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Simmons College

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At the end of the American Civil War, John Simmons was the owner and operator of one of the largest clothing manufacturing companies in the Northeast. After his death, Simmons bequeathed his entire estate to the founding of a Bostonian college that would be designed specifically for women. John Simmons was determined to leave behind a legacy of education women extensively in the arts and sciences so that they could develop and independent life for themselves.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Simmons College was finally built and established and Simmons’ dream was made a reality. Today, Simmons College still operates an undergraduate program that is exclusively available for female students. However, the college does have a graduate program that is available for both men and women. Simmons College is a member and affiliate of a conglomeration of colleges in the Boston area known as the Colleges of the Fenway. Through this affiliation, students can enroll in classes at colleges throughout the Boston area to further tailor their educational experience to meet their specific needs.


Today, Simmons College is actually located on two separate campuses that are within a mile of each other. One of these campuses is strictly residential with over thirteen buildings including a dining facility and a fitness center. The other campus is devoted entirely to academics and the business aspect of the college.

The undergraduate program of study at Simmons College is by far its most extensive. However, the school does operate several other schools of graduate-level study. Included in these graduate programs is the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. With access to some of the best libraries in the country, students who enroll in this program will learn the art of maintaining, establishing and running a public or private library. Students who participate in this graduate-level program will learn about cataloging books using computer software, interlibrary connections, and graduate-level research techniques.

Female students who enroll in the undergraduate program at Simmons College can expect to receive a bachelor’s degree in as little as four years of full-time study. The college is primarily a liberal arts college, so programs like education, English, foreign language, psychology and sociology are its most popular academic programs. The school also offers courses in graphic design, photography, film studies, and health and nutrition.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Simmons College offers a very unique opportunity for proactive students who wish to graduate with more than just a single bachelor’s degree. With its dual degree program, female students can graduate with two distinct bachelor’s degrees and can often accomplish this in the same amount of time as a single bachelor’s degree in a traditional educational program.

The degrees in the dual degree program are usually two separate degrees that are paired because of their overlapping subject matter. Students who achieve dual degrees are uniquely positioned to compete for jobs in the competitive workplace. For example, the children’s literature dual degree provides students with a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in children’s literature and writing for children, respectively.

The gender and cultural studies dual degree program is another unique educational opportunity offered by Simmons College. With this degree program, students will study the history of gender and cultural issues and learn unique ways that these historical patterns translate and shape the modern way of life.


Only female students are accepted into the undergraduate program at Simmons College. For female students interested in applying to Simmons, the process is very simple. The easiest way to apply to the school is by using the online application form provided on the school’s official webpage. This form will walk a prospective student through all of the unique elements of an application to Simmons College. Additionally, there is no processing fee for students who apply online at Simmons College.

Simmons College’s website states that it is not only interested in the academic accomplishments of a prospective student. Instead the admissions board carefully considers all aspects of a prospective student’s personality, accomplishments, and purpose. The board does this through the use of a personal essay, letters of recommendation, and an on-campus interview. The essay and letters of recommendation are required from all applicants. The on-campus interview is not a necessity; however, the school does recommend this interview process because it greatly improves a student’s chances of being accepted to Simmons College.

Other considerations taken in the admission process are a student’s extracurricular activities, leadership skills, leadership potential, community involvement, volunteer history, personal attitude, motivation for considering Simmons College, and personal goals.


The female students at Simmons College are actively involved in both on-campus and off-campus activities. Because Simmons College is such a dramatic part of its community, students are encouraged to give back by volunteering and participating in community activities and community outreach programs. The school also sponsors several blood drives throughout the semesters.

Students are also involved in on-campus activities. Social activist groups such as the Feminist Union and the Multifaith Coalition are large organizations on campus that promote awareness of issues such as sexism and religious discrimination. Students can also become involved in cultural, academic, and recreational clubs and groups.

The campus at Simmons College also has a fitness center where female students can enroll in student and faculty led classes such as yoga sessions, spinning courses, aerobic classes, dance classes, and self defense courses. The empowering attitude of the aerobic clubs on campus encourages women to take their health and safety into their own hands.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

Simmons College is located very near Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is known for its historical and cultural importance in United States history. Students who visit Boston during their time at Simmons College will be astounded at the wealth of opportunity offered by this city.

Boston is filled with things to do for young people. Professional sports teams have arenas and stadiums where students can purchase discounted tickets. Concert venues and live theaters offer student prices so college students can hear their favorite band or take in an award-winning show. Shopping centers, bars, dining establishments, museums, art galleries, and city parks can be found on almost every corner. A student at Simmons College will have direct access to all this and more.


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Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Massachusetts and 293rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.23
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
Forcible Rape 271 0.04
Robbery 1,904 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,482 0.56
Larceny 14,064 2.26
Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1616th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02115-5898
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population25,486 (25,486 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,365 (1.70 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,244
Families2,199 (2.56 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 200th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $34,350 $34,350 $34,350
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,030 $1,030 $1,030
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,073 $1,073 $1,073
FT Graduate Tuition $19,500 $19,500 $19,500
FT Graduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $975 $975 $975
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $52,610 $52,610 $52,610
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $52,610 $52,610 $52,610
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $40,570 $40,570 $40,570

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $33,356 $34,350 $33,356 $34,350 $33,356 $34,350
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,280(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,906 $13,140
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,480 $2,550
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,906 $13,140
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,480 $2,550
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,800 $3,910

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,239 (N/A male / 4,239 female)
Admitted 2,076 (N/A male / 2,076 female)
Admission rate 49%
First-time Enrollment 339 (N/A male / 339 female)
FT Enrollment 339 (N/A male / 339 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,655

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northeast Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

270th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

310th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1040 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,071
Meals per Week14
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 20 75 70 75 3 1,078 116 1,462
Administration of Special Education
African Studies
Applied Behavior Analysis 1 1 1 31 1 36
Art/Art Studies, General 8 1 9
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 5 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 15 2 22
Biopsychology 1 12 13
Biostatistics 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 2 4 3 5 51 6 71
Chemistry, General 2 5 1 8
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 2
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management 2 2
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 1 1 1 19 3 27
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
East Asian Studies 1 1 2
Economics, General 1 2 1 5
Education, General 3 1 23 2 30
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 7 3 11
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 4 25 1 32
English Language and Literature, General 2 4 4 4 37 7 59
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Environmental Science 3 3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1 7 1 11
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 1 1
Finance, General 1 1 1 8 11
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Food Science 1 1
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 2 1 21 3 27
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
French Language and Literature
Genetics, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 3 3 1 1 18 15 42
History, General 1 1 8 10
Information Technology
International Relations and Affairs 5 5
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 25 3 30
Library and Information Science 3 7 5 11 189 12 229
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 6 1 10
Mathematics, General 1 2 4
Medical Informatics 1 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General 1 1
Nursing Administration
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Therapy/Therapist 1 1
Physics, General
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Political Science and Government, General 3 3 1 10
Psychology, General 3 2 3 28 2 39
Public Health Education and Promotion 1 7 8
Public/Applied History 1 2 3 63 8 83
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 15 10 14 155 13 209
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 1 36 2 42
Social Work 12 19 5 111 8 159
Sociology 1 1 5 1 8
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 82 17 104
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 5 5 3 40 2 58
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 2 1 7 1 11
Urban Education and Leadership
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1
Women's Studies 3 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 605th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $82,975 ($86,086 male / $81,945 female)
Number of FT Faculty 215 (64 male / 151 female)
Number of PT Faculty 637
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $7,831,479

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