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INTO Suffolk pre-arrival guide

Move-in day for students having on-campus accommodation is August 28, 2023.

Orientation is Tuesday August 29, 2023 through Friday, September, 1 2023


Pre-Arrival Checklist!

It’s almost time to board a plane and start your new journey at Suffolk University in the heart of Boston! We have many resources to help you along the way. This is a simple checklist to help you stay on track and prepare for your arrival. If you need help or get stuck on any of the checklist items, email us at into@suffolk.edu. You can review the INTO Suffolk Welcome Guide to learn more about Suffolk, living in Boston, what to pack and much more.


Now that you have confirmed your place, complete these important steps!

Log into your Student Email account

You will be getting important emails to your unique Suffolk.edu email address. To log in to your Suffolk inbox you will need your credentials. You will get two emails from Suffolk Access that will provide you with your Student ID and Username. You should receive these emails starting from June 15, 2023 when you confirm your place. Check your spam or junk folder if you don’t see the email.

Once you get your credentials, this resource will help you log in to your Suffolk email account.

Apply for your F-1 visa

Apply for your F-1 visa right away. To start the process, you will need to use the Form I-20 that will be sent to you from Meghan Lynch, INTO Suffolk director of student operations, at mlynch3@suffolk.edu.

We offer a variety of visa support services through PASS, our Pre-Arrival Student Success Program.

How can PASS help you?

  1. Attend one of our information and preparatory workshops. We offer different types of virtual webinars and workshops about the F-1 visa process. Check out our events page

  2. Register for one-on-one visa interview prep with a PASS advisor

  3. Read more about the steps to applying for a US F-1 Visa

Finalize your housing

Living on campus? All INTO Suffolk International Year One, University Transfer Program, and Academic English+ International Year One students are required to live on-campus for two semesters or the duration of their program.

Note: Anyone studying with INTO who deposits with a housing guarantee will be sent their housing information around the first week of December. Any student who deposits after and is offered housing would likely be assigned on a rolling basis. These messages come from SU Res Life (Suffolk Residential Life).

Living off campus? Suffolk University has a verified free off-campus housing portal listing available accommodations and a roommate matching platform. This platform can be accessed by prospective and current INTO Suffolk students. Go here to start looking at options for your off-campus housing. If you still have questions or need help, we provide 1:1 Zoom chats for Off Campus support and advice - just email us at INTO@suffolk.edu.

Upload your proof of immunization through the Suffolk Health Portal

Login with your Suffolk credentials. Go to the Suffolk Student Health Portal to upload your immunization records. You will see instructions on how to upload your immunization documents. Please note, these must be uploaded in order for you to be registered for your classes.

Suffolk University requires all students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, including the COVID-19 booster if it has been 5 months since your last dose of your initial vaccine.

Pay your tuition and fees

Pay your full tuition before arrival. For online payment and wire information, please refer to the links on your offer letter, or go here

Submit your flight details on the arrivals portal

Submit your flight details on the arrivals portal To support your arrival, please go to the arrivals portal to submit your flight details. Here you will also be able to indicate if you would like us to provide you with an airport transfer to campus. This is available to you at no cost.

Arriving early? If you are arriving early and would like to book a hotel, the following website recommends places close to the Suffolk campus.

Complete your Suffolk University E-Check-in

All new students are required to complete our E-Check-in for Suffolk University – you do not need to wait for your arrival to complete this check-in. You can do this now!

Complete the Pre-orientation webinar

Access all Pre-Orientation webinars by visiting the INTO Suffolk experience website

Upload your photo for your Suffolk ID Card

Go to the Suffolk ID page to upload a photo of yourself that will be used for your ID card.

Log into Suffolk’s Canvas Platform and if required (International Year One) take the math placement test

Throughout your time at Suffolk, you will use the Suffolk Canvas platform to access important information for many of your classes. Go to the Canvas platform and make sure you can log in using your university credentials.

Are you enrolled in an International Year One program? If so, you are required to take the math placement, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Access the exam through the Suffolk Canvas platform

  2. Click Canvas in the navigation bar at the top of the page (if the page does not load, make sure you disable your pop-up blocker).

  3. In the 'My Courses' box, you should see a link to the Math Placement Exam.

  4. Read through the on-screen instructions and begin.

Need help with the math placement? Call the helpdesk at +1 617-557-2000 or email helpdesk@suffolk.edu.

Arrive at Suffolk!

During your travels, if your flight changes or if you have any issues, please contact us on our emergency phone that is available during the approved arrival period. The number is:

+1-857-505-0940