Suffolk University offers Ram Academy as an extended transition program for new first-year students after they have completed orientation. Each Ram Academy is tailored to a different segment of the student experience...leadership, multiculturalism & social justice, Boston's arts & culture community, and service & community engagement.

Ram Academy is a unique way to learn more, go further, & really connect with the Suffolk experience...while having the most fun possible with other new Rams.

Ram Academy participants will:

  • Be provided with an opportunity to make friends with other incoming first-year students who share similar interests
  • Have a unique co-curricular engagement experience that supports a successful college transition and thereby create a sense of belonging in their new community
  • Be exposed to greater understanding and appreciation for a pluralistic society
  • Build connections with upper-class students and members of Suffolk's faculty/staff
  • Be introduced to shared expectations for community membership at Suffolk University
  • Build confidence in understanding and accessing the personal and academic support resources available at Suffolk
  • Get a jump start on getting engaged in campus life and find out what it really means to be a Suffolk student

Ram Academy participants will work with experienced  student leaders, staff, and other first-year students in an experiential education model. Use the below tabs to learn more about the various Ram Academy programs being offered this year and register today (space is limited).

Questions? Email or call 617.573.8321

Ram Academy 2017

Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy

Thursday, August 17 - Saturday, August 19

Registration Now Closed. Please See Other Opportunities.
The registration fee is $50* (non-refundable).

Are you excited to explore Boston during your time at Suffolk? In the Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy we will jump-start your Boston experience by exploring its vibrant arts and culture scene. We will explore museums, attend plays, visit music venues, tour historical neighborhoods, see comedy, and do a little art-making ourselves. Come meet a great group of like-minded students as well as Suffolk faculty and staff who are as excited about the Boston arts scene as you are. 

Location: Overnight accommodations will be at Suffolk University's Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street). Activities will take place on campus and throughout the City of Boston.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Miller Residence Hall (10 Somerset Street), Suffolk University between 9-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 17. Participants will conclude Ram Academy and be ready to depart at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

Lead Faculty Contact: Kristin Baker (, Director for Performing Arts Office (617-573-6307)

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Boston Arts & Culture Ram Academy program will:

  • Gain confidence in navigating the city and its arts and culture resources.
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for a variety of art forms.
  • Learn about engagement opportunities through the arts at Suffolk.
  • Develop significant relationships with Academy participants and leaders.
  • Challenge themselves to explore new art forms.
*Students with financial hardship can apply for a scholarship by completing this form.

Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy

Friday, September 8 - Saturday, September 9

This Ram Academy occurs over the first weekend after the fall semester has started.

Register to attend HERE BEGINNING. The registration fee is $15* (non-refundable).

This session provides students with an opportunity to explore community engagement and social justice through service. As a team, students will work together to assist Habitat for Humanity with a home building project in Rhode Island. By pairing service with reflection activities we will consider the meaning of our work and the responsibilities we have as actively engaged community members.

Location: Overnight accommodations will be in a community room at Peace Dale Congregational Church in Peace Dale, RI. On Saturday, participants will take part in a build day with South County Habitat for Humanity of Rhode Island. Transportation will be provided for participants between Suffolk University and service location.

Arrival/Departure: Participants should arrive at Suffolk University's Sawyer Building (8 Ashburton Place), Center for Community Engagement in Room 824 between 4;30-5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8. Participants will return to campus by 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

Lead Faculty Contact for Questions: Tim Albers (, Associate Director for the Center for Community Engagement,   

Learning Objectives: Students who participate in the Community Engagement & Service Ram Academy program:

  • Students will better understand the principles of social justice.
  • Students will understand how their experiences have shaped their view of themselves and the world.
  • Students will understand the root causes of social injustices.
  • Students will understand how social justice issues can be addressed in a respectful, meaningful and effective way.
  • Students will understand that civic engagement is a lifelong process.
  • Student will become aware of the pathways to civic engagement at Suffolk University
*Students with financial hardship can apply for a scholarship by completing this form.

Emerging Leaders, a Ram Academy Program

Emerging Leaders,
a Ram Academy Program 

Sunday, September 17
10 a.m.-8 p.m.

FREE for Suffolk Students
(First-Year Students in the Class of 2021 Only) Space Limited - Register Here.

The Emerging Leaders Program introduces students to the basic tenants of Leadership through unique hands on leadership experiences that are then supplemented by conversations and activities to help identify strengths, fears, goals etc students have as they start their leadership journey. This Ram Academy is free to participate and includes lunch and dinner.

Program Highlights:
F-1 Racing
- True Colors: Understanding your leadership temperaments
- Board Breaking

What To Bring: Dress comfortable, wear closed toed shoes, water bottle.

Contact Alex Paterson, Associate Director in Student Leadership & Involvement
617.573.8320 or

At the Intersections Retreat, a Ram Academy program

At the Intersections Retreat,
a Ram Academy Program

Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1
Department from Campus at 3 p.m. on Fri, Sept. 29
- Returning to Campus by 4 p.m. on Sun, Oct. 1

FREE for Suffolk Students
(First & Second-Year Students in the Classes of 2021 & 2020 Only)
Space Limited - Register Here.

Do you envision a future where you feel empowered to make real difference on important issues, like oppression, racism, LGBTQ+ equality, or gender equity? During the At the Intersections Retreat, we will dive into what social action means and looks like and explore activism as a college student. With a focus on building community and connections through social justice, participants will engage in dialogues on equality, access, and equity and will learn skills to find (or amplify) their voices for social, political, and environmental change in our communities. Come meet like-minded students and staff who are as passionate and excited about social action as you are!

What To Bring: Overnight essentials, including bedding (sheets, pillows and/or sleeping bags), toiletries, towel, comfortable / variable clothes for a 2 night stay, water bottle, and close toed shoes. No alcohol or illegal/prescription drugs not in your name.

Contact Cameron Breither, Assistant Director in the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion
617.573.8065 or