Massachusetts Community College Transfer Guarantee

We offer guaranteed admission to qualified transfers from Massachusetts community colleges.

This is in accordance with the Massachusetts Independent College Transfer Guarantee. The MA Guarantee is a transfer partnership between MA community colleges and participating four-year colleges and universities. Eligible community college graduates are able to transfer seamlessly—admission guaranteed!

Suffolk University partners with the Massachusetts Independent College Transfer Guarantee, which makes it easier for graduates of Massachusetts community colleges to enroll in four-year independent institutions.


To take advantage of this special program, you need to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts associate degree program and transfer to a related course of study at Suffolk
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA*

*If applying for Art & Design, a portfolio is required

What you do NOT need to send us:

  • An application fee
  • An essay
  • Recommendations

General Education Foundation

If you’ve completed the MassTransfer General Education Foundation, you’ll have already met Suffolk’s general education requirements. The Sawyer Business School does have a separate Business core curriculum to complete, which is not part of the Gen. Ed. Foundation. For students interested in Business, Suffolk recommends the Associates in Business-Transfer option for cleaner transfer of credits.

Radiation Therapy and Art and Design Majors are not part of the Guaranteed Admission process.

How to Apply

Complete Suffolk University’s Guaranteed Admission Application.

Merit Award

If you have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, you’re guaranteed a Dean’s Scholarship or University Achievement Grant. This merit scholarship grants you at least 33 percent off Suffolk tuition (a minimum of $15,000).


The following community colleges participate in the Massachusetts Independent College Transfer Guarantee program:

  • Berkshire
  • Bristol
  • Bunker Hill
  • Cape Cod
  • Greenfield
  • Holyoke
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Massasoit
  • Middlesex
  • Mount Wachusett
  • North Shore
  • Northern Essex
  • Quinsigamond
  • Roxbury
  • Springfield Technical

Please contact Suffolk’s Massachusetts Transfer Guarantee Coordinator with any questions or for more information:

Daniel Connolly
Managing Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission