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Simmons College

Where academic and real-world experience prepare undergraduate women and graduate students for lifelong, meaningful career success.

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons College encompasses the many benefits of a small university in the nation's best "college town." For more than a century, Simmons has offered a pioneering liberal arts education for undergraduates integrated with professional work experience.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It includes an undergraduate college for women, the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women, and graduate programs for women and men in health sciences, social work, library and information science, education, liberal arts, and communications management.

Simmons College is consistently named a "Best College" in US News & World Report and was included in the Princeton Review Best 361 Colleges.

What's great about Simmons? Our collaborative community that inspires personal and professional growth. Distinguished professors who know your name and care about your success. The way Boston's rich intellectual, cultural, and professional resources complement the curriculum – and social life, just to name a few.

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Quick Facts

Simmons is...

  • A small, accessible community that challenges our students and encourages collaboration
  • A place where faculty undertake research and publish books, but always focus first on your educational objectives and career needs
  • A unique mix of extraordinary professional preparation, intellectual exploration, and community networking to help you succeed
  • Located in the heart of Boston, a world-class college town with unlimited educational, career, and social opportunities
  • Home to 147 full-time faculty members, two-thirds of whom are women
  • A world-class university where the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 so you get the personal attention you need to achieve your goals

Simmons Students

  • Number more than 4,900, including 1,900 undergraduate women students — 25% Dix Scholars (adult learners) — and 3,071 graduate men and women
  • Are diverse, with approximately 21% self-reported African American, Latina, Asian, Native American, and multi-racial students; 3% international students
  • Hail from 36 states and 53 countries
  • Graduate students achieve some of the highest pass rates on professional licensure exams
  • Approximately 700 students participate in local and international service learning projects each year

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Graduate Schools

Simmons also offers renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, communications management, social work, and library and information science, and an MBA program designed for women. Many of our undergraduate programs can be augmented or integrated with graduate level-work, providing advanced study or even a dual degree in less time.

College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies

Simmons's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers more than 20 cutting-edge graduate programs and dual-degree options in the areas of education, English as a Second Language, special education, communications management, and liberal arts (children's literature, writing for children, English, gender/cultural studies, and Spanish).

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science's (GSLIS) nationally accredited Master of Science program offers a concentration in Archives Management and School Library Teacher Program. GSLIS also offers dual degrees, continuing education, a robust satellite program at Mount Holyoke College, and a highly selective doctoral program.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) offers nationally accredited graduate programs in health care administration, nutrition and health promotion, physical therapy, and primary health care nursing, including dual degree options, online programs, and advanced graduate certificates. Located in Boston's renowned Longwood Medical Area, SHS provides rigorous academic preparation and clinical experience, with exceptional training and research opportunities.

School of Management

A respected authority on women and leadership, Simmons's School of Management (SOM) offers the nation's first MBA designed for women. The SOM also is distinguished for its executive education programs for women leaders, consulting services, applied research, and an internationally acclaimed leadership conference for women.

School of Social Work

Simmons's School of Social Work (SSW) provides a rigorous clinical social work education for men and women, a nationally accredited master of social work (M.S.W.) program and Ph.D. in Social Work designed for advanced clinical scholars. The SSW initiatives include the Urban Leadership Program, Spanish language courses for social workers, international study, and schedules that accommodate working professionals.

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Conferences, Organizations, and Publications

Colleges of the Fenway

Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, an academic consortium that allows students to cross-register for classes and participate in social activities with five other colleges in our neighborhood: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.

Scott Ross Center for Community Service

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates community service opportunities for the entire Simmons community — including internships, service-learning, work-study, and volunteer experiences. The Center oversees more than 40 programs and initiatives that connect Simmons with its Boston neighbors, including schools, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

The Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community

Simmons's Center for Hygiene and Health serves as a national and international resource for information and education, applied research, professional training and conferences. The Center focuses on issues relating to hygiene and infection control in areas such as consumer food safety, home hygiene, daycare, sports and leisure activity, travel, and hospitality.

Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) co-sponsors programs and activities that promote social change for women and girls, including the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus annual convention, the Center for New Words book readings, and the Girls get Connected Technology Conference.

Trustman Gallery

Trustman Gallery exhibits the work of professional artists and hosts a yearly exhibition of student work. Annual exhibitions celebrate specific months such as Women's History Month (March). Each year students from the Arts in the Community course organize an exhibition under the supervision of their instructor as part of the art and music department's arts administration major.

The Writing Center

The mission of the Writing Center at Simmons College is to foster academic excellence by providing resources and support that meet the needs of graduate and undergraduate students. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and presentations designed to strengthen students' academic reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. The Center supports faculty by providing writing assistants for courses in the undergraduate programs and by working with faculty to address students' academic and discipline-specific writing needs.

The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center

The Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center provides an inclusive forum for contemporary poets, playwrights, and writers who represent diverse cultural perspectives. The Center works to cultivate literary awareness and cultural diversity at Simmons and in communities throughout the Boston area, offering an ongoing calendar of author readings and literary events that are open to the general public.

International Chinese Poetry Conference

Simmons's International Chinese Poetry Conference features poets, scholars, translators, and critics from Taiwan, China, and the United States. With a focus on contemporary Chinese poetry, the conference includes venues for both scholarly and creative approaches.

Race, Education