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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.”

Overview

Applicants
3,444
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
1,094
with Terminal Degree
164

932
Women
192
Minority
162
Men

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Food Science.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • French Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Neurobiology and Behavior.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Health Communication.
  • Technical and Scientific Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Multicultural Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Medical Informatics.
  • Nursing Practice.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Cognitive Science.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES.

  • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry.
  • Environmental Chemistry.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gwen Ifill
Journalist

David Ferriero
Archivist of the United States

Sandra Fenwick
CEO of Boston Children's Hospital

Nathalie Handal
Poet, Writer, Playwright

Ann Fudge
Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, Served on President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Joyce Kulhawik
Journalist

Denise Di Novi
Film Producer & Director

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

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
Dec 19

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,560

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,480

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,140

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,670

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,560

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,850
Required Fees
$1,216
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,280

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,560
Transportation for Commuters
$850

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,200
Comprehensive Fee

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

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,837
Foreign Countries Represented
61

Demographics

11.47%
Asian
7.06%
African-American
6.39%
Hispanic
63.34%
Caucasian
2.32%
Unknown
4.91%
International

100% female
0% male
40% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
59%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lisa Bauer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Educational psychological assessments

Documentation Required for ADHD

Educational psychological assessments. Documentation from appropriately licensed health care provider.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

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

10% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

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.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Northeastern University

Sustainability

66/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple eAcademy

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alie Wilkins
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)

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.


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