Suffolk University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Boston. Founded in 1906, the University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in its Law School, College of Arts & Sciences, and Sawyer Business School.

Students (as of fall 2015)

  • 8,046 Full-and part-time students
  • 5,565 Undergraduate students
  • 1,263 Graduate students
  • 1,218 Law students
  • 1,556 International students (undergraduate and graduate) 


  • 91 percent of full-time faculty have a PhD or terminal degree
  • 1:13 Faculty/student ratio (undergraduate)
  • 1:16 Faculty/student ratio (Law School)


  • 22,695  Law School
  • 25,175  College of Arts & Sciences
  • 29,065  Sawyer Business School
  • 74,900  Active alumni
  •   2,010  Alumni with degrees from more than one Suffolk school


  • Annual operating budget - $319,549,400 (FY 2014) 
  • Tuition for the Sawyer Business School and College of Arts & Sciences (see Tuition and Fees)
  • Tuition for the Law School (see Tuition and Fees)
  • Financial Aid for the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School (see Student Financial Services)
  • Financial Aid for the Law School


  • 11 buildings located on Beacon Hill and in downtown Boston
  • 80-acre riverfront property in Passadumkeag, Maine
  • 455-bed Residence Hall at 150 Tremont Street
  • 345-bed Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall at 10 Somerset Street
  • 281-bed Residence Hall at 10 West Street
  • 205-bed Modern Theatre Residence Hall at West and Washington streets

International Campus

  • Madrid

Satellite Campus

  • MBA-North at Riverwalk, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Institutes and Research Centers

  • Beacon Hill Institute
  • Center for Crime and Justice Policy Research
  • 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
  • Ford Hall Forum
  • Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation
  • Institute for Public Service
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute
  • Moakley Center for Public Management
  • Poetry Center
  • Suffolk University Political Research Center
  • Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies
  • Sagan Energy Research Laboratory

The Arts

  • Suffolk University Art Gallery
  • C. Walsh Theatre
  • The Modern Theatre


  • John Joseph Moakley Law Library
  • Mildred F. Sawyer Library (also serving Madrid)
  • New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University Library

Special Collections

  • Collection of African American Literature
  • John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute
  • Zieman Poetry Collection


  • The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Law School rankings rate the Suffolk Law programs among the nation’s best, with Legal Writing at No. 9, Dispute Resolution at No. 17, Clinical Programs at No. 27, and Intellectual Property at No. 32.
  • The Princeton Review 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges
  • The Princeton Review 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges
  • The Princeton Review 2015 edition of The Best 296 Business Schools
  • The Princeton Review 2015 edition of Guide to 353 Green Colleges
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Law School rankings rate the Suffolk Law programs among the nation’s best, with Legal Writing at No. 7, Dispute Resolution at No. 13, Clinical Programs at No. 14, and Intellectual Property at No. 19.
  • The Princeton Review 2014 edition of The Best 378 Colleges
  • The Princeton Review 2014 edition of The Best 295 Business Schools
  • The Princeton Review 2014 edition Guide to 332 Green Colleges
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Law School rankings have singled out three Law School programs as among the best in the nation: Legal Writing ranked No. 5; Dispute Resolution placed No. 12; and the Clinical Programs were ranked No. 17.
  • The Sawyer Business School’s MBA concentration in taxation is ranked in the top 10 nationally from an employer’s perspective. It registers sixth in the Tax Talent 2014 Educational Survey Series rankings of MBA programs with tax concentrations, which asks employers which programs they favor when hiring candidates.

Accrediting Commissions and Agencies

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB International
  • AACSB for Accounting and Taxation
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association approved paralegal education program
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Comunidad de Madrid - Suffolk University Madrid Campus Accreditation
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
  • Foundation for Interior Design Accreditation
  • International Association of Counseling Centers
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for inclusion in the reciprocity privileges of the Interstate Certification Compact

Membership Affiliation

  • Association of American Law Schools