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Suffolk University

United States
Overview

Overview

Suffolk University is a historic, four-year private university attracting a diverse range of students from around the United States and the world. Offering a nationally recognized curriculum, it places a strong emphasis on experience-based learning and developing leadership skills, with small class sizes and excellent career connections.

Located in the heart of Boston, Suffolk offers undergraduate programs in over 70 areas of study, more than 50 graduate degree and certificate programs and continuing education opportunities, as well as advanced LLM and SJD programs through Suffolk University Law School. It also allows students the flexibility to study at the university's Madrid campus in Spain, as well as numerous study-abroad opportunities, global travel seminars, and faculty-led study tours.

Suffolk students have access to top Boston employers in areas such as finance, healthcare, biotechnology, start-up industries, and government and non-profit institutions via university connections. They can pursue internships at influential organizations to create strong and useful connections with professional mentors and encourage employment after graduation. Classroom studies are also complimented by experiential learning opportunities throughout the city to prepare graduates for success.

Students study at an urban campus housing all academic buildings and residence halls in a convenient setting within a ten-minute walking radius. World-class facilities include cutting-edge classrooms and labs, athletics complex and playing fields, redesigned art studios and classrooms, plus several other renovated resources to enhance the student experience.

Boston has plenty to offer to its student community, and within a 15-minute walk from campus students can find three major-league sports venues, 12 theatres, 11 music venues, 20 coffee shops, ten museums, six public transit stations, and a scenic harbor.

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Student support

Student support

Special resources are provided to Suffolk University students to help them excel in their studies and maximize all available academic opportunities. This support network starts from the first day on campus to graduation day and beyond as a valued member of the Suffolk University alumni community. The Division of Student Success offers various support mechanisms, including:

  • Undergraduate Academic Advising – Academic advisors help students balance personal interests, curriculum, and graduation requirements.
  • Career Development – The Center for Career Equity, Development & Success supports and empowers students and alumni with ongoing information and training for a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Disability Services – A dedicated Office of Disability Services is committed to providing equal, effective, and meaningful access to all opportunities and programs for students with disabilities.
  • International Programs and Services – The International Student Services Office advises on immigration, personal, social, and cultural matters, with staff specially trained to meet the needs of Suffolk's diverse international student community.
  • Center for Learning and Academic Success – This center provides academic support services that help students enjoy an easy transition to college life and strengthen their commitment to academic success.

Graduate outcomes

Graduates from Suffolk University enjoy great success in rewarding professional roles or by pursuing advanced degrees. Suffolk graduates are prepared with the skills, knowledge, and experience to meet the needs of the modern marketplace, whether in Boston or beyond.

More than 70 percent of Suffolk undergraduate students graduate having taken part in at least one subject-related internship, with 90 percent employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Classrooms at Suffolk University are places that encourage animated discussion and debate, with small class sizes fostering vigorous engagement. With faculty committed to the success of their students and professors who are enthusiastic educators and recognized industry leaders in their fields, students receive high-quality mentoring to pave the way to rewarding careers.

Suffolk also strives to build practical experiences into their courses. For instance, broadcasting students produce ''Suffolk in the City'' television news segments, with the help of experienced faculty, which are aired on New England Cable News. Finance majors work with guidance to analyze stock markets and compare exchange rates of currencies in a simulated trading room environment. Entrepreneurship students are encouraged and guided to start companies and even become CEOs before they have graduated.

Students also learn by experience in internships, with the help of well-connected faculty, to set them apart in the job market at Fortune 500 companies, non-profit institutions, and game-changing start-ups that surround the campus.

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Study options

Study options

Suffolk offers students more than 70 areas of study to choose from, finding custom-built subjects with rich career opportunities they are passionate about. Including several STEM-designated majors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Sawyer Business School.

Suffolk provides innovative, interdisciplinary offerings updated to reflect the contemporary world students graduate into. Programs of study range from traditional subjects to cutting-edge offerings such as urban environmentalism, financial wealth management, big data and business analytics. Ideas and methods at Suffolk are designed to open students' minds and widen their career options after graduation. Schools at Suffolk University offering this wide course catalogue are:

College of Arts & Sciences

Suffolk University's College of Arts & Sciences prepares students to succeed academically and make vital contributions to their chosen profession after graduation. It blends classroom learning with co-curricular activities and hands-on internships, taking students off campus to experience the wider world. Students learn via practical experiences to prepare them to make an impact in their careers.

