Administered by Orientation and New Student Programs, SU101 is a once-a-week, one-credit course. It’s designed to enhance your first year experience and ensure a successful transition to Suffolk and our unique urban community.

Through class discussions, readings, and engaging assignments, participants discuss a variety of topics, including academic success strategies, personal goals and self-awareness, and areas of personal interest. When the course is over, students should have an understanding of how to balance freedom and social responsibility within the framework of academic success.

SU101 is unlike any other course because it is designed around your overall success as a student at Suffolk. This course will help you succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Who should take SU101?

While SU101 has proven to benefit all students, those who are undecided in their majors, new to urban environments, and/or anxious about the University experience are particularly encouraged to enroll.

Did you know that students enrolled in SU101:

  • achieved higher first semester GPAs than those not enrolled.
  • were more successful in getting to know faculty. 
  • were more successful in adjusting to academic demands of a University. 
  • were more likely to study with other students outside of class.

Several unique features make SU101 an ideal option for first-year students

  • Dedicated Instructors and Small Classes. Instructors are full-time faculty and professional staff. They can serve as a valuable resource and referral for questions in many areas of college life. With a class capacity of 15 to 22 students, you will be in a group where you can actively participate.
  • Upper-class Teaching Assistants. Each section of SU101 has an assistant who provides a peer’s perspective on success and serves as another resource for ongoing advice and support.
  • SU101 Speaker Series. Engaging speakers are invited to present on relevant and timely topics, thus complementing the course curriculum and enhancing the learning experience.

The course focuses on 4 major areas:

  • Academic Skills and Resources. Enhance critical reading and writing, problem solving skills, library and Internet research, study skills and time management, public speaking, group work, understanding of different learning styles, and technology use.
  • Personal Development. Developing a sensitivity and appreciation of other cultures and ideologies, learn to cope with change, manage time and stress, values assessment, and application of personal and life experiences to classroom materials.
  • Career and Professional Preparation. Explore academic fields and clarify professional interests using reflective exercises and career assessment inventories.
  • Campus Resources and Involvement. Fully utilize campus resources designed to support your success and examine the many opportunities to enrich your University experience through involvement in student life and community service.