Simmons College

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300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

Phone: (617) 521-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#16 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Simmons College is a private institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,792, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 12 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Simmons College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 16. Its tuition and fees are $35,370 (2013-14).

Located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Simmons College is a small, private school for undergraduate women and male and female graduate students. Students at Simmons College can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors and enroll in the nation’s only M.B.A. program designed exclusively for women through the school of management. Men and women can earn master’s degrees in several more programs, including those in the field of health and in the highly ranked school of library and information studies.

Outside the classroom, students can join more than 50 clubs or play for the nearly 10 varsity sports teams, named the Simmons Sharks, which compete in the NCAA Division III in various conferences. Students can also make friends by visiting the 15 colleges that are within walking distance from the Simmons campus, including Northeastern University, Emmanuel College, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The city of Boston can also be an exciting escape from studies, with professional sports games, museums, and music festivals nearby for students to enjoy.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a small university in the heart of Boston. Our core purpose is transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose. Our four core values are: We are at our best when students are first; We prepare students for life's work; We cross boundaries to create opportunities; We make a collective investment in community. As the only undergraduate women's college in Boston, we are proud of our long history of educating women for positions of leadership and success. We also offer coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, and the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Our community is committed to being student-centered, as we provide a strong educational experience with professional preparation in a welcoming, collaborative environment. Students value the small classes, exceptional internship opportunities, and individual attention from faculty who are experts, as well as practitioners. Simmons offers more than 40 majors and programs for undergraduate women, the nation's only MBA designed for women, and co-ed graduate programs in health sciences, education, communications management, liberal arts, social work, and library and information science.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Simmons College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Simmons College is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 48.3%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Simmons College is 11:1, and the school has 66.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Simmons College include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 40%
Social Sciences 13%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Simmons College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,792, with a gender distribution of 0.1 percent male students and 99.9 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. Simmons College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,830
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Simmons College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Simmons College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Simmons College, 4 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Simmons College.

Students who have cars on campus 4%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Simmons College, 77.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,947.

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Tuition and fees $35,370 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,400 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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