From the School

Suffolk University is a comprehensive private university located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill. This global university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 70 areas of study. Distinguished by its teaching, the university utilizes the intellectual contributions of its faculty to provide a diverse, challenging and uniquely supportive environment in which motivated and capable students flourish. Students and faculty work together on our Beacon Hill campus, in the heart of historic Boston. They also come together at satellite campuses elsewhere in Massachusetts and in China, Europe and Africa. Suffolk students also meet virtually in our Suffolk MBA online program. The University's three schools -the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and the Law School -provide a challenging, yet supportive educational environment for motivated students.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 560
SAT Math
450 - 570
ACT Composite
20 - 25


February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record


Students Say

Located in "the heart of downtown Boston," Suffolk University offers a "happy environment" for "anyone who wants to be at a school and still be directly in the city." The university offers "a wide selection of interesting majors" and small class sizes throughout its College of Arts and Sciences and business school, giving this "united, diverse mass of students" a "global per­ spective in a real-world, urban setting." Students observe that depending on "[which] professor you will like the class or not." Across the board, the teachers come across as being "very friendly" and genuine, and they "speak to you like an adult with respect." Some professors are "a bit dry;" however, "when you find [a great professor], they will be there for you through anything." Many here "wish the classes were more challenging," saying that course work is "not as challenging as the school implies, but it is not easy." The school "offers students the resources they need should they want to put more effort into classes, job searching, and anything else, really;" students simply need to be self-motivated to take advantage of it. "Class participation comes naturally because class size is so small and the professor knows your name," says a freshman. "The administration is a little ridiculous sometimes with [its] rules," but overall it has "good relationships with the students."

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

John McDonnell BSBA '83
President, International and Chief Operating Officer Patron Spirits Interna

Sharon Bryan BSBA '81
Chief Operating Officer The Rockport Company

Robert Kaplan BSBA '82
Executive Vice President and Head of Global Services State Street Corporati

Kodiak Starr BFA '01
Creative Director of New Media at the White House

Richard M. Rosenberg, BSJ’52, DCS’91
Retired Chairman, Bank of America

Christopher Lynch BSBA '86
Partner, Atlas Ventures

Dr. Karen DeSalvo BA '88, DHL '10
Health Commissioner and Senior Health Adviser to the Mayor City of


From The School

Undergraduate Tuition Full-time,Per Semester $9,335 Part-time: Per Course $1476 Graduate Tuition* Full-time Per Semester: $11,350.00 Part Time, Per semester:$2268.00 Freshman New Student Fee $85 Transfer New Student Fee $45 MBA New Student Fee $150 Residence Fees Room and Board (per semester): Residence Halls Single Room Double/Triple Room Quad 150 Tremont Street $5,150.50 $4,495.50 $4280.50 (includes residence hall activity fee and local telephone access) 10 Somerset Street $5,192.50 $4.537.50 $4,322.50 (includes residence hall activity fee, cable TV and local telephone access) 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom Studio 131 Tremont Street $5,222.50 $4,662.50 $4,462.60 (includes residence hall activity fee only) Meal Plan Plan A Plan B Plan C Per Semester $1,050 $930.00 $1,170


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Looking for a great new way to meet other students, have fun, and enhance your Suffolk University experience? We have a diverse array of nearly 75 student run clubs and campus organizations to choose from. By supporting The SOULS Community Service Center, Women's Programs, Commuter Programs and coordinating the efforts of student-run clubs and organizations, the Student Activities Office enriches the social and cultural life of the University, and helps prepare students for citizenship in a global community. In addition to these options, we also work closely with the Student Performing Arts Programs to offer additional involvement opportunities centered around the arts. Some of the organizations/clubs on our campus include: Commuter Student Association Performing Arts Council Dance Team Greek Letter Organizations Amnesty International of Suffolk University Islamic Cultual Society Suffolk Jewish Society Student Media Beacon Yearbook and many, many more!

Students Say

Most of the kids here come out of "a medium to high income family" and are from "some town in Massachusetts," though Suffolk has a lot of international students. "It is very easy for a student to blend in due to Suffolk being a very diverse campus." Cultures and beliefs do indeed vary greatly-"that is defi­ nitely a part of what makes Suffolk so unique"-but "most students are friendly and interact with one another regardless of where they are from." However, there is a slight-though not tense-divide between two other clas­ sifications of Suffolk students: the large commuter populations and those who live in on-campus housing. "Suffolk is not very successful at integrating the two, but everyone seems to get along okay," says a student. Luckily, classes also require several group projects, "forcing students to work together." Preppy seems to be what the Suffolk student body preaches, and button downs, polo shirts, and Uggs abound-"most would never wear pajamas or sweatpants to class."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
31% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time


From The School

Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston. Highlights of our Beacon Hill facilities include Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, the Boston Public Garden, the Charles River, and many other attractions. The University is close to stations on all 4 T lines. Nearby parking at the Boston Common Parking Garage, Government Center Garage, and the Massachusetts State Capitol.

