Freshman Admission Standards

Suffolk University provides a holistic review of all applicants, and understands that each student has their own unique story. We've outlined some admission guidelines below, including application dates and deadlines, as well as the flexible ways we accept standardized test scores.

Application Deadlines

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

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

Standardized Testing & Self-Reported Scores

Freshman applicants are required to submit standardized test results and we want to make the process as easy as possible. Suffolk can accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores for admission in the following ways:

  • Emailed from your high school counselor or school official
  • Scores available on your high school transcript
  • PDF files or screen shots of score reports uploaded to the applicant portal or emailed to us.
    • Please be sure to capture your first and last name on the screen shot or 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.

Test Codes & Super-Scoring Policy

  • SAT Code 3771
    *We do not require the optional essay
    *We consider the highest scores for Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.
  • ACT Code 1920
    *The writing test is not required.
    *We consider the highest Composite score from any given test date.

Test-Flexible Policy for International Applicants

We are aware of the limitations some international students have faced with regard to standardized testing. We have created a comprehensive list of options that applicants can submit to prove English proficiency. We need only one of the following to complete an application:

  • SAT or ACT scores
  • *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 the InitialView website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission

*TOEFL or IELTS scores cannot be self-reported and must be sent from the testing agency. Suffolk’s TOEFL test code is 3771.

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