find it interesting that everyone lists themselves as “Bright” or
“Quite Bright”. This shouldn't even be an option since
even dumb people will notch themselves up.
am also not a Natural Resources major. I just
wanted to protect my identity because I mention in here
can “out” me.
WIth that said: I
went to college for one year after high school, then
joined the National Guard. I thought that I would
be able to do both, but without going into detail,
I postponed college for three years. I put in
another year at an-of-state college, then transferred into Suffolk
because I wanted to live in Boston. So, I
am obviously an older student with three colleges to compare
and a different perspective on things.
Academics: Suffolk is
middle-of-the-road. Some courses leave things to be desired, others
can be down-right tough. But most are somewhere in
the middle. This opinion will vary, though. I
have gotten A's in courses that I slept through while
other students struggled, and I have busted my behind to
maintain C's in other courses that seemed a breeze to
the rest of the class. You will find this
at all universities, though, not just Suffolk.
There are honors
courses for those who want to study, or have the
need to study, at a higher level.
A good amount
of students transfer out. That is no secret.
But what is interesting is that just as many transfer
School Life: There is a lot
to be desired here. Most kids seem to bail
back to their dorm rooms once class is over or
hangout in the library or cafe until their next class.
Suffolk does not have a student union or quad
like other universities, so students really have no place to
hangout. There is a student center on the 4th
floor of Donahue that has a TV, pool tables, and
a lounge area. I've never hung out there, though.
As for clubs...there are a ton on campus.
I should also mention that if you do not
find a club that meets your needs, you can always
start your own. All you need is four other
students and at least a 2.0 GPA. I started
a club myself. It is an easy process.
The poster below must be on crack. I
have signed up for many clubs at the Temple St.
Fair and continued to receive tons of emails all semester
long from clubs I never actually joined. But yeah,
I singed up for a few that never sent me
any information. But that is an issue with the
particular clubs, not the school.
The school itself offers many
activities from dinners to free movies. Maybe not as
much as at other schools, but a decent amount.
It would be nice if more activities were offered, but
seeing as how around 80% of the students live off-campus,
it seems ridiculous to have too many activities just so
the few who do live on campus have something to
Athletics: eh, well, they leave something to be
As for rich students...uh...yeah. It seems
that only those who take courses at Sawyer are the
“rich” ones. I am in the CAS, and most
students are of lower-income. I have never heard anyone
talking about spending hundreds of dollars shopping on Newbury St.
Administration: yes, they seem elusive. Good
luck getting a straight answer from them, let alone actually
talking to someone. 99% of the time, you
are going to deal with student workers. I
made three requests to see my financial aid advisor, and
sent her two other emails inquiring about this or that.
She never responded to any of my requests or
I wouldn't say that Suffolk is only
in it for your money, although I can understand how
some would feel that way. They are, definitely, secretive,
As for the price tag...tuition is currently
at $28K per year. A good amount of money,
sure, but not really bad considering it is a private
college. Dorms are around $2k a month, so if
you live in the dorms plus the required meal plan,
then yeah, you will be charged around $48K a year,
give or take.
Even though Boston is an
expensive city to live in rent-wise, it is still way
cheaper to live off campus.
The school does
give out $$$ in financial aid and scholarships, though.
Boston: this is not as big of a
city as most think it is. Despite the large
population, the city itself is relatively small. There is
a lot to do, but most of it costs money
and really, if you are under 21, you might be
bored. I am not sure what the person who
mentioned there not being anything to do for college kids
is talking about. This is a college town!
But yeah, if you are under 21, you might not
have that many options.
The school itself is
in an awesome location. It is practically right on
the State House, and between the Court House, City Hall,
and a few other Federal buildings. John Kerry also
lives near by. I only mention this because security
is tight. Not only are their secret police and
regular police all over the place, Suffolk itself has like
30 campus police officers and another 30 security guards.
So, even though their is the occasional homeless person,
thug, or other ruffian passing through, if you look at
crime statistics for colleges in the area, Suffolk has the
lowest incidents. None of which are violent.
the Commons....yeah, there are crazy homeless people and crack heads,
but they keep to themselves.
Anyways, Suffolk may
not be the best college, but it is not the
worst. If you are more concerned with partying (there
is plenty of that, but parties in the North End
get busted all the time), big time sports, Greek life,
and the traditional college atmosphere—then go somewhere else. If
you are more concerned with education, then it really isn't
a bad school.
Suffolk was one of my
top choices, but not exactly my ideal school, if that
can make sense. There are things left to be
desired, but based on my experience, that can be said
about any school. No school will be 100% what
you want. At this point in time, I am
happy that I came here.