FAQs

Where is Suffolk located?

Suffolk University is actually located on two continents.

  • The University's main campus is in the heart of Boston, right near many of the city's premiere destinations.
  • Suffolk University in Madrid, Spain, is located in the Spanish capital's university section, near some of the finest museums, art galleries, architecture, and libraries in the world. Madrid's location makes it ideal for students who wish to travel throughout Spain and Europe.

How many undergraduates are there at Suffolk University?

There are approximately 5,000 undergraduates from 45 states and 103 countries.

What is the size of the incoming class?

The incoming undergraduate class this year comprises 1,150 freshmen and 300 transfer students. Suffolk University is about 56 percent female and 44 percent male.

When should I apply for admission?

Most freshmen applicants apply for admission between November 1 and February 1, allowing them to finalize their college plans well in advance of the May 1 National Candidate Reply deadline.

Admission decisions are uploaded to your MySuffolk account in late March.

Freshman applicants may also be considered for non-binding early action based on academic achievement through their junior year. The deadline for this program is November 15. Decisions are made and candidates notified by December 20. If students are not offered early action, they may be considered for later admission through the regular decision process.

The application deadline for entering freshmen for fall semester is February 15; for transfer students it's June 30. We will review applications after these dates on a space-available basis.

What are the admissions requirements at Suffolk University?

We encourage students who feel that they can demonstrate both the academic ability to succeed and the potential to contribute to the total educational experience at Suffolk to apply. We consider freshman applicants for admission based on the level and range of high school courses selected, grades achieved, SAT or ACT scores (TOEFL for non-native English speakers), recommendations, and an essay. The average GPA for an entering freshman is 3.1/4.0 and 2.9/4.0 for transfer students. The average SAT score is a 1,050 using the Critical Reading and Math scores (1,530 with Writing), and the average ACT score is a 23. Learn more.

Does Suffolk University have an online application or does it accept the Common Application?

Suffolk University is an exclusive user of the Common Application.

I do not agree with my admission decision, what procedure should I follow?

Appeals for any admission decision can be made at any time. If this is necessary, you should submit a request in writing to the Office of Undergraduate admission. The request should provide additional information that you believe was not available to the admissions staff at the time your application was reviewed for admission. A review will take place by the Director of Admission.

I'd like to come for a tour. Do I need to call first?

Yes. We ask that you schedule a tour, as we like to keep tour groups small. This way you'll have the opportunity to get your questions answered by the tour guides who know the campus best: our Student Ambassadors.

Tours are offered at different times throughout the day Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays when the University is in session. We also offer tours during information sessions throughout the spring, fall, and summer. Check our schedules for all of our fall events or get directions to the Boston campus. You can also email or call the Welcome Center at 617.973.1122.

How long is a tour?

A tour covers the majority of campus and lasts approximately one hour. Tours that bring guests to the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University can take a little longer. We recommend that guests wear comfortable shoes, as the tour involves city walking.

I'm driving in to visit...where can I stay and park?

The two hotels closest to campus are the Omni Parker House and the Holiday Inn Select. There are several parking garages near campus, some with validation from our Welcome Center. Check out a complete list of hotels with preferred Suffolk rates.

How do I apply for financial aid or merit scholarships?

Student Financial Services is the place to start. Students who qualify for merit aid will be notified in mid-March. In order to be considered for financial aid, we ask that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How do I send in a deposit to Suffolk?

A deposit is required to secure a space in the incoming freshman class. Suffolk can take your deposit over the phone via credit card or you may mail in your deposit as a check or money order.

Housing is on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended that you send in your deposit as soon as possible to reserve a housing space. The deposit is refundable if we receive written notification prior to the cut-off date, which will be listed in your decision letter.

Suffolk University processes checks electronically using the information on the check to create an electronic funds transfer. Each time you send a check, you authorize a one-time transfer of funds to be electronically withdrawn from your bank account. You will not receive your cancelled check, as Suffolk University is required to destroy the check after it has been processed. For more information please contact the Office of the Bursar at 617.573.8407.

Can I defer my acceptance?

  • Deferred admission will only be granted to admitted students who have submitted a non-refundable enrollment deposit.
  • Deferred admission is valid for no more than one year from original admitted enrollment semester
  • Students, who choose to defer their admission to the University, are not permitted to take classes at another institution without expressed approval from the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Suffolk University
  • Students must submit a Reactivation Form prior to the application deadline for desired enrollment semester. February 1 (Freshman) and June 30 (Transfers) for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring.
  • If a student decides not to enroll at a later date, the enrollment deposit remains non-refundable.