We're so glad you've chosen to apply to Suffolk University! We look forward to getting to know you through the application process.

There are two easy ways to apply online: the Common Application or Suffolk Online Application. Select an option that works best for you, and you’ll be on your way to experiential and transformational learning opportunities in the heart of Boston and around the globe.

Suffolk University is Now Test-Optional

You’re so much more than a test score. At Suffolk University, we like a holistic view of your academic and intellectual accomplishments, and we want to know what makes you unique. That’s why, if you’re applying to Suffolk University for fall 2021, it’s up to you whether you send us your SAT or ACT results.
Learn more about Suffolk's Test-Optional policy

Application Information

Freshman applicants are currently in high school or have graduated from high school, but are not enrolled in a regular session at a college or university. If you've completed college courses during high school including, but not limited to Dual Enrollment, AP credits or IB credits, you're still considered a freshman applicant.

You can apply to Suffolk via the Common Application, apply through Suffolk's portal, or download the Common Application [PDF]. Other items needed to complete your application include:

  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • Official high school transcript or GED/HiSET results
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application fee or fee waiver (application fee waived when you visit in person or virtually)
  • SAT or ACT scores
    • Students may send self-reported SAT and ACT scores. Find out more about our flexible score submission policies.
    • Non-native English speakers may submit a TOEFL/IELTS instead of SAT/ACT
    • Applicants for Fall 2021 may choose to be test optional



Undergraduate Freshmen Early Action: November 15
Undergraduate Freshmen Regular Decision: February 15


Undergraduate Freshmen: December 1
Madrid Campus Applicants: November 1

We continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after these dates. 

For more information, view All Deadlines & Admission Standards.

You are a transfer applicant if you have been enrolled in college or university courses after completing your secondary education. In reviewing transfer applications, we consider your academic profile as well as your personal statement and extracurricular involvement. Admitted transfer students are automatically considered for the Honors Program and merit scholarships.

Transfer applicants can apply to Suffolk via the Common Applicationapply through Suffolk's portal, or download the Common Application [PDF]. You'll also need to have your: 

  • Official college/university transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • Application fee waived when you visit in person or virtually.
  • Essay/Personal statement
    To be considered official, these documents must be sent directly from the institution. We will accept these if they are delivered in any of the following ways:
    •  Secured electronic delivery via Clearinghouse, EScript, or Parchment directly from the institution’s Record’s Office or Registrar sent to admission@suffolk.edu
    •  School sealed envelope postal mail sent from the institution to:
      Suffolk University
      Undergraduate Admission
      73 Tremont Street
      Boston, MA 02108
    • If delivered in person to the Undergraduate Admission Office (73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA) must be in an unopened, school-sealed envelope.

For those with less than 12 earned transferrable credits, a final high school transcript and standardized test scores are also required. For more information, view All Deadlines & Requirements.

Transfer Deadlines

Students who are transferring must do so with an adherence to the specific deadlines laid out below.

Spring Transfer Admission & Financial Aid December 1
Fall Priority Transfer Admission June 30
Fall Priority Transfer Financial Aid June 1
Transfer On-the-Spot Decisions

Students who want to transfer in an expedited manner can come to Suffolk University and receive an on-the-spot decision. Learn more about how to transfer on-the-spot.

More Information for Transfer Students.

To apply to Suffolk, international students must submit/complete the following:

  • Common Application or Suffolk Application 
  • Application fee or fee waiver (application fee waived when you visit in person or virtually)
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Official high school transcript* or GED/HiSET results
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official College/University Transcripts (in English or with official translation) from all institutions attended.
  • Proof of English Proficiency Option - select one of the options below:
    • SAT or ACT scores in lieu of English Proficiency (SAT/ACT is not required of International Students)
    • TOEFL or IELTS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)
    • DUOLINGO English Test-DET (Minimum score of 105)
    • Exempt if you’re from a country where English is the First and Official Language. Please submit the SAT, ACT or final results from one of the following: IGCSE/GCSE, AS/A-Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam). If you only have predicted scores from any of these examination systems, please complete the test waiver form.
    • PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54
    • IB HL English Predicted scores (if provided by your high school)
    • First Language English Exams in the IGCSE or GCSE or AS/A-Level Predicted/Actual results
    • Gao Kao: students from mainland China who have taken the Gaokao exam and English was one of the three areas tested, you may arrange an interview via this website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission
    • For applicants that do not meet the Direct Entry language proficiency or academic requirements, admission may still be possible. See if you still can qualify for admission.
    • Suffolk University is committed to educational access for all. We are aware of the limitations some international students have faced in regards to standardized testing. We are test flexible for international students and have created a comprehensive list of options that applicants can submit to prove English proficiency. If you believe that you meet one of the following criteria and would like to be considered exempt from providing standardized testing, please complete a test waiver form. Someone from the Admission Office will be in contact with you to inform you if you qualify.

Additional documents are required for each of the following: 

*Applicants may be required to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Suggested agencies include: Center for Educational Documentation, Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, and SpanTran [PDF].

Every year, a distinguished group of students is selected to begin their studies at Suffolk's campus in Madrid, Spain. Through our Freshman Year Abroad Program, you will discover a whole new country and culture, exciting classes, and friendly classmates. The academic and cultural insights you gain in Madrid will help define who you are and what you want to be. There really aren’t enough words in English (or español) to capture just how amazing this opportunity is.

If you are currently enrolled in high school (secondary school), you can apply to the Suffolk University Madrid Campus as an incoming freshman and begin your university studies in Spain. And if you choose to pursue your studies here in Boston you can always study abroad in Madrid. Learn more about our campus in Madrid!

Applying With Portfolio

BFA applicants applying as fine arts, graphic design, or interior architecture majors are required to submit a portfolio as part of the admission process.

Your portfolio should contain only your best–and most recent–work and should demonstrate versatility, showing that you are prepared for the diverse and rigorous first-year foundation program. You may include pieces produced in your high school art classes or on your own through courses at art schools, museums, and adult ed programs.
  • Your portfolio should consist of 12-15 examples of recent, original, finished work:
  • Pieces showing skill in observational drawing/painting (still life studies, self-portraits, figure studies)
  • You may also include abstract and design-based pieces in drawing, paint or collage
  • Work that demonstrates a range of media and techniques
  • Do not include anime, manga-based work, or pieces copied directly from photographs
  • Limit the number of computer-generated pieces
Submit your portfolio in ONE of the following ways:
  • Upload to your applicant portal account after submitting your application
  • Email us
  • Mail to the Office of Undergraduate Admission; 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA, 02108

Applying Without Portfolio

If you are a BFA applicant who does not have a portfolio, you can begin your studies at the University as "Undecided Arts and Sciences." Students who meet the stated conditions in their first semester will be considered for full entry into the BFA program.

Not finding what you need? There's more admission information for Art & Design students at Suffolk University.

Previous Applicants

If you previously applied to or attended Suffolk, you may be better served by completing a different application.

Certificate Programs 

Undergraduate Certificate Programs are available in the following areas:

  • Financial Planning
  • Graphic Design
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

For more information, look at our Certificate Programs page.

Non-Degree Applicants

If you're interested in enrolling in classes as a non-degree-seeking student, please complete the Continuing and Professional Studies registration form

High-achieving applicants will be invited to join the Suffolk University Honors Program at the time of admission. Freshman and transfer applicants are automatically considered for the Honors Program when applications are submitted for the fall semester.