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Diversity Profile


Where leaders make themselves

Decades before women in America gained the right to vote, Simmons College had a unique mission—to educate women for independent livelihoods and meaningful lives. We empower women who are intellectually curious, ambitious, and socially conscious to become leaders in their careers and communities—and have been doing so for more than 100 years. Today Simmons offers the many benefits of a small university: a cutting-edge undergraduate women’s college with more than 50 majors and programs along with numerous graduate programs.  

Simmons consistently ranks among the top schools in its category in the U.S.News & World Report annual survey and is named in The Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges and Forbes.com’s list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Majors and programs
Simmons offers more than 50 majors and programs. Some of the most popular majors include biology, communications, economics, English, management, nursing, political science, psychology, and sociology. A number of integrated undergraduate/ graduate programs allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s or doctoral degree in less time than traditional programs. Simmons emphasizes the connection between academic studies and long-term professional plans.

Real-world experience
The Simmons undergraduate curriculum integrates interdisciplinary study, career preparation, and global perspectives. Simmons offers exceptional internships, field work, and research opportunities that allow students to build their résumés and gain valuable professional experience. Undergraduates frequently collaborate with faculty on professional research projects and routinely publish and present their work at industry conferences. Connecting to the global community is a vital part of the Simmons experience. Faculty-led travel courses include Spanish language and culture in Granada, Spain; human rights in South Africa; and sustainability in Iceland. Students may also spend an entire semester or year abroad, with scholarships and grants available for research and independent study.

At home in Boston
Located in Boston’s vibrant Fenway neighborhood, Simmons offers a welcoming community in the heart of a world-class college town, including art, music, history, museums, nightlife, shopping—and more than 250,000 college students. Excellent public transportation  allows students to explore the area, from Chinatown to Harvard Square. Near the main campus, our gated residence campus offers a private refuge from the city, with nine brick residence halls, a state-of-the-art sports center, a dining hall, and more.

Simmons student organizations help foster a community that reflects—and respects—diversity:
• The Alliance
• Asian Student Association
• Black Student Organization
• Catholic Student Association
• Hillel
• Multicultural International Student Association
• Organización Latinoamericana
• Sexuality, Women & Gender (SWAG) Center
• Simmons Christian Fellowship
• Simmons Islamic Society

 

 

AT A GLANCE

Character
A small, private, non-sectarian university with an undergraduate women’s college that integrates liberal arts and professional preparation; coeducational graduate programs

Location
• Fenway neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts
• Within walking distance of 15 other college campuses
• Next door to world-renowned museums, libraries, and teaching/research hospitals

Student Body
• Approximately 1,700 female undergraduate students; 15% Dix Scholars (adult learners)
• Approximately 3,000 female and male graduate students
• Approximately 22% self-reported African American, Latina, Asian, Native American, and multiracial students; 3% international students
• 37 states and 20 countries represented

Faculty
• 10:1 student-faculty ratio
• 209 full-time faculty members, 72% of whom are women
• Nearly 90% of liberal arts faculty with doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields

Degrees
• Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, doctoral degree, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Academic Opportunities
• More than 50 undergraduate majors and programs, with minors in all departments
• Exceptional internships, field work, and research opportunities
• Integrated undergraduate/graduate programs and accelerated degrees
• Special programs include an honors program, political intern fellowships, study abroad, domestic exchange, and alumnae mentoring
• Academic support services, disabilities specialists, and writing assistants
• Cross-registration at five neighboring colleges

Activities and Athletics
• More than 50 student clubs, organizations, and academic liaisons
• 10 NCAA Division III varsity teams
• Extensive exercise and activity programs
• Service learning programs
• Nationally recognized student-run community outreach program

Budget
• Tuition: $36,320
• Room and board: $14,040
• Activity fee: $260
• Health insurance: $2,655
• Health Center fee: $800
• Total: $54,075

Financial Aid
• Academic merit awards available, from $2,000 to full-tuition awards, renewable for four years; scholarships, loans, grants, and federal work-study determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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