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Academics

Located in the middle of Boston, the all-women Simmons University is a liberal arts center, offering its 1,800 undergraduates more than sixty majors and programs, including a well-known nursing school, as well as some that are “pretty uncommon, like library science and children’s literature.” Some courses require field trips and city exploration or internships relevant to the course, while others involve projects that “place students in volunteering jobs to work with the surrounding communities.” “Classes involve significant amounts of discussions and presentations,” and with small class sizes, students generally get to know all of their peers. Similarly, students enjoy “the ability to create strong personal relationships with professors and advisors” and say that teachers “truly are there for you as human beings, not just professors.”

The workload is “heavy, but always doable” at Simmons, and clinicals tend to let students in earlier than many other schools would. “Labs go above and beyond” here, and the school incorporates video lectures into its courses “so that class periods can be more discussion-based.” One student says, “Even as a first-year I have already been given multiple research opportunities that amaze and excite me.” There are many accelerated programs to which undergraduate students can apply in order to achieve a graduate degree at a faster rate (many at Simmons go on to graduate school), and employers are well-aware of the school’s curriculum, which requires every student to partake in “at least one internship, clinical, research [project], or other type of real-world learning.” “When I say I attend Simmons, people know I have received a quality education,” says a student.

Student Body

The women here are “generally highly liberal and outspoken,” and “you have to find your niche.” Students at Simmons are typically “advocates for a number of causes” and are extremely political. A huge number are healthcare majors, and everyone is “incredibly passionate and intelligent [and] invested in the community.” This group is “very centered around acceptance of various identities as well as female empowerment,” and “there is a theme of personal growth reflected in the gender identity.”

Campus Life

There are two campuses at Simmons: academic and residential. The academic campus has “lots of places to study,” such as the library, multicultural center, and cafés, but most students stay on the residential campus when classes aren’t going on, and more than half live there. Most in this “nomadic bunch” like to use their free time to explore Boston and surrounding neighborhoods, including nearby Fenway Park. “I spend my days living my best city life,” says a student. There are no parties on this “very academics-oriented” campus, especially given the “strict drug and alcohol policy.” This is a campus of “all-around intellectuals who are serious about their careers after university [who] will more likely be found studying than partying.” A lot of students work “either on campus or in hospitals or restaurants.” Boston sporting events are popular pastimes, as is going to the gym, and “there is always something to do off campus.” Almost all students go out into the city only on weekends, as “there usually isn’t anything going on on-campus,” and they get discounts or free admission to many events or institutions, like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, “both of which are right down the street from campus.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alie Wilkins-Crowder
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
Fens Cafe
Common Grounds
Gwen Ifill College Wing
Library

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

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and select Saturdays
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
Year-round

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.

Admissions

Applicants: 2,933
Acceptance Rate: 73%
Average HS GPA: 3.86







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