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An undergraduate women’s college “rich in history and achievement,” Simmons College equips its students 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 hardworking 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 A LOT 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.”

Student Body

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 communityoriented campus. A general sentiment that “people here work very hard at everything they do,” pervades the student responses.

Campus Life

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 Consortium, 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.”

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
$15,656
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

63/99

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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