About Suffolk University

Founded in 1906, Suffolk University. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 5,191 full time undergraduate students, and 2,270 full time graduate students.

The Suffolk University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 341 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Suffolk University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate84%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range910-1120
ACT Range20-25

Admissions at are considered Less Selective, with ,26% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

74% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 36% were in the top quarter, and 13% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Suffolk University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
36%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
11%
“We save it for the classroom”
11%
“Sometimes, but not often”
54%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
54%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
36%
“I feel extremely safe”
64%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
32%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
36%
“They keep regular office hours”
57%
“They”re always available”
18%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
79%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
4%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
43%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
25%
“We only party on weekends”
25%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
39%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
11%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
36%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
11%
“We save it for the classroom”
11%
“Sometimes, but not often”
54%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
25%
“All the time, including weekends”
4%
“I”m always terrified”
7%
“I only go out in groups”
54%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
36%
“I feel extremely safe”
64%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
32%
“We bought the gear”
5%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
7%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
64%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
25%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
4%
“Available in class”
36%
“They keep regular office hours”
57%
“They”re always available”
18%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
79%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
4%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
43%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
25%
“We only party on weekends”
25%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
4%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
54%
“There might be people who do”
39%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    66 Students rated on-campus housing 3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    66 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    77 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    88 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    88 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    88 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    88 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    88 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

Suffolk University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Suffolk University?

34 Students rated Suffolk University

Shania - 11/17/2023

I had always known that I wanted to attend Suffolk University, when I was finally given the opportunity to do so it was a dream come true. The university itself is in the heart of Boston surrounded by shops such as Dunkin Donuts leading towards Tremont and Washington St. As a student, most jobs close to campus are extremely close to campus itself. If you had wanted to work at Chipotle you can apply online and walk down the street towards Washington St. If you wanted to work at Dunkin Donuts there is one on Tremont St on both ends. However, as a result of Suffolk's location it is also incredibly frustrating to attend at first when you enter as a freshman. The campus itself is small, however, due to the buildings being spread out there is a chance you may get lost or struggle to find your classes due to the layout of the campus itself. You may also be uneasy as a student due to the homeless population which occupies Tremont constantly, however, you will most likely find them further up Tremont rather than directly on the freedom trail which Suffolk resides. As a commuter, it is difficult to make friends due to the fact that there is no parking or no way for you to stay in Boston after 5pm due to how dangerous it may get at night when the city becomes full of life.

durra - 07/22/2023

okay school. not something a totally regret but im sure i would be happier with another choice. the professors are okay if u actually make effort to know them and the value behind the way they teach. the food is not good. but you are in the city with plenty of food options. i wouldn't have even gotten the meal plan if it wasnt mandatory.

Maggie - 06/20/2023

Suffolk University is a fun, involved school with students from many different backgrounds and passions. It is in an amazing location in downtown Boston near the Boston Common, Downtown Crossing, and Newbury Street. My professors were very helpful and passionate about helping students succeed. There are also many different extracurriculars, specially for people who enjoy arts, music, and theatre.

Maximo - 04/03/2023

Suffolk University Law School offers a diverse and supportive community with experienced faculty and practical learning opportunities. Its location in downtown Boston provides students with access to a range of legal experiences. However, the cost of attendance is high and some students report a competitive atmosphere.

Suffolk University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Suffolk University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Suffolk University is 84%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Suffolk University doesn't have a lot to offer its students in my opinion. I will be transferring to the University of New Hampshire for a more college experience.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    boring.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about Suffolk University is the constant temptaion to aviod school work. Living and going to school in the very middle of the city lead many students to party a lot more than study, and at a level a lot higher than average campus dwelling college kids. There is also no sense of community, downtown Boston is your campus and that is not for everyone.

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  5. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Suffolk University is best known for its lack of campus and student involvment.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school is a very-supportive, greatly located in the heart of boston with great opportunities that are given to all students who attend the school.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Well for my freshman and sophmore years I am attending the Madrid campus. It has been an unbeliavable experience and I have grown a lot as a person.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Heavy partying students shouldn't attend this school. It is a very academic focused university. There aren't very many varsity sports either.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing is the campus it's self its in a great neighborhood and there is a lot of offer.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I tell them that Suffolk's Student Activity Center is one of the best at any school I have attended. They have clubs for every race, interest, ethnicity, and ideology. It is a very diverse campus and it aims to please all students. They center is extrememly helpful for new students who want to meet people. They can join a student organization and gain friends for life!

