Suffolk University: Narrative Description

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8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-2770
Tel: (617)573-8000
Free: 800-6-SUFFOLK
Admissions: (617)573-8749
Fax: (617)742-4291
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates (doctoral degree in law). Founded 1906. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Endowment: $68.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6817 per student. Total enrollment: 8,188. Faculty: 684 (269 full-time, 415 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 5,006 applied, 85% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 63% from top half. Full-time: 3,716 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 761 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 100 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 9% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $31,281 includes full-time tuition ($19,790), mandatory fees ($80), and college room and board ($11,411). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $521 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Program Council, Black Student Union, Evening Student Association, International Student Association. Major annual events: Cultural Unity Week, Commencement Ball, Temple Street Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 827 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Mildred Sawyer Library plus 3 others with 129,562 books, 135,749 microform titles, 8,644 serials, 380 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.1 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston, a city rich in history and culture. In addition to being an international center for high-technology, finance, architecture, and medicine, Boston boasts over 50 of the finest colleges and universities in the nation. Founded in 1630, ten years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is the largest city in New England. The city of Boston has a population of over 600,000 people whose heritage is drawn worldwide. The Freedom Trail includes 16 landmarks significant to our nation's history, including Faneuil Hall, the Old North Church, Paul Revere's house, Old Ironsides and the Bunker Hill Monument. Hidden throughout Boston are treasures such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the African Meeting House, which is the oldest black church building still standing in this country. There is various entertainment such as the Boston Ballet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the theatre, as well as comedy clubs and clubs featuring many different types of music. In addition, Boston offers some of the finest shopping and dining facilities in the country. Boston is also the home of four professional sports teams — the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots. The city is accessible by public transportation, commuter rail, bus service, air service, and taxi service. Due to its size, Boston is also an excellent walking city. At the hub of the transportation system is Suffolk

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