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Boston, MA 02108-2770
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Suffolk University

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Introduction

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk University offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, joint degrees and certificate programs. Suffolk also offers summer courses and a diverse study-abroad program. They offer thirteen varsity sports as well as numerous club sports, intramural activities and social organizations. There is an active student life on campus that includes greek organizations, on-campus living, academic clubs and social get-togethers so that everybody will find something that they enjoy doing.

Being located in Boston means that students have access to some of the world’s finest dining, shopping and cultural events as well as numerous professional sports team complexes. Teams such as the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics—along with several other teams—all call Boston home, and students may go see their favorite teams play any time that they would like. Suffolk University offers the opportunity to gain a quality education in an environment that is rich with history and culture.

Academics

Suffolk University offers over forty undergraduate degrees and more than seventy graduate degrees, joint degrees and certificate programs. There are numerous ways that students may earn a degree as well. In addition to traditional fall and spring classroom courses, students may elect to participate in study-abroad programs, summer courses and an honors program. Suffolk also offers non-degree courses to both undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn new skills, test the academic waters or earn Continuing Education Units for their profession.

Undergraduate students may choose from a wide array of programs including art, biology, business, history, physics or social science. There are also programs specifically charted for graduate study such as pre-law and pre-med. As there are many graduate degrees offered at Suffolk, students may choose to complete their entire academic career at the same institution. This gives them the opportunity to remain in a familiar environment and form relationships with fellow students and faculty that will last a lifetime.

The study-abroad program at Suffolk University offers students the opportunity to work toward their degrees while learning their profession using a global perspective. Students may choose from such places as Australia, England, Costa Rica, France, Italy or Ireland as an international exchange student for a semester, or may also choose to enroll at Suffolk’s overseas campus in Madrid, Spain. There are dozens of beautiful places to choose from and students will gain not only an education but an experience that they will remember forever.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Students who wish to apply to Suffolk University will need to begin the process by completing the Common Application and the Suffolk Application Supplement. Both forms are available online and though submitting them via the internet hastens the process, equal consideration is given to applications received online and via regular mail.

Suffolk University utilizes a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications in an Early Entry period and a Regular Entry period for both fall and winter admission. Other documents that will need to be submitted include high school transcripts with class rank listed if possible, SAT or ACT scores, a student essay, and two recommendations; one from a counselor and one from a teacher.

Students applying should have completed a minimum number of English, math, science, language, history and other college preparatory classes. For more information regarding high school classes, applicants should consult the university. Suffolk does not require minimum test scores or grades, but considers the student as a whole when considering an applicant for admission.

There are, however, some recommendations that may increase the chance of acceptance because Suffolk wants to get to know you. The university suggest scheduling an interview to speak with an admissions committee member. Though this is not mandatory, it is yet another way that the university may gain more information in order to determine the chance of an applicant’s success. The university also recommends informing them of activities in addition to academic achievements including extracurricular involvement or community service projects. Anything that gives the school additional information is encouraged.

Graduate Admissions

Students wishing to apply to Suffolk University’s College of Arts & Science or the Sawyer Business School will be required to submit the application and fee as well as proof of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, a statement of professional goals, a current resume and transcripts of all previous academic work. The school also requires two professional or personal letters of recommendation written by people who are qualified to discuss the student’s likelihood of success. In addition, appropriate graduate school testing such as the GRE is required by many of the programs.

Applicants to the Suffolk Law School have separate admissions requirements. These include the application and fee, one letter of recommendation, LSAT scores, a personal statement regarding motivation and preparation, official transcripts from all academic sources, and proof of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and submit all transcripts and LSAT scores to them. In turn, they will generate a report that can be requested by Suffolk Law School.

Most of the graduate programs at Suffolk use a rolling admission so that students may start in either the fall or spring semester. Students interested in applying should contact the individual program for more information regarding application requirements in order to ensure that all guidelines are met.

Financial Aid

Suffolk offers a wide array of financial aid options to help students attain their educational goals. There are federal, state and university-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students who wish to receive financial aid should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning every January. Students should submit this application as soon as possible in order to receive all aid that is available. Many programs are available in limited amounts and may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will need financial information for both themselves and their families, so they should have this information available when completing the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1704th for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The Suffolk University Rams are an NCAA Division III athletics organization. They are also members of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Their colors are blue and gold and they offer thirteen varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer and tennis. Men have the additional options of baseball, golf and hockey while women may also choose to play volleyball.

The school also hosts a variety of club sports and intramural activities for students that may not be able to dedicate the time required for a varsity sport but who still wish to play on a team. Being located in Boston is ideal as Bostonians take their college sports very seriously. Every game is guaranteed to be full of excitement.

