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Suffolk University

Not to be confused with University Campus Suffolk.
Suffolk University
Seal of Suffolk University
Motto Honestas et Diligentia (Latin)
Established 1906
Type Private
Endowment $121.9 Million[1]
President Dr. Norman R. Smith
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 10,192[2]

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Campus Urban
Athletics NCAA Division III GNAC
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Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian university located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and with 9,192 students (includes all campuses, 8,891 at the Boston location alone), it is the eighth largest university in Metro Boston. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

The university is coeducational and comprises the Suffolk University Law School, the College of Arts & Sciences,and the Sawyer Business School, some of its MBA programs currently rank among the top 50 business programs in the country. It has an international campus in Madrid in addition to the main campus in downtown Boston. Due to its strategic location and well-known law school, many notable scholars, prominent speakers and politicians have visited the university. For example, former U.S. president John F. Kennedy,[3] Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist,[4] and former U. S. President George H.W. Bush.[5] all have given speeches at Suffolk.


Suffolk University was initially founded as a law school in 1906 by lawyer Gleason Archer, Sr. and named "Archer's Evening Law School," but it became Suffolk School of Law in 1907, after Archer moved the school from his Roxbury, Massachusetts home into his downtown Boston law offices. A year later the first of Archer's students had passed the bar, leading to a boost in registration.[6]

The school's original goal was to "serve ambitious young men who are obliged to work for a living while studying law."[6]

By 1930, Archer developed Suffolk into one of the largest law schools in the country, and decided to create "a great evening university" that working people could afford.[6]

The school became a university in the 1930s when the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1934 and the Sawyer Business School—then known as the College of Business Administration—in 1937. That same year, the three academic units were incorporated as Suffolk University.[6]

During the 1990s Suffolk constructed its first residence halls, began satellite programs with other colleges in Massachusetts, and opened its international campuses.[6] From 1990 to 2005, its endowment increased over 400%, to approximately $72 million, and enrollment climbed.[7]

Presidents (1906–present)


The main campus in downtown Boston is situated on well-known Beacon Hill, adjacent to the Massachusetts State House and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Up until 1995, Suffolk was a commuter-only school. Today, there are four residence halls, housing about 70% of freshman, and a total of 22% of the entire undergraduate population. The Residence Halls are:

  • 150 Tremont
  • Miller Hall
  • 10 West
  • Modern Theatre Hall

The residence hall at 150 Tremont Street was the first built by the university and currently houses students in singles, doubles, quads, and suites, with communal bathrooms. Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall (located at 10 Somerset St.) was opened in 2005 and houses 15 floors of freshman, and 2 floors of sophomores in singles, doubles and quads, with bathrooms shared between every two rooms. 10 West/10 West Expansion is the newest residence hall and has housing for freshman and sophomores in singles, doubles and a variety of apartment style suites.

Both Miller Hall and 150 Tremont have cafeterias. Students living at 10 West can choose to at either cafeteria. Suffolk University occasionally leases additional properties (such as the Hyatt & Holiday Inn Beacon Hill). If leased, those locations house freshman students.

The Modern Theatre Resident Hall opened in the fall of 2010. It is also considered an extension to the 10 West Resident Hall. It is built over the new Modern Theatre, at Suffolk University.

In addition to its main campus in Boston, there are satellite campuses in Madrid, Spain, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


Suffolk employs over 800 full-time and adjunct faculty members, who instruct approximately 8,891 undergraduate and graduate students on its Boston Campus.[8]

The Sawyer Business School (previously the Sawyer School of Management) focuses on global business education.[9] It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Joint degrees are also offered. About 3,000 students are currently enrolled in all programs. The Saturday-only Executive MBA Program incorporates four off-site one-week seminars and week-long global trips to London and China. The Global MBA is a specialized MBA in international business with an intensive concentration in either finance or marketing. The full-time program includes a 3-month internship outside the student's home country. Summer 2010 Global MBA internships are in 10 countries. Part-time Global MBAs complete either a global experiential research project at their place of business or a 3-month consulting project that includes an intensive 2 week residency outside the US.[10]

The Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences has seventeen academic departments which offer more than seventy undergraduate and graduate programs. Among the departments is the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD)[11][12]

Suffolk University Law School, founded in 1906, offers a standard Juris Doctor program and advanced L.L.M. program. 43% of applicants were admitted to the J.D. program in 2005.[13]

The university is also home to various research centers and institutes, including the Beacon Hill Institute, a "free-market think-tank,"[14] the Centers for Crime & Justice Policy Research, Restorative Justice, and Women's Health and Human Right, the Poetry Center, Political Research Centers, the R.S. Friedman Field Station, and the Sagan Energy Research Laboratory.[15] The Suffolk University Political Research Center (SUPRC) conducts various scientific polls of national and regional political issues.[16]


