Next Steps

Welcome, future Rams! Now that #SuffolkSaidYes, follow these important next steps as you get ready to join our amazing community!

Plus, you’ll find even more information on your admission portal.

Important Things To Keep In Mind

Come see everything that makes our unique downtown campus the perfect place to call home. There are many ways to visit Suffolk as an admitted student. Choose the option that works best for you!

We will send a letter to the email address you provided on your admission application detailing your financial aid package for you to share with your family. The priority financial aid deadline is March 1*. However, you can submit an application to the FAFSA after that date, and we will do our best to work with you. Our federal code is 002218.

*There is still time to file your FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year! Due to delays in FAFSA processing, we will continue to issue need-based aid for new student—learn more about these changes.

If you have questions about your aid package, the Student Financial Services staff can help. Find your counselor, assigned based on the first letter of your last name.

We feel a quality education should be available to every student, so we offer a broad range of financial aid solutions—featuring both merit- and need-based aid to eligible students—including scholarships and grantsloans, and work-study opportunities.

  • We automatically consider applicants for merit-based scholarships, which can be found in your acceptance letter
  • Need-based aid is awarded in the weeks following your merit-based award. To apply for need-based aid, make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the recommended filing dates using our school code, 002218
    The Department of Education launched the 2024-25 FAFSA form and the FAFSA is now consistently available to be completed and corrected.
  • We proudly offer a $1,000 scholarship specifically for qualified incoming first-generation students enrolling in college for the first time. This award is in addition to any other merit- or need-based aid received
  • Internships are an integral part to students' growth and future careers! That's why the Center for Career Equity, Development & Success now offers stipends of up to $3,500 to support students participating in non-paying summer opportunities

For more information, you can visit the Student Financial Services page, where you can also schedule an appointment with your counselor.

To confirm your place, please submit your enrollment deposit. If you want to request University-sponsored housing, submit an $800 resident student enrollment deposit. If you will be commuting, submit a $500 off-campus student enrollment deposit. Submit your deposit as soon as possible in your application portal. The enrollment deposit deadline is May 1* or the date on your acceptance letter. All students—including those with outside scholarships and/or government funding—must submit an enrollment deposit.

*Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, we are still accepting deposits for the fall 2024 semester—learn more about these changes.
All incoming freshmen for the fall semester are guaranteed University-sponsored housing for 2 years, and transfer students will be guaranteed a space for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Make your Deposit

Suffolk’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) works with international students who need immigration documents to apply for their student visas. To begin the process, submit a completed Certificate of Finances form (found on ISSO’s site), plus a bank statement and a copy of your passport ID page, to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Once we have received these documents, you will be issued an I-20 or DS-2019 form for your visa application. You may schedule an interview at the nearest U.S. consulate after you receive your immigration documents from us. Please note: The U.S. consulate will issue visas up to 120 days before the start of your program, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible.

You are allowed to enter the U.S. on your new visa no more than 30 days before the start of your program, so please be careful when scheduling your travel plans.

If you are already in the United States in F-1 or J-1 status, please submit a copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019, a copy of your current visa, and the Suffolk transfer release form to the international advisor at your current school so that your SEVIS record can be released to our office. Once we receive your completed transfer release form, as well as your other required documents, we will create your Suffolk I-20 or DS-2019.

Look out for more information about virtual receptions especially designed for you and your fellow international students.

International students must plan their travels to be able to participate in the mandatory new international student orientation and immigration check-in on August 30–September 2.

Visit ISSO online for more information and email the ISSO with any questions.

We're happy you’ve chosen to become a part of Suffolk University and look forward to helping you achieve your academic goals.

