Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Size: Approximately 5,770 undergrads
Percent Women: 56.2% female
Tuition (one year): $45,927
Most Popular Majors: Business Management & Marketing, Communications, Social Sciences, Psychology, Visual and Performing Arts
Greek Life: Yes, but minimal
Acceptance Rate: 78.4%
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Why Choose Suffolk?
There are tons of different reasons as to why people choose the colleges they attend. Here are some of the reasons why these students chose Suffolk!
"If you are a city person, and see traditional college campuses as 'bubbles' that you dont want to get stuck in, Suffolk will be the perfect school for you. It is so city oriented, which is amazing if you are that type of person. if you are looking for a campus, Suffolk is not quite that."
“The location is in the best place possible. It’s right in the heart of Boston, and you can walk pretty much anywhere you want to go.”
“Suffolk is known for having a really great business program, which is what drew me to the school.”
“Since Suffolk is right in the middle of the city, there are so many job and internship opportunities. The faculty is also great about trying to help their students get an internship or job in any way that they can help.”
“I like that there are tons of different options for studying abroad. You can pretty much go anywhere in the world, which is awesome.”
"I love the diversity at Suffolk. There are students from all over the globe, and the people you meet are fascinating."
"Living right in the city makes it easier to use a hands on approach to get experience in your field."
We asked the students at Suffolk University what they thought to be Suffolk's A+ features, and we were able to condense the answers into the top three features.
Location: Location is one of the many A+ features of Suffolk University’s campus. Considering that we are in the center of the vibrant and sophisticated city of Boston, we have the best shops, restaurants, and famed historical sites within walking distance. Not to mention, everyone’s favorite perk—the Boston Common is our actual university common. Our quaint campus, situated in Beacon Hill, provides students the perfect balance between the lively city and a classic neighborhood.
Study Abroad: Suffolk makes their students study abroad experience as simple and transitional as possible. The Suffolk Madrid campus, which is also located close to the heart of the city, offers their students the ultimate Spanish experience socially and culturally. The Madrid campus is well known for their freshman program, as well as providing a beneficial class selection for both Suffolk and transfer students (a crowd favorite being Astronomy on the Canary Islands). With no extra cost, SUMC takes their students on two weekend excursions each semester which vary from flamenco classes in Seville, to skiing or snowboarding in the Pyrenees, to wine tasting in La Rioja, to sight seeing in Lisbon, Portugal.
Dorms: Within the past few years, Suffolk’s dorms have been making it into the top 10 lists for “Most Expensive Dorms in the Country." Understandingly the price of living in such a sophisticated and historical area of Boston is pricey; however, our modern and spacious on-campus dorms are not something SU students complain about.
Job Opportunities: Going to school in Boston affords students the opportunity of connecting with and working with some very prestigious professional companies while they are still in school. The internships, co-ops, and jobs that Boston has to offer for students are countless, and benefit them in their future career endeavors.
"The food. There aren't many options in the cafeterias, and the food isn't the best quality. There are also prices set for each meal you get that you use the money on your ram card for rather than swiping in and getting all you can eat, which isn't the best method. At least we live in Boston and have tons of other food at our fingertips!"
"The career center could probably use some improvement. If you seek out their help they can be effective (Note: Go to Gary), but it takes a lot of effort on your end. It would also be nice if they helped inquire about jobs and internships outside of Boston, just in case you won't be here for summer, a semester, ect."
"I wish Suffolk had more of a sense of community. I love being right in the city, but that also makes it somewhat difficult to meet people after freshman and sophomore year when you move out of the dorms. Also, the people in your dorm end up being your immediate friends, and it is somewhat hard to branch out from that since Suffolk is a city campus and people live in all different places."
"Suffolk needs a lot more support for our sports teams. To be completely honest, Suffolk definitely lacks school spirit when it comes to sports."
"There isn't a campus at Suffolk; it is completely immersed in the city. Therefore, if you are not a city person, and are looking for a green campus, Suffolk may not be the place for you."