Students Say

With the city as its "campus and playground," there is an "endless array of things to do" at Suffolk University, including shopping, museums, restaurants, and culture. "The students become part of the city," says a sophomore. "Suffolk doesn't really have a campus," though no one really seems to mind, as most students knew what they had signed on for when they enrolled. Due to space constraints, not all upperclassmen can live on campus, and many happily choose to live in Boston apartments. "My classes require me to walk through the Common everyday," says one student. For those who do live on campus, the university offers freshman orientation activities that "students can partici­ pate [in] to ease the tensions of moving into a dorm and being on your own." Most students take their social lives off campus, choosing to hang out at other colleges and in the city itself. Suffolk's campus is dry, so "students have to find other places in which to party" on the weekends (weeknights are typically dedicated to homework). As for the commuters, most "don't interact directly with [resident] students as much." Unsurprisingly, "there's a lot of Boston pride among Suffolk students." "Everyone loves the Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Bruins."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

1% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Rams)
6 Sports

Cross Country

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northeastern University


Suffolk University is home to a robust sustainability program, which includes a combination of high visibility and behind-the-scenes initiatives. Academically, this urban university offers approximately eighty classes that pertain to environmental topics in subjects such as environmental studies, environmental science and engineering, interior design, law, government, and public administration. Workshops at new student and employee orientations help raise awareness about campus environmental initiatives. The University, which has an award-winning recycling program, is striving to recycle at least half of its waste stream. Waste reduction is a high priority. Each year during move-out, students living in residence halls are encouraged to donate items such as books, clothes, and unopened food. This waste reduction initiative lightens the load for students, reduces trash hauling needs for the university, and benefits area non-profits. The on-campus cafes and bookstores offer incentives for customers who reduce waste, for instance, by using a travel mug or a reusable bag. Water bottle filling stations recently installed in several buildings are a popular amenity. They make it fast and easy to fill up reusable bottles with filtered tap water, and have already helped to avoid the use of thousands of disposable water bottles. In addition to waste reduction, the university has recently invested in receptacles that include sections for waste, mixed recycling, and composting, enabling café diners to recycle. The university also substantially increases its composting activity each successive academic year. Currently, the university is composting more than 80 tons of food scraps annually. The university has committed to achieving LEED Silver or higher for new building projects and major renovations. LEED-certified buildings on campus include the 10 West Residence Hall (Gold) and Modern Theatre (Silver).

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

HP, Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Lindsey Darling
Campus Visit & Event Coordinator

Suffolk Welcome Center
73 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
73 Tremont Cafe
Donahue Student Activity Center
Sawyer Library
Donahue Cafe
Saywer Library Student Lounge
Sawyer Computer Lab,Donahue Computer Lab, Sawyer Lounge, 150 Tremont St Dining Room, Sawyer Library 9th floor student lounge

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Library
Fanueil Hall
New England Aquarium
Newbury Street
Fenway Park, Bank North Garden, Museum of Fine Arts, Prudential, Quincy Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F and Sat by appointment
9:30-4 and by appointment

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
In Boston the primary mode of public transportation is the T (short for MBTA). The T system includes four color-coded subway/trolley transit lines: Green, Red, Orange, and Blue. In addition to the subway/trolley lines, the T also runs a bus and commuter train service. Suffolk University is located within close walking distance to the Green and Red lines at Park Street, the Green and Blue lines at Goverment Center, the Green line at Boylston and the Orange line at Downtown Crossing. If you would like to use public transportation and would like more information on destinations please call the MBTA Information Service at (617)722-3200, Monday-Friday, 6:30am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. Questions regarding rates and other T servies can be directed at the MBTA Switchboard at (617)733-5000. You may also visit the MBTA Website at: If you prefer to take a taxi instead, the taxi stands are located at all bus and train terminals and at Logan International Airport, as well as at many subway stations. In the downtown Boston/Beacon Hill area, you can usally hail a cab on the street. The following are taxi companies that provide servie to the Suffolk University Area: Town Taxi-- (617)536-5000, and Yellow Cab-- (617)536-3600

