As a Suffolk family member, you are the University’s greatest partner in our commitment to helping your student succeed. Therefore, it’s important that you are just as informed as your student about the helpful resources available to them in their time at Suffolk and beyond.
If you are unable to attend a Family Orientation program, or are simply looking for a review of the material presented, you’ll find it here; we’ve linked to the same presentations as those shown at Orientation. They serve as an introduction to important campus resources and allow you to better assist your student during their transition to college. It’s the best way for you and Suffolk to work together to ensure your student’s success.
Study at Suffolk begins in intimate classrooms with attentive professors, not in vast lecture halls. This atmosphere encourages active student participation, helping them solve problems and think critically.
Regardless of his or her major, your student also receives tremendous academic support at Suffolk. Explore the resources available to your student, whether he or she studies in the College of Arts and Sciences or Sawyer Business School.
From assistance with writing a paper to medical exams to counseling services and more, your student has ready access to a variety of academic and personal support services. We hope you’ll encourage your student to visit these offices when they are in need of support.
Financing Your Student's Education
Financing your student’s education can certainly be one of the biggest challenges. Suffolk offers a variety of resources and tips to ease this burden for students and their families. There are many different types of aid available, including grants, scholarships, Stafford loans, private loans, and Federal Work-Study.
Learn more, including how to apply for financial aid, by viewing this presentation on Financing Your Student's Education.
Living and Dining at Suffolk
Suffolk students have the option to live on or off campus, and we have offices dedicated to serving each student population’s needs. Both Residence Life and the Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) offer a variety of resources and services designed to aid your students.
Students also love to eat, so we offer several dining options for students, whether they live on campus or not. Sodexo is Suffolk University’s partner in providing healthy and affordable meal options in our dining facilities.
Your student’s Suffolk ID (or Ram Card) is a jack-of-all-trades type of card. It’s your student’s library card, residence hall and building pass, meal plan card, Ram Card account vessel, and Student Advantage discount program card. The Ram Card is accepted at many local establishments. It’s great for students because they can only spend the amount that has been added to the account.
Learn more about uses for the Ram Card and campus living and dining facilities by viewing our Living & Dining On and Off Campus Presentation.
Safety and Community
Suffolk’s location on Beacon Hill affords our students a safe, secure environment in the heart of a major metropolitan city. In support, the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) operates around the clock at fixed posts in campus buildings and patrols the campus on foot, on bikes, and in marked vehicles.
All students are responsible for abiding by Suffolk’s policies and guidelines, and must uphold the standards and expectations as outlined in the student handbook. Suffolk University’s community standards apply to all students, wherever they are both on and off campus.
The Office of Student Affairs and SUPD work diligently to keep Suffolk students safe. To gain a better understanding of safety initiatives and the enforcement of community standards, please view the Campus Safety and Community Standards Presentation.
Safety and Community resources:
- Office of Student Affairs
- Off-Campus Student Behavior Policy
- Discussing Community Standards with Your Student
There’s no shortage of ways to get involved at Suffolk. For some Suffolk students, getting involved means joining a student group, participating in a Performing Arts show, volunteering in the community, or helping students during Orientation. For others, it means connecting to the campus by attending a University program; participating in a leadership, diversity, or social justice training; connecting with other students at the Interfaith Center, or just hanging out in the student lounges.
Some of our most popular organizations include Student Government Association, Program Council, and the Journey Leadership Program. We also have a very active community service office, which offers rewarding Alternative Spring Break trips every year. Students can also participate in one of Suffolk’s thirteen varsity sports, explore a variety of study abroad options or obtain career-related experience with an internship or co-op. At Suffolk, there truly is an opportunity for everyone to find his or her niche.
- Student Leadership and Involvement
- Career Services and Cooperative Education
- Diversity Services
- Performing Arts Office
- S.O.U.L.S. Center for Community Engagement
- Study Abroad