Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you find answers to all of your orientation questions here. If you have more questions, please get in touch. We'd love to answer them for you.

Orientation FAQs

You can register for Orientation through your online applicant portal. There, you can check out our instructions for completing your registration.

First, make sure Suffolk has received your admission deposit; you can’t register for Orientation until you've made this deposit. 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 trying to register for Orientation.

For virtual Orientation you will receive log on information about the session you registered for 36 hours prior to your virtual Orientation.

In-person Orientation will occur August 29th - September 2nd for First Year students and August 29th - August 30th for Transfer students. Student can anticipate additional information via email in early August.

What do I need to bring to virtual Orientation?

We recommend that you have a note book and pen handy during your virtual orientation process.

What do I need to bring to in-person Orientation?

Please bring:

  • Any transfer credit or test score information you'd like 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

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

We encourage that you to bring your family! There will be specific sessions for family to participate in during virtual and in-person orientation. Interested families can register for family orientation through their student’s account on the Admission portal.

We cannot permit guests unless they pre-register. Please keep in mind that your family members are invited to participate in family Orientation.

New students with a confirmed housing assignment for the upcoming semester will be able to move into their residence hall on either August 28th or August 29th prior to the start of orientation. If you have questions or would like more information about University-sponsored housing, please contact Residence Life & Housing at 617-305-2500.

Yes! You will sign off from virtual Orientation with your course schedule after meeting individually with an academic advisor.

If you want to change your major, please contact the Office of the Registrar before orientation. This will help us pair you with an advisor who can address your specific interests and field of study.

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 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.

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.

To check your transcripts online, log on to your MySuffolk portal and follow the steps below:

  • Click on "My Applications"
  • Click on "New Admitted Students"
  • Click on "My Decision Letter"
  • There will be links on the left side of the screen for "My Transfer Credits" and "My Transfer Equivalency Report"

Before orientation, you must submit all transcripts and other records for previous credits earned at all previous institutions. This may include AP courses taken in high school, courses taken at the college level at any institution, and courses in which you are currently enrolled. If you have questions about transcripts, please contact Undergraduate Admission by email or 617-573-8460.

Tuition & Financial Aid FAQs

If you plan to attend Suffolk, you must submit your admission deposit before 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.

Tuition is due August 1.

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.

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.

International Orientation FAQs

You can register for Orientation through your online applicant portal. There, you can check out our instructions for completing your registration.

Once you have registered for a virtual June orientation session you are automatically registered for the August in-person orientation session. No further action is required. More information about August in-person orientation will be sent out mid-August.

Incoming International students are starting Suffolk in the fall participate in virtual orientation in late July and in-person Orientation in late August.

All students are required to participate in (and complete both) Suffolk University's virtual orientation session and the in-person orientation that will take place at the end of August.

To register for orientation, login to your admission applicant portal and select a date that works with your availability. Attendance at only one orientation program is required. Once in the portal, click "First-Year Students" or "Transfer Students" in the left-hand navigation, and follow the on-screen registration directions.

Starting at a new institution in a new country is an exciting adventure, not only for you, the student, but for your entire family! While it is not mandatory for family members to attend orientation, it is strongly encouraged. Orientation provides an opportunity for family members to learn about your 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!

Suffolk's international family orientation program runs at the same time as, 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 achieving excellence on campus.

Family Orientation FAQs

Your student can register you to attend virtual June and/or in-person August orientation through their applicant portal when they register themselves. If your student has already registered for virtual June orientation and would like to add you as a guest, they can contact us to update their registration.

Orientation registration is free for up to two family members.

Please contact Orientation & New Student Programs if you've already registered but cannot attend. You can also make changes to your registration up to 48 hours before your session by returning to the registration form or contacting us.

In-person August Orientation includes walking in and between buildings, so please wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Other than that, just bring a lot of good questions!

For virtual orientation we encourage you to have a note pad and a pen handy.

Suffolk’s downtown Boston location means there are ample parking options close by. For your reference, here is a list of parking facilities on or near our campus. Parking is very expensive and can run from $25-40 for one day. Some of these parking garages offer certain discounts and validation; please check the list for updated information before arriving at Suffolk. Please be advised that we are unable to validate parking at the Government Center Garage during orientation, as this is only available to students attending a tour through the Welcome Center.

We will not be providing overnight accommodations for the in-person August Orientation.

You may also choose to stay in one of the many hotels close to our campus--some of which offer Suffolk visitors a preferred rate. Please contact these hotels directly to book your room.

You will receive information pertaining to log on info regarding your virtual orientation and details about the in-person Orientation in your Orientation registration confirmation email.