Student Orientation Program (Required)

All full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students must participate in an orientation session before starting at Suffolk. Once you have paid your enrollment deposit, you may register for orientation. Orientation for students beginning in the fall semester will take place in June and in January for those beginning in the spring semester. Students with possible schedule conflicts should contact Orientation & New Student Programs.

The cost of the orientation program is included in the new student fee on your tuition bill. Residential transfer students living on campus during the spring semester will be able to move into their housing assignment the day before their January orientation; see Residence Life & Housing for details.

Orientation serves many purposes for our incoming students. We seek to help you understand Suffolk University's academic environment and expectations, become familiar with utilizing academic resources, develop a sense of comfort within the Suffolk Community, gain knowledge about co-curricular opportunities and become familiar with Suffolk's global culture and the institution's appreciation for diversity. We are looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

Family Orientation Program (Encouraged)

Transferring to a new institution is an exciting adventure, not only for your student, but for your entire family. While it is not mandatory for family members to attend transfer orientation, it is strongly encouraged.

Family orientation program runs concurrently with, but separately from, student orientation. For family members, orientation offers an exciting opportunity to interact with skilled faculty and staff members who are committed to excellence on campus.

A registration fee of $40 per family member helps defray the cost of the program and allows access to all educational sessions, activities, and meals during the orientation program. There is also optional inexpensive on-campus overnight housing available for family members attending a session in June. We are sorry that housing is not available for family members during January orientation.

Orientation will provide an opportunity for family members to learn about your student's academic program and requirements, get answers to financial questions, policies, and deadlines, understand academic and co-curricular resources, gain details about health, wellness, and safety, and more! Hope to see you there!

Spring Orientation 2017

Session Type Session Date (required)
Transfer Session 1 December 14
housing unavailable
Transfer Session 2  January 12
housing provided only to residential students
Snow Day
Possible Session Make-Up
January 13
to be used only if January 11 and/or 12
programming is impacted due to weather

Fall Orientation 2017

 Session Type Session Date (required) 
Transfer Session 1           June 21
housing unavailable
Transfer Session 2 August 28
housing unavailable
Transfer Session 3 September 1
residential students only

Students living inside the gold region on the below map must login to the registration system to pick their orientation from one of the above sessions which meet their student type. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.

BLUE REGION: Students living inside the blue region, including internationally, on the below map should login to the registration system to see all sessions available to them based on their student type. Students from the blue region may also have access to additional sessions not listed above. Family members are encouraged to also attend. If you have concerns about date conflicts or other extenuating circumstances, please contact Orientation & New Student Programs for assistance.