New Student Checklists

Your Suffolk experience is about to begin. Think of these checklists as the road map that will help you get to the starting point.
Please complete the pre-orientation checklist items, including the math placement exam and course pre-registration, by the stated deadlines.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

Log into the Admissions Applicant Portal to check the status of your admission decision, review messages, update your contact information, submit your enrollment deposit, register for orientation, and manage outstanding action items like submission of transfer credit and transcripts. Check this portal frequently for outstanding action items. This is also where you will receive instructions about taking the math placement exam and completing course pre-registration beginning on May 9. Also remember to watch your email closely for any time-sensitive messages.

Once you've been admitted and made your final decision to attend Suffolk, it's time to submit your enrollment deposit. You can do this via the admission applicant portal by the May 1 deadline.The deposit is $800 for those planning to live in University-sponsored housing and $500 for those planning to live off-campus/commute. New first-year and transfer students receive housing through a deposit process with Undergraduate Admission. After the first year, a room selection process is used for students who want to continue living in University-sponsored housing.

All domestic students applying for aid who haven’t done so already need to fill out the FAFSA. Please see the Office of Student Financial Services website for instructions. Applications will be received and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

All new full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students must attend orientation before finalizing their course registration and starting at Suffolk University. Each student is also strongly encouraged to also have at least one family member attend family orientation at the same time. You can register for your required orientation session through a link in your admission applicant portal that will appear after you have submitted your enrollment deposit. You should register for your session early for the best choice of dates.

Guide is a student-centered mobile app that provides information to keep you on the path to academic success and timely graduation. Features include text messaging and push notifications that are personalized based on your plans, interests, and engagement. Guide helps reduce the noise so you'll get connected to the right resources at the right time.

You'll find:

  • Suggested steps to take each semester so you can excel in your studies and graduate on time
  • Campus events so you're in the know
  • Easy access to campus resources so you can find answers quickly

Download "Guide - College Simplified" for free from the App Store, or Google Play. Learn more by watching this video.

All new students are required to complete the Math Placement Exam before pre-registering for math courses and attending orientation. The exam will open on May 9 for new spring 2019 students, and you will find a link directing you to instructions in your admission applicant portal. The exam is accessed via the MySuffolk portal by clicking 'Blackboard' in the yellow menu bar across the top of the screen. If a separate window does not open or you get an error message, make sure you are allowing pop-up windows. Under 'My Courses' on the right, you will see the Math Placement Exam. When you click this link, read through the instructions that appear on the screen. When you're ready, follow the instructions to begin the timed 60-minute test. Instructions are also available online at the Math Placement page. You'll find instructions on the portal as of May 9 if you have submitted your enrollment deposit. Deadline: May 30.

You can pre-register for your first-semester courses before arriving at orientation to build a schedule that accommodates your academic or personal interests. You'll meet with an academic advisor to finalize your course schedule. Pre-register as early as possible for the best choice of courses. You can only pre-register once you've made your enrollment deposit and taken the math placement exam. If you miss the deadline, you may still pre-register for courses, though your choices will be more limited. You'll find instructions on the portal as of May 9 if you have submitted your enrollment deposit. Deadline: May 30.

During orientation, you'll learn how to use Suffolk's online academic and financial tools, including our email, Blackboard for academic courses, E-Bill, and course search/registration systems. Before coming to orientation, we strongly encourage you to review the PowerPoint and training videos that explain how to use these features. If any of this sounds confusing, don't worry! We will explain it all in more detail during orientation.

If you submitted your $800 deposit, you'll receive an email with more information from the Department of Residence Life & Housing. If you have any additional questions regarding University-sponsored housing, please contact Residence Life & Housing.

Notification of your bill will be sent to your Suffolk email address. To begin your tuition payment, login to your SU Pay account through MySuffolk. Information regarding SU Pay is available online and will be sent to your Suffolk email account. Once you have viewed your tuition bill (sent in early June), you can make a payment within your SU Pay account or make a wire transfer. For more information on tuition payments, please visit the Bursar’s Office website. Deadline: August 1

Please visit the Counseling, Health & Wellness website to see the health requirement checklist for new students. Students must submit proof of immunizations. Massachusetts requires students to have qualifying health insurance coverage. Eligible new Suffolk students will automatically be enrolled in, and charged for, the Suffolk Student Health Insurance Plan unless they complete the online insurance waiver by the deadline.

Deadline for Immunizations: August 1
Deadline for Health Insurance Waiver: September 30

First-Year/Freshman Students: It is imperative that you request your final high school transcript to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Suffolk University once you graduate. If you qualify for financial aid and we don't receive your final high school transcript before the start of your first semester at Suffolk, your awarded aid cannot be distributed.

Transfer Students: Transfer students should arrange to have final official transcripts, for all courses taken through the semester before you start at Suffolk University, submitted as soon as possible, if they haven't already. For any courses you are currently taking, transcripts should be sent as soon as they become available. Proof of high school graduation or equivalency also needs to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission before the start of classes. If this is not received before the start of your incoming semester, financial aid cannot be distributed to you based on federal regulations.

Suffolk University is dedicated to providing students with a living and learning environment that is safe, reflects the values of the Suffolk community, and supports the University’s commitment to developing the intellectual, social, and civic competencies of our students.

To achieve this goal, Suffolk University looks to students to be partners in this process with the hope of creating an environment that is respectful of the rights of all individuals within the community. Therefore, we expect that students become familiar with the expectations outlined in the Community Standards and Student Conduct Section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Student Handbook, as they are the standards to which students will be held during their time here at the University.

Once you have received notification that your Suffolk email account has been created, remember to log into it frequently for information related to starting at Suffolk.

Post-Orientation Checklist

Suffolk students are leaders. Carry on this great tradition by attending Ram Academy! It's a great way to meet new friends, learn about Suffolk’s leadership programs, and find out how to get involved on campus right away. You’ll be joined by Suffolk’s student leaders, staff, and your fellow first-year students. Registration opens in June and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There's a limited number of scholarships for students who apply with demonstrated financial need.

Review your fall 2019 bill after your enrollment deposit is processed. Note that room and board charges are estimated and will be updated after you receive your room assignment. Watch your Suffolk email for room and roommate information; it will be sent to you sometime in July or August. Read the "Guide for What to Bring" information on the Important Dates for Housing at Suffolk page and connect with your future roommates! If you have any additional questions regarding University-sponsored housing, please contact Residence Life & Housing.

Suffolk University is dedicated to providing students with a living and learning environment that is safe and reflects the values of the Suffolk Community and supports the University’s commitment to developing the intellectual, social and civic competencies of our students. To achieve this goal, Suffolk University looks to students to be partners in this process with the hope of creating an environment that is respectful of the rights of all individuals within the community. Therefore, we expect that students become familiar with the expectations outlined in the Community Standards and Student Conduct Section of the Undergraduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Student Handbook, as they are the standards to which students will be held during their time here at the University.

Please refer to the pre-orientation checklist for more information. If you haven't already taken care of these important action items, please remember these deadlines:

Deadline for Immunizations: August 1

Deadline for Health Insurance Waiver: September 30

First-year and transfer students must complete AlcoholEdu & Haven, two separate, two-part online mandatory student affairs requirements provided by our partner EverFi. AlcoholEdu educates students about alcohol use on college campuses and ‘Haven–Understanding Sexual Assault’ addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Part I of both courses must be done pre-matriculation; in total it will take approximately 1.5–2 hours. As part of the University’s comprehensive alcohol prevention program, Suffolk requires all new students to complete the program before the end of their first week of fall classes. Instructions are available on the Suffolk AlcoholEdu website.

In accordance with the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, 20. USC 1232g, commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” or “FERPA”) Suffolk University takes special care to protect the privacy rights of its students.

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Center comprises all advising resources for undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and the Sawyer Business School (SBS). It works with students to make sure they meet curriculum and graduation requirements. If you have questions about your academic schedule, need to make adjustments, or have other curriculum questions, please contact this center.

Student Financial Services and the Bursar’s Office assist students with college affordability planning, aid programs, and the collection of outstanding tuition and fees. Speak to these offices about any scholarship/aid questions, payment plans, and arrangements for outstanding bills. Notification of your bill will be sent to your Suffolk email address. To begin your tuition payment, login to your SU Pay account. Deadline: January 3.

All Suffolk students are required to complete E-Checkin annually. You will be prompted when you log into MySuffolk when it is time to do E-Checkin, or you will receive an email to your Suffolk email account with a link. You must provide:

  • Your local contact information so we can alert you when there are weather closures or emergencies
  • Contact information for your parent/guardian so they can be contacted in case of an emergency
  • Your local address if you will be living off-campus

Suffolk University provides the latest version of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge. It is available for offline and online use to best prepare students for class. The software includes the latest full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access, and can be installed on up to five devices (PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad). You can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at the Suffolk Webstore.

Jump right into student life at Suffolk during your first semester on campus! We've designed a number of events to help you meet more of your classmates, get involved, and feel confident in your decision to join our community. Check out the full list of Welcome Week programs.

New Student Convocation marks the final step of orientation and is your official welcome to Suffolk University's academic community. This exciting ceremony bestows a sense of belonging as your class transitions to campus life.

All incoming Suffolk University first-year and transfer students are invited and expected to participate. We also cordially invite your family and friends to witness this distinguished University tradition.