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 undergraduate 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 dedicated to the classes they teach as well as their students.”

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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

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 undergraduate 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 dedicated to the classes they teach as well as their students.” A chemistry major remembers, “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 actually 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 placement, and internship opportunities.” However, when it comes to the all-important problem of paying for school, students admit that the “financial aid counselors 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
62%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Food Science

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • French Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Exercise Physiology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Health Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Nursing Practice
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music, General


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

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

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
$36,320
Required Fees
$1,060
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,360
Transportation for Commuters
$850

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

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, ethnicity, economic status, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, or disability.” 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 sentiment 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

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 cultural 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

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

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


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

Rankings & Lists

#18