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, service & community engagement, and Boston arts and culture.

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 2016

Outdoor Leadership Challenge Ram Academy

Sunday, July 31 - Tuesday, August 2

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 outdoor experiential educational setting. Based in the Exemplary Leadership model, this Ram Academy incorporates the challenge by choice philosophy through small group activities, low and high ropes courses and campfire reflections at the Barbara C. Harris Camp in Greenfield, New Hampshire.  

Location: Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at the Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset St.), Suffolk University between 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. Participants will arrive back at Suffolk University and be ready to depart Ram Academy by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

Lead Faculty Contacts: Alex Paterson (apaterson@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (617-573-8320) and Lauren Whelan (lwhelan@suffolk.edu), Assistant Director, Office of Orientation & New Student Programs (617-573-8321)

Learning Outcomes: Students who participate in the Outdoor Leadership Challenge 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.

Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy

Monday, August 15 - Wednesday, August 17

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: Students will be staying overnight at Miller Hall on August 15 and 16. Arts and culture activities will take place on the Suffolk University campus and throughout the City of Boston!

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Miller Hall (10 Somerset St.), Suffolk University between 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15. Participants will conclude Ram Academy and be ready to depart at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17.

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 2 - Sunday, September 4

The Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy provides students with an opportunity to explore New England through a social justice lens. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a service project with South County Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island working on building a home for a family in need. Participating in this Ram Academy presents an opportunity to meet other first year students with a shared passion for social justice and service. Students will partake in a social justice training, community building, and interactive discussions which will foster skills in leadership, service, and social justice. You will also have the opportunity to sight see and explore the area in Rhode Island. We will be staying overnight for two nights at the Peace Dale Congregational Church. Students should bring clothes that you don't mind getting dirty for the build site (including long pants, closed toed shoes), a sleeping bag, and pillow.

Location: South County, RI

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at the Sawyer Building (8 Ashburton Place) lobby between 5-6 p.m. on Friday, September 2. Participants will return to campus by 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 4.

Lead Faculty Contact: Jenesse Kaitz (jkaitz@suffolk.edu), 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

Emerging Leaders Ram Academy

Saturday, September 3 - Sunday, September 4

Emerging Leaders, sometimes referred to as iLead, is the signature event for first-year students who want to join The Journey leadership program. It is designed to assist you in becoming an influential leader, to encourage you to identify and utilize your personal strengths, and to help you learn more about campus life. Through experiential activities, students are challenged to step outside their comfort zone, learn about setting goals, and make connections with other student leaders in The Journey. This engaging leadership training program teaches everything from understanding yourself and others to develop good communication skills that will help you reach your leadership goals at Suffolk and beyond. 

Email sli@suffolk.edu for more information on how to register.

Location: TBA

Arrival/Departure: 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 4.

Lead Faculty Contact: David DeAngelis (ddangelis@suffolk.edu), Director, Office of Student Leadership & Involvement (617-573-8320)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Emerging Leaders/ Ram Academy program will be able to:

  • Understand and explore their leadership skills and abilities through experiential learning activities.
  • Illustrate their vision, values and “Strengths” as a leader.           
  • Develop an understanding of their personal philosophy of leadership and own identity.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of leadership concepts and theories.
  •  Learn about engagement opportunities and resources at Suffolk.
  •  Develop significant relationships with peers and facilitators.
  • Reflect on what they learned and how that could be applied in the classroom, their personal lives and as a leader.