Next Steps for Transfer Success

  1. Log into your applicant portal and review your Transfer Credit and Program Evaluation
    Your Transfer Program Evaluation will show you what courses you have completed and what courses you have remaining at Suffolk which will assist you in figuring out your time left to graduate
  2. Respond to the Reply to Offer of Admission form in your applicant portal
  3. Submit your deposit as soon as possible!
    Please note that transfer students entering for Fall 2024 will be guaranteed a space in University-sponsored housing for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  4. Contact Advising once you receive your Workday Student credentials by email (2-3 days after submitting your deposit)*
    You will be able to build your schedule for the next semester and talk strategy on the fastest path to graduation and/or declaring a minor or double major
  5. Register for a Transfer Orientation session
  6. Send any updated transcripts from the fall to the Office of Undergraduate Admission so we can update your transfer credits. Any in-progress courses at the time of your admission decision were not included in the initial transfer credit evaluation

*If you do not have the chance to come to campus, you will still be able to register for classes online after you submit your deposit or at Transfer Orientation.

Workday Student for Financial Aid

Icon of a laptop computerBeginning with the summer 2024 semester, prospective and current students will now be able to view information related to their financial aid application in Workday Student. Workday will contain all student information and academic functions related to your enrollment at Suffolk.
Learn more about Workday Student

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When To Do These Important Things

March 1*

This is Suffolk’s priority deadline for financial aid.

*Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, our priority deadline for financial aid is now April 1—learn more about these changes.


Orientation registration opens—and it’s required for all new students. You must attend summer orientation, as well as the additional session we’ll hold in September before the fall semester starts.

May 1*

This—or the date listed on your acceptance letter—is the deadline to submit your enrollment deposit.

*Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, our deposit deadline for new first-year and transfer students is now June 1.

May 5

If you’re an accepted international student and have been issued form I-20 or form DS-2019, you may apply for a visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

May 7

Look out for an email from us with your official Suffolk University email login credentials. Create a password to activate your account!

You'll get an email from us with instructions on taking the online math placement exam and writing placement survey, and pre-registering for courses.


You’ll receive your Suffolk email and instructions on completing placement tests and course registration.

Late May

If you’ve made your deposit, we’ll email you instructions for our University housing portal.**

**Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, students will receive instructions about their housing portal in early June.

June 1

Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, our deposit deadline for new first-year students is now June 1—learn more about these changes.

This is Suffolk’s priority deadline for financial aid for transfer students.

June 5

This is the deadline to register for new student and family orientation.

June 6

You can send in your photo as of this day. If you need a bit more time, please note that you can take care of this at orientation or later this summer.

You can begin submitting your required health and immunization records to the student health portal.

In July

If you’re a resident student, you’ll receive an email announcing your University-sponsored housing assignment.

August 1

This is the deadline to pay your fall semester tuition.

August 30

If you’re a new international student living in University-sponsored housing, this is your move-in day.

September 1

This is move-in day for all new students who attended orientation in June.

This is the deadline to submit your required health and immunization records to the student health portal. You can start sending your health information on June 6.

September 2

Today is Fall Orientation for all new students!

What To Do Once You've Deposited

Orientation is designed to help students transition to college and assist families in understanding their students’ experience during this exciting time. Joining Suffolk’s academic community is an important milestone, and we are thrilled to celebrate it with you.

Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you’ll receive more information on orientation in March. You can register for new student and family orientation via your admission portal. You’ll find registration instructions on the Orientation & New Student Programs page.

You may register for orientation beginning in mid-March. The registration deadline is June 1*. Please note: Orientation is mandatory and space is limited. We advise registering as soon as possible to reserve your preferred session.

*Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, our registration deadline is now June 5learn more about this and other updates.

Veterans or Students Currently Serving in the Military

All veteran, active service, and reservist students are required to attend orientation. If you have trouble attending the specific orientation designed for veterans and students currently serving in the military due to deployment, travel, or location, please contact Orientation, New Student & Family Programs at 617-573-8321 or by email. If you have additional questions regarding veteran educational benefits, please contact the RAM Registration & Financial Center at 617-573-8470 or by email.

Special Accommodations

The University’s commitment to the success of all students means we ensure full access to Suffolk programs and services. If you have a learning disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, physical/mobility disability and/or system disorder, autism spectrum disorder, mental health condition, neurological disorder, deafness or hearing loss, blindness or low vision, and/or a medical condition, the University provides services to accommodate your needs.

If a student or family member has a disability that may affect participation in orientation, please contact Disability Services at 617-573-8034 or by email. Please indicate any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or mobility concerns online when making your reservation.

