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International 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

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’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.

Student life
Simmons has more than 50 student clubs and organizations, including 10 varsity sports teams, numerous cultural organizations, student government, volunteer programs, and more. Students say learning and living in a community of women has many advantages—including more focus, leadership opportunities, and a highly supportive environment.

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.



BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Home to more than 50 colleges and universities, Boston is considered a world-class college town. Located 345 kilometers northeast of New York City on the Atlantic coast, Boston is a beautiful, historic city that’s easy to explore on foot or by public transportation. The region enjoys four distinct seasons.


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

Size of Campus:
• Main campus: 7.3 acres; residence campus: 5.8 acres in the heart of Boston
• Fenway neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts
• Within walking distance of 15 other college campuses
• Next door to world-renowned museums, libraries, and teaching/research hospitals

Number of Students:
• Approximately 1,700 undergraduate women students; 15% Dix Scholars (adult learners)
• Approximately 3,000 graduate women and men students
• Approximately 22% self-reported African American, Latina, Asian, Native American, and multiracial students; 3% international students

Number of Faculty:
• 10:1 student-faculty ratio
• 215 full-time faculty members, 70% of whom are women
• Nearly 90% of liberal arts faculty with a doctorate or terminal degree in their field

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
• More than 50 undergraduate majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science
• More than a dozen integrated undergraduate-to-graduate programs
• At the graduate level, Simmons awards master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and certificates of advanced graduate study

Geographic Diversity: 37 U.S. states and 20 countries represented

International Student Services: International student orientation and special activities, including a Boston Harbor cruise and traditional Thanksgiving dinner; support services include academic advising, writing, and course-specific tutors; technology training; career education; and comprehensive ESL services. Part-time paid campus work positions are available for international students.

International Student 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: Simmons offers a limited number of competitive merit scholarships for international students—from $2,000–$15,000 for first-year students and up to $5,000 for transfer students.

Test Score Requirements:
• SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
• TOEFL required for non-native English speakers

Application Deadlines and fees:
• Fall semester: February 1
• Spring semester: November 15