Simmons College

300 The Fenway, Boston, United States
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Overview of Simmons College

About this school

Simmons, founded in 1899, is a private, multipurpose college for women. Its 12-acre campus, located in Boston, includes nine Georgian-style dormitories.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:1,763
    • Men:9 (0.5%)
    • Women:1,754 (99.5%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Simmons College is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
4
-
Foreign Language
3
4
Social Studies
3
-
History
2
3
Academic Electives
3
4

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
300 The Fenway
City, State, Zip
Boston, MA  02115
Phone
(617) 521-2051
Fax
(617) 521-3199
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins March 15
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1, December 1
Early Action Notification
January 15

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
60% of 3,483 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 3,483 applicants were admitted
Men
Not reported

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
422 (20%) of 2,105 admitted students enrolled
Women
422 (20%) of 2,105 admitted students enrolled
Men
Not reported

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.44
375 And Above
17%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
550-650 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
580-660 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
24-29 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
19%
• Score 24 - 29
56%
• Score 18 - 23
25%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $40,800 (68.19321410663547%)
  • Room & Board: - $15,200 (25.405315059334782%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,280 (2.139394952365034%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,550 (4.262075881664717%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Simmons College accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002208
Free
Institution's own form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
364 (91.0%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
333 (91.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
333 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
41 (12.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
78%
Average Award
$32,115
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 332 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,218
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 285 (85.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,028
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 30 (9.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
58 (14.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,792

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,277 (82.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,186 (92.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,183 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
142 (12.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
76%
Average Award
$31,887
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,177 (99.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,339
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,038 (87.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,862
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 83 (7.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
317 (20.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,131

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
80%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$39,942
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
12.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,373

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


245

Part-Time Faculty


826

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


17%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 27% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 39% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 18% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 8% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 64% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 33% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
470,364

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
570
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Simmons College provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


84.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


67.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


72.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


73.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (45)


  • African Studies
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Food Science
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
  • French Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Informatics
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Network and System Administration/Administrator
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Social sciences

Online Degrees


Business administration, nursing, social work

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Education

Master's Programs of Study (23)


  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication--General
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Information Science
  • Library Science
  • Middle School Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Writing

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


625,087

Nearest Metropolitan Area


12 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Boston

Weather


Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
5 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Boston
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Boston

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing

Students of College Housing


63% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


37%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
-

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Simmons College offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, simmons college dance company, student government association, simmons student nursing association, sexuality women and gender (swag), class councils (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Undergrad women only

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,553

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
1,763
Women
1,754
Men
9

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 10.5% Asian
  • 6.7% Black/African-American
  • 6.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 68.1% White
  • 2.8% Unknown

International Students


5.3% from 51 countries

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


4,639

Student Resources

Study resources