Suffolk University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$35,440

4.85% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$30,498

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

4.03%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

84.4%

8,481 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

7,461

81.2% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

59%

771 Graduates

About

Suffolk University is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Suffolk University were Speech Communication & Rhetoric (169 degrees awarded), General Finance (159 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (130 degrees).

In 2016, 2,394 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Suffolk University. 56.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,154 degrees), 4.56 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (253 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Suffolk University is $35,440, which is $9,584 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Suffolk University is $35,440, which is $9,584 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $30,498.

In 2016, 79% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 54% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$35,440

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Suffolk University was $35,440. The cost of tuition at Suffolk University is $9,584 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$30,498

2016 Value

2.84%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Suffolk University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $30,498. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Suffolk University grew by 2.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,541

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Suffolk University was of $14,541 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.8% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

79%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

54%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Suffolk University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 8.22% with respect to 2015, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

4.03%

2015 Default Rate

90

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Suffolk University was 4.03%, which represents 90 out of the 2233 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Suffolk University received 8,481 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.13% annual decline. Out of those 8,481 applicants, 7,160 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.4% acceptance rate.

There were 7,461 students enrolled at Suffolk University in 2016, and 86% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Suffolk University has an overall enrollment yield of 16.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

7,160

Accepted Out of 8,481

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Suffolk University was 84.4% (7,160 admissions from 8,481 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 82.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -0.13%, while admissions grew by 2.36%.

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SAT Scores

86%

Submission Percentage

1,020

Scores Submitted

86% of enrolled first-time students at Suffolk University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Suffolk University has a total enrollment of 7,461 students. The full-time enrollment at Suffolk University is 6,059 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,402. This means that 81.2% of students enrolled at Suffolk University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Suffolk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 49.2% White, 10.4% Hispanic or Latino, 7.32% Asian, 6.3% Black or African American, 1.92% Two or More Races, 0.107% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0536% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Suffolk University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (24.8%), followed by White Male (18.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.75%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (34.1%), followed by White Male (26.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.29%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Suffolk University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,461 students. The full-time enrollment at Suffolk University is 6,059 and the part-time enrollment is 1,402. This means that 81.2% of students enrolled at Suffolk University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Suffolk University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Suffolk University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,673

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    779

  3. Asian

    546

The enrolled student population at Suffolk University is 49.2% White, 10.4% Hispanic or Latino, 7.32% Asian, 6.3% Black or African American, 1.92% Two or More Races, 0.107% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0536% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 419 students (5.62%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 296 more women than men received degrees from Suffolk University. The majority of degree recipients at Suffolk University are white (1,154 degrees awarded). There were 4.56 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (253 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Suffolk University is Speech Communication & Rhetoric (169 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (159 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (130 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Suffolk University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (479 degrees awarded), Communications (184 degrees), and Business (966 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Accountants & auditors (1,150,090 people), Miscellaneous managers (973,905 people), Financial managers (504,578 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (470,840 people), and Chief executives & legislators (425,314 people).

The most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Legal (479 degrees awarded), Communications (184 degrees), Business (966 degrees), Social Sciences (199 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Legal (479 degrees awarded), Communications (184 degrees), Business (966 degrees), Social Sciences (199 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Elementary & secondary schools (767,414 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (678,381 people), Banking & related activities (604,606 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (596,102 people), and Computer Systems Design (545,145 people).

The most specialized majors at Suffolk University are Legal (479 degrees awarded), Communications (184 degrees), Business (966 degrees), Social Sciences (199 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 169 degrees awarded

  2. 159 degrees awarded

  3. 130 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Suffolk University was Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 169 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,049

  2. 1,345

In 2016, 1,049 degrees were awarded to men at Suffolk University, which is 0.78 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,345).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 187 degrees were awarded to men at Suffolk University in Law, which is 0.817 times less than the 229 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 229 degrees were awarded to women at Suffolk University in Law, which is 1.22 times more than the 187 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

39%

100% Completion Time

54%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 39% of students graduating from Suffolk University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (73.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Suffolk University is Female and Asian (73.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 7% of graduates (54 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,154 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    253 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    212 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Suffolk University is white (1,154 degrees awarded). There were 4.56 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (253 degrees).

10.6% of degree recipients (253 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    647 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    507 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    138 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Suffolk University is white female (647 degrees awarded). There were 1.28 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (507 degrees).

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Operations

Suffolk University has an endowment valued at nearly $186M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $-1.58M (-0.848%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Suffolk University had a total expenditure of $215M. Of that $215M, they spent $97.1M on salaries and $215M on benefits.

Suffolk University employs 129 Associate professors, 105 Professors, and 69 Assistant professors. Most academics at Suffolk University are Male Associate professors (67), Male Professors(63), and Female Associate professors (62).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Suffolk University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 196 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 126 employees, and Management with 57 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$186M

2015 Endowment

4.49%

decline from 2014

Suffolk University has an endowment valued at about $186M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Suffolk University declined 4.49% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $85.1M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.97M - Federal

  2. $994k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Suffolk University received $2.97M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $994k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$97.1M

Salary Expenditure

$215M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Suffolk University had a total expenditure of $215M. Of that $215M, they spent $97.1M on salaries and $215M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$97.1M

2015 Salaries

3.74%

decline from 2014

In 2015, Suffolk University paid a median of $97.1M in salaries, which represents 45.1% of their overall expenditure ($215M) and a 3.74% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.0387% decline from 2013 and a 2.96% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$34.5M

Instructional Salaries

328

Number of Employees

In 2015, Suffolk University paid a total of $34.5M to 328 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

129 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

196 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Suffolk University were Associate professor with 129 employees; Professor with 105 employees; and Professor with 69 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Suffolk University were Business and Financial Operations with 196 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 126 employees; and Management with 57 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Suffolk University was Male Associate professor with 67 employees, Male Professor with 63 employees, and Female Associate professor with 62 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Suffolk University.

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