What is Orientation?
Orientation is a mandatory program for all incoming full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students. Orientation serves as an important way for incoming students to get required information needed to be successful at Suffolk as well as complete important first-steps in their experience like finalizing course registration, managing financial and health information, and meeting with faculty members. We seek to help you understand Suffolk University's academic environment and expectations, become familiar with utilizing academic resources, develop a sense of comfort within the Suffolk Community, gain knowledge about co-curricular opportunities and become familiar with Suffolk's global culture and the institution's appreciation for diversity.

What Are Your Expectations During Orientation?
During orientation, you are expected to participate in the entire program, from start to finish. You will not be permitted to leave during orientation for any reason. When attending, please plan to remain at campus in your sessions for the entire orientation program and follow the schedule until it finishes.

When is Orientation?
Orientation takes place for most new fall students starting in the fall semester during the month of June and during early January for those starting in the spring semester. However, if you are a new fall student living internationally and are unable to attend one of the June orientation sessions, you will also have the opportunity to attend a session in August just before the start of the fall semester. When you login to your admission applicant portal to register for orientation you will see all session dates and have the opportunity to register to attend that works with your availability. You must attend orientation only once. Click First-Year Students or Transfer Students in the left navigation and follow on-screen directions to register.

When Must I Arrive in Boston?
It is very important that you make your travel arrangements ahead of time. You must plan to be in Boston at least 24 hours before the start of your scheduled orientation session. Please plan your travel accordingly.

How Do I Register for Orientation?

Student Orientation Program (Required)

All full-time undergraduate, degree-seeking students must participate in an orientation session before starting at Suffolk. Once you have paid your Enrollment deposit, you may register for orientation. Orientation for most students beginning in the fall semester will take place in June and in January for those beginning in the spring semester.

We recognize that International students are usually not able to attend a June orientation session if they are living outside the United States. When you login to the orientation registration portal international students will see all session options, including those right before the start of the semester which are also available to you. Select the session that works best with your schedule and travel plans. You only have to attend one orientation session. 

The cost of the orientation program is included in the new student fee on your tuition bill.

We are looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

Family Orientation Program

Transferring to a new institution is an exciting adventure, not only for your student, but for your entire family. While it is not mandatory for family members to attend transfer orientation, it is strongly encouraged.

Family orientation program runs concurrently with, but separately from, student orientation. For family members, orientation offers an exciting opportunity to interact with skilled faculty and staff members who are committed to excellence on campus.

Orientation will provide an opportunity for family members to learn about your student's academic program and requirements, get answers to financial questions, policies, and deadlines, understand academic and co-curricular resources, gain details about health, wellness, and safety, and more! Hope to see you there!

Spring Orientation 2019

Session Type Session Date(s)
Transfer Session 1  December 11
First-Year Session 1 January 9-10
Transfer Session 2  January 10

Fall Orientation 2019

Session Type  Session Date(s)  Early Arrival (Optional) 
First Year Session 1 June 3-4 Sunday, June 2nd
Fenway Park Tour $60
First Year Session 2 June 6-7 Wednesday, June 5th
MFA $60 or
Suffolk Serves $15
First Year Session 3 June 10-11  Sunday, June 9th
Shear Madness $60
First Year Session 4 June 13-14 Wednesday, June 12th
Improv Asylum $60 or
Suffolk Serves $15
First Year Session 5 June 17-18 Sunday, June 16th
Shear Madness $60
First Year Session 6 June 20-21 Wednesday, June 19th
Shear Madness $60 or
Suffolk Serves $15
First Year Session 7 June 24-25 Sunday, June 23rd
Improv Asylum $60
Transfer Session 1 June 27 No early arrival offered
Transfer Session 2 (Commuters) August 23 No early arrival offered
First Year, Blue Region, (Commuters) August 26-27 No early arrival offered
First Year, Blue Region, (Residential) August 29-30 No early arrival offered
Transfer Session 3 (Residential) August 30  No early arrival offered


GOLD REGION: Students living inside the gold region on the below map must login to the registration system via their admission applicant portal to pick their orientation from one of the above sessions which meet their student type. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.  

BLUE REGION: Students living inside the blue region, including internationally, on the below map should login to the registration system via their admission applicant portal to see all sessions available to them based on their student type. Students from the blue region may also have access to additional sessions not listed above. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.