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Suffolk University Admission Requirements

Boston, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Suffolk University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
86%
Admission Difficulty for Suffolk University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Suffolk University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Suffolk University is 86%.  It ranks #60 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Suffolk University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 6,602 out of 7,686 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 51 percent (SAT 1010/1203 ACT 21/26). Suffolk University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.37. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Suffolk University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 87% of students submitted SAT scores and 12% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Suffolk University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1010-1203
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for Suffolk University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Suffolk University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 613
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1203
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Suffolk University?

Suffolk University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1110 out of 1600. Suffolk University ranks #26 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Suffolk University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1203 and Above Good >92%
1106 to 1203 Avg + 86%-92%
1010 to 1106 Avg - 76%-86%
914 to 1010 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 914 Low <63%
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Suffolk University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
12%
ACT Scores for Suffolk University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Suffolk University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Suffolk University?

Admission data indicates that Suffolk University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #32 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 12 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Suffolk University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Suffolk University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >93%
23 to 26 Avg + 86%-93%
21 to 23 Avg - 79%-86%
19 to 21 Reach 69%-79%
Less than 19 Low <69%
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Suffolk University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.37
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Suffolk University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Suffolk University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Suffolk University was 3.37 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #36 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.37 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Suffolk University accepts 86% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Suffolk University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 16.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 12.5% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 14.7% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.6% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.5% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 21.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 6.4% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.3% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

78.5% of Suffolk University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Suffolk University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 13.9%
Top 25% of class 42.4%
Top 50% of class 78%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

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Admission Statistics

Suffolk University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,673 3,013 7,686
Accepted 4,072 2,530 6,602
Acceptance Rate 87% 84% 86%
Enrolled 551 339 890
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 13% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Suffolk University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Suffolk University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Suffolk University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Suffolk University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168005 IPEDS survey data for Suffolk University.

FAQs

Does Suffolk University prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to Suffolk University. 12% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Suffolk University?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Suffolk University. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Suffolk University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1203. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Suffolk University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 26. 12% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.