From the School

Steeped in a tradition of cultivating the intellectual and professional growth of women, Simmons College is a warm and engaging community with a national reputation of academic excellence. Founded in 1899, Simmons was the first college in the United States to offer women a liberal arts education integrated with career preparation. Today, Simmons embraces the opportunity to provide a transformative learning experience for students, fostering intellectual growth alongside their passion to build a path to a meaningful career.

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons is best known for its small classes, access to faculty, and internship and research opportunities. Students say that Simmons's location offers the best of both worlds-an intimate college experience in the heart of a vibrant and bustling city. Simmons’s nearly 2,000 undergraduates love the fact that they can easily access the city's rich social and cultural resources but also come home to a safe, friendly campus.

Overall

From The School

Admission to Simmons College is highly selective. The admission committee looks for students who have shown academic excellence both in and out of the classroom, and evaluates high school performance, SAT or ACT scores, recommendations, and the application essay. If English is not the applicant's first language, the TOEFL, IELTS, or a comparable exam score is required. Typical high school preparation for entrance includes 4 years of English, 4 years of math, 3-4 years of lab sciences, and 3-4 years of a foreign language. Although not required, an interview and campus visit is strongly recommended.

Simmons welcomes applications from prospective freshmen, transfer students, international students, and students who are beyond the traditional college age.

Students may apply online, using the Common Application, or submit a print application, along with the $55 fee and all supporting credentials. The early action deadline (nonbinding) is December 1. The regular freshman application deadline is February 1. Transfer students are evaluated on a continual basis; the preferred filing date for applications for the fall semester is April 1. All students applying for the spring should submit their application by November 1.

Overview

Applicants
3,999
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average HS GPA
3.25

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
27%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 620
ACT Composite
24 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs



Simmons offers a strong liberal arts education integrated with professional preparation, interdisciplinary study, and global perspectives. A minimum of 128 semester hours is required for graduation. Students must demonstrate competence in math and foreign language, complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences (40 semester hours), complete the courses required for the selected major/s (20 to 40 semester hours for each major depending on the program), fulfill an independent learning requirement (8 semester hours), and round out their program with appropriate electives.

Students may select interdepartmental programs, declare double majors, or participate in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program. Other special academic opportunities include Simmons's outstanding honors, service learning, and study-abroad programs. The Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars option is available for women who are 24 years or older, or who hold a previous bachelor's degree.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Simmons offers more than 40 majors and programs. Popular majors include psychology, nursing, business, political science, and communications. Faculty advisors help each student create a plan that fulfills requirements and satisfies her personal and professional goals. A number of integrated degrees and accelerated programs allow students to go directly from undergraduate study to earning a graduate degree in less time than traditional programs. Students can accelerate to graduate degrees in areas such as business, education, health care, liberal arts, physical therapy, social work, and science information technology. Simmons also offers individually designed pre-professional programs for dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Simmons students typically declare a major by the end of their sophomore year, and nearly a third choose to double major.

The hallmark of a Simmons education is the independent learning requirement, which students fulfill through internships, fieldwork, and research projects. Science students co-publish research with faculty in nationally recognized academic journals as undergraduate students. Most students take advantage of the abundance of competitive internship opportunities available in Boston. In addition, Simmons's Longwood Medical Area partnerships provide outstanding clinical opportunities at Boston’s world-renowned hospitals. On campus, students conduct research using state-of-the-art equipment in areas such as materials science, gene splicing, and computer modeling. Yet the most important aspect of Simmons's approach to hands-on learning is that professors frequently invite undergraduates to collaborate on professional research projects, articles, and presentations, as early as their freshman year.

Students Say

A women's college "rich in history and achievement," Simmons College equips its undergraduates with the tools and confidence they need to succeed in the real-world. With a student population of about "2,000 very driven, smart, active, and hard working women," Simmons offers a surprisingly wide range of under­ graduate majors, while also running a "nursing program that is second to none." Across academic programs, there's a "particular focus on experiential learning and leadership," and the curriculum excels at "educating women for positions of powerful and principled leadership." Simmons professors "are very dedicat­ ed to the classes they teach as well as their students." A chemistry major remem­ bers, "My college has many research opportunities and connections. I have been able to do scientific research every semester since my first year at Simmons." Small discussion-based classes "really challenge you to do your best and to actu­ ally put some thought into your work," and Simmons professors are described as "the greatest strengths of Simmons College." The Simmons School of Management also offers "many other networking opportunities." Students have mixed opinions when it comes to the administrative offices of the college. Some majors "with hard-to-come-by internships have ALOT of red tape" and others "do not communicate well all the time" with both professors and students. The college does "take advantage of its Boston location through class trips, job place­ ment, and internship opportunities." However, when it comes to the all-impor­ tant problem of paying for school, students admit that the "financial aid coun­ selors make you want to rip out your hair out."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
710
with Terminal Degree

571
Women
139
Men
107
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year are as follows:
Undergraduate tuition and fees: $32,376
Room and board: $12,906
Total: $46,262
Graduate tuition costs vary by program.