New Collegiette on Campus
"As a new collegiette on Suffolk’s campus, you definitely want to join a club. Suffolk really has so many clubs that you can pretty much have your pick of whatever you want. From sports, to the Suffolk Journal, to the Greek life, Suffolk pretty much has you covered."
"Making friends takes time in college, especially in the beginning. Just remember to walk around campus with a smile, and to be friendly. Everyone is in the same boat."
"Make friends in class. This is the easiest way to meet people, besides in the dorms."
"It is tough to get to know upperclassmen as a freshman at Suffolk. Housing is not offered after sophomore year, so basically the only upperclassmen that you get to know are either friends of friends or your RA."
"Make sure you have an open mind at orientation. Be as friendly as possible. Some of my best friends are the people I met at orientation. Keep in touch with those friends throughout the summer so when the school year starts you can meet each others roommates and other friends."
"The people I was friends with freshman year are completely different than the friends I have today. Being on the same floor as people definitely helps you to make friends, but be sure to go out and meet new people, don't limit yourself to whoever is in your dorm!"
"Go to the Temple Street Fair in the beginning of the fall semester, and sign up for as many clubs as possible. Give yourself lots of options."
"Go to the freshman week activities, but go with people who you are comfortable with, I found that this helped me to be more outgoing."
All About Academics
"Expect a lot of group work. Group projects can be difficult to coordinate, especially since a lot of people are commuting into the city and/or have other commitments. Stay patient, and distribute work evenly, and you will get through them."
"Sawyer Business School students tend to have a lot more work than the College of Arts and Sciences students. Both have great programs, it just seems like the business students are doing a lot more outside work than the arts and science students."
"Course registration is quite stressful. Make sure you plan out the classes you want to take well beforehand, and make sure you give yourself a lot of options just in case you don't get the courses you want. I haven't had much of an issue with getting the courses I wanted though."
"The library gets packed, especially during midterms and finals, so prepare with that in mind. If you need to work in groups, definitely rent out one of the study rooms in the library well in advance."
"Suffolk offers a great variety of courses, from a course on Chinese food, to theater courses, everyone can find something that peaks their interest."
"Class sizes tend to be small, especially in the College of Arts and Sciences, so this makes it easier to reach out to your professors and seek out assistance. Whether it be for help with classwork, or networking for jobs and internships, the individual attention is definitely a plus."
Learn From the Best
Jody Navola: Speech and Persuasion
David Galante: Freshman seminars
Anna Cendrowski: Advertising
Ken Martin: Photography
Claudia Stumpe: Women and Gender Studies
Teri Fair: Government courses
Vicky Karns: Communication courses
Interests and Involvement
"Extracurriculars aren't too popular at Suffolk, but if you are involved, like I am, they make the experience at Suffolk so much better!"
"The Temple Street Fair is the gateway to extracurriculars at Suffolk. Sign up for everything that seems interesting to you, and that will open many doors."
"The Women in Business Club has been amazing for networking. They have brought in tons of big time guest speakers, which has been amazing."
"I have been involved in Program Council all four years of college and it has been so fulfilling. The people are great, it's extremely well run, and we put on some amazing events. Plus, I met most of my good friends through this club."
"Retention to meetings has been the only big issue that i have found with running a club. Since a lot of people are commuters it is hard to get everyone to come to meetings."
"The Journey program offers amazing opportunities, like weekend trips, and even a trip to Disney once you reach the highest level!"
Other popular extracurriculars:
Ramifications (Acapella Group)
Suffolk University Dance Company
W!cked (Hip Hop dance group)
The Suffolk Journal
Student Government Association
"Sports are defintiely lacking support at Suffolk."
"Attendance at sports game could be improved, to say the least. I've been to a few games though and they are really fun!"
"I think the performing arts groups have a lot more suppport than sports here at Suffolk."
"I love going to the hockey games, mostly because all of my friends are on the team."
Men's Sports (D3):
Women's Sports (D3):
More about Suffolk sports here: http://www.gosuffolkrams.com/l...
"Women are very empowered on campus. There are a few clubs solely for women, such as, Women in Business, which is really cool."
"There is a Women & Gender Studies major that seems very interesting."
