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Suffolk University

Boston, MA

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Overview

Introduction

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private university in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. 

For students interested in learning in a new culture, Suffolk offers study abroad programs at the university’s campus in Madrid as well as programs in 25 other countries. 

In addition to academic opportunities, Suffolk University’s ideal location in downtown Boston gives students easy access to 10 museums, 57 historical sites, 2,300 acres of parks, the city’s famous sports venues, world-class restaurants and theaters, and countless businesses where they can gain career-related experience. Suffolk students learn hands-on through internships and in-class partnerships with executives from the city’s government, finance, medical, arts, and tech sectors. 

We are proud to welcome students from all walks of life. Diversity is in our DNA, and we celebrate it at our inclusive campus.

Key Facts & Overview of Suffolk University

Suffolk University offers undergraduate students over 70 degree programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School, a robust honors program, and a second location at our Suffolk University Madrid Campus. Undergraduates can earn their BA, BS, BSBA, BFA, or associate’s degrees, as well as various certificates. 

At our Suffolk University Madrid Campus students can study abroad, spend up to their first two years, or even earn their entire degree in international relations. There, they’ll learn and live with students from more than 25 countries and take courses infused with a global perspective.

Our political science majors study next door to the Massachusetts State House They intern there, too—and at Boston City Hall, agencies, consulates, and consulting firms. They can also gain insights on federal politics with the Washington Center. 

Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program’s curriculum offers coursework in in-demand fields like cybersecurity, FinTech (financial technology), and big data. Students learn from our faculty’s insights and connections, collaborations with real-world clients, and internships at Boston’s top employers.

Our law majors gain the knowledge they need to become successful paralegals and prepare for law school. This ABA-approved degree introduces them to key legal concepts, and they enjoy access to the library at nationally ranked Suffolk University Law School.

Our psychology majors can balance their requirements with law, education, gender studies, and sociology electives. They also intern at hospitals and human services organizations in Greater Boston, and gain hands-on lab experience while conducting cutting-edge research alongside their faculty mentors.     

For much more on these and our other programs, please visit suffolk.edu.

Admissions at Suffolk University

Suffolk University accepts both our own application and the Common Application. Additionally, we require an application fee (waived when students visit in person or virtually), an essay/personal statement, an official high school transcript or GED/HiSET results, one letter of recommendation. Suffolk is test-optional for domestic applicants, who may choose to submit their test scores. Non-native English speakers may submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English test instead of an ACT or SAT. 

BFA applicants must submit a portfolio of artwork along with the required admission materials above. 

Our Early Action deadline is November 15; March 1 is the deadline for fall admission. 

Financial Factors | Cost & Financial Aid at Suffolk University

Suffolk University is committed to making higher education as affordable as possible. Our Office of Student Financial Services works with students and families, offering expert guidance and a range of financial assistance. 

For the 2021–22 academic year, tuition is $41,242. Room and board is $17,766 for resident students living in University-sponsored housing.  

Suffolk awarded $129 million in financial aid to undergraduate students. Ninety-four percent of new undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. 

All applicants, including international students, are automatically considered for merit-based aid at the time of admission. These merit scholarships range from $5,000 to $22,000. 

To be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our priority fall financial aid deadline is March 1.

Location & Contact

Address 8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA  02108-2770
United States
Contact Lark Krajeski
Director of Undergraduate Admission
Email: admission@suffolk.edu
Phone: 617-573-8460
Fax: 617-742-4291

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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
Radiation Biology/radiobiology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
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Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
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International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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International And Intercultural Communication Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General Checkmark
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Chemistry, General Checkmark
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Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Corrections And Criminal Justice, Other Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Economics, General Checkmark
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Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, Other Checkmark
Social Sciences, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Graphic Design Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts, General Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

7,831
Applied
6,714
Accepted
4,398
Enrolled
86%
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Female Admissions

4,771
Females Applied
4,154
Females Accepted
87%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

3,060
Males Applied
2,560
Males Accepted
84%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.37
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 15th Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Transfer June 30th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 564 510 620
SAT Math 548 500 590
ACT Composite 23 21 25

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

41,242
Private
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Fees

406
Full-time student fees
17,766
Room & board
14,850
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

30,024
Avg. Financial Aid Package
32,841
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
13,580
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,535
Avg. Loan Aid
14,982
Avg. Grant Aid
29,505
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
70%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
13%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

4,398
Total Undergrad students
17%
International Students
30%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 14.44%
Black or African American 5.63%
White or Caucasian 49.21%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.21%
Asian 7.7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.02%
Two or more races 2.64%
Other 3.43%

Gender

Male (42.31%)
Female (57.69%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 20%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Involvement Fairs, Ramily Reunion and Fall Concert

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Program Council, Caribbean Student Network, Black Student Union and Asian American Association

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Volleyball No Division 3 No

Faculty

623
Total Faculty
14:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 372
Part-time - 251
Male - 321
Female - 295
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