History, Affiliations and Rankings
Gleason Archer, the founder of Suffolk University, made it his life's ambition to provide access to higher education to all capable students, beginning with evening Law sessions. Gleason Archer began giving law lectures in his Roxbury home's living room in 1906. He relocated the renamed Suffolk School of Law to Downtown Boston a year later. In 1909, the university issued diplomas for the first graduating class of the First Law School. The cornerstone for the Archer building on Beacon Hill was laid in 1920 by Massachusetts governor and subsequently president Calvin Coolidge. The University and its entities are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The University is also associated with The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), American Bar Association (ABA), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the International Association of Counselling Services (IACS) and many more organizations.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Suffolk University has been a part of Boston's bustling metropolitan setting since 1906, providing students with a genuinely immersive environment in which to live, learn, and explore. It is in the perfect place to give students the keys to a successful life and career: access, opportunity, and experience. Suffolk University offers a diverse selection of undergraduate, graduate, and law degree programs, all of which are grounded in real-world experience. They pride themselves on accessibility, which is why they offer a variety of learning options, including part-time and evening programs, credentials for working professionals, and online classes. Small class numbers also allow professors to get to know each student's name, recognize his or her potential, and form vital relationships with them. Courses are offered at the College of Arts and Sciences, the Law School, Sawyer Business School and the international Madrid campus.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The list of achievements of the university is endless. An internship is completed by 72 per cent of university graduates on average. More than 50 international programs are offered by the university. The Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification acknowledged the university. Suffolk University is ranked among the "Top U.S. Colleges" by the Wall Street Journal. Suffolk is ranked among the Top Universities in The Princeton Review's 2017 edition of the Best 381 Colleges in the United States. With over 85,000 combined graduates to date across a spectrum of careers and geographic regions, the Suffolk alumni network can help expand students' social and professional reach. Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts, John F. Tierney, Former United States Representative and Linda Dorcena Forry, Massachusetts State Representative are few of the notable alumni.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The University has a total of 6,692 full-time students, with 4,272 undergraduates and 1,198 graduate students. Students represent over 100 nationalities and come from all 50 US states. Suffolk has a total of 868 international students. There are 372 full-time and 251 part-time faculty members, with 87 per cent having a PhD or terminal degree. Skills training, internship and job search tools, job fairs, networking events, and mentoring are all available through Suffolk University's Career Centre. WTW, Tesco, Accenture, and Deloitte are among the top employers of university graduates.