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.
Ann E. Coyne, Ed. D.
Dean of Students
& Associate Vice President for Enrollment
Dear Suffolk Undergraduate:
On behalf of the Student Government Association, and the undergraduate student body, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Suffolk University.
As I am sure you already know, you are embarking on an amazing journey. The journey we call “college” is one that will transform you in ways you never thought possible. It will teach you things you never imagined, and leave you ready to take on anything. You have the added benefit of attending a world class university, located in the heart of the greatest city in the world. Suffolk’s distinct location gives all of us fantastic opportunities to connect to prestigious local and global businesses, hospitals, other private sector companies, and of course the public sector. Don’t forget the plethora of cultural, ethnic and historical hubs that surround the area as well!
Suffolk is home to a vast number of student organizations. From cultural clubs, to student governance, to video gaming, and much more. It would be impossible to name the almost 100 different student clubs and organizations. There is at least one club out there for you, and I challenge you to find it and get involved. 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, so 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 a wide array of 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, 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 discover 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. Finally, never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a figment of our imagination. As long as you try, you will never fail.
Welcome to #RamNation, and may your time here be blessed with nothing but the greatest success.
Student Body President
Student Government Association
Suffolk University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Location: Sawyer Building
Dear Graduate Student,
On behalf of the Suffolk University 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 that you have decided to join our graduate student community. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be a great resource for you to network professionally and academically, seek advice, and socialize. We’re also very excited to welcome back those of you who are returning graduate students, and we hope you will get involved with the GSA this year as well!
Our organization is dedicated to the development and advancement of graduate and professional students, with the primary goal of uniting all of Suffolk’s graduate population. Regardless of which degree you are pursuing, you can always be a part of the GSA. The GSA governs other graduate student organizations. Currently, there are 9 program-specific associations:
We strongly encourage you to get involved with GSA and/or other graduate
student associations, by attending events throughout the year, seeking
professional development opportunities, or 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! 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 email@example.com.
On Thursday, September 10, 2105, we’ll be hosting a “Welcome” Evening Social to celebrate the start of school, enjoy some free food, drinks and great company!
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!
Master's Program in Health Administration
President, Suffolk University Graduate Student Association (GSA)