Suffolk University
Former names
Archer's Evening Law School (1906–1907)
Suffolk School of Law (1907–1937)
Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences (1934–1937)
College of Business Administration (1937)
Honestas et Diligentia
Motto in English
Honesty and Diligence
TypePrivate university
Established1906 (118 years ago) (1906)
FounderGleason L. Archer [1]
Endowment$246.2 million (2020)[2]
Budget$300 million (FY 2017) [3]
PresidentMarisa Kelly[4]
Postgraduates1,165 [5]
Location, ,
United States

42°21′28″N 71°03′40″W / 42.3579°N 71.0610°W / 42.3579; -71.0610
CampusUrban, 350 acres (140 ha)
ColorsNavy Blue and Gold[6]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III
Commonwealth Coast Conference
Eastern College Athletic Conference
MascotHiram (Rammy) the Ram[7]
WebsiteOfficial Website

Suffolk University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. With 7,560 students (includes all campuses, 7,379 at the Boston location alone), it is the tenth-largest university in metropolitan Boston. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.[5] The university's notable alumni include mayors, dozens of U.S. federal and state judges and members of the U.S. Congress.[8] The university is also host to its namesake public opinion poll, the Suffolk University Political Research Center.[9]

The university, located at the downtown edge of the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, comprises the Suffolk University Law School, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Sawyer Business School. It has an international campus in Madrid in addition to the main campus in downtown Boston.

The university's sports teams, the Suffolk Rams, compete in 19 varsity sports in NCAA Division III as members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.[10]


Suffolk University founder Gleason Archer Sr., c. 1915

Suffolk University was initially founded as a law school in 1906 by Boston lawyer Gleason Archer Sr., who named it Archer's Evening Law School, intending it for law students who worked during the day. The school was renamed Suffolk School of Law in 1907, after Archer moved it from his Roxbury, Massachusetts home into his law offices in downtown Boston.

A year later the first of Archer's students had passed the bar, leading to a boost in registration.[11] The school's original goal was to "serve ambitious young men who are obliged to work for a living while studying law."[11]

By 1930, Archer developed Suffolk into one of the largest law schools in the country, and decided to create "a great evening university" that working people could afford.[11]

Calvin Coolidge, then Governor of Massachusetts and eventual 30th President of the United States, laying cornerstone for the law building, in 1920.

The school became a university in the 1930s when the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1934 and the Sawyer Business School—then known as the College of Business Administration—in 1937. That same year, the three academic units were incorporated as Suffolk University.[11]

During the 1990s Suffolk constructed its first residence halls, began satellite programs with other colleges in Massachusetts, and opened its international campuses.[11] From 1990 to 2005, its endowment increased over 400%, to approximately $72 million, and enrollment climbed.[12]

Presidents (1906–present)


Sargent Hall

The main campus in downtown Boston is situated on well-known Beacon Hill, adjacent to the Massachusetts State House and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Up until 1995, Suffolk was a commuter-only school. Today, there are four coed residence halls, housing over 65% of freshman, and a total of 24% of the entire undergraduate population:

A Suffolk University Law Library reading room

The residence hall at 150 Tremont Street, renamed Smith Hall in 2018, was the first built by the university and currently houses students in singles, doubles, quads, and suites, with communal bathrooms.

Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall (located at 10 Somerset St.) was opened in 2005 and houses 15 floors of freshman, and 2 floors of sophomores in singles, doubles and quads, with bathrooms shared between every two rooms or one bathroom per quad.

The 10 West Residence Hall, opened in 2008, has housing for freshman and sophomores in singles and doubles. Suites accommodate 3-5 students and a variety of apartment-style suites (that include full kitchens) house 2 to 8 students.

Both Miller Hall and 150 Tremont have cafeterias. Students living at 10 West/Modern Theater can eat at 150 Tremont. Suffolk University occasionally leases additional properties (such as the Hyatt & Holiday Inn Beacon Hill). If leased, those locations house freshman students.

The Modern Theatre Residence Hall opened in the fall of 2010 and is considered an extension to the 10 West Resident Hall. The two residence halls share one entrance at 10 West Street. The Modern Theater Residence Hall is built over the restored Modern Theatre (Boston).

In the fall of 2020, the university added a new residence hall, the Ames Building at One Court Street, which it purchased in the fall of 2019.[14]

In addition to its main campus in Boston, there is a satellite campus in Madrid, Spain. A Dakar, Senegal, campus operated from 1999 to 2011.


Suffolk employs over 900 full-time and adjunct faculty members, who instruct approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its Boston Campus.[15]

The Sawyer Business School (previously the Sawyer School of Management) focuses on global business education.[16] It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Joint degrees are also offered. About 3,000 students are currently enrolled in all programs. The Saturday-only Executive MBA Program incorporates four off-site one-week seminars and week-long global trips to Madrid and China. The Global MBA is a specialized MBA in international business with an intensive concentration in either finance or marketing. The full-time program includes a 3-month internship outside the student's home country. Summer 2010 Global MBA internships are in 10 countries. Part-time Global MBAs complete either a global experiential research project at their place of business or a 3-month consulting project that includes an intensive 2 week residency outside the US.[17]

The Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences has seventeen academic departments which offer more than seventy undergraduate and graduate programs. Among the departments is the New England School of Art and Design (NESAD)[18][19]

Suffolk University Law School, founded in 1906, offers a standard Juris Doctor program and advanced L.L.M. program. 43% of applicants were admitted to the J.D. program in 2005.[20]

The university is also home to various research centers and institutes, including the Centers for Crime & Justice Policy Research, Restorative Justice, and Women's Health and Human Right, the Moakley Archives, the Poetry Center, Political Research Centers, and the Sagan Energy Research Laboratory.[21] The Suffolk University Political Research Center (SUPRC) conducts various scientific polls of national and regional political issues.[22]

The university also has an undergraduate honors program[23] in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School. Freshman and transfer students are considered for the Honors program upon applying to Suffolk. Students in their second year are considered candidates for join the program by remaining one year at the institution with a 3.5 GPA. The student from Suffolk University upon graduating from the honor program graduate with a Latin Honor: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude: You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7, or Cum Laude.[24]


In 2018 U.S. News ranked Suffolk #177 (tie) in National Universities.[25]


Suffolk University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Rams are a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). They were a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) from 1995 to 2020. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, golf, ice hockey, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, ice hockey, soccer, softball, golf, tennis and volleyball.[26][27]

Notable persons

Main article: List of Suffolk University people

Notable alumni

This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Please improve this article by removing names that do not have independent reliable sources showing they merit inclusion in this article AND are alumni, or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations. (November 2023)
William L. Uanna, class of 1942, officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) as Director of Operations of the I Service Command, security expert on The Manhattan Project
Martin Meehan, class of 1981, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1993–2007, former chairman United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, current President of the University of Massachusetts

Notable faculty and trustees


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