Suffolk University

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8 Ashburton Place

Boston, MA 02108

Phone: (617) 573-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#60 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Suffolk University is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,770 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Suffolk University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 60. Its tuition and fees are $31,716 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Suffolk University is a comprehensive university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Law School. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its student's unparalleled access to the city and all it offers. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus- Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it's museums and restaurants or internships and co-operative education experiences. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student's promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships. As we have done since our founding, we strive to give students the tools they need to be successful and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.
Suffolk's faculty members are of the highest caliber. Ninety-four percent of the faculty members hold Ph.D.'s and many are practicing professionals in their fields. However, their first priority is teaching and mentoring. The undergraduate academic program offers more than seventy majors and 1,000 courses. Suffolk was selected to the first tier of 'Best Universities Master's in the North' by U.S. News & World Report, as one of the 'Best 376 Colleges' by the Princeton Review, and to Barron's Best Buys in College Education. Suffolk offers more than eighty active student clubs and organizations, a nationally ranked debate team, three student-run publications, a strong performing arts program, and numerous special events, dances, lectures, and community service activities. A variety of intercollegiate and intramural athletics for both men and women are available. Suffolk has four residence halls, a state-of-the-art undergraduate library, and a new theater. Modern resident hall facilities provide Internet, cable, and telephone access and beautiful views of the city. The University has campuses in Boston and Madrid, Spain. Suffolk is a diverse university. There are over 1,000 international students enrolled at the Boston and Madrid campuses. The University is committed to helping international students adjust to life in the United States. Social and cultural activities are offered to all international students. Courses in English as a second language, writing, and tutoring are also offered. In 2015, the university will open a new state of the art classroom facility. Plans for this facility include new general-use and science classrooms, a light-filled cafeteria space that can be adapted for University functions, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $128,935,308


When applying to Suffolk University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, 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 78.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 78.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.4%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 6

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Suffolk University is 12:1, and the school has 37.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Suffolk University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 39%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 16%
Social Sciences 16%
Psychology 6%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Student Life

Suffolk University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,770, with a gender distribution of 43.8 percent male students and 56.2 percent female students. At this school, 22 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78 percent of students live off campus. Suffolk University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,044
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Suffolk University, 63.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,463.

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Tuition and fees $31,716 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,836 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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