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about Suffolk University is the lack of housing on campus. Housing is not guaranteed for anybody, which puts a strain on maintaining friendships with other classmates. Also, because of the housing issue, there are numerous on campus groups that only meet during the weekday when a lot of students hold jobs or internships off campus.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing, It was everything I had expected and more.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who is looking for a good location and a chance to meet a lot of people.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Suffolk's academics are really outstanding. Although it is not the most difficult school to get into, most students are very motivated and interested in their classes. The professors I have had so far are extremely dedicated and clearly love what they do. Their focus is not on trying to make the class as hard as possible, but to make sure you understand the material and to challenge you. The small class sizes are the best part about Suffolk's academics. My classes have ranged from 15-30 students. Professors talk to students, not at them and make an effort to learn names. Most classes are not boring lectures, but discussions where students' opinions are valued. I am a marketing major in the Honors Program, and I strongly suggest that you look into the Honors Program to see if you qualify. Honors scholars currently receive full tuition, priority housing and class registration, and have many other special privileges such as networking events and internship opportunities.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Suffolk has a sufficient variety of clubs and sports. One distinct feature about Suffolk is that there is no football team and we are a Division III school. Also, the only sports venue on campus is a basketball/volleyball court. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you are looking for in a college. Although althetics are not a prominent part of student life, it is still there and taken advantage of by many students. There are many clubs that students can get involved in. These include ethic/religious groups, theater, choirs, charity organizations, government and clubs relating to certain majors. The problem is that most of these clubs meet at the same time (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 1-2). I strongly recommed getting involved with something that interests you early on to become more familiar with student life and to meet people with similar interests to you. The dorms at Suffolk are much nicer than dorms at other schools. There is 150 Tremont, which is the traditional hallway style dorm, Miller Hall, where 2 rooms share one private bathroom, and 10 West, which has apartment-stlye rooms. However, there are limited dorming opportunities. Many students have been denied housing, so send your deposit in early. The students that do not receive housing find apartments. This is where most of the party scene of Suffolk takes place, so make friends with someone with an apartment if you are into that. At the beginning of the year, a lot of students in the dorms leave their doors open and are very open to making new friends. It is up to you to take advantage of this opportunity and not to be shy. Although much of the Boston nightlife is 21+ and there is a ban on 18+ clubs, there are still a few places that have 18+ nights.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Suffolk is definitely different than colleges you see in the movies. There is no tree-lined campus with historic buildings and frathouses. However, Suffolk has a lot of things that suburban colleges can not offer. It's smack in the middle of downtown Boston and mostly everywhere you want to go is within walking distance. My friends who go to suburban colleges brag about the Dunkin' Donuts on campus or the shuttle bus to Target. At Suffolk you can walk to Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall, The North End, Newbury Street, and Copley Plaza, nevermind all the other parts of Boston that are only a few minutes away on the T. Although the big city seems overwhelming, Suffolk has a small campus so that you will not be lost in the crowd. When applying to colleges, I wanted a small, suburban campus and wanted nothing to do with the city. Once I visited the campus, I realized that Suffolk was a small community within a large city, giving it the best of both worlds.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Suffolk University is as diverse as a university comes. We have people from all over the country, as well as all over the world; people who like sports, politics, music, photography, science, you name it. There are no "clicks" or stereotypes at Suffolk University, which is something I love. It allows you to walk around campus and say hi to a variety of different people without feeling self-conscious or awkward. Suffolk is one big loving community and what ever type of person you are, you'll fit in here.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    absolutely

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    There are the rich "Suffolk is the only school I got into because my parents gave a huge grant" kids who walk around looking down at you from their Gucci sunglasses and scoff at anyone who doesnt look like they're going to a photoshoot on their way to a monday morning class. Equally as obnoxious are the pretentious, artsy segment of NESAD's (New England School of Art and Design) students who look like they're straight out of an urban outfitters catalogue and sit outside 150 Tremont chain smoking cigarettes and talking about how much they love Vampire Weekend. There is a large international population that mostly keeps to themselves and then there are the "I could be going to Northeastern or BU but I got a free ride here" kids who mostly make up the honors program, therefore there's no chance in hell you'll ever see one of them in your classes if you got an average score on your SAT's. Suffolk is very cliquey, especially if you live in the dorms because there are so few students that you see on a day to day basis (most of Suffolk is a commuter campus) ...Then there are the minority that are actually nice, friendly, accepting people who cant really afford to go on shopping trips for designer clothes (because they're traditional college students without a trust fund) , wear pajamas to class occasionally and don't judge people by what type of music they listen to.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

5,191

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,270

Total Grad Students

28%

Out-Of-State

56%

In-State

16%

International

Organizations

75

Student Organizations

1

Fraternities

1

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

14%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
8%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
11%
% White or Caucasian
43%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

93% of students attending Suffolk University receive some sort of financial aid. 32% were awarded federal grants. While 59% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$35,578

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$14,730

Room and Board

51,508

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$24,359
$30 - $48K
$25,361
$48 - $75K
$26,253
$75 - $110K
$30,737
$110K & UP
$32,907

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