In 2011 U.S. News ranked Suffolk #60 in Regional Universities (North).[17] In 2009 U.S. News ranked Suffolk in the "top tier of “Best Master’s Universities” in the North" and #7 in "Best College: Most International Students” attending master’s programs."[18] The 2011 edition of U.S. News publication ranked Suffolk Law School 20th in the United States for its legal clinics, 13th for its Alternative Dispute Resolution program, and 15th for its Legal Writing. The ILRG also has numerous other categories and ranks Suffolk University Law School as the 68th most selective law school, 45th for job placement before graduation, 78th for job placement after 9 months, 23rd for best bar passer rates among first time takers, 14th when ranking the school versus the state average for bar passage rates, 92nd for student to faculty ratio and 87th overall for student median LSAT/GPAs.[19][20][21][22][23] Law & Politics' 2010 ranking of law schools ranked Suffolk University Law School 33rd overall.[24] In 2010, The Social Science Research Network ranked Suffolk 25th in the country.[25] Leiter's ranking of most desirable law schools lists Suffolk as the 35th most desirable law school in the country.[26][27] ranks Suffolk 54th overall for best job placement and employment trends into "BigLaw" with eleven percent of the class entering Big Law.[28][29] In 2010, The Hylton Rankings placed Suffolk University Law School 94th overall among all law schools.[30]

Student Life

The student organizations on campus are:


Suffolk University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Rams are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.[31]

Notable persons

Notable alumni

Notable faculty and trustees

  • Patricia Brown, Emeritus Law Librarian and Professor
  • Joseph Glannon, Professor, well-known writer of Torts and Civil Procedure texts
  • Joseph P. Hoar, Trustee, Commander of U.S. central command
  • D. Quentin Miller, Professor of English, literary critic
  • Gerald Peary, Professor of Communications, noted film critic, reviewer, and columnist
  • Susan Starr Sered, Senior Research Associate at Suffolk University's Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, author of books on women's health

Notes and references

  1. ^ "NCSE PUblic Tables Endowment Market Values" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Suffolk At a Glance". Suffolk University. Retrieved November 2012. 
  3. ^ Suffolk's Walsh Theatre Esteemed Guests (accessed March 5, 2009)
  4. ^ Donahue Lecture Series Speakers (accessed March 5, 2009)
  5. ^ "George H.W. Bush to speak at Suffolk's Centennial" by James Alexander, The Suffolk Voice 9/12/06
  6. ^ a b c d e About Suffolk Law School March 3, 2009)
  7. ^ Suffolk Endowment information (accessed March 5, 2009)
  8. ^ The Best 357 Colleges: 2005 Edition, Robert Franek, Princeton Review Publishing Staff, Princeton Review (Firm), Princeton Review, Princeton Review Firm Edition: illustrated, Published by The Princeton Review, 2004 ISBN 978-0-375-76405-9
  9. ^ MBA Programs 2004, Petersons, Peterson's, Edition: 9, Published by Peterson's, 2003, ISBN 0-7689-1160-5, ISBN 978-0-7689-1160-2
  10. ^ Suffolk University (2006).Sawyer School of Management. Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:
  11. ^ Suffolk University(2006). Schools, Colleges and Campuses. Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:
  12. ^ Suffolk University(2006). College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:
  13. ^ Suffolk University(2006). Suffolk Law School. Retrieved April 2, 2006 from:
  14. ^ Beacon Hill Institute (accessed March 3, 2009)
  15. ^ Suffolk University Information[dead link]
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "Suffolk University | Best College | US News". Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  18. ^ "Suffolk University - U.S. News Ranks Suffolk in First Tier of Universities in North". Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  19. ^ Ranking of Law schools – Raw data "ILRG Raw Data ranking"., retrieved on August 2, 2010.
  20. ^ Bar Passage Rates "ILRG Raw Data rankings"., retrieved on April 11, 2010.
  21. ^ p Employment at 9months ""ILRG Raw Data rankings"., retrieved on April 11, 2010.
  22. ^ Bar rates state vs. first time ""ILRG Raw Data rankings"., retrieved on April 11, 2010.
  23. ^ LSAT & GPA median/high/low ""ILRG Raw Data rankings"., retrieved on April 11, 2010.
  24. ^ Superlawyers ranking @ Law and Politics Law and Politics . retrieved on February 14, 2010
  25. ^ SSRN ranking Social Science Research Network. Suffolk University. retrieved January 8, 2010.
  26. ^ Desirable Chart . retrieved on March 11, 2010.
  27. ^ TLS text version retrieved on March 11, 2010.
  28. ^ Suffolk Graduates 2009 Suffolk University. retrieved on January 22, 2011
  29. ^ placement trends . retrieved on March 11, 2010.
  30. ^ Hylton Ranking elsblog empirical legal studies. retrieved on December 3, 2010.
  31. ^ [2][dead link]

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