The intercollegiate athletic program at Suffolk University holds a proud tradition amongst all New England schools. Suffolk is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division III), and competes in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 13 sports.
Fall Men’s Soccer; Women’s Soccer; Women’s Volleyball; Men’s & Women’s Cross Country; Golf; Women’s Tennis (Season runs August 21 - November 1)
Winter Men’s Basketball; Women’s Basketball; Men’s Ice Hockey (Season runs October 1 - March 1)
Spring Baseball; Softball; Men’s Tennis (Season runs February 1 – May 10; with a limited fall season September 5 - October 15)

Student-Athlete Tradition

The athletic teams at Suffolk University promote our student-athletes to excel both in the classroom as well as on the playing field. A student-athlete needs to be attentive to the needs of their team, as well as the pursuit of academic excellence towards their degree. As a student-athlete, you can expect a sizable time commitment to your team.


Playing a sport at Suffolk and participating in a varsity athletic program may be different than the secondary school/academy that you attended in your country. For example, you may have had a term of sports skill in your school’s physical education program followed by a day of competition among neighboring schools. For some, you may have attended a specific school that offered training in a given sport and a more competitive schedule of games.

For the majority of the teams, practices are held daily except Sunday, and a varsity player is expected to attend practice unless they have an academic conflict, or are under treatment for an injury. Most teams practice two hours a day, five days a week, with an extra hour of preparation and post-activity time.


Students who are relatively proficient in the sport that interests them and have participated in some competitive team aspect of that sport are invited to try out for one of Suffolk’s athletic teams. Students are expected to come to tryouts in good physical condition, and should not use the tryout period to get in competitive physical shape. For example, those trying out for Men’s Soccer will run a two-mile (3200 meters) conditioning run within the first three days of practice, and the run should be done within a time of 13-15 minutes. Tennis players and golfers should have a proficient, individual skill level. Cross Country runners should have a minimum standard in a 3.1 mile/5K run of under 27:00 for women and a 5.0 mile/8K run of under 40:00 for men.


If you have questions and/or would like to judge your ability on one of Suffolk’s athletic teams, please contact the coach of the sport that interests you for further information.