Financial Aid

More than 97 percent of Simmons first-year students receive some form of financial aid. Scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study are determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Simmons also awards academic merit scholarships, ranging from $2000 to full tuition awards, renewable for four years.

For further information, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: 800-345-8468 (toll free)
Fax: 617-521-3190
E-mail: ugadm@simmons.edu
Website: www.simmons.edu/undergraduate

Catherine Capolupo
Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Admission

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,225

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,636

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,602

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,225

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Simmons fosters a student-centered environment and encourages each individual to actively participate in the College community in a way that is right for her. Simmons has more than fifty student organizations, clubs, and academic liaisons, including honor societies, cultural organizations, volunteer programs, a literary magazine, a campus newspaper, and ten NCAA Division III varsity teams. In addition, every academic department has a student liaison that participates in department evaluations and helps promote educational and social activities for students and faculty and staff members.

Students Say

Putting aside the fact that they're all female, Simmons students say there's a lot of diversity on their small campus. "Students attempt to be aware of cultural diversity," and "the community here is very accepting, regardless of race, ethnic­ ity, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disabili­ ty." Politically, you'll meet students who are "very conservative to very liberal," though "most students are very supportive of the LGBTQ community and women's rights in generaL" When it comes to academics, "all of the people here have their lives together and have an idea of what they want to do with their lives." Socially, "birds of a feather flock together," and students admit, "There are different cliques within the student body." However, "everyone is generally accepted" on this friendly and community-oriented campus. A general senti­ ment that "people here work very hard at everything they do," pervades the student responses.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,622
Out of State
39%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

100% female
0% male
39% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

According to students, Simmons offers the best of both words-an intimate college environment in the heart of a vibrant city. The historic, tree-lined campus is located in Boston's eclectic Fenway neighborhood, which is alive with music and fine arts, medical care and research, action and activism, and the resounding cheers of baseball fans at legendary Fenway Park. Considered by many to be the best college town in the nation, Boston has more than 50 colleges and universities and approximately 300,000 students. Compact, historic, charming, and clean, the city is easy to get around on foot or via the T, Boston's public transportation system.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Simmons's historic, tree-lined campus is located in Boston's eclectic Fenway neighborhood, which is alive with music and fine arts, medical care and research, action and activism, and the resounding cheers of baseball fans at legendary Fenway Park. Considered by many to be the best college town in the nation, Boston has more than 50 colleges and universities, and approximately 300,000 students. Compact, historic, charming, and clean, the city is easy to get around on foot or via the T, Boston's public transportation system.

All first-year Simmons undergraduates live in college housing two blocks from the main campus. The quintessential New England residence campus features nine brick residence halls and a private, landscaped quad, as well as Bartol Dining Hall, the state-of-the-art Holmes Sports Center, a student-run cafe, and the campus health center. Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which allows students to socialize and cross-register with neighboring colleges, including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

Careers
Career support starts as soon as students step on campus and continues as an ongoing, lifelong service. Located in one of the world's great career capitols, Simmons provides a multitude of inroads to the city's array of professions. Internships, mentor guidance, workshops, and one-on-one counseling ensure that students graduate with a strong foundation in the liberal arts as well as the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue meaningful careers. Approximately 97% of the Class of 2010 was employed (either full or part time) or in graduate school within one year of graduation. Of those working full-time, more than 89% are employed at jobs in a field related, or closely related to their major while at Simmons.

Special Needs
Simmons College is committed to the full participation of all students in its programs and activities. Although Simmons has no academic program specifically designed for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission, Simmons is committed to providing support service and reasonable accommodations when requested by students who qualify for them.

The Disability Services staff assist students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have a disability, by reviewing documentation supplied by licensed professionals and by completing Student Accommodation Letters. The Disability Services staff will make referrals for diagnostic services (at student expense), provide advice and personal contact for students with disabilities, and assist with locating needed resources. The Disability Services staff is also available to faculty and staff who have questions regarding a student's accommodation and other issues pertaining to a disability.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which allows students to cross-register with neighboring colleges, including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College. A domestic exchange program allows juniors to spend a semester at Belmont University, Mills College, Spelman College, or Fisk University. Qualified students, usually juniors, also may apply for the Washington Semester at American University in Washington, D.C.

