About Boston's Suffolk University

Suffolk University in Boston was founded as a law school in 1906. Named after its location, Suffolk County, it is now the fourth largest university in the Boston area with about 9,500 students.

Suffolk is a private university and includes the Suffolk University Law School, the Sawyer Business School, the New England School of Art and Design, and the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences. Among the colleges, more than 70 areas are available for students to study. The university is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, among others.

In addition to its main campus in Boston, it Suffolk has one international campus in Madrid, Spain. The university was founded by lawyer Gleason Archer, Sr. in Roxbury, Mass. as Archer's Evening Law School. It later became the Suffolk School of Law, and one year after it opened, Suffolk moved to Boston. It was not until the 1990s that residence halls began to be constructed. At the same time, the university opened satellite programs, expanding its academic reach to students throughout Massachusetts.

In addition to its many academic programs, Suffolk University houses a variety of research centers. This includes the Beacon Hill Institute, the Poetry Center, the Sagan Energy Research Laboratory, the Centers for Crime and Justice Policy Research, the Restorative Justice and Women's Health and Human Rights and the Suffolk Political Research Center. The university was ranked in the top 100 in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report's top Regional Universities and also appears annually in the Princeton Review's ranking of the Best 376 Colleges.

Competing in the NCAA Division III, the university offers a variety of activities and sports for students. Among these are Model United Nations, the International Business Club, Suffolk Free Radio, the Student Government Association, The Suffolk Journal and many pre-law organizations. One of the traditions at Suffolk University are alternative breaks. During this time, usually during winter and spring breaks, students spend time giving back to the community through service learning projects. In addition to projects in the United States, students have traveled throughout the world making a difference in a variety of capacities.

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