How to Apply

Suffolk University has a sizable population of transfer students—1 in 5 current students transferred here from another school. Join us and get on the right track for both your academic career and student life in Boston.

Transfer Student Requirements

  1. Application and fee (application fee is automatically waived for those that come for a campus visit). Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply via our Suffolk Online Application. However, Transfer applicants may also choose to apply via the Transfer Common Application.
  2. Official college transcript(s) from all college or universities attended.
  3. Essay/Personal Statement

For some students, the following may also apply

  1. Official final high school transcript (except for those who have earned an associate's or previous bachelor's degree)
  2. Statement of activity or Resume (required only for those applicants who have a significant gap in their educational history)
  3. Official TOEFL or IELTS results (for non-native English speakers; can only be waived if you have completed the equivalent of College Writing I and II with a grade of B or higher at the time of application)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarship funding when applying to Suffolk.

To get an idea of the aid available to you use our Net Price Calculator and New Student Merit Calculator.

Our Student Financial Service office can help you and your family understand options for paying for school with FAFSA (“Free Application for Federal Student Aid”), merit- or need-based aid, and numerous scholarship and grant opportunities.

Transfer credit

Admitted transfer students will receive an official credit evaluation and a program evaluation with their letter of acceptance. The evaluation includes a list of transferable courses with the Suffolk University equivalent course, and indicates how these courses apply to their given major. Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution or, in the case of an international institution, recognized by the Ministry of Education of that particular country. International students may be required to have their credentials evaluated by a professional service.

We consider earned grades of C- or higher for transfer credit. All transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at Suffolk, including the final 30. Students admitted to the Sawyer Business School are required to complete at least 50 percent of business credit hours at Suffolk University.

Transfer credit policies and transfer credit equivalencies.

Transfer Deadlines


Spring Admission & Financial Aid December 1
Fall Priority Transfer Admission June 30
Fall Priority Transfer Financial Aid June 1

The priority financial aid deadlines for transfer students are June 1 (fall entry) or December 1 (spring entry); funding for students submitting an application after these dates will be based on availability.

Additional Information

Art & Design

Portfolio Guidelines for Transfer Applicants

Students transferring to the BFA programs in Art & Design from a previous art and design program must submit a portfolio. Transfer candidates who have completed studio courses at a regionally accredited college or university should be prepared to present a portfolio (3-5 pieces per course) representing work from each course for which they are seeking transfer credit. This portfolio (minimum 15 pieces) will serve as the mechanism to assess both admissibility to the BFA and to evaluate studio coursework for which you are seeking transfer credit.

For students transferring from a non-art and design program into one of Suffolk’s BFA programs, please refer to our Freshman Portfolio guidelines.

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


Transfer Credits for Veterans

If you have completed military courses, have an official Joint Service Transcript (JST) sent to Suffolk University for review by our Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Transfer credit will be considered for courses that have American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations and will apply to the curriculum at Suffolk. If you are approved for credit, a transfer credit evaluation will be sent to you.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Suffolk is proud to offer qualified veterans tuition assistance of up to $25,000 per academic year through the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Suffolk’s financial commitment—combined with government allowances—enables eligible veterans to cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books in any University degree program.

For more information about the Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon programs please refer to our resource page. For more information regarding veteran tuition assistance and benefits, please email Breanna Santella, School Certifying Official.

Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program is a free program that helps eligible U.S. military veterans prepare for the college and careers.