The Student Handbook serves as your introduction to Suffolk University’s student life, facilities, services and policies. It is updated annually. All students are encouraged to use this book as a reference guide to the various resources on campus.
I hope this handbook will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for in as little time as possible. The handbook provides general information and gives the location of the appropriate offices where you can obtain more complete information. Many people throughout the University are willing to assist you with problems or questions.
If you have any suggestions on how we might improve this handbook for future students, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Affairs Office with your ideas.
Welcome to Suffolk. I hope you have an exciting and rewarding year.
Nancy C. Stoll, Ed. D.
Dean of Students
On behalf of your Student Government Association, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Suffolk University.
As I am sure you already know, you are about to take on one of the most incredible experiences of your life by attending Suffolk University in the city of Boston. Suffolk’s distinct location gives us fantastic opportunities to connect to prestigious local and global businesses, hospitals, and the Massachusetts Government. Don’t forget the plethora of cultural, ethnic and historical hubs that surround the area as well!
Over 80 student organizations on campus cover a wide variety of interests including Suffolk's school newspapers, Mock Trial, the Black Student Union, the Program Council, the Rainbow Alliance, the Seriously Bent Improv Comedy Troupe and many more. Throughout your time here at Suffolk, opportunities to get involved on and off campus will present themselves. I hope you take my suggestion seriously when I say don’t let those opportunities go to waste. Your involvement will make your college life that much more enjoyable and meaningful while also setting yourself apart when it comes time to find a job.
Most of you went out of your comfort zone when you decided to start this next chapter in your life, don’t be afraid to step out of that zone a few more times during your time here at Suffolk University. Suffolk's academic programs will also offer you myriad opportunities. The study abroad program allows you to explore different parts of the world while maintaining academic standing and earning credits. Whether you want to spend a semester in Australia, somewhere I came to love when I studied abroad there, or a semester interning in Washington, DC, there are dozens of places you can explore through this program. Here in Boston, the classes you take will help prepare you for your next step in life. Suffolk's professors are highly skilled in their fields and go the extra mile for each and every one of us. Their wealth of knowledge and expertise from the real world can be used to aid you in your own journeys even after you graduate.
Throughout your time here, I hope you learn what I have come to realize about Suffolk University; that it is a place of unique and incredible growth. With the variety of unique opportunities that this university has to offer, you will have the ability to learn a great deal about your given field, as well as discovering more about yourself in the process. Get involved, take those leaps of faith, always urge yourself to step a little farther outside your comfort zone, and remember that the opportunities for you to better yourself are here at Suffolk, you just have to seize them for yourself.
Sincerest welcome and best of luck!
Class of 2015
President of SGA
On behalf of the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Association Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to officially welcome all of you to the new academic year!
For those of you who are new to Suffolk, we are thrilled to welcome you into our graduate student community! The Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be a great resource for you to meet new people, network, seek advice and have some fun! We’re also very excited to welcome back those of you who are returning graduate students, and we hope you’ll get involved with GSA this year as well!
As you may know, our organization is dedicated to the advancement and development of graduate and professional students, with the primary goal of uniting all of Suffolk’s graduate students. Regardless of which degree you are pursuing, GSA is an organization where everyone can feel accepted and welcome. We strongly encourage you to get involved with GSA, whether it’s through your participation in events throughout the year, seeking professional development or even just offering your suggestions and ideas on how to improve graduate life at Suffolk.
We’re incredibly excited about all the great events we have planned for this upcoming year, and can’t wait to kick off the fall semester!
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, we’ll be hosting an Opening Day reception to celebrate the start of school. Join us in the Suffolk U Graduate Student Lounge on the 9th floor of 73 Tremont St. anytime between 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for some free food and refreshments. On Friday, Sept. 19, graduate students are invited to join us for a “Welcome Back” Evening Social at The Greatest Bar, 262 Friend St. in Boston. Come down between 7 and 9 p.m. to enjoy some free food, drinks and great company! Students are encouraged to bring a guest along (guests do not have to be Suffolk students), but please keep in mind this event is 21+ and proper ID is required.
Be sure to keep an eye out for other upcoming events for graduate students, and remember that we’re here for you! If you need help learning more about the University or connecting with people/resources on campus, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
We’re also still recruiting graduate students to serve as general members of the GSA Executive Board for this upcoming academic year. If you’re interested in making a difference on campus, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, don’t forget to check out our social media channels to stay updated about events and get a behind-the-scenes look at grad life at Suffolk:
See you around campus!
MA Program in Communications, Public Relations and Advertising
President, Suffolk University Graduate Student Association (GSA)