"We have women from all over the world at Suffolk, and each individual is so different from the others, there really is no stereotypical girl at Suffolk."
"Women at Suffolk tend to dress very well. Don't be surprised if you see two or three of the newest Stella McCartney purses on one walk to class."
Food & Drink
150 Tremont Cafe (in the dorms)
Miller Cafe (in the dorms)
Donahue Cafe (in the Donahue academic building)
Sargent Law Cafe (at the law school)
Sawyer Cafe (in the Sawyer Business School building)
Cafe 73 (73 Tremont Street)
The dining halls located in the dorms and academic buildings all tend to carry pretty much the same foods. They usually have some prepared meals to chose from, ranging from chicken and rice to lasagna, as well as some made-to-order options such as wraps and sandwiches. They also have a salad bar in each, with vegetables and fruits as well. As for other options, they have cereals, prepared sushi, prepared sandwiches, and prepared noodle bowls. These dining halls tend to not be very popular among the students. There are some meals that aren't too bad if you have no other option, but most people tend to gravitate towards...73 Tremont.
73 Tremont is the be all, end all here at Suffolk, when it comes to food. You know you go to Suffolk when you have a constant craving for one of the many salads offered at 73. Students of Suffolk simply obsess over these salads; they are a nice relief when you're sick of the junk food in the dorms. There are a variety of salads offered, including, the presumably most popular, Strawberry Fields and Santa Fe salads. 73 also has great sandwiches that are sought after by most students as well. Make sure you leave yourself extra time if you are going before class because there is usually a long line, especially right at lunch time as 73 isn't open for dinner, unfortunately.
The best food of all here at Suffolk is in the Law Cafe. They have legitimate meals that are more like the home cooked meals that you are used to than the chicken fingers and fries you will eat every night in the dorm cafes.
You will also be living right in the heart of Boston, where there are amazing, new restaurants to try everywhere you turn. Some favorites right in the Suffolk area are, The Back Deck, Parish Cafe, Teatro, The Paramount, and Fajitas & Ritas.
For more information on dining check out this site!
Since Suffolk is directly in the heart of Boston, the social scene is much different than it would be at a typical campus. For example, to get from one place to another when you're going out on the weekends, most people take the T (since it is now open until 3 AM!), taxis, or Ubers. You don't hear of these types of transportation much at a traditional campus!
The Low Down
"I essentially party with the same people I have been partying with since freshman and sophomore year. That tends to be the social scene at Suffolk. You will find the group that you belong in, and that group will change, grow, and/or shrink, but the core will always remain the same."
"I don't feel pressured to go out on the weekends, which is something that I really love about Suffolk. I feel like on a closed campus the pressure is on, because there is not much else to do when Friday and Saturday come around. But we live in the middle of an extremely well cultured city, and there are infinite other options for a student to do on the weekends. I tend to find myself going out to dinner at new restaurants or going to the movies with friends on the weekends rather than going out, and that is totally socially acceptable here."
"Day parties aren't really big at Suffolk, simply because we live in a city and don't have lawns to day chill on. Plus the fact that it is freezing for most of the school year doesn't help us much. But you definitely will find yourself day partying in Allston or on a North End rooftop when the weather is nice, especially if you stay through the summer."
As freshman and sophomores, at times you will find it somewhat frustrating that you can't get into the bars or clubs that everyone is going to in the city. Many underage people tend to get their hands on fake ID's, but this is very much illegal, and you will find yourself getting denied from places that are very strict. You will most likely end up partying with other people your age and your year. Some of this goes on in the dorms, but you will usually find yourself at parties in these locations: the North End, Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, Mission Hill, Northeastern, BU, MIT,and Harvard.
"As a freshman I barely went out, but when I did, I always went to the same apartment in the North End. There were never a lot of people there, but sometimes upperclassmen were there through mutual friends, and they were all really welcoming, even though we were just freshmen. I go out a lot more now that I am 21, but some of those friends are the people I go out with today."
"Sophomore year, I spent every Friday and Saturday at parties in Allston. Always the same crowd, but always a lot of fun."
