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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 Course Topics. 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.

Profile of Suffolk University

Suffolk University is located in Boston, MA (a large city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Suffolk University is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Suffolk University is known for its programs in media, law, and business and management.

Suffolk University Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 460. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 570. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Suffolk University has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Suffolk University had 9, 103 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference.

Suffolk University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management783business management, accounting, finance, marketing, international business, business, entrepreneurship, human resources, . . .
Law540law, legal assistant
Media158public relations, advertising, journalism, communication studies, mass communication, organizational communications, public relations and advertising, radio and TV tech, . . .
Liberal Arts156political science, political science and government, English language and literature, international relations, American history, economics, international economics, sociology, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement114criminology, corrections and criminal justice
Therapy and Counselling91clinical psychology, child psychology, personality psychology, mental health Counselling, school psychology, social psychology, psychology, organizational psychology
Family and Social Work69public administration, human services, public policy analysis, social service professions
Design52interior design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Education and Teaching39higher education administration, adult education, secondary teaching, middle school teaching, education, educational administration, teacher ed
Science32biology, radiation biology, biochemistry, physics, physical sciences, chemistry, marine biology, chemistry courses, . . .
Fine Arts13fine arts, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts8acting, stagecraft, drama, theatre arts management
Medical Support and Technology5radiation therapist
Medical administration3health care administration
Engineering2environmental engineering, electrical engineering
Photography and Commercial Art2film studies
Engineering Technician1environmental engineering tech
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science
Art Studies0visual and performing arts, art studies
office and Administration0office data entry

Contact: Suffolk University

Suffolk University

8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill

Boston, MA 02108-2770

General Phone: (617) 573-8000


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