Suffolk University in Boston, MA

Learn what degree programs Suffolk University in Boston, MA, offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Suffolk University

Established in 1906, Suffolk University is a 4-year, private school located in downtown Boston, MA. The university is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2011, it was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the 376 best colleges in the nation.


As of 2012, the college enrolled about 9,500 students, including 960 international students. It boasted an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 and a law school student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.

The university offers more than 40 undergraduate and 19 graduate fields of study through the College of Arts & Sciences and New England School of Art & Design. It also offers graduate programs through the Sawyer Business School and Suffolk Law School. Approximately 18 joint degree programs are also available.

The school operates two art galleries, two theaters and three libraries, and it houses three special collections focusing on literature and poetry. It operates a campus in Madrid and two satellite campuses in Massachusetts, one in Cape Cod and another in Lawrence.


First-year student applicants must submit the common application, Suffolk Application Supplement and SAT scores. Applications may be submitted online or via regular mail. Most freshmen applicants apply for admission between November 1 and February 1. You can check the status of your application using the MySuffolk account portal, which requires an e-mail address. In the fall of 2011, the school accepted 82% of applicants.

The school has about 5,000 undergraduate students who are from 45 U.S. states and 103 countries. The student body is 56 percent female and 44 percent male as of 2012.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Suffolk University's 2012-2013 full-time undergraduate tuition was $15,336 per semester. Its full-time graduate tuition for that same period was $9,012 per semester. The per-credit-hour charge for law school was about $1,460. Additional fees were charged for joint degree programs. Tuition must be paid in full at the start of each semester, but the school does offer a deferral option to students.

In addition to accepting federal and private loans, the school offers about 40 different scholarships. These scholarships may be geared towards dependents of alumni, culturally diverse students or toward students showing academic excellence in their field of study. The university also offers a Yellow Ribbon scholarship to students receiving tuition assistance under the 9/11 GI Bill. Work study and student employment opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students, but graduate students may also take advantage of fellowships.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body About 9,500 students, approximately 5,000 of whom were undergraduates (2012)*
Student Housing Four on-campus housing facilities available*
Schools and Programs 70 undergraduate and 19 graduate fields of study through two colleges, a business school and a law school*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: General Studies (1)
Bachelor's: Marketing/Marketing Management, General (122), Business Administration and Management, General (103)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (90), Accounting (76)
Doctoral: Law (536)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 55%**
Admissions Rate 82% (2011)**
First Year Retention Rates 75% (2010-2011)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date For Fall 2013: November 15, 2012 for Early Action admission; February 15, 2013 for standard admission*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $15,336 for full-time undergraduate and $9,012 for full-time graduate students per year (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Federal and private loans, merit-based scholarships, Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance, other scholarships*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 79%**

Sources: *Suffolk University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108-2770
  • Phone: (617) 573-8000
  • Website:

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