"We always used to go to Splash (a club) day parties during my freshman year. Unfortunately, they closed down, and we had to resort back to parties or other clubs that would take our fake IDs..."
As juniors and seniors, or once you are 21+ at least, you will definitely find yourself going to less grungy parties, but more bars/clubs in the following areas: Faneuil Hall, Allston, The Financial District, and the Fenway area. These are the most popular spots for Suffolk students to be seen out. Some particular favorite bars of Suffolk students, and generally for most students in Boston are: Howl at the Moon, Sissy K's, Beacon Hill Pub, Sail Loft, Beantown Pub, Wild Rover, The Draft, Tavern in the Square, Scholars, The Brahmin, Landsdowne, and Pour House.
"I love exploring all the different little pubs in Boston. The small ones that get packed, like Beacon Hill Pub, are the best because you meet so many people."
"Ah, Wild Rover, the best of times, and the worst of times."
Clubbing is not something Boston is very much known for, but there are some great clubs if you're willing to give them a shot. Many people try out the clubs their freshman/sophomore years, and then go every so often in the following years. These clubs include, but are not limited to, Bijou, GEM, Royale, Whiskey Saigon, Emerald, Down, and Julep.
"You will go to Julep at least once during your time at Suffolk. You will have a decent/good time, but you will never dare admit it. You will then say you will never go back. Then, the following Friday morning you will be going through this same process again. Places like that are a good time because a lot of Suffolk students go, so you know most of the crowd."
"Royale has some really awesome DJs sometimes, but venues like this tend to get overlooked because they're known for being typical "Boston clubs."
Your entire experience living on campus will differ depending which residence hall you are living in.
Suffolk has three dormitory buildings:
150 Tremont holds the most students, and is the most social; everyone knows each other there. This dorm has the reputation of the "fun freshman dorm." There is also a cafe located in the first floor. The downside is that there have been numerous accounts of mouse sightings in the building, and most floors have community bathrooms. You may also be stuck in a quad, which may sound like it would be spacious, but it is not.
10 West/Modern Theatre have the nicest dorms that differ in size, but all have their own bathroom, and some even have bathtubs. The sophomores that live in West are lucky enough to even have their own kitchen! Unfortunately there is not a café in this building, so you have to go to 150.
Miller Hall is in a prime location to just roll out of bed and zombie walk to your class at Sawyer right next door. The only complaint I’ve heard is that the windows don’t let in direct sunlight since there is a building in the way. But each room has its own bathroom, and there is a café in this building as well.
“I got to skip out on the community bathroom and nightmare roommate experience: so I lucked out!”
“Having a meal plan sucks, because the food is over priced and it doesn’t even taste good. I wish I had a kitchen.”
"I lived in a suite with 6 girls. This was good and bad, but since there were so many of us it made it easy to make friends."
"Boston is arguably the best city to attend college in in the country. It's like bringing together a bunch of different schools and putting them all into one perfect college town."
"In Boston everything is at your fingertips; you can go shopping on Newbury Street, visit the aquarium, take a historical tour, grab a bite to eat, and have a drink at an Irish pub, all in one day."
"I wouldn't have chosen any other city to attend college in. I have friends at BU, Northeastern, Wentworth, Emerson, and even more. It is one huge college community, and I just love that."
"I am thankful that I chose to go to school in Boston because I have had so may professional opportunities and internships that I would not have gotten had I been at a secluded school. It's basically like going to school and being a real adult at the same time."
"The city of Boston is so young. You go out at night and it's like each school in Boston is represented at the bar."
"It is a happy medium between a huge city like New York, where you could get swallowed as a student, and a university town, where you aren't exposed much to the real world outside of college."
"I was able to hold a retail job and go to school at the same time, which was really important to me so I could make spending money. I may have not had this opportunity if I went to school in a small college town."
"Boston is such a strong community. After the marathon last year, everyone who resided in Boston came together and formed this rare bond that is unmatched by most other cities. Theres a connection between people here, whether they're students, families, or elders; none of that matters. We are Boston."
HC's Complete College Guide: Suffolk University
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