Suffolk University

Suffolk University

Suffolk University, or SU, is a private university located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in 1906 by Gleason Archer, Sr. as the Suffolk School of Law. SU expanded during the 1930s and started offering liberal arts and business programs. The university also offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Sawyer Business School
  • Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences
  • Suffolk University Law School

Suffolk University fields more than 30 varsity sports teams. Their official mascot is the Ram and the sports teams are known as the Rams. Some of the notable alumni are Thomas J. Lane, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts; Dan Harrington, world renowned poker player; and James Bamford, journalist and author.

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Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill
Boston , MA 02108-2770
General Phone: (617) 573-8000

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Suffolk University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management853business, business management, non-profit management, business administration, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, financial planning, human resources, ...
Law513law, legal assistant
Liberal Arts181German studies, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, humanities, ...
Media146communication studies, mass communication, journalism, organizational communications, public relations, advertising, political communication, public relations and advertising, communications tech, ...
Security and Law Enforcement121corrections and criminal justice, criminology
Therapy and Counseling114psychology, clinical psychology, child psychology, organizational psychology, personality psychology, social psychology, school psychology, mental health counseling
Family and Social Work76human services, public administration, public policy analysis, social service professions
Design74interior design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Science57biology, biochemistry, biophysics, radiation biology, biotechnology, marine biology, science and society, physical sciences, chemistry, ...
Education and Teaching42education, educational administration, higher education administration, adult education, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed
Medical Administration13health care administration
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts8drama, acting, theatre arts management, stagecraft
Engineering8electrical engineering, environmental engineering
Fine Arts7fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Photography and Commercial Art4film studies
Engineering Technician3electrical/electronic tech, environmental engineering tech, electrical drafting
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science
Art Studies1visual and performing arts, art studies
Medical Support and Technology1radiation therapist
Office and Administration0office data entry

Number of programs and degrees for Suffolk University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,04184
Master's degree68033
Post-master's certificate47
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years278
First-professional degree4721
Associate's degree36
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years06
Doctor's degree152
Postbaccalaureate certificate54

Suffolk University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Suffolk University had a total enrollment of 9,103 students (6,481 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 59%
Graduate 24%
First Professional 16%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 16%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 24%
20-21 21%
22-24 19%
25-29 20%
30-34 7%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Suffolk University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 40 %

Suffolk University Room and Board (2007)

Suffolk University offers campus housing for 1,048 of its 6,481 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Suffolk University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450550
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing450560
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT11%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Suffolk University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,954
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,954
Room and board $ 13,720
Room charge $ 11,630
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,612
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,574

Financial Aid:
Suffolk University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 221800)

Suffolk University Faculty

Suffolk University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7954
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4828

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year88$126,89332$112,619
Associate professoracademic year61$91,20164$84,178
Assistant professoracademic year74$82,50147$70,925
Instructoracademic year24$61,07510$60,526
All faculty totalacademic year247$98,384153$84,509

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Suffolk University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Track Great Northeast Athletic Conference

Suffolk University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Elect CAD/CADD
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
American History (United States)
Asian History
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
European History
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Studies
History, General
History, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communications Technology/Technician
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Organizational Communication, General
Political Communication
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology
Science, Technology and Society

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Personality Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Social Psychology

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