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Suffolk University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Suffolk University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Suffolk University Ranked?

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2021 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 35 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

Suffolk landed the #548 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, Suffolk is ranked at #40.

See all of the rankings for Suffolk University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Suffolk?

Acceptance Rate

Suffolk University has an acceptance rate of 84%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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

The student to faculty ratio at Suffolk University is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Suffolk University is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 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

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Suffolk

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,862 undergraduates at Suffolk with 4,665 being full-time and 197 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 90.55 out of 100, Suffolk is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  90.55 out of 100
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How Much Does Suffolk University Cost?

The overall average net price of Suffolk is $30,469. 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 +
$25,715 $26,970 $29,491 $32,242 $35,349

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.

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How Much Money Do Suffolk Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Suffolk make around $53,100 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Suffolk students since it is 33% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 location of Suffolk is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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 most recent year for which we have data, students from 67 majors graduated from Suffolk University. Of these students, 1,319 received undergraduate degrees and 891 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
Marketing 155 $42,600
Finance & Financial Management 154 $49,400
Business Administration & Management 108 $41,900
Public Relations & Advertising 87 NA
Accounting 84 $44,600
Political Science & Government 80 $37,100
Entrepreneurial Studies 76 $42,900
General Psychology 64 $37,400
Sociology 55 $35,100
Information Science 53 $49,200

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

Online Learning at Suffolk

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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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Notes and 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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