Suffolk University Welcomes Largest-Ever Freshman Class in 2003

8/29/2003

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BOSTON -- Suffolk University will welcome its largest freshman class ever in September 2003, a class of more than 900 students distinguished by its academic achievement and diversity.

Applications for freshmen increased by 29 percent, and, to date, enrolled students have increased nearly 17 percent over last year’s entering class of 788 freshmen.

Suffolk's enrollment management program, focused integrated marketing and the new Somerset Residence Hall all contributed to the increased numbers.

“The second residence hall allows us to better compete for students throughout the country and around the world,” said Walter Caffey, Suffolk University’s Dean of Enrollment.

The enrolling students’ SAT scores and high school grade-point averages show an increase over the past three years.

“The academic quality of the classes has steadily improved over the years, and, at the same time, we are fulfilling our mission in terms of diversity,” said Dean Caffey.

Nearly 19 percent of the incoming freshmen are AHANA students. Fifty-nine percent are female, while 41 percent are male.

Incoming students represent 21 states and 37 countries. While applications from international students are level with last year, acceptances have increased by 13 percent and deposits by 114 percent.

Since the University opened its first residence hall in 1996, it has evolved from a school of commuter students to one where 55 percent of new fall freshmen will live on campus.

Enrollment of new graduate students has increased 17 percent in the College of Arts and Sciences and 12 percent in the Sawyer School of Managment. Enrollment of all new students has increased 24.5 percent over last year at this time.

Next year's marketing and recruitment plans will be enhanced by Suffolk's inclusion in this year's Princeton Review's "Best Northeastern Colleges." Selection is based on faculty, academics, admission and financial aid programs, and quality of student life.

Suffolk University, located on Boston’s Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students in its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management and Law School.

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