Sawyer Business School

Students are taught by renowned faculty who have a range of experiences as entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and innovators. Students enjoy outstanding research and corporate experiences at a school holding prestigious AACSB International accreditations. Emphasis is placed on four key themes: innovative thinking problem solving cultural, social and globally diverse perspective development and professionalism.

Suffolk Law School

Suffolk Law focuses on real-world practice and experiential learning, equipping students with tools to launch successful legal careers. It is the only law school in the United States with four top-35 ranked legal skills specialties-clinics, dispute resolution, legal writing, and trial advocacy-in U.S. News & World Report for seven years in a row (2017-23 editions).

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

What to Submit

International students need to submit a range of documents to gain admission to Suffolk University:

  1. Common Application or Suffolk Application
  2. USD 50 application fee
  3. Essay and personal statement
  4. Official high school transcript or GED/HiSET results (in English or with an accompanying translation)
  5. Letter of recommendation
  6. Proof of English Proficiency, such as:
  • TOEFL, IELTS, DuoLingo, and PTE Scores
    • TOEFL iBT score (minimum required score is a 79)
    • The university will accept the TOEFL Home Edition version as well as the TOEFL iTP for China
    • TOEFL ESSENTIALS Score (minimum required score is an 8.5)
    • IELTS score (minimum required score is a 6.5)
    • DUOLINGO* English Test-DET (minimum score of 105)
    • PTE- Academic with a minimum score of 54
  • SAT or ACT Scores

A SAT EBRW score of at least 520 or ACT Composite score of 19 and higher proves English proficiency. SAT and ACT scores can be self-reported, but are not mandatory.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB), AP, IGCSE, GCSE and AS/A-level
    • IB HL English Predicted scores (if provided by the high school)
    • First Language English Exams in the IGCSE or GCSE or AS/A-Level Predicted/Actual results
    • B average performance in AP ENG LANG and COMP or AP ENG LIT and COMP course
  • Transfer Students Currently at a US Institution

If students have taken the equivalent of the university's WRI 101/102 course (labeled at other US colleges as ENG 101/102 or Composition 1/2) with a B or better average, they can waive the test of English proficiency requirement.

  • Gao Kao Exam

Gao Kao: students from mainland China who have taken the Gaokao exam where English was one of the three areas tested, may arrange an interview via the InitialView website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

  • Test Exemptions

Exempt if the student is from a country where English is the First and Official Language. If they are unsure if their country qualifies, please complete the Test of English Proficiency Waiver Request form.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There is a proud tradition of welcoming international students at Suffolk University. The dynamic, culturally diverse campus in the heart of Boston is built on a belief that quality education should be as affordable as possible. The university aims to help students estimate the cost of their study and then determine eligibility for financial aid, and identify other opportunities to finance education such as scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.

International students will be automatically considered for merit-based financial aid when they are admitted to the university. Generally, awards are based on previous academic achievement, work experience, standardized test scores and how well they fit in their programs of study.

Suffolk awards over USD 100 million of financial aid to its students each academic year, with over 95 percent of new enrollees receiving some form of financial aid.

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The Suffolk Experience

The Suffolk Experience

Hear what the Suffolk University experience is really like straight from the university's students.

Jacqueline Pisano, BSBA '18, MS in Finance/MS in Business Analytics ‘20: Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst, Edelman Financial Engines

''It was exciting because I could jump right into my main courses for my first semester. Also, I was able to complete the dual-degree program concurrently, as other universities did not offer these specialized degrees.''

Casey Sheehey, Master of Business Administration/MS in Marketing ‘23

''Suffolk allows me to work alongside amazing people in various industries and walks of life as well as take part in projects for actual clients in and around Boston. Education doesn't stop after a degree.''

Sarah Goldstein, Master of Science in Communication, ‘20: Associate Director of Marketing, Divco West

''The MAC program had exactly what I wanted to learn. It was exciting to apply my skills from the classroom to my work projects and vice versa.''

Justin Casanova-Davis, Master of Public Administration ‘20: Assistant Town Administrator/Finance Director, Town of Brookline, Massachusetts

''After participating in the Moakley Certificate Program and seeing first-hand how enriching, challenging, and enjoyable the curriculum was, I knew I wanted to pursue my Master of Public Administration at Suffolk.

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