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Simmons College, established in 1899, is a private women's undergraduate college that also offers graduate programs to both men and women. There are more than 2, 000 undergraduate women, and over 2, 000 postgraduate students who enroll in this college every year. Simmons College offers a pioneering liberal arts program for its undergraduate students along with coeducational graduate programs in education, liberal arts, health sciences, social work, communications management and library and information science. In addition, the college's MBA program is the first in the United States to be designed specifically for women.

Simmons College offers its graduate programs through the following schools:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • The School of Health Science
  • The School of Management
  • The School of Social Work
The college sponsors athletics teams in a variety of sports including basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. The sports teams are called the Sharks and they compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, the North Atlantic Conference and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Profile of Simmons College

Simmons College is in a large city, in Boston, MA. The school is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at Simmons College earn degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. There is a relatively broad range of courses and programs available at Simmons College. The most common major fields study at the school include education and teaching and family and social work.

Simmons College Selectivity

Simmons College does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 500 to 600 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 480 and 590.


Some professors at Simmons College are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at the school are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

Simmons College, in 2007, had 4, 733 students (3, 318 full-time equivalent). The Student Enrolment at the school is essentially female.

Student Life

Most students at Simmons College attend full-time. Dorm living is common. Simmons College makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Division III Independents for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"The Simmons College Mission is rooted in the purpose for which the College was founded and is shaped by the College's evolution since then. Simmons College was founded in 1899 as a College designed to educate women for fulfilling careers and useful, independent lives. Today, the College continues its tradition of excellence through a focus on liberal arts and sciences and professional education in its undergraduate programs for women, and its graduate professional and liberal arts programs for women and men. Faculty and staff in all areas of the College, building upon their own scholarly accomplishment and continuing professional development, provide a student-centered environment and a curriculum that is comprehensive, integrated and constantly renewed. "

Simmons College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching355special ed, education, elementary school teaching, school librarian, ESL instruction, educational administration, secondary teaching, special ed administration, . . .
Liberal Arts332library science, English, sociology, history, political science, minority and gender studies, international relations, English language and literature, . . .
Therapy and Counselling167physical therapy, psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine157registered nursing
Family and Social Work139social work
Business and Management118business management, marketing, small business operations, finance, retail, MIS, financial management, managerial economics
Media74communication studies, public relations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy45nutrition sciences
Science39biochemistry, biopsychology, biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, chemistry courses
Medical administration25health care administration, health services administration
Art Studies22arts management, art studies
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Fine Arts2fine arts studies
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Design1graphic design

Contact: Simmons College

Simmons College

300 the Fenway

Boston, MA 02115-5898

General Phone: (617) 521-2000


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