Suffolk University is a private, accredited, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Established as a law school, initially, Suffolk University’s roots reach back to 1906 when it was founded as Archer’s Evening Law School by Boston lawyer Gleason Archer, Sr. for the purpose of educating law students who worked during the day. In 1907 the school was renamed the Suffolk School of Law when the school moved out of its founder’s home in Roxbury, Massachusetts and into his law offices in downtown Boston. By 1930, the school had developed into one of the largest law schools in the nation and Archer was inspired to create “a great evening university” that was affordable to working people. In 1934 the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences was founded, making the school a university.
Academic ProgramsThe mission of Suffolk University is to act as a “talent catalyst that recognizes and develops student potential.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Leveraging our location in the heart of Boston, our faculty, staff, and alumni work together to provide a student-centered experience. This diverse community builds on its dedication and excellence in education and scholarship to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.” Suffolk University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Suffolk University is made up of three colleges and schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Sawyer Business School, and the Suffolk University Law School, as well as a wide variety of institutes and research centers. These include (but are not limited to) the Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Executive Education, Center for Innovation and Change Leadership, Center for Real Estate, Center for Restorative Justice, Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence, Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation, Institute for Public Service, Moakley Center for Public Management, Suffolk University Political Research Center, and the Sagan Energy Research Laboratory.
Student LifeSuffolk University has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,000 students, including over 5,000 undergraduates. Housing both on and off campus are offered to students in either Suffolk University’s residence halls or in one of Boston’s neighborhoods. Suffolk University’s location in the heart of downtown Boston provides students with unparalleled access to the historic city. The University’s college green is the Boston Common and the campus is literally steps away from a number of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. Suffolk University has no real boundaries to its campus as it blends right into the city, granting students access to a wealth of opportunities including museums, restaurants and shopping, recreation, academic and career advancement and more.
Suffolk University recognized as number of student-led clubs and organizations which cater to a wide variety of interests. The University’s varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division III and the school is a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.