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.

Overview

Applicants
4,239
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 630
SAT Math
520 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School



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.

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
10:1
Total Faculty
637
with Terminal Degree

505
Women
137
Minority
132
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
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 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.

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
$25,928

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,228

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,497

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,450

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,200
Required Fees
$1,030
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,360
Transportation for Commuters
$850

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
1,732
Out of State
37%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

9.39%
Asian
5.98%
African-American
6.52%
Hispanic
69.62%
Caucasian
4.84%
Unknown
3.35%
International

100% female
0% male
37% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

From The School

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.

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
58%
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


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


Online Class Registration Available
Yes

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

4,239
Applicants
1,732
Size
49%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

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