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving to Suffolk From the North Take the Southeast Expressway/Interstate 93 or Route 1 South (the two merge in Boston) across the Leonard P. Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge and into the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel. Take Exit 24A Government Center. At the end of the ramp, follow signs for Government Center/Faneuil Hall. At the set of traffic lights, make a left onto North Street. At the end of North Street, make a left onto Congress Street and take the first right onto Court Street. From Court Street, turn left on to Tremont Street and look for the Center Plaza Garage on your right, OR turn right onto Beacon Street and park at 73 Tremont Street on your left. From either location, you should be able to walk to any Suffolk University building. From the South Take Interstate 95 North to the Northeast Expressway/Interstate 93 North. Enter the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel and take Exit 23 Government Center. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto New Chardon Street. You can park in the Government Center Garage that will be on your left, OR continue to the second set of lights, take a left onto Tremont Street, and look for the Center Plaza Parking Garage entrance on your right. From either location, you should be able to walk to any Suffolk University building. From the West Take the Massachusetts Turnpike/Interstate 90 East to Northeast Expressway/Interstate 93 North. Enter the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel and take Exit 23 Government Center. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto New Chardon Street. You can park in the Government Center Garage that will be on your left, OR continue to the second set of lights, take a left onto Tremont Street, and look for the Center Plaza Parking Garage entrance on your right. From either location, you should be able to walk to any Suffolk University building. From Logan Airport Exit the airport, following the signs to Boston/Sumner Tunnel. (Please note: There is a $3.00 toll when traveling from the Sumner Tunnel into Boston.) Upon exiting the tunnel, bear right and immediately after the first traffic light, take your second left and then another, sharp left onto Blackstone Street. At the end of Blackstone Street, turn right onto North Street. At the end of North Street, make a left onto Congress Street and take the first right onto Court Street. From Court Street, turn left on to Tremont Street and look for the Center Plaza Garage on your right, OR turn right onto Beacon Street and park at 73 Tremont Street on your left. From either location, you should be able to walk to any Suffolk University building.

Local Accommodations
XV Beacon Hotel 15 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108 617.670.1500 Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro 25 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114 617.723.7575 Beacon Inn 1087 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 617.566.0088 Beacon Plaza 1459 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 617.232.6550 Bertram Inn 92 Sewall avenue Brookline, MA 02446 800.295.3822 Best Western- Roundhouse Suites 891 Massachusetts Avenue Boston, MA 02108 617.989.1000 Best Western- Terrace Inn 1650 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02135 866.764.3603 Best Western- Tria 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy Cambridge, MA 02138 617.491.8000 Boston Harbor Hotel 70 Rowes Wharf Boston, MA 02110 617.439.7000 Boston Park Plaza Hotel 64 Arlington Street Boston, MA 02110 617.426.2000 Brookline Manor Inn 32 Center Street Boston, MA 02446 617.323.0003 Chandler Inn 26 Chandler Street Boston, MA 02116 617.482.3450 Comfort Inn 900 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02122 617.287.9200 Comfort Inn and Suites 85 American Legion Hwy Revere, MA 02111 800.455.3600 Courtyard Inn 100 Morris Street Revere, MA 02151 781.324.1900 Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel 275 Tremont street Boston, MA 02116 800.321.2211 Double Tree Guest Suites 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134 617.783.0090 Double Tree Guest Suites 821 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111 617.956.7900 Fairmont Copley Plaza 138 St. James Avenue Boston, MA 02116 617.267.5300 Four Seasons 200 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 617.338.4400 Hampton Inn 230 Lee Burbank Hwy Revere, MA 02151 781.286.5665 Hampton Inn 191 Monsignor O’Brien Highway cambridge, MA 02141 617.494.5300 Harborside Inn of Boston 185 State Street Boston, MA 02109 617.723.7500 Harvard Square Hotel 110 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617.864.5200 Hilton Boston Back Bay 40 Dalton Street Boston, MA02115 617.236.1100 Hilton Boston Financial District 89 Broad Street Boston, MA 02108 617.556.0066 Holiday Inn 5 Blossom Street Boston, MA 02114 617.742.7630 Holiday Inn 1200 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446 617.277.1200 Holiday Inn 399 Grove Street Newton, MA 02462 617.969.5300 Holiday Inn 225 McClellan Highway Boston, MA 02128 617.569.5250 Holiday Inn 69 Boston Street Dorchester, MA 02125 617.288.3030 Howard Johnson’s 1271 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215 617.267.8300 Hyatt Downtown 1 Avenue De Lafayette Boston, MA 02111 617.912.1234 Langham Hotel 250 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110 617.451.1900 Marriot Hotels and Resorts 110 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02116 617.236.5800 Marriot Hotels and Resorts 6 State Street Boston, MA 02109 (617) 227-0800‎ Meridien Hotel 20 Sidney Street Cambridge, MA 02139 617.577.0200 Midtown Hotel 220 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115 800.984.6835 Milner Hotel 78 South Charles Street Boston, MA 02116 617.426.6220 Nine Zero Hotel 90 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108 866.906.9090 Omni Parker Hotel 60 School Street Boston, MA 02108 617.227.8600 Radisson Hotel 777 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02139 617.492.7777 Radisson Hotel 200 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116 617.482.1800 Residence Inn 6 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA 02142 617.349.0700 Ritz-Carlton 10 Avery Street Boston, MA 02111 (617) 574-7100‎ Samuel Sewall Inn 143 St. Paul Street Brookline, MA 02446 617.713.0123 Seaport Hotel 1 Seaport Lane Boston, MA 02210 617.385.4212 Sheraton 39 Dalton Street Boston, MA 02199 617.236.2000 Westin 425 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210 617.532.4600 Westin 10 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02216 617.262.9600
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