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Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian, research university located in Boston, Massachusetts and with 9,192 students, it is the eighth largest university in Metro Boston.


8 Ashburton Place


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Founded in 1906 by lawyer Gleason Archer, Sr., Suffolk University was initially founded as a law school named "Archer's Evening Law School" but soon became Suffolk School of Law. The school's original goal was to "serve ambitious young men who are obliged to work for a living while studying law." In 1907, Archer moved the school from his Roxbury, Massachusetts home into his downtown Boston law offices. A year later the first of Archer's students had passed the bar, leading to a boost in registration. Suffolk University founder Gleason Archer, Sr., ca. 1915 By 1930, Archer developed Suffolk into one of the largest law schools in the country, and decided to create "a great evening university" that working people could afford. The school became a university in the 1930s when the Suffolk College of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1934, and the Sawyer Business School�then known as the College of Business Administration�in 1937. That same year, the three academic units were incorporated as Suffolk University. During the 1990s Suffolk constructed its first residence halls, began satellite programs with other colleges in Massachusetts, and opened its international campuses. From 1990 to 2005, its endowment increased over 400%, to approximately $72 million and tuition climbed.

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An understanding of culture or region of the world other than one�s own is an important part of a liberal education and key to developing future leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society. Suffolk University therefore encourages and assists students who wish to participate in the college�s diverse study abroad opportunities. Our programs and practices are reviewed regularly and are in compliance with the standards of good practice for the field of education abroad as set forth by the Forum on Education Abroad.



Thomas J. Lane, class of 1925, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1941�1963) James A. Burke, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1959�1979) Gleason Archer Jr., class of 1939, theologian Martin F. Loughlin, class of 1951, U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, judge (1979�1995) David Sargent, class of 1954, President of Suffolk University (1989�2010) Joe Moakley, class of 1956, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1973-2001 Judge Frank Caprio, class of 1965, television judge Caught in Providence on ABC; Chief Judge Providence, R.I. Municipal Court Gunnar S. Overstrom, Jr., class of 1968, vice-chair of Fleet Boston and president and chief operating officer of the Shawmut National Corporation. James Sokolove, class of 1969, television personal injury attorney Robert L. Caret, class of 1969, President of Towson University Salvatore F. DiMasi, class of 1971, Mass. House of Representatives (1979�2009) Richard J. Leon, class of 1974, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, judge (2002�present) Paul Reiber, class of 1974, Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court James Bamford, class of 1975, journalist, author Francis Flaherty, class of 1975, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court William F. Galvin, class of 1975, Secretary of State of Massachusetts Dan Harrington, poker player Robert A. DeLeo, class of 1976, member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1991 - present) Jerald G. Fishman, class of 1976, President & CEO, Analog Devices John F. Tierney, class of 1976, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1997�present Paul Suttell, class of 1976, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court John Loftus, class of 1977, author, television commentator Maureen Goldberg, class of 1978, Justice of Rhode Island Supreme Court Ronald Machtley, class of 1978, President of Bryant University, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island (1989�1995) Michael E. Festa, class of 1979, member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1998 - present) Nina Mitchell Wells, Secretary of State of New Jersey, 2006�present Martin Meehan, class of 1983, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1993-2007, current Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Cheryl Jacques, class of 1987, Legislator, President of the Human Rights Campaign Patrick C. Lynch, class of 1992, Attorney General of Rhode Island Gary Christenson, class of 1990, 1992, and 2003 (triple alumnus), mayor of Malden, Massachusetts. Allan Fung, Class of 1995, Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island Jenna Mourey, class of 2008, YouTube personality Michelle Leonardo, class of 2013, Miss New Jersey USA 2012, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2008 and Top 10 at Miss USA 2012