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I attended Suffolk for a year, overall it's an "ok" school.|
- Boston is an amazing city to go to school in. It's very walkable, there are a ton of colleges nearby, the parks are beautiful, Suffolk is in the nicest part of Boston, the city is great for finding interships/jobs, Boston is huge on sports, it's easy to get around using the T, and nothing beats exploring the city on the weekends.
- Small classes, most of the time (professors will know your name). Which really helps when getting recommendations for grad school.
- The professors, for the most part are great, or at least the ones I had.
- The dorms are very nice, especially when you compare them to the dorms at other schools.
- S.O.U.L.S. The volunteering department at Suffolk.
- I've heard that the psychology, English, government, history, and the business school are very good and accessible to students.
- The law school and Suffolk's graduate programs.
- Cost. Suffolk's tuition is relatively low compared to most private schools, but that's only because Suffolk does not give much financial aid compared to other schools. I couldn't afford to live at Suffolk after my first semester, but Suffolk made me attend a hearing with five financial aid officials who grilled me on my finances (and could not understand why I didn't want to just take out more LOANS) before finally releasing me from my housing contract.
- My department (Biology) and the science departments are very small. This does make many of the professors very accessible (research), but at times I would prefer a greater variety of classes being offered. The Biology degree is also centered around pre-med requirements, so be wary if you?re not up for two semesters of orgo and physics.
- Suffolk's acceptance rate is at 85%, that's just awful. There are a lot of smart students here who came for a particular program or because they were given substantial aid, but this means your taking classes with kids who never studied and perhaps hardly ever did their homework back in high school.
- The retention rate: 30% of the entering freshman class in my year transferred or dropped out after their freshman year.
- I never cared about "school spirit", but if you do, Suffolk doesn't have it. Suffolk has team sports at Div III which are easy to to try out for but you never hear about them.
- We have the Boston common, but many students complain that Suffolk really doesn't have a campus, which is true.
- The Math department. I had an awesome professor, but i've heard horror stories from those who get professors who can barely speak English.
- Suffolk refuses to allow you to take courses over the summer at cheaper and closer community colleges in an attempt to make you take the course at Suffolk ($2,500 a course) over the summer or stay an extra semester or year, I have not encountered this with other schools.
Conclusion:Only come to Suffolk if they give you enough aid. Yes the city is great, but it's extremely expensive and can be difficult to enjoy if you?re the typical broke college kid. Research your department to see if it has what your looking for. You have to like the city but DO NOT COME HERE JUST FOR THE CITY. If Suffolk is the best school you can get into, then go to a state school or community college, the quality of the education will be just as good. If you do come, find an apartment, don't bother with the dorms, you won't miss anything. Suffolk and Boston can be a lot of fun, but it's what you make of it.
|Jul 29 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
|Not so bright|
| Suffolk is a university that is BAD SCHOOL for Computer Science. IF your looking a shortcut instead of going to community college. THIS IS DA PLACE TO GO!. Have alot of money and Ask for Financial aid. They change courses every year so its not a good idea to stay more than a semester or an year. Really Suffolk is not a school that is meant for other majors asides from Business and Law and Liberal Arts. Other majors at this university are a JOKE and When i Say joke the teachers are HORRIBLE. The So called Math and Computer Science department does not have more than 2 Compsci 1 classes. They are teaching a very confusing way. So Shortcut for community college. Come Here to experience the School if you want. They GIVE alot of free food but obv. The tuition is high like any other BOSTON school except for Umass Boston. There is alot to do but Depending on your major this school might or might not be for you. This goes for every School. At the end of the day College is what you make out of it. |
|Nov 02 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| First off, I am going to get the BS out of the way.|
Suffolk is generally not everyone's top choice, and based on what fellow students tell me, it is pretty much the safety school for students who are bent on going to college in Boston. Many Suffolk students were rejected by MIT, Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern. A good amount of students also transfer out.
So, I am guessing that is the reason for the negative comments. I came in as a transfer student myself, and selected Suffolk for two reasons: 1. The financial aid package made Suffolk the cheapest school (yes, even cheaper than UMass Boston) and my out-of-pocket expenses were slightly higher than a community college (where I transferred from). 2. I am a biology major, and it is no secret that the sciences are not the largest, let alone the most popular, majors on campus. The over-whelming amount of students in the College of Arts and Sciences seem to either be Communications/Journalism students or Humanities students. I wanted the smaller program so I wouldn't be just another student and my accomplishments would stand out more.
Yes, the campus is very nontraditional in its set-up, but hey, Boston University does not have a 'traditional' campus, either. Yes, the athletics are D3, but so is MIT. There may not be a lot school spirit, but there is definitely a lot of school pride amongst the students who have accepted Suffolk and are making the most of it, besides, most students who really hate the place transfer out anyways.
I really do not know why people are surprised by the campus. Five minutes on the Internet would tell you that you will not experience the 'traditional' college experience of keggers and frat parties every weekend. Suffolk itself is a dry campus (although there are events were alcohol is allowed...just not in dorms), and that is one of the reasons why so many students live off campus. While the dorms are really nice and offer the best view of the city, they are expensive. You can get a really kick-a*s studio or one bedroom in a swank part of town for the same price, or you can get an awesome two or three bedroom off campus if you find a room mate. Over-all, it is cheaper to live off campus and you can do what you want in your own place.
Suffolk does seem to be very department oriented, i.e., no-one really thinks of the school as a whole, but instead tend to really only focus on their particular department. Another thing is that if you tell people that you go to Suffolk, they automatically assume that you are a Communications/New Media/Journalism student.
Anyways, the school itself is pretty cool. I had my hesitations coming in, but now I don't regret it. There are tons of opportunities for students to get involved, many clubs, and if there isn't a club that you want, you can easily start one. Any student can also get involved in theatrical productions, even if you are not a theater major. I dunno, maybe I'll update this review later, but don't believe the negativity against Suffolk. It may not be the best school for science majors, but it is still a good school. If you are interested in the stereotypical college experience, go elsewhere -you'll be much happier. If you are more interested in having a good and getting a good education with tons of opportunities for internships, then Suffolk may be a good school for you.
|May 22 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |