Suffolk University offers Ram Academy as an extended transition program for new first-year students after they have completed orientation. Each Ram Academy is tailored to a different segment of the student experience...leadership, multiculturalism & social justice, Boston's arts & culture community, and service & community engagement.

Ram Academy is a unique way to learn more, go further, & really connect with the Suffolk experience...while having the most fun possible with other new Rams.

Ram Academy participants will:

  • Be provided with an opportunity to make friends with other incoming first-year students who share similar interests
  • Have a unique co-curricular engagement experience that supports a successful college transition and thereby create a sense of belonging in their new community
  • Be exposed to greater understanding and appreciation for a pluralistic society
  • Build connections with upper-class students and members of Suffolk's faculty/staff
  • Be introduced to shared expectations for community membership at Suffolk University
  • Build confidence in understanding and accessing the personal and academic support resources available at Suffolk
  • Get a jump start on getting engaged in campus life and find out what it really means to be a Suffolk student

Ram Academy participants will work with experienced  student leaders, staff, and other first-year students in an experiential education model. Use the below tabs to learn more about the various Ram Academy programs being offered this year and register today (space is limited).

Questions? Email orientation@suffolk.edu or call 617.573.8321

Ram Academy 2017

Urban Leadership Adventure Ram Academy

Sunday, July 30 - Tuesday, August 1

Register your attendance HERE BEGINNING JUNE 21. The registration fee is $50 (non-refundable).

This session provides students with an opportunity to explore personal goal setting, leadership styles, and jumpstart their participation in the Journey Leadership Program and engagement at Suffolk University through an urban experiential educational setting across the streets of Boston. Based in the Exemplary Leadership model, this Ram Academy incorporates the challenge by choice philosophy through small group activities, experiential learning and problem solving, and reflection. 

Location: Overnight accommodations will be at Suffolk University's Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street). Activities will take place on campus and throughout the City of Boston.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at the Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street), Suffolk University between 12-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. The Ram Academy will conclude at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1; participants depart at that time.

Lead Faculty Contact for Questions: Alex Paterson (apaterson@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (617-573-8320).

Learning Outcomes: Students who participate in the Urban Leadership Adventure Ram Academy will be able to:

  • Understand and explore their leadership skills and abilities through experiential learning activities grounded in Exemplary Leadership model.
  • Develop an understanding of their personal philosophy of leadership and self-authorship.
  • Learn about engagement opportunities and resources at Suffolk University.
  • Develop significant relationships with peers and facilitators.

Social Justice Ram Academy

Sunday, August 13 - Tuesday, August 15

Register your attendance HERE BEGINNING JUNE 21. The registration fee is $40 (non-refundable).

This session provides students with an opportunity to explore the concept of social justice through self-reflection, team building activities, organizing, self-expression, and critical thinking through a variety of discussions, workshops, and projects. This Academy seeks to provide students with a forum to engage in dialogues on equality, access, and equity and become catalysts for social, political, and environmental change in their communities.

Location: Overnight accommodations will be at the Barbara C. Harris Camp (Greenfield, NH). Activities will take place at the camp.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Suffolk University's Sawyer Building (8 Ashburton Place) lobby between 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 13. The Ram Academy will conclude at 3-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15 when participants arrive back on campus; participants depart at that time.

Lead Faculty Contact for Questions: Lizette Rivera (lrivera4@suffolk.edu), Director, Office of Student Diversity Services (617-573-8613).

Learning Outcomes: Students who participate in the Social Justice Ram Academy program will:

  • Explore individual and group identity issues and situate these issues within broader systemic and institutional contexts.
  • Learn about support services and opportunities to engage with social justice at Suffolk.
  • Develop a network of support among Academy participants, leaders, and staff.
  • Develop greater awareness regarding gender, race, sexuality, socioeconomic class, ability, and power and privilege.

Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy

Thursday, August 17 - Saturday, August 19

Register your attendance HERE BEGINNING JUNE 21. The registration fee is $50 (non-refundable).

Are you excited to explore Boston during your time at Suffolk? In the Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy we will jump-start your Boston experience by exploring its vibrant arts and culture scene. We will explore museums, attend plays, visit music venues, tour historical neighborhoods, see comedy, and do a little art-making ourselves. Come meet a great group of like-minded students as well as Suffolk faculty and staff who are as excited about the Boston arts scene as you are. 

Location: Overnight accommodations will be at Suffolk University's Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street). Activities will take place on campus and throughout the City of Boston.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street), Suffolk University between 9-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. Participants will conclude Ram Academy and be ready to depart at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Lead Faculty Contact: Kristin Baker (kbaker@suffolk.edu), Director for Performing Arts Office (617-573-6307)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy program will:

  • Gain confidence in navigating the city and its arts and culture resources.
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for a variety of art forms.
  • Learn about engagement opportunities through the arts at Suffolk.
  • Develop significant relationships with Academy participants and leaders.
  • Challenge themselves to explore new art forms.

Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy

Friday, September 8 - Sunday, September 10
This Ram Academy occurs over the first weekend after the fall semester has started.

Register your attendance HERE BEGINNING JUNE 21. The registration fee is $15 (non-refundable).

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Location: Overnight accommodations will be at...Coming Soon.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Suffolk University's Sawyer Building (8 Ashburton Place) lobby between 1-1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8. Participants will return to campus by 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 10.

Lead Faculty Contact for Questions: Tim Albers (talbers@suffolk.edu), Associate Director for the Center for Community Engagement,   

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy program:

  • Students will better understand the principles of social justice.
  • Students will understand how their experiences have shaped their view of themselves and the world.
  • Students will understand the root causes of social injustices.
  • Students will understand how social justice issues can be addressed in a respectful, meaningful and effective way.
  • Students will understand that civic engagement is a lifelong process.
  • Student will become aware of the pathways to civic engagement at Suffolk University