Suffolk University in Boston

Boston, MA

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Suffolk University offers 717-degree programs and 42 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 84%. The most popular test is SAT - 80% of students submitted it in comparison to 16% of students who submitted ACT. 43.6% are women, and 56.4% are men. 19% percents of international students. Suffolk University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Suffolk University is 27209$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $38733 and $51021 per year. 55% of full-time Suffolk University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $51,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Suffolk University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Suffolk University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$22,204
$30,001 - $48,000$23,689
$48,001 - $75,000$26,682
$75,001 - $110,000$29,056

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 12142

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


3958 of Suffolk University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 73 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Suffolk University number 12 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Suffolk University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Recognized student veteran organization

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Suffolk University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Suffolk University graduation rate is above the national average.

55% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Suffolk University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

6 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Suffolk University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 21%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Suffolk University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 13%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Suffolk University full-time retention rate is 74% and part-time retention rate is 13%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Suffolk University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1360 - 1680

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 450 - 560
Math: 460 - 560
Writing: 450 - 560

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Suffolk University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
20 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 0 - 0
Math: 0 - 0
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Suffolk University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Suffolk University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Suffolk University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Massachusetts.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill address in Boston, Massachusetts.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Suffolk University with 0.13% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, robbery, and arson.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Suffolk University offers 717 programs in total: 348 are for Bachelor's degree, 192 - for Master's degree, 45 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 36 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 27 - for Post-master's certificate, 21 - for Associate's degree, 18 - for 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs, 9 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 37 universities in Suffolk county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and 2-year, but less than 4-year certificate programs offered. Suffolk University is one of the few institutions in Suffolk that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 42 distance education programs that are provided in the Suffolk University: 39 are for Master's degree and 3 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Suffolk University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 5610 students with 168308 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1010 with 24229 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1396 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Suffolk University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Huge debt, rising tuition, corrupt board of trustees, bad food, lazy and irresponsible residence life, unorganized staffing in Residence life, wreckless spending...Avoid Suffolk

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Overall Rating:

If I could write a separate review for the New England School of Art and Design, I absolutely would but it is not offered on here, therefore my score meets the two schools in the middle.New England School of Art and Design (FIVE STARS!)- This school and its teachers are unbelievable. I do not think I could have earned a better education anywhere else. I absolutely loved my professors and was extremely proud of the work that I accomplished while attending this school. I could not draw to save my life prior to attending NESAD however I actually draw and paint now because not only do I enjoy it, but it helps with my confidence. To me, NESAD was so much more than an education and will forever hold a special place in my heart.Suffolk University (One Star)- Minus the Science and English departments, the general education classes and teachers could not have been worse. Granted, I graduated in 2009 however I have spoken with a few current students and it seems this is still an issue. I have always excelled in Math and received a C+ when I have never in my life earned anything lower than a B+ in the subject, due to the fact that the Math teacher was horrendous. My high school education was far superior to the general education classes I took at Suffolk. My suggestion would be, if you wish to attend the business, law or design school, to attend a community college for all of your general education classes and transfer in. The business, law and design school cannot be beat however it is not worth it to waste your time and money on classes that will add no value to your education.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Great School. Amazing faculty, they are willing to go to any extent to help you. In city's heart. Love it.

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Overall Rating:

My son's a full time student and loves the college and city. State's it easy to get anywhere in the city and safe. And the classes are great and his professor's are very helpful and on point!!

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Overall Rating:

They give me full scholarship for my Finance Master! though i have to work part time 600+ hour/year for them. Well, It's not a bad deal :D I enjoy learning here. There is a huge problem with this school is its "alumni network". I know alot of successful Suffolk Alumni, but for some reason they don't go back to help the next student generation. Want a better school? improve your alumni network Suffolk. Plzzzzz!!

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Location & Website

Address: 8 Ashburton Place


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6175738000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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