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.