苏州大学现有哲学、经济学、法学、教育学、文学、历史学、理学、工学、农学、医学、管理学、艺术学等十二大学科门类。学校设有24个学院（部），拥有全日制本科生27011人，全日制硕士生9903人，在职专业学位硕士3713人，全日制博士生1804人，临床博士1899人，各类留学生2598人。学校现设134个本科专业；49个一级学科硕士学位授权点，24个专业学位硕士点；24个一级学科博士学位授权点，1个一级学科专业学位博士点，29个博士后流动站；学校现有4个国家重点学科，8个江苏高校优势学科，5个江苏省重点序列学科，15个“十三五”江苏省一级学科重点学科。截止目前，学校化学、物理学、材料学、临床医学、工程学、药学与毒理学、生物与生物化学、神经科学与行为科学、分子生物与遗传学共9个学科进入全球基本科学指标（ESI）前1%，化学、材料学2个学科进入全球基本科学指标（ESI）前1‰。2017年Nature Index 及lens平台数据显示，在全球具有创新力的科研机构和高校中，苏州大学排名大陆高校首位。
Situated in the historical and picturesque city of Suzhou, a metropolis well reputed in the world for its classic gardens, Soochow University is a national key institute listed in the Project 211, a first-class member in the 2011 Program and a top comprehensive university in Jiangsu Province. Under the same school name, the predecessor of Soochow University was founded in the year 1900 as the first Chinese university that had a modern disciplinary system, a law major (Anglo-American Laws) and an academic journal, and also as the first university that offered postgraduate education for master degrees. Throughout the Century, the University has made significant contributions to the development of the country and society by cultivating over 400,000 experts and talents in various fields. Generations of students and teachers of the university have lived up to the school motto of Unto a Full Grown Man, and devoted to nurturing model citizens with free spirit, excellence, independence and social responsibility.
Composed of three major campuses, namely Tiancizhuang Campus, Dushu Lake Campus, and Yangcheng Lake Campus, Soochow University encompasses an area of 250 hectares. As a comprehensive research-oriented institute, the university spans 12 academic disciplines ranging from philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, to science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and art, which are offered in24 colleges, schools, and departments to over 50,000 full-time students. More than 5,000 faculty members are working in 134 undergraduate programs, 254 graduate programs, 196 disciplines authorized to offer doctorate degrees and 29 postdoctoral research stations. For now, nine of the disciplines have been ranked in top 1% worldwide in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) Rankings, namely Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biology& Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavioral science, and Molecular Biology & Genetics, among which chemistry and material science are ranked in the top 1‰ of ESI. Soochow University was acknowledged as the most innovative Chinese university in Nature Index 2017.
Adhering to the strategy of Building a Top University in China by Promoting its Reputation in the World, Soochow has established partnerships with over 208universities and institutes in more than 30 countries and regions. Through the collaborations with the University of Victoria in Canada and University of Manchester in Britain, Soochow has developed 4 international programs for its undergraduate education, which enroll over 2000 overseas students from about 80 countries and regions each year. In 2007, by cooperating with Portland State University, Soochow established the Confucius Institute in Portland. Selected as a member institute in the 20+20 Cooperation Plan of Chinese and African Institutions of Higher Education launched by the Ministry of Education, Soochow supported the establishment of the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 2010. Besides, Soochow University in Laos was also founded in 2011, which was the first Chinese university with an overseas branch.