If you have questions about orientation, new student programs, or registering for classes, please contact Orientation, New Student & Family Programs at 617-573-8321 or by email

Starting in early May, we’ll create a University email account for you. You’ll receive your account information via the email address you shared on your admission application. Suffolk University email is the primary way we will communicate with you; check your Suffolk inbox regularly for updates. If you need help with this email account or your portal login, contact the Information Technology Service Desk at 617-557-2000 or by email.

New students must complete the math placement exam/writing placement survey and register for first-semester courses before arriving at orientation. This will help you build a schedule that fits your academic and personal interests. You will receive final academic advising and schedule confirmation during orientation. You must participate in orientation to finalize your registered course schedule and complete the registration process. Instructions for completing these steps will be available in your admission portal beginning in mid-May.

Note: If you are a transfer student who has completed Suffolk’s math requirement through a transferred course, you do not need to take this exam but should still register for courses before orientation.

During orientation, you’ll work with an academic advisor to build your course schedule. It’s never too soon, though, to start exploring the classes you’d like to take. We encourage you to browse our course catalog and explore the academic majors you might wish to declare.

If you are a first-year student, submitting your deposit by May 1* guarantees your spot in University-sponsored housing for two years. Returning students must also follow deadlines set by the Office of Residence Life & Housing Services in order to secure their second year of housing. If you are a transfer student, University-sponsored housing is not guaranteed and will be assigned on a space-available basis. Please contact the Department of Residence Life & Housing Services for more information at 617-305-2500 or by email.

In late May, we’ll confirm University-sponsored housing and send instructions on how to access the housing portal. You’ll find out your University-sponsored housing assignment and information about your roommate(s) in July.

*Due to federal delays in processing financial aid, our deposit deadline is now June 1—learn more about these changes.

Off-campus Housing

If you plan to live off campus, Residence Life & Housing Services has resources for every stage of your housing search—from providing lists of trustworthy realtors to helping you find roommates. Send an email to begin your search.

Your Ram Card will serve as your residence hall key, a way to pay for food on campus (and get discounts off campus!), and much more. To get one, please use the photo from another official ID (your driver’s license or passport, for example). Please upload your official ID photo by the time to get to campus.

Health Insurance

All registered Suffolk students (domestic or international) enrolled in at least 75 percent of a full-time academic program must have a comprehensive health insurance plan for the academic year. If you do not have one, you must participate in the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan (SSHIP). Eligible students will automatically be enrolled in SSHIP and charged the policy premium. Your health insurance card will be mailed to the address you supply at e-Checkin upon arrival at Suffolk. Those students who do not wish to subscribe to SSHIP and who are enrolled in another qualifying health plan must waive the plan for 2024–2025. If you have questions about this process, please call University Health Plans at 1-888-251-1113.

Please note: All international students must purchase SSHIP, with the exception of:

  • Those international students whose sponsoring institutions have a signed agreement with Suffolk that satisfies the University’s health insurance waiver requirements or
  • International students covered by health insurance companies with a home office based in the United States, and whose policy provides coverage comparable to that of SSHIP

International students who do not fall under the conditions above must purchase SSHIP and therefore are not eligible for a waiver.

All other students with insurance plans that do not provide comprehensive coverage for both emergency and routine services for treatment with Massachusetts medical and mental health providers are also required to purchase SSHIP.

Waiver Information

If you have an alternative qualifying health insurance plan, you must complete the online waiver form by September 30, 2024, to opt out of SSHIP. We will notify you when the waiver is available and provide more detailed information.

Required Immunization Records

If you are enrolled in a full-time academic program or you are an international student, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that you submit certain immunization records to Suffolk University. Please visit the Counseling Health & Wellness page for detailed information and instructions for submitting required documentation to the Counseling, Health & Wellness office by September 1, 2024. Failure to comply will result in a hold on your course registration.

Please be sure to have an official updated transcript sent from your previous institution once you have completed your final classes. Learn more about our transfer policy.

Download and start making your way around Workday Student. This system—which you can access from your phone—makes it easy to do things like finding your advisor, changing your major, and keeping up with any forms you might need to submit.