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Suffolk University Overview

Suffolk University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Suffolk University Known For?

1,354 Undergraduate Awards
$44,391 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Suffolk is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Suffolk is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Suffolk with a bachelor's degree make about $53,100 a year. That's 30% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Suffolk University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Suffolk.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Other Psychology Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Business/Managerial Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Design & Applied Arts Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Law Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Legal Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#88 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#195 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Suffolk has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Highest Paid General Psychology Graduates College Factual
#18 Highest Paid Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual
#21 Highest Paid Psychology Graduates College Factual
#54 Best Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#75 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#128 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Suffolk University?

Location of Suffolk University

Contact details for Suffolk are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 73 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108-3901
Phone: 617-573-8754
Website: https://www.suffolk.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suffolkuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Suffolk_U

How Do I Get Into Suffolk?

You can apply to Suffolk online at: https://uga.suffolk.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Suffolk

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Suffolk?

84% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
81% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 84%, Suffolk may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 81%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 81% of students accepted to Suffolk submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Suffolk University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Suffolk University  ( 500 to 580 )
200
800
Suffolk received ACT scores from 15% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Suffolk University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Suffolk University?

$44,391 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Suffolk is $44,391. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Suffolk, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $9,740 a year. That adds up to $38,960 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Suffolk is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Suffolk University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,665 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,862 undergraduate students at Suffolk, with 4,665 being full-time and 197 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Suffolk

There are also 2,307 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,665 full-time undergraduates at Suffolk, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Suffolk

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Suffolk University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Suffolk Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 350
Black or African American 247
Hispanic or Latino 621
White 2,222
International Students 934
Other Races/Ethnicities 291

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Suffolk University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 112 countries are represented at Suffolk. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Suffolk University

72 Took All Classes Online
516 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 516 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Suffolk has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 33rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Suffolk

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Suffolk University was -5.6%. This is the #2,487 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Suffolk regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Suffolk majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 10%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Finance & Financial Management 3%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 34%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Suffolk ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Suffolk.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #45
International Business #46
Finance & Financial Management #88
Management Information Systems #89
Entrepreneurial Studies #107
Public Health #114
Marketing #152
Human Resource Management #170
Accounting #332

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Suffolk University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Law 0 0 0 0 0 312 312
Business Administration & Management 0 0 108 0 101 0 209
Accounting 0 0 84 8 81 0 173
Marketing 0 0 155 0 16 0 171
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 154 0 0 0 154
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 87 0 7 0 94
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 88 0 88
Political Science & Government 0 0 80 0 3 0 83
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 76 0 2 0 78
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 2 45 0 27 0 74
General Psychology 0 0 64 0 0 0 64
Sociology 0 0 55 0 1 0 56
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 54 0 54
Information Science 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
General Biology 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
Design & Applied Arts 0 1 40 0 11 0 52
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 41 0 41
Journalism 0 0 29 0 0 0 29
Economics 0 0 27 0 0 0 27
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 10 0 15 0 25
Taxation 0 0 0 0 24 0 24
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 24 0 0 0 24
English Literature (Other) 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Philosophy 0 0 14 0 7 0 21
Interior Architecture 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Computer Science 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Teaching English or French 18 0 0 0 0 0 18
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 17 0 17
History 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Other Engineering 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 1 13 0 14
Legal Support Services 0 14 0 0 0 0 14
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0 14 0 14
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 8 6 14
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 12 0 0 0 12
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 7 0 0 0 7
International Business 0 0 1 0 6 0 7
Mathematics 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Physics 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Management Information Systems 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Romance Languages 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Applied Mathematics 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Public Health 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
General Social Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Environmental Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Area Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Ethnic Studies 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Physical Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Communications Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 18 17 1,319 14 573 318 2,259

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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