Bibliography

  • Suffolk University. Suffolk University. 2011. Web. 3 June 2011.
  • Suffolk University: The Official Home of the Rams. Suffolk University. 3 June 2011. Web. 3 June 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in Massachusetts and 859th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 4 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
Forcible Rape 271 0.04
Robbery 1,904 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,482 0.56
Larceny 14,064 2.26
Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02108-2770
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population3,446 (3,446 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,984 (1.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$71,199
Families611 (2.41 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2508

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 261st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $31,592 $31,592 $31,592
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $124 $124 $124
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $775 $775 $775
FT Graduate Tuition $31,980 $31,980 $31,980
FT Graduate Required Fees $40 $40 $40
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,135 $1,135 $1,135
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $49,979 $49,979 $49,979
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $50,196 $50,196 $50,196
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,785 $37,785 $37,785

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $44,934 $44,934
Law Degree — Required Fees $120 $120

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,894 $30,792 $29,894 $30,792 $29,894 $30,792
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $14,624 $14,448
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,484 $2,525
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $15,602 $14,147
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,034 $3,075
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,834 $4,875

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,275 (3,894 male / 5,381 female)
Admitted 7,652 (3,057 male / 4,595 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 1,188 (485 male / 703 female)
FT Enrollment 1,182 (481 male / 701 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (4 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment8,675

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

721st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

734th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 560
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,249
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$12,132
Board Fee$2,704

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 302 94 121 121 5 1,021 326 2,001
Accounting 69 6 11 36 56 16 195
Acting
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Advertising 3 1 1 21 14 40
American History (United States) 1 11 3 15
American Government and Politics (United States) 1 1
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 4
Art/Art Studies, General
Asian History 1 1
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Biochemistry 1 2 1 5 1 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 2 1 20 7 33
Biophysics
Biotechnology
Broadcast Journalism 3 3 23 7 36
Business Administration and Management, General 27 8 4 13 99 22 175
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 4 1 4 1 10
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 1 3
Business/Managerial Economics 1 12 2 15
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Chemistry, General 1 2 3
Chemistry, Other
Clinical Psychology
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Communications Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science 2 1 2 1 6
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7 7
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 6 6
Creative Writing 1 6 2 9
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science 3 4 1 1 24 4 37
Criminology 1 2 1 8 2 14
Critical Incident Response/Special Police Operations
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Developmental and Child Psychology
Digital Arts 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Economics, General 6 1 1 1 1 9 3 22
Economics, Other
Education, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 1 1
Engineering, Other 2 1 2 5
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 1 3 1 21 9 35
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 22 4 5 1 26 14 73
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Science 1 1 2
Environmental Studies 4 1 5
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 1 2 3 6
Ethics 1 1 9 3 14
European History 1 5 2 9
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 1 7 1 10
Finance, General 50 4 6 10 69 20 161
Financial Planning and Services
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 7 1 9
French Language and Literature 1 1
French Studies
General Studies 1 1 2
German Language and Literature 1 1 2
German Studies
Graphic Design 5 2 3 4 24 15 53
Health Services Administration 1 1 2
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 6 4 2 1 14 3 30
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 2 12 4 18
History, General 4 3 7
History, Other 1 1 1 3
Human Resources Development
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 9 1 11
Human Services, General 1 1
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 1 3
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Information Science/Studies
Interior Architecture
Interior Design 7 1 1 1 19 9 38
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 5 3 11
International Economics 5 1 1 3 10
International Relations and Affairs 4 1 7 1 13
Journalism 2 17 7 26
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 2 2 14 8 28
Legal Studies, General 2 1 10 1 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General 8 2 1 4 5 6 26
Management Science 5 1 2 1 7 1 17
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Marketing, Other 13 2 5 2 32 6 60
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 19 5 4 9 49 9 95
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 5 2 8
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mathematics, Other
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 4 4
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 1 11 3 16
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 5 1 6
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 2 19 1 23
Organizational Communication, General
Personality Psychology 1 1 2
Philosophy 9 8 17
Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences, Other
Physics, General 1 1
Political Communication
Political Science and Government, General 5 8 7 3 51 12 86
Political Science and Government, Other 1 2 3
Psychology, General 3 4 7 2 42 20 78
Public Administration 1 7 7 1 36 6 60
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Health, Other
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 3 2 10 2 48 22 87
Public Relations/Image Management 6 5 11
Public/Applied History 1 1
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 2 2
Radiation Biology/Radiobiology 4 2 6
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician
School Psychology 7 8
Science, Technology and Society 1 1 2
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Psychology
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Sociology 2 9 16 4 30 14 75
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 11 3 18
Taxation 2 1 2 17 4 26
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 2 2
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General 4 1 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 200th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $101,692 ($105,367 male / $90,388 female)
Number of FT Faculty 358 (204 male / 154 female)
Number of PT Faculty 780
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $12,483,425

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