When you think beyond the classroom and become part of your school community, your school becomes part of you as well. What you get out of your Suffolk education is equal to what you put in.
Suffolk is a special place with opportunities for the taking. You can participate in competitions that focus on new product innovation, business plan development, or improving communities. Clubs and organizations connect you with future real estate investors, lawyers, marketers, managers, and entrepreneurs. You can build your leadership skills as an ambassador for the Sawyer Business School or take on challenging social issues through public service programs that make a difference.
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Our Sawyer Ambassadors are a team of student leaders dedicated to enhancing the overall undergraduate experience by building community and addressing unmet student needs. They create new programs and activities to support a wide range of student interests and support faculty and administrative student-oriented projects.
They represent the Sawyer Business School at campus activities and special events and volunteer in many community service projects throughout the year. This year, Sawyer Ambassadors helped plan and develop many events and offerings, including: the Social Media Conference, Entrepreneurship Competitions, the Spring Honors Networking Event, and the stock trading room, to name a few.
The Ambassador Scholarship provides Sawyer Ambassador students with some tuition support. Ambassadors also work 10 hours per week with the Sawyer Business School’s Deans Office.
Requirements include maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.3, attending weekly meetings, and submitting project reports. Students are selected based on academic success, team building and leadership skills, completed application, and interviews.
Contact the Ambassadors by email.
The Living Learning Communities (LLC) program at Suffolk University recognizes that college students learn both in and out of the classroom and is designed to enhance students’ first-year experience and lay the foundation for them to be better prepared for life after college.
Living in an LLC offers students a unique, inclusive residential learning experience that connects classroom learning with a student’s residential experience. Students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall with the added benefit of living among a group that shares the same academic goals and interests.
Specially trained resident assistants collaborate with LLC faculty advisors to offer special residence hall programs that provide opportunities for you to explore your academic interests and potential careers; connect with faculty, alumni, and professionals; and build lifelong friendships with fellow students. Active involvement in an LLC allows you to broaden your perspectives and understanding of the world around you.
Our LLC offerings include:
- Sawyer Business School Honors
- Global Business
For more information, visit Campus Life.
Public service is a way of life at Suffolk, in and out of the classroom.
Why? Because we realize that the world is bigger than ourselves. We realize that the best thing we can do with our knowledge and experience is to use it to make the world a better place.
Whether you want to serve across town or around the world, Suffolk gives you the opportunity to go out and make a real difference. Learn all the ways you can become involved.
The mission of the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) is to provide an atmosphere that fosters a campus community and lifelong learning through student engagement, relationship building, and leadership development.
To accomplish its mission, SLI:
- Supports activities and advises over 80 student clubs and organizations
- Plans and implements various leadership development programs
- Maintains and oversees facilities and programs in the Student Activities Center (Donahue Building, 4th floor) and the student lounge (Sawyer Building, 2nd floor)
- Provides information and involvement opportunities through SUconnect and the HUB information center
- Partners with a wide range of campus and community groups to enhance the student experience
- Hosts annual events on campus
Participating in clubs lets you meet guest speakers from Boston-area businesses, local alumni, and current students (who, like you, will soon be graduates with connections across many industries). Joining a student organization can link you to networks that take you places.
Explore their websites and SUConnect pages for information on how to join.
- Financial Management Association
- Future Investors in Real Estate (FIRE)
- Information Systems Club
- International Business Club (IBC)
- Professional Marketing Association (PMA)
- Suffolk Entrepreneurs
- Suffolk University Management Association
- Women in Business
All majors across the University are welcome and encouraged to participate in a variety of academic competitions.
To be directed towards additional resources or to suggest the addition of a new competition, email Lauren Mahoney, assistant dean of Undergraduate Programs.
Examples of student competitions include:
Dr. Sushil Bhatia Competition for Innovative Ideas
This competition encourages innovative thinking and the development of new products and intellectual capital. Do you have a compelling concept? The competition gives you a pathway to transform an idea into opportunity. Mentored by fellows in the Center for Entrepreneurship, innovators compete for $100,000 in grants and in-kind services.
The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts the Twitch Competition, where you have one minute to pitch a product on Twitter. The top-three pitches are awarded based on their creativity; number of characters; and use of hashtags, links, and capital letters.
During the Hawk Challenge, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, teams of two to four students put their innovation, teamwork, presentation, and preparation skills to the test by constructing a paper airplane. Teams are judged based on creativity, presentation, and plane performance.
CME Group Commodities Trading Challenge
The CME Group Commodities Trading Challenge is a fast-paced open outcry trading competition. Compete in teams by trading simulated contracts and accumulating capital using outcry terminology and communicating orders through hand signals.
National Association of Black Accountants Case Analysis Competition
Suffolk student teams have won first place in both undergraduate and graduate divisions of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Case Analysis Competition.
Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition
How will your idea fare on a global stage? Organized by the Singapore Management University, this competition is open to undergraduates from universities around the world. Compete to have your business plan accepted by venture capital firms.
Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE) is an international organization for philanthropy and community development. Students compete at the regional, national, and international levels to present programs that alleviate problems associated with living standards for the betterment of communities.