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 in June. Fall Orientation will take place on September 4th. 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 attending June Orientation have the opportunity to participate in a pre-orientation Early Arrival program. Early Arrival programs are designed to allow students to come to campus a day early to get more acquainted to Boston and our campus and meet students who have similar interests. It also allows students traveling from a further distance to come to campus the day before orientation.

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

Summer Orientation 2022

Session Type Session Date(s) Early Arrival Option (Optional) 
Freshmen Session 1 June 8-9
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 7
Community Service Project
Freshmen Session 2 June 13-14
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 12
Fenway Park Tour
Freshmen Session 3
June 15-16
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 14
Duck Boat Tour
Freshmen Session 4 June 22-23
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 21
Community Service Project
Freshmen Session 5 June 27-28
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 26
Fenway Park Tour
Freshmen
Session 6
June 29-30
Overnight housing stay required for all new students
June 28
Duck Boat Tour
Madrid Start June 29
Overnight housing available for all new students
June 28
TBA
Freshmen Session 7
August 29-30
Residential students only; residential students attending this session can move in to their residential assignment on 8/28/22 if registered for orientation by 8/15/22. Dates available via the orientation registration system only for out of region and international students

Early Arrival Programs

Join fellow new Rams and Suffolk’s Center for Community Engagement for a special opportunity to serve, engage, and connect with our University’s surrounding neighborhood! A small group of new students and current campus leaders will visit service spots in the city of Boston that foster community engagement. Your hard work will be rewarded with a dinner where you can meet and talk about the impact Suffolk University has on our surrounding community and opportunities for service learning at Suffolk. And of course, you’ll have fun & make friends along the way!

Student registration fee: $15

Hop aboard one of Boston’s most iconic city tours! Learn about historic Boston landmarks, drive through multiple downtown neighborhoods, and make a splash in the Charles River, all alongside fellow incoming Rams. Enjoy your 80 minute journey led by one of the Duck Tours’ colorful staff of ConDUCKtors!

Student registration fee: $30

Home to the 2018 World Champion Red Sox! America's Most Beloved Ballpark is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox legends, visit Pesky's Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster with your new Suffolk University classmates! Experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park.

Student registration fee: $30

Fall Orientation 2022

Session Type Session Dates
Freshmen Session

September 4

Gold Region: Students living inside the gold region on the map below (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.) must attend the June orientation session. Due to space limitations the orientation dates in August are reserved for students traveling from further away. 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 on the map below (all other U.S. states and ALL other countries*) can choose to attend orientation either in June or August. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance. *Students with an F1 or J-1 visa please refer to the International Students section for orientation information.

Map of United States color coded with University colors

Orientation Details

All full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students must participate in an orientation session before starting at Suffolk. Once you have paid your enrollment deposit, you may register for orientation. First-year student orientation occurs over two days. Orientation for students beginning in the fall semester will take place in June (with students required to stay overnight in a residence hall). 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 Summer Orientation, it is strongly encouraged. Family orientation 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.

Summer 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!

Your student can register you for Family Summer Orientation through their applicant portal when they complete their own orientation registration.