A Legacy of Generosity

Suffolk has its origins in a simple act of goodwill that took place more than a century ago. George Frost, a Boston businessman and philanthropist, offered a loan to pay the college tuition of our founder, Gleason Archer. When Archer later tried to pay back the debt, Frost refused, saying, “If you ever have the chance to pass this favor along to others, do it for me.”

Archer made good on the debt by founding Suffolk University. And more than 100 years later, our 80,000 alumni are using the knowledge and inspiration they gained here to change the world, change lives—and change the rules. At Suffolk, we understand the immense benefits of “paying it forward.” Grateful for what we have been given, we give back.