Deadlines & Requirements

There are some admission dates and deadlines about which Suffolk applicants need to be aware. We've outlined the main dates and necessary documents for potential students, from general application deadlines to standardized test result submission requirements.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019 Admission & Financial Aid December 1 (November 1 for Madrid Campus)
Early Action Fall 2018 Admission November 15
Fall 2018 Admission (Priority) February 15 (We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after this date)
Fall 2018 Transfer Admission (Priority) June 30 (We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after this date)
Priority Fall 2018 Financial Aid March 1
Priority Financial Aid for Transfers

The FAFSA is required to be considered for need-based financial aid.

Standardized Testing

Freshman Applicants are required to submit results from one of the following:

  • SAT (Suffolk's College Board test code is 3771)
    *We do not require the optional essay offered with the redesigned SAT.
    *We consider the highest scores for Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.
  • ACT (Suffolk's ACT test code is 1920)
    *The writing test is not required. We consider the highest Composite score from any given test date.

International Applicants may submit either the TOEFL or IELTS in place of the SAT or ACT. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be official and sent from the testing agency. Suffolk’s TOEFL test code is 3771.

Suffolk can accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores on applications for admission in one of the following ways:

  • Emailed from the school counselor or school official
  • Scores available on the high school transcript
  • PDF files or screen shots of score reports from the applicant, uploaded to the applicant portal or emailed to us.     
    • Please be sure to capture your first and last name on the screen shot and PDF. Uploads that do not display an applicant's full name will not be accepted.

Should there be a discrepancy in self-reported scores versus official scores, Suffolk reserves the right to withdraw a student’s application or offer of admission.

High School Diploma

The Office of Undergraduate Admission seeks to accept and enroll first-year students from schools that are recognized or accredited by national, federal, state or regional agencies. Accepted students must submit a final high school transcript prior to beginning studies at the University. All transcripts must document that students have completed sufficient academic work to earn their diploma.

In the event the University has reason to believe a student’s diploma is not valid, it will rely upon the submitted transcript to determine whether the student has completed sufficient academic work to earn the diploma and qualify for admission to the University. If it is determined that a diploma was awarded without sufficient academic work, the admission decision may be rescinded and the student will be asked to leave the University.

Home-Schooled Students

Home-schooled applicants are required to submit all of the application materials required for freshman applicants, including standardized test scores, a personal statement, and a transcript. It is understood that the transcript of a home-schooled student may be different from that of a traditional high school student. Regardless of the format, a transcript should include all 9th to 12th grade courses (including those in progress) and the timeframe of each course (academic year and semester). In addition, an assessment of performance (a letter grade, percentage, narrative assessment, etc.) is needed. Occasionally applicants are asked to submit additional information describing the curriculum and/or texts used.

Home-schooled students who are admitted and enroll at Suffolk are required to provide the university with proof of graduation in one of the three following ways:

  • An official final transcript from the local school district.
  • An official final transcript from a home school association or agency.
  • An official GED/HiSET score report.

Home-schooled students who have completed AP exams and/or college coursework must request that those official score reports and transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

Academic Profile

In high school, you should have completed:

  • Four units of English
  • Three units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
  • Two units of science (at least one with a lab)
  • Two units of language
  • One unit of American history
  • Four units distributed among other college preparatory electives

We may also consider other factors in the review process, such as:

We are also very interested in personal qualities that will offer us further insights into you as an applicant, including:

  • Admission interview
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Community service
  • Special interests