Orientation FAQs

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 MySuffolk 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 admission@suffolk.edu or 617-573-8460.

Tuition and Financial Aid-Related 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.