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Awards and Accolades

Awards & Accolades

  • Simmons continues to be named among the "Best Colleges" in the nation by the following publications: 
    • U.S. News & World Report 2012 rankings of "America's Best Colleges" in Master's North Region
    • 2012 The Princeton Review's Guidebook of "Best 376 Colleges" (honor held by 15 percent of four year colleges)
    • 2011 The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges (the first guidebook of its kind, done in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council)
    • list of "America's Best Colleges 2011" (for the fourth consecutive year)
  • The Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) ranked among the nation's top 10 schools of library and information studies in the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."  Simmons is the only library and information science school in New England to be ranked in this category this year, and it is the only small-to-midsize graduate program to make the top 10 list.
  • The School of Management (SOM) was named among the "301 Best Business Schools" 2010 by The Princeton Review and the #1 school in the U.S. with "the greatest opportunities for women."
  • Entrepreneur magazine & The Princeton Review named the School of Management's entrepreneurship program one of the 25 best programs in the nation in 2009. The rankings were based on a survey of more than 2,300 schools. Simmons was one of only two MBA programs ranked in the top 25 in New England within the graduate program category. This is the third year in a row that Simmons has been in the top 25.
  • The School of Management was ranked #15 on the "Global 100" list of business schools by the Aspen Institute in its 2009-2010 MBA ranking, "Beyond Grey Pinstripes." Simmons is the only school in Massachusetts to make the top 20 list.


  • For the fourth year in a row, Simmons College was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its students' volunteer contributions to the community. Simmons is one of only four schools in Massachusetts to be recognized on the 2009 "Honor Roll with Distinction," a designation given to schools that have exhibited significant community service; Simmons also is the only college in the state to have received the "Honor Roll with Distinction" designation three times since the honor roll began in 2006.
  • Simmons was recognized with Gold LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its new School of Management and Academic Building, which opened in 2009. As of fall, 2010, only four other academic institutions in Boston have Gold LEED-certified buildings.
  • The Simmons School of Management (SOM) student-led Net Impact chapter was named a "gold chapter" by Net Impact in 2010. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization that works to help individuals use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. SOM was one of only 16 business schools around the country recognized with this honor.

Presidential Appointments & Recognition

  • In 2009, the U.S. Senate confirmed David S. Ferriero, an alumnus of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), to become Archivist of the United States at the National Archives and Records Administration. Ferriero was nominated by President Barack Obama.
  • Two members of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) community - Winston Tabb, an alumnus, and Mary Minow, an instructor - were nominated in 2010 by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. The advisory body for the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
  • Alumna Ann Fudge is one of six members named by President Barack Obama in 2010 to a new bipartisan commission charged with recommending ways to reduce the U.S. national debt. Fudge is the former chief of Young & Rubicam Brands and former senior executive at General Mills and Kraft. The commission will also include 12 sitting members of Congress.

Faculty, Staff & Students Awards/Recognition

  • School of Management Professor Stacy Blake-Beard received a Fullbright Fellowship Award to study gender and mentoring in India in 2010.
  • In 2009, physical therapy student Hannah Ribeck '10HS received the prestigious American Physical Therapy Association Ruth P. Hall Clinical Fellowship Award. This is the eighth time in 10 years that a Simmons physical therapy student has received this award, which is given annually to one physical therapy student in Massachusetts.
  • Simmons field hockey, soccer, swimming and diving , and tennis teams were recognized by the NCAA with Division III National Collegiate All-Academic Honors for the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Undergraduate student Maya Semans was awarded the 2010 Davis Peace Prize, which includes a $10,000 award to help with her cultural education project in South Africa. This is the fourth year in a row that an undergraduate student has received this prize.
  • School for Health Sciences (SHS) student Sara Swett was recently named a 2010-2011 Albert Schweitzer Fellow. The fellowship will allow her to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth in foster care and develop a health education curriculum based on their needs.
  • Head Women's Basketball Coach Tony Price was named the 2009-2010 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Price also received this honor in 2003.
  • In 2010, Social Work Professor Gary Bailey was elected president of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), a global organization of more than 700,000 social workers in more than 80 countries. Bailey is the first African-American and the first American in 20 years to serve as president of the IFSW.


  • The School of Social Work (SSW) was recently approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors to become an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health and school counselors. The SSW is the only social work school in the state to have received a two-year preliminary approval from the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education to psychologists.
  • The School of Management received accreditation in 2009 from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Less than 30 percent of business schools in the U.S. — and less than 5 percent worldwide — have earned and retained this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.
  • The Nursing Department recently earned full accreditation for 10 years from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. This represents a significant achievement and underscores the excellence of the nursing education provided by Simmons.
  • The master's degree program in Behavioral Analysis was recently recently accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis. Simmons is one of only 13 schools in the country — and the only school in New England — with this extremely prestigious accreditation.

Academic Programming

  • The School of Social Work manages one of the nation's longest-running community studies on mental health predictors — the Simmons Longitudinal Study. The study tracked nearly 400 residents of Quincy (MA) from the time they entered kindergarten in 1977 until their mid-30s today.
  • In 2009, Simmons launched an innovative collaboration with the Boston Teachers Union to maintain the city's first public school managed by the teachers union. Through this partnership, Simmons faculty are working with the Boston Teachers Union to provide interdisciplinary support, training, and leadership through its education, social work, nursing, library science, and management programs. The school gives Simmons students internship and fieldwork opportunities.
  • Simmons nursing students' pass rate on the (NCLEX) Registered Nurse exam is 95 percent for first time takers and 100 percent for accelerated students. According to the National Council of State Board of Nursing, the national average is 88 percent.


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