Q. I am having trouble registering for orientation.

What should I do?

A. First, make sure Suffolk has received your admission deposit; you can’t register for orientation until this deposit has been made. If you’ve recently made your payment, please note that it takes three to five business days to process your deposit and set you up in our system. It’s a good idea to wait at least four days after making your deposit before you try registering for orientation.

Q. How do I register for orientation?

A. You can register for orientation through the online applicant portal. Check out our instructions for completing your registration.

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

A. This varies depending on the time of year and by the type of new students or family member. Once you register online for orientation, you will receive a confirmation email that includes check-in information. 

Q. What do I need to bring?

A. You should bring these items with you:

  • Any transfer credit or test score information you wish to discuss with us
  • Any registration for select courses, such as your freshman seminar
  • Photo ID (state ID, license or passport)
  • Umbrella and comfortable shoes for walking
  • Pen and notebook

Q. What if I can't attend orientation?

A. Orientation is mandatory for all new first-year and transfer students. This is your only opportunity to attend orientation and confirm your registration for Spring 2019 semester classes. If you cannot attend, please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements.

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

A. We encourage you to bring your family. Family Orientation is a two-day event held on the same dates as student orientation. Interested families can register for family orientation through their student’s account on the MySuffolk portal.

Q. Can I bring a guest to orientation?

A. As we expect more than 200 students at orientation, we cannot permit guests unless they pre-register. Please keep in mind that your family members are invited to participate in family orientation but they do not remain with the student during orientation.

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

A. Spring students may only stay overnight during January orientation if they are residential (living on campus) during the spring semester. We do not provide University-sponsored housing for commuting/off-campus students or any family members during January orientation. New fall students must stay overnight if you’re attending a June orientation session because Day One runs late into the evening and Day Two starts early in the morning. 

Q. Can I move-in early if I am planning to live in University-sponsored housing?

A. New students with a confirmed housing assignment for Spring 2019 will receive additional information about move-in directly from Residence Life & Housing. If you have questions or would like more information about University-sponsored housing, please contact Residence Life & Housing.

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

A. Yes! You will return home with your course 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 the Office of the Registrar prior to orientation. This will help us pair you with an advisor who can address your specific interests and field of study.

Q. Will food be provided?

A. Yes! We will provide select meals during your session as part of the program. 

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

A. All students must take this exam. Math is a fundamental element of your college education. Placing you in the right course helps ensure that you will have a positive experience instead of a frustrating struggle or a boring revisit of material you've already mastered. If, for some reason, you cannot take the exam before orientation, you'll have a chance to take it during your session.

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

A. Suffolk awards credit for AP, IB, and comparable examinations. Official results must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. If you have taken courses through a dual enrollment program, please have the college or university send your official transcript directly to Suffolk. Upon receiving your official results or transcripts, admission staff will review them and notify you of credit awarded. If your results are not received before orientation, please bring a copy of the 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 your admission deposit prior to registering for or attending orientation. You can make this payment online. If you still have questions about your deposit, tuition, or 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 take out a loan to cover it. When should we apply for loans?

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

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

A. No. 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 starting your search early.

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

A. You'll be mailed an information packet containing details on finding a job, required paperwork and forms, how you'll be paid, a listing of all campus departments hiring student workers, and more. Students are typically hired during the first three weeks of each semester.