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Want the scoop on Suffolk University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Suffolk offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Suffolk University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Suffolk University was awarded 28 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Suffolk is ranked #429 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Suffolk held the #443 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 70 colleges in Massachusetts, Suffolk is ranked at #30.

See all of the rankings for Suffolk University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Suffolk?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Suffolk University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 84%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 )

SAT Math Scores for Suffolk University  ( 500 to 580 )
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 )

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Suffolk University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, Suffolk University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Suffolk University is 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Suffolk University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 77% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Suffolk University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  77 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Suffolk the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 41%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Suffolk University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Suffolk

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,030 undergraduates at Suffolk with 4,762 being full-time and 268 being part-time.

Suffolk Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 87.83 out of 100, Suffolk is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  87.83 out of 100
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How Much Does Suffolk University Cost?

The overall average net price of Suffolk is $30,126. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Suffolk

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,722 $26,504 $28,106 $31,519 $34,865

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Suffolk, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Suffolk, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $9,677 a year. That adds up to $38,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Suffolk is 4.0%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Suffolk Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Suffolk make about $53,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Suffolk students since it is 30% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Suffolk University make the most money.

Location of Suffolk University

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Suffolk University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Boston makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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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

Suffolk University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 57 majors graduated from Suffolk University. Of these students, 1,215 received undergraduate degrees and 837 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 150 $49,400
Marketing 144 $42,600
Business Administration & Management 113 $41,900
Communication & Media Studies 89 $36,600
Accounting 79 $44,600
Entrepreneurial Studies 71 $42,900
Political Science & Government 67 $37,100
General Psychology 62 $37,400
Sociology 56 $35,100
General Biology 48 $32,300

Learn more about the majors offered at Suffolk University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Suffolk

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 516 students took at least one online class at Suffolk University. This is a decrease from the 572 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 516 72
2016-2017 572 80
2015-2016 374 68
2014-2015 389 89
2013-2014 379 95

Learn more about online learning at Suffolk University.

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