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Suffolk University is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,811 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Suffolk University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 61. Its tuition and fees are $30,792 (2012-13).
Those that have visited the Massachusetts State House in the heart of downtown Boston have surely come across the campus of Suffolk University, situated in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill. Originally founded as a law school in 1906, Suffolk University is now the third-largest university in Boston. Students are not required to live on campus during their career at the university, and housing is determined on a first-come-first-served basis. The majority of undergraduate students live off campus in an apartment or commute from home from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Suffolk Rams are members of the NCAA Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC.) The school currently hosts 13 varsity sports and provides seasonal intramural sports for its student body.
The university is comprised of the Suffolk University Law School, Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and the New England School of Art and Design. It also has international campuses in Madrid and Dakar, Senegal, as well as two other regional campuses in Massachusetts. For students who find final exams to be stressful, the university offers an annual celebration of semester’s end with “Relaxation Day.” This day, provided by the student program council, offers students massages, sleep masks, and smoothies while featuring ways to stay focused on studying. Notable Suffolk alumni include former World Series of Poker champion Dan Harrington and author and journalist James Bamford, who writes about U.S. government intelligence agencies.
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Founded in 1906, Suffolk University is a four-year private university located in downtown Boston. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate programs through its College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School. Suffolk provides students the excitement of an urban setting with access to New England's leading business, government, legal, medical, and nonprofit communities. The University also has a campus in Madrid, Spain.
The academic programs offered at Suffolk provide students with the opportunity to pursue their interests while learning in a personal, hands-on environment. They can capture the news from behind the camera at Suffolk's new high-definition television studio, experience the future of energy at the Sagan Research Lab, study intercultural communication at Suffolk Madrid, or take the nation's pulse at the Suffolk University Political Research Center. They can even learn to design the next great video game in our Interactive Media and Game Development program or study the stars in our Astrophysics program.
Our unique downtown location offers students access to internship and co-op opportunities in a wide range of fields, helping them gain important work experience while they complete their undergraduate degree.
Suffolk University also offers our students a variety of engaging activities. Among our sports teams, intramurals, and more than 75 student organizations, they can find an outlet for their passions here.
Suffolk has three modern dormitory facilities that provide Internet, cable, and telephone access as well as beautiful views of the city. Our campus also features a state-of-the-art undergraduate library and a newly renovated theater.
The University's excellent academic programs emphasize high-quality teaching, small class size, and real-world career applications. Suffolk's faculty members are of the highest caliber. Ninety-one percent of them hold PhDs and many are practicing professionals in their fields.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Suffolk University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 6. The application fee at Suffolk University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.0 percent and an early acceptance rate of 65.1 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||79.0%|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||June 6|
The student-faculty ratio at Suffolk University is 11:1, and the school has 41.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Suffolk University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.
Suffolk University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,811, with a gender distribution of 43.4 percent male students and 56.6 percent female students. At this school, 23.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78.0 percent of students live off campus. Suffolk University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Suffolk University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Suffolk University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Suffolk University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Suffolk University, 63.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,405.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$30,792 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$14,730 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data