Freshmen (First-Year) Students

Congratulations on making the decision to join the Suffolk community. We are here to help you make your first year in college a success!

Summer Orientation will be held virtually in June. More details about Fall Orientation will be shared mid-summer. Once you have registered for the Summer Orientation in June, you are automatically registered for the Fall Orientation as well. If you have confirmed on-campus housing for the fall you will be able to move in to your residence hall prior to the start of the Fall Orientation.

*Students with an F1 or J-1 visa please refer to the International Students section for orientation information.

Summer Orientation 2021

Session Type Session Date(s)
Freshmen Session 1 June 10-11
Freshmen Session 2 June 14-15
Freshmen Session 3
June 17-18
Freshmen Session 4 June 22-23
Freshmen Session 5 June 24-25
Freshmen Session 6 June 28-29
Madrid Start June 30

Fall Orientation 2021

Session Type Session Date(s)
Freshmen Session  September 5-7


Orientation Details

All full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students must participate in a Summer Orientation in June and Fall Orientation in September before starting at Suffolk. Once you have paid your enrollment deposit, you may register for a Summer Orientation session. First-year student Summer Orientation will take place virtually over two days in June. More details about Fall Orientation on September 5-7 will be shared mid-summer. Students with possible schedule conflicts should contact Orientation & New Student Programs.

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

Orientation serves many purposes for our incoming students. 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. We are looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

Starting college is an exciting adventure, not only for students, but for the entire family. While it is not mandatory for family members to attend orientation, it is strongly encouraged. Family orientation programs run 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.

Fall Family Orientation will take place in-person on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, from 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to hear from various campus partners, including members of the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Office, Student Affairs Office, Suffolk University’s Police Department and more! Below is a schedule to provide you with a brief overview of the day.

Family Orientation: Sunday, September 5th, 2021

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Families Arrive & Check In
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Opening: Welcome Families!
9:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.: Campus Partner Sessions
12:35 – 12:40 p.m.: Closing

Families are also encouraged to attend our Family Welcome programs that will be hosted in conjunction with Fall Orientation. As a family member you are also invited to attend Convocation, a new student tradition, on Saturday, September 4th, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Families of new students are also invited to celebrate their new status as part of our Suffolk RAMily at the Family Welcome Reception Saturday, September 4th from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Families will have the chance to connect with one another and Suffolk University community members from a variety of offices across the university such as Student Affairs, Alumni Engagement, Center for Career Equity, Development and Success and much more.

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. We hope to see you there!

To register for Family Orientation and Family Welcome Programs, please register via the Fall Welcome Family Event Registration link that was sent to you via email.

If you will be traveling from out of town for move-in weekend, we’ve arranged a special Suffolk University rate at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Boston.

Questions? Contact Orientation, New Student and Family Programs at (617) 573-8321 or by email.