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!

First-year students will participate in a two-day, one-night summer orientation. While orientation is mandatory for all new students, we highly encourage family members to attend our separate Family Orientation. You’ll be able to register your family members when you register yourself.

The deadline to register for orientation is June 5.

First-year students are also required to participate in a one-day fall orientation before the new semester starts. Both summer and fall orientations are required; plan accordingly. Once you register for summer orientation, you will automatically be enrolled for fall orientation.

Learn more about your next steps to prepare for orientation

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.