Students interested in international study may elect to spend one semester or one year at an approved university exchange, or participate in intensive study abroad programs during the spring semester. Many students take advantage of the over 20 short term study abroad courses such as journalism in South Africa, music in Austria, or history and civilization in Japan.

Other opportunities include the Success Connection Leadership Program, a mentoring program that matches select seniors with highly successful Simmons alumnae, and the Barbara Lee Internship Fellows program, which places students in Massachusetts legislators' offices and policy advocacy groups for one semester.

Student Organizations & Activities

Simmons's historic, tree-lined campus is located in Boston's eclectic Fenway neighborhood, which is alive with music and fine arts, medical care and research, action and activism, and the resounding cheers of baseball fans at legendary Fenway Park. Considered by many to be the best college town in the nation, Boston has more than 50 colleges and universities, and approximately 300,000 students. Compact, historic, charming, and clean, the city is easy to get around on foot or via the T, Boston's public transportation system.

All first-year Simmons undergraduates live in college housing two blocks from the main campus. The quintessential New England residence campus features nine brick residence halls and a private, landscaped quad, as well as Bartol Dining Hall, the state-of-the-art Holmes Sports Center, a student-run cafe, and the campus health center. Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which allows students to socialize and cross-register with neighboring colleges, including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

Careers
Career support starts as soon as students step on campus and continues as an ongoing, lifelong service. Located in one of the world's great career capitols, Simmons provides a multitude of inroads to the city's array of professions. Internships, mentor guidance, workshops, and one-on-one counseling ensure that students graduate with a strong foundation in the liberal arts as well as the skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue meaningful careers. Approximately 97% of the Class of 2010 was employed (either full or part time) or in graduate school within one year of graduation. Of those working full-time, more than 89% are employed at jobs in a field related, or closely related to their major while at Simmons.

Special Needs
Simmons College is committed to the full participation of all students in its programs and activities. Although Simmons has no academic program specifically designed for students with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission, Simmons is committed to providing support service and reasonable accommodations when requested by students who qualify for them.

The Disability Services staff assist students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have a disability, by reviewing documentation supplied by licensed professionals and by completing Student Accommodation Letters. The Disability Services staff will make referrals for diagnostic services (at student expense), provide advice and personal contact for students with disabilities, and assist with locating needed resources. The Disability Services staff is also available to faculty and staff who have questions regarding a student's accommodation and other issues pertaining to a disability.

Students Say

Location, location, location is a sentiment echoed far and wide by Simmons undergraduates. "We are in Boston," raves one sophomore."We can do anything the city has to offer." Packed with culture and entertainment, "the city offers many great places to hang out like bowling places, karaoke bars, college parties at other colleges, and great scenery."In addition, Simmons is part of the Colleges of the Fenway association, so "students get discounts at art museums and cul­ tural events around the city such as plays or dances." Simmons is a "dry campus so the bar scene is where to go, and where else is better than right in the heart of Boston?" Other students prefer mellower activities, like "sitting in the common room and talking or watching a show together." Since so much social life takes place off campus, "the dorms are quiet and a great place to concentrate on school work." The peacefulness of campus is a plus for many students, who "spend a lot of time studying and preparing for labs and lecture." Housing has become more of an issue as the "dorms are beginning to get overcrowded" as each year brings a "large influx of first-year students" and some "freshman now live in forced triples."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
66
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III


Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Sharks)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Student Organization, Staff Adviser, Programming.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northeastern University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University

Sustainability

Green Rating
76

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple eAcademy

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stephanie Charles
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Undergraduate Admission Office
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Phone
617-521-2051

Email
visitorcenter@simmons.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sports Center
Dining Hall
Park Science Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Fine Arts
Newbury Street (shopping)
North End (dining)
Fenway Park
Faneuil Hall (shopping/dining)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm
617-521-2051

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:15am and 1:15pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F and select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.simmons.edu/undergraduate/vis

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, shuttle buses, buses, trains, Logan Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.simmons.edu/overview/directions/

Local Accommodations
There are a few places within walking distance of Simmons. The Best Western Longwood (342 Longwood Ave.; 617-731-4700) has a health club. Rates are impressively high. For a reasonable alternative consider tried-and-true Howard Johnson's (575 Commonwealth Ave.; 617-267-3100). The Copley Square Hotel and the Eliot Hotel also are within walking distance; see the Northeastern University entry for details. See the Boston University entry for inn and hotel accommodations in nearby Brookline and Back Bay.
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Key Stats

3,999
Applicants
1,622
Size
52%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists