Transfer FAQs

How many transfer students enter Suffolk University?

In the fall semester 2013, approximately 380 transfer students began their studies at Suffolk University. In spring 2013, 150 students entered. Totally, this comprises 30% of our new entering class. In 2013, we received 2000 transfer applications.

What is required to apply as a transfer applicant?

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  • Transfer Common Application
  • Suffolk University supplemental information form
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Official transcript(s) sent directly to Suffolk from all colleges or universities attended
  • Official final high school transcript or GED results
  • SAT/ACT results (if you have less than 24 semester hours of earned college credit (at the time your application is submitted)
  • TOEFL/IELTS for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Copy of alien registration card (both sides) for permanent residents

Who is considered a transfer applicant?

Whether you have earned 3 semester hours or sixty, if you have graduated from high school or earned your GED and attended another college of university, you are considered a transfer applicant.

What are the deadline dates?

Applicants for the fall 2014 semester must have applications submitted no later than June 30, 2014. We do encourage applicants to submit applications earlier if interested in financial aid and/or housing. The deadline for the spring semester 2014 is November 1, 2013.

How can I check on the status of my application?

Shortly after we receive your application, you will receive a couple of emails which will give you access to the applicant portal which is located at Here you will be able to see the documents received for your application. Each applicant is also assigned to an admission counselor who will also contact you concerning missing items needed to complete your application. It is extremely important that you notify us of any change in your email address and that you log in the portal on a regular basis.

How is a transfer application assessed for admission?

The average grade point average for entering transfer students is a 3.1. If an applicant has more than one year of full-time study at another college or university, more emphasis is placed on this. If you have completed less than one year at another college or university, both your high school and college record are considered. Generally, a minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required to be considered for admission.

When will I find out my decision?

Transfer decisions are sent out on a rolling basis beginning in late January for fall 2014 applicants and in September for spring 2014 applicants. Decisions are sent out online. You will receive an email when the decision is available on Additional printed information will follow your online decision. This material includes information about orientation, registration, on-campus housing, and other items that we believe will assist you with both your decision and entry into Suffolk as a transfer student.

Are merit scholarships available for transfer students?

Merit scholarships are competitive. A transfer student interested in receiving a merit scholarship is encouraged to apply early. Last year the average grade point average of those receiving a merit scholarship was a 3.7. There is no separate application required. Merit scholarships are awarded on a funds available basis. Merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students for the fall semester.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The recommended filing date for transfer students is June 1. The federal code for Suffolk University is 002218. For those interested in applying for the spring semester, the suggested filing date is November 1. Applications for financial aid received after these dates will be reviewed on a funds available basis. Financial aid awards are only considered for applicants who have already been admitted to the University.

I am an international student. Do I need to submit additional documentation?

You will need to submit a Confidential Declaration of Finances or a bank statement indicating that you have a minimum of $50,000 available to be used toward your tuition, housing, and other expenses. If you are currently in the United States, you must also submit a copy of your current I20, a copy of your visa and the SEVIS Transfer Release Form signed from your previous institution.

Are transfer students guaranteed housing?

Housing is made available on a first-come, first served basis by the date a student submits an enrollment deposit. Students who submit their deposits after mid-March for the fall semester are typically placed on a housing waiting list. Deposits are refundable, upon written request, before May 1. Housing deposits are refundable for the spring semester until January 1. Students who receive on-campus housing for the fall semester receive housing for two semesters. For those students who receive on-campus housing for January, only that one semester guaranteed. Students who need assistance to find housing off-campus are encouraged to speak with our Office of Off-Campus Housing (OCHO).

Are my credits transferable?

Generally speaking Suffolk University will consider transfer credit for courses taken at a regionally accredited college/university that are considered equivalent or similar to courses offered on the freshman/sophomore level. In the case of an international institution, it must be recognized by the Ministry of Education as an institution of higher learning. A grade of “C-“ or higher is required. Courses are transferred as semester hours. Courses in art and design must be evaluated by the NESAD faculty in order to transfer. All students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at Suffolk University including the final 30 semester hours in residency. All general education, core requirements, and major requirements must be completed in order to be considered for a degree at Suffolk. Some programs may necessitate completing more than the required 124-128 semester hours. For more in-depth information, please go to

If admitted you will receive a transfer credit evaluation and program of study/general education requirements form. It is your responsibility to ensure that all official final transcripts are sent to Suffolk University within 30 days of your initial enrollment to be considered for transfer credit.

How can I find more information about my major requirements and other academic policies at Suffolk?

The best source of information is the Undergraduate Catalog. You will find the most up-to-date information on programs, courses, and policies. The link for the catalog can be found at

Can I graduate with honors from Suffolk?

Students who complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at Suffolk can be considered to graduate cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. Transfer students who complete less than 60 semester hours at Suffolk can be considered to graduate with distinction, high distinction or highest distinction.

Does my grade point average from my previous institution transfer?

No. Your grade point average at Suffolk reflects only the course work you complete at Suffolk.

What courses do you recommended to take prior to enrollment?

While there are no specific courses required in order to transfer, students are advised to take courses that would fulfill general education and/or core requirements at Suffolk.

For students interested in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Freshman English I-II
  • Literature
  • Science
  • Mathematics (Finite Mathematics or Calculus)
  • Ethics
  • History, Humanities or Philosophy
  • Modern Languages (for BA candidates)
  • Psychology, Sociology, Government or Economics.

For the Sawyer Business School:

  • Freshman English I-II
  • Science
  • Mathematics (Finite Math) (Calculus required for Accounting and Finance majors)
  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Business Foundations
  • Applied Statistics
  • Speech
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Computer Literacy

Are there opportunities to visit Suffolk?

While an interview is not required, it is recommended. Interviews are a good way to learn more about Suffolk University. You may also sign up for a tour to see our classrooms, residence halls, and other facilities. In addition, we offer open houses, group information sessions, student-to-student information sessions, and transfer decision interviews. For more information on visit, go to

When is orientation and when will I register for my courses?

All new entering transfer students are required to attend Orientation. This orientation is specifically designed for transfer students only. At this time you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your courses. Academic advisors will also contact deposited transfers prior to orientation to meet to discuss your course schedule. In subsequent semesters you will preregister for your classes based on your class standing (0-23 – freshmen; 24-53 - sophomore; 54-83 – junior; 84+ - senior). More information will be sent to you informing you of the time and place for orientation.

Is it easy to meet people at Suffolk?

Besides meeting students at orientation and in your classrooms, Suffolk offers many ways to become involved and meet other students outside the classroom. There are over 80 student run organizations ranging from academic to cultural to social activities. Events are held throughout the semester featuring speakers, plays, musicians, dance, etc.