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!

Fall Orientation 2019

Session Type Session Date(s)
First-Year Session 1 June 3-4
First-Year Session 2 June 6-7
First Year Session 3 June 10-11
First Year Session 4
June 13-14
(Students who will start the fall in Madrid should select this session)
First Year Session 5 June 17-18
First Year Session 6 June 20-21
Transfer Session 2
This session is open to transfer students and all students with military veteran status. First-year students who wish  to attend this session should contact Orientation at 617-573-8321 or by email
August 23
First Year Session 7 August 26-27
First Year Session 8 August 29-30

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 login to the registration system to pick their orientation from one of the above sessions which meet their student type. Family members are encouraged to attend. 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) should login to the registration system to see all sessions available to them based on their student type. Students from the blue region may also have access to additional sessions not listed above. Family members are encouraged to attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.

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) and in January for those beginning in the spring semester (housing only available to residential students). 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. 

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!