Home-schooled applicants are required to submit all of the application materials required for freshman applicants, including standardized test scores, a personal statement, and a transcript. It is understood that the transcript of a home-schooled student may be different from that of a traditional high school student. Regardless of the format, a transcript should include all 9th to 12th grade courses (including those in progress) and the timeframe of each course (academic year and semester). In addition, an assessment of performance (a letter grade, percentage, narrative assessment, etc.) is needed. Occasionally applicants are asked to submit additional information describing the curriculum and/or texts used.

Home-schooled students who are admitted and enroll at Suffolk are required to provide the university with proof of graduation in one of the three following ways:

  • An official final transcript from the local school district
  • An official final transcript from a home school association or agency
  • An official GED/HiSET score report.

Home-schooled students who have completed AP exams and/or college coursework must request that those official score reports and transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions Office


Starting College in Madrid, Spain:

Why wait until your Junior year to study abroad? Imagine spending your first year (or two) of college at our campus in Madrid, Spain. You get all the benefits of an American university experience and a leading European experience in a single program. By the time you come to our Boston campus as a junior, you’ll have an unmatched global perspective.

  • Outstanding academic program
  • Intimate, supportive atmosphere
  • Academic, social, cultural, and travel opportunities
  • Modern, fully equipped classrooms
  • Library with high-speed internet connections to Suffolk’s library and databases in Boston
  • Most advanced computer systems of any American university in Madrid
  • Classes in English

Tuition and fees for starting in Madrid

Art & Design

Applying With Portfolio

BFA applicants applying as fine arts, graphic design, or interior architecture majors are required to submit a portfolio as part of the admission process.

Your portfolio should contain only your best–and most recent–work and should demonstrate versatility, showing that you are prepared for the diverse and rigorous first-year foundation program. You may include pieces produced in your high school art classes or on your own through courses at art schools, museums, and adult ed programs.

  • Your portfolio should consist of 12-15 examples of recent, original, finished work:
  • Pieces showing skill in observational drawing/painting (still life studies, self-portraits, figure studies)
  • You may also include abstract and design-based pieces in drawing, paint or collage
  • Work that demonstrates a range of media and techniques
  • Do not include anime, manga-based work, or pieces copied directly from photographs
  • Limit the number of computer-generated pieces

Submit your portfolio in ONE of the following ways:

Applying Without Portfolio

If you are a BFA applicant who does not have a portfolio, you can begin your studies at the University as "Undecided Arts and Sciences." Students who meet the following conditions in their first semester will be considered:

  1. Complete the following courses:
    1. Foundation Drawing I
    2. 2D/Color
    3. Integrated Seminar 1 or Perspective & Rendering (depending on your anticipated major)
  2. Earn a combined GPA of at least 2.7 in those courses, with no grade lower than a C+ (if the minimum GPA requirement is not met, students may petition the Foundation Portfolio Committee to review samples of their course work and provide letters of recommendation from their professors)

At the end of the first semester, students who are not invited to join the BFA program will be advised to pursue another major, and may apply completed studio courses as an art minor or use them as electives (with approval from their major).


Spring 2019 Admission & Financial Aid December 1
Early Action Fall 2019 Admission November 15
Fall 2019 Admission (Priority) February 15
Fall 2019 Financial Aid (Priority) March 1

The priority financial aid deadlines for freshmen are March 1 (fall entry) or December 1 (spring entry); funding for students submitting an application after these dates will be based on availability.


Here are the additional resources you need if you are applying to Suffolk under Veterans status:

Yellow Ribbon Program
Suffolk offers qualified veterans tuition assistance of up to $25,000 per academic year through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Suffolk’s financial commitment—combined with government allowances—enables eligible veterans to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books in any University degree program.

You can apply for Post 9/11 GI benefits in one of the following two ways:
Create a VONAPP (Veterans Online Application)
Create an E-Benefits account

See frequently asked questions about the Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon programs.

Veterans Upward Bound
The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program is a free program that helps eligible U.S. military veterans prepare for the college and careers. Services include:

• College and career advising
• Academic preparation classes
• G.I. Bill benefits counseling
• College application assistance
• Locating and securing support services

Eligibility criteria are set by the U.S. Department of Education:

• Low-income and/or first generation college student
• Served at least 181 days of active duty military service
• Military discharge other than dishonorable
• Discharged due to service-connected disability

Download the VUB application here