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Suffolk University

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate87%

Suffolk University Admissions

Around 87% of applicants get into Suffolk University each year. Out of 9,699 applications received in 2023, 8,416 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Suffolk University, the fee for the application costs $50.

Suffolk University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Suffolk University's admissions stats.

Suffolk University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Mean SAT Score 1186
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21.3%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3.7%
Waitlist Yes

Suffolk University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Suffolk University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15

Considering Applying Early to Suffolk University?

Suffolk University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Suffolk University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Suffolk University accepts approximately 9% of early action applicants and 87% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Suffolk University admitted 3,17 of the 3,356 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Suffolk University Admissions

Transferring to Suffolk University

For more information on transferring to Suffolk University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Suffolk University

Suffolk University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Suffolk University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Suffolk University

What does Suffolk University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Suffolk University for more information on admission factors.

Suffolk University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Suffolk University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Suffolk University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Suffolk University?

Students admitted to Suffolk University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Suffolk University 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 36% were in the top 25% and 74% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Suffolk University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 2.5%
3.75 and 3.99 16.2%
3.50 and 3.74 18.1%
3.25 and 3.49 17.4%
3.00 and 3.24 15.5%
2.50 and 2.9 23.1%
2.00 and 2.49 7%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Suffolk University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Suffolk University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 21.3% of Suffolk University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3.7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Suffolk University?

To be competitive with other Suffolk University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1090 and 1273 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Suffolk University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1273 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Suffolk University student is 1186.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Suffolk University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Suffolk University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Suffolk University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Suffolk University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Suffolk University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to Suffolk University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Suffolk University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Suffolk University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Suffolk University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Suffolk University.

Does Suffolk University accept transfer credits?

✅ Suffolk University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Suffolk University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Suffolk University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Suffolk University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Suffolk University?

❌ No, Suffolk University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Suffolk University's acceptance rate?

✅ Suffolk University has an acceptance rate of 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Suffolk University?

❌ Suffolk University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Suffolk University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Suffolk University was 9% in 2021.

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Suffolk University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Suffolk University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Suffolk University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Suffolk University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1273


Math SAT Range

530 - 630


Reading SAT Range

550 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1273 and Above


1090 to 1273


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Suffolk University students is 1186. Applicants with SAT scores of 1273 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Suffolk University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1273 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Suffolk University.

Suffolk University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Suffolk University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.42. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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