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Simmons College

  • Boston, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 100%0%
    student ratio
  • 1,732
    total students
  • $35,200 | $35,200
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 48%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 568
    sat math
  • 577
    sat reading
  • 583
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

A Transformative Learning Experience

Steeped in a tradition of cultivating the intellectual and professional growth of young 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, marrying a student's passion with her lifelong purpose.

Nationally recognized, Simmons ranks among the nation's top private liberal arts colleges. In fact, 'Forbes' recently named Simmons one of the best colleges in the United States, and each year Simmons is recognized by the U.S. News & World Report annual survey and the 'Princeton Review's Best 377 Colleges.'

What makes Simmons's academic standard so unique? The belief that a strong foundation in the liberal arts should be combined with an equally strong level of real-world experience and professional preparation. This approach offers great advantages: a broad education and view of the world, and a chance to develop a range of professional skills and strengths needed for an increasingly competitive job market.

Multidisciplinary core courses emphasize critical thinking and writing skills, while integrating two or more subjects, ranging from bioethics to history to physics to sociology. Students may then choose from over 40 majors and have the option to combine diverse fields of interest to meet their academic and professional goals. Over 30 percent of Simmons students choose to double major. Students may also enter into one of our many accelerated degree programs, which allow them to earn a bachelor's degree plus a master's or doctoral degree in less time than traditional programs.

A Beautiful Oasis in the Heart of the City

Located in the historic Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Simmons students say it's the best of both worlds - a quintessential brick-and-ivy New England campus in the middle of a thriving city. Simmons's beautiful, tree-lined campus is literally surrounded by music and fine arts, medical care and research, politics and grassroots activism, performance venues and the resounding cheers of Red Sox fans at legendary Fenway Park.

Imagine spending a morning at the Museum of Fine Arts, eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe, taking in performances by live bands at the Central Square Music Festival, and spending the evening with friends at the theatre or a comedy club - all within walking distance of Simmons.

After a long day among the bustle of the city, students know that they will go home to safe and comfortable environment. Simmons's pleasant, gated residence campus surrounds a beautiful grassy quad, and includes nine residence halls, along with a dining hall, the health center, athletic center, and event hall.

Excitement Outside of the Classroom

Simmons offers an excellent single-sex education surrounded by the social opportunities that only America's "best college town" can offer. Simmons is within walking distance of 15 other co-ed colleges, and is part of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a consortium of six schools in the area. The COF allows students to cross-register at other colleges, and hosts a variety of social events such as block parties, ski trips, comedy shows, and more. In a neighborhood that boasts nearly 11,400 students, there is always an interesting event, party, or cultural opportunity on the Simmons campus or just around the corner.

However, Simmons doesn't just rely on neighboring schools for social possibilities. The College offers more than 50 student organizations and academic liaisons, and plenty of intramural and just-for-fun activities to add excitement to life outside the classroom. Students have the opportunity to take part in government, sports, cultural organizations, and a multitude of activities to help balance the rigors of the classroom with the fun that a college community offers. Campus events range from dances and parties, to performances and lectures by guest speakers, to hall teas where students can mingle with each other and faculty members.

Simmons also has ten NCAA Division III varsity intercollegiate teams open to student athletes who seek award-winning coaches, a competitive game schedule, and a personal challenge. Many student athletes maintain high grade point averages and demonstrate strong time management skills.


Location & Contact

300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
USA

Ellen Johnson

Director

Phone: 617-521-2515
Fax: 617-521-3190
Email: ellen.johnson3@simmons.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Agriculture
    • Food Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biostatistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance and Financial Management Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Network and System Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English as a Second/Foreign Language (Teaching)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Food Service Systems Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dietetics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Informatics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health Education and Promotion
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

48% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,239
    • Accepted2,076
    • Acceptance Rate48%
    • Enrolled1,732
    • Female Applicants4,239
    • Females Accepted2,076
    • Female Acceptance Rate48%
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      test scores
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.40
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 1st March 15th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 577 520 630
    • SAT Math 568 520 620
    • SAT Writing 583 530 640
    • ACT Composite 25 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,200
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,200
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,030.00
    • Room and board *$13,736.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,732
    • Male Student Percentage%
    • Female Student Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.37%
    • Black or African American5.56%
    • White or Caucasian67.54%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.18%
    • Asian9.06%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more races3.27%
    • Unknown4.74%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.22% representing 25 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students37% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 58%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Simmons College Dance Company, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Simmons Nursing Student Association, Black Student Organization
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Crew No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty637
    • Full-time Percentage34%
    • Part-time Percentage66%
    • Female Percentage79%
    • Male Percentage21%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1 or 1,628 students to 157 faculty

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