Suffolk University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Boston. Founded in 1906, the University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in its Law School, College of Arts & Sciences, and Sawyer Business School.

Students (as of fall 2016)

  • 7,560 Full-and part-time students
  • 5,290 Undergraduate students
  • 1,165 Graduate students
  • 1,105 Law students
  • 1,431 International students (undergraduate and graduate) 


  • 91 percent of full-time faculty have a PhD or terminal degree
  • 1:13 Faculty/student ratio (undergraduate)
  • 1:16 Faculty/student ratio (Law School)


  • 23,400  Law School
  • 26,500  College of Arts & Sciences
  • 30,400  Sawyer Business School
  • 78,200  Active alumni
  •   2,100  Alumni with degrees from more than one Suffolk school



  •   9 buildings located on Beacon Hill and in downtown Boston
  • 455-bed residence hall at 150 Tremont Street
  • 345-bed Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall at 10 Somerset Street
  • 281-bed residence hall at 10 West Street
  • 205-bed Modern Theatre Residence Hall at West and Washington streets

International Campus

  • Madrid

Satellite Campus

  • MBA-North at Riverwalk, Lawrence, Massachusetts

Institutes and Research Centers

  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Executive Education
  • Center for Innovative Collaboration and Leadership
  • Center for Real Estate
  • Center for Restorative Justice
  • Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence
  • Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights
  • Ford Hall Forum
  • Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation
  • Institute for Public Service
  • Moakley Archive and Institute
  • Moakley Center for Public Management
  • Poetry Center
  • Suffolk University Political Research Center
  • Barbara and Richard M. Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies
  • Sagan Energy Research Laboratory

The Arts

  • Suffolk University Art Gallery
  • The Modern Theatre


  • John Joseph Moakley Law Library
  • Mildred F. Sawyer Library (also serving Madrid)
  • New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University Library

Special Collections

  • Collection of African American Literature
  • Moakley Archive and Institute
  • Zieman Poetry Collection


  • The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Colleges lists Suffolk University as one of the "Best National Universities"
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Colleges lists Suffolk University as one of the "Best National Universities"
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Law Schools ranked Suffolk Law in the top 20 in all four legal skills specialties -- clinics, legal writing, trial advocacy, and dispute resolution. 
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Law School rankings rate the Suffolk Law programs among the nation’s best, with Legal Writing at No. 6, Trial Advocacy at No. 16, Dispute Resolution at No. 17, Clinical Programs at No. 17, and Intellectual Property at No. 27
  • The Wall Street Journal ranks Suffolk University among "Top U.S. Colleges"
  • The Princeton Review 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges

Accrediting Commissions and Agencies

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB International
  • AACSB for Accounting and Taxation
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association approved paralegal education program
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)
  • Comunidad de Madrid - Suffolk University Madrid Campus Accreditation
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
  • Foundation for Interior Design Accreditation
  • International Association of Counseling Centers
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for inclusion in the reciprocity privileges of the Interstate Certification Compact

Membership Affiliation

  • Association of American Law Schools