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.

This depends on the time of year and whether you're an incoming first-year or transfer student. Once you register online for orientation, you'll receive a confirmation email that includes check-in information.

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 you to bring your family! Family Orientation is a two-day event held on the same dates as student orientation. Interested families can register for family orientation through their student’s account on the Admissions portal.

As we expect more than 200 students at orientation, we cannot permit guests unless they pre-register. Please keep in mind that your family members are invited to participate in family orientation but they do not remain with the student during orientation.

If you’re attending a June orientation session, you must stay overnight because Day One runs late into the evening and Day Two starts early in the morning. Students may only stay overnight during January orientation if they are living on campus during the spring semester. We do not provide University-sponsored housing for commuting/off-campus students or any family members during January orientation.

New students with a confirmed housing assignment for the upcoming semester will receive additional information about moving in directly from Residence Life & Housing. If you have questions or would like more information about University-sponsored housing, please contact Residence Life & Housing at 617-305-2500.

Yes! You'll return home with your course schedule after meeting 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.

Yes! We'll provide select meals during your orientation.


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 at 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.

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

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. We are looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

Most new, incoming students who are starting Suffolk in the fall participate in orientation during the month of June. For those starting Suffolk in the spring semester, orientation is held in early January. 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.

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 your experience such as 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 our appreciation for diversity.

All students are required to participate in their entire orientation program, from start to finish. When attending, you should plan to remain at campus in your sessions for the entire time and follow the schedule until it is finished.

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

Orientation registration is free for up to two family members. Overnight on-campus housing is available to family members at an additional $78 per person, per night.

Please be advised: All fees collected for orientation, early arrival programs, and on-campus overnight accommodations are nonrefundable.

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. Again, all registration fees are nonrefundable.

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!

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.

Family members may choose to stay on campus during June orientation at an additional cost of $78 per person, per night, Due to space constraints, family members staying on campus overnight may be asked to share a suite with other guests of the same gender. The suites feature individual, separate bedrooms connected via a shared bathroom. If a student has more than one family member staying on campus overnight, they may request to stay in the same suite.

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. Students stay on campus overnight regardless, free of charge. If a student's family members choose to stay overnight on campus, any fees received are nonrefundable. Please only register for overnight accommodations if you are certain you will be attending and staying on campus overnight.

You'll check in together with your student. This location will be included in your confirmation email once you have registered.

Student and family orientation sessions run concurrently. You and your student will have a full itinerary of activities. You will be in a few sessions together, but you'll spend the majority of your time in sessions especially developed for either students or family members. You will, however, have plenty of time to speak with each other throughout the day.