SU Advantage

Student in the SU Advantage Program take a course sequence with their academic coach during their first year at Suffolk designed to help them identify and capitalize on their individual interests and strengths.


Per your admission letter, if you are in the SU Advantage Program, you will attend a workshop at Orientation where you will meet our academic coaches and learn more about the program.

Course Sequence

Sawyer Business School students in the SU Advantage Program should pre-register for the following SBS100 (careerSTART) section online:


College of Arts & Sciences students in the SU Advantage Program should pre-register for the following CAS101 (Speak Up!) section online:


Your SBS100/CAS101 Instructor will be your assigned academic coach during your first year at Suffolk.

CAS 101 (Speak Up!)

CAS 101 meets once a week and is designed to help you have a successful transition to Suffolk University and our unique urban community. It is also designed to introduce you to the principles and concepts of Oral Communication and Presentation Skills. Through interactive exercises and engaging assignments, you will explore the campus environment and learn about strategies for success as a student. You will present speeches about your research and activities to improve your abilities as a speaker. 1 credit

CAS 201 College to Career

CAS 201 This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests, skills, values, and strengths, which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals. 1 credit

SBS students will take SBS100 in the fall and SBS200 in the spring their first year.

SBS 100 (CareerSTART)

SBS 100 engages students in a series of activities, discussions, and programs on campus to explore their interests and strengths and learn how courses and co-curricular experiences together help them achieve their goals. Students also develop innovation, team, and presentation skills, get involved on campus, and learn about campus resources and services that aid in a successful college experience. This is the first in a four-year sequence of career courses. 1 credit

SBS 200 (CareerEXPLORE)

SBS 200 builds upon a student’s introductory career management skills particularly in the areas of communication, professionalism, and information seeking. Students actively explore their career interests by completing self-assessments, conducting an information interview, and actively using Career Center and library resources to acquire information related to their major or interest areas. 1 credit

Academic Advising & Counseling

Fall and spring semesters

Academic coaching is a partnership between you as a student and a professional staff member. You will meet your academic coach every second week for 30 minute appointments. Regular coaching sessions will provide you with the skills, guidance and support necessary to achieve academic success. During coaching sessions, you and your coach will assess your current study skills and habits, set goals, and work to support you in becoming a more effective learner.

Academic Coaching Brochure [PDF] 


Orla Downey
73 Tremont St., 9th floor
Phone: (617) 573-8099
Email: [email protected]