SF Mission and Goals

The Seminar for Freshmen program provides incoming first-year students with signature courses taught by expert faculty members. Each course is limited to 19 students in order to encourage a high level of student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction.

Seminar instructors also serve as academic mentors to their students. Through mentoring activities and class instruction, faculty familiarize students with Suffolk University and the network of resources available to promote intellectual and personal success.

The mission of the Seminar for Freshmen program is to introduce first-year students to the intellectual rigors of college-level work; to assist students as they transition from high school to the university; and to prepare students for continued academic success. Students are given the opportunity to expand their interests, establish interdisciplinary connections, and work on their academic and practical skills in a variety of contexts, both in and outside of the classroom.

Seminars are reading- and writing-intensive and designed to foster critical thinking skills. They reflect a liberal arts approach to education featuring a multitude of cultural and intellectual activities — trips to theaters, museums, and historical sites; guest speakers; service learning and volunteering; collaborative projects; and many other enrichment activities.


As teachers we have common challenges. That’s why we get together every semester to talk about pedagogy, learn from each other, and share best practices. The dates and times for the Fall 2016 semester faculty workshops are

Tuesday, September 20
Thursday, October 27
Thursday, November 10

All meetings will take place during the activities period, from 12:15 to 1:30pm, in Sawyer 429.

Meeting agendas TBA

New SF community webpage

The Seminar for Freshmen community now has a webpage! The idea is to create an open space for teachers, students, and administrators to share resources and inspiring examples of teaching and learning. Our motto is Connect, Explore, Learn!

Here we collectively address our challenges and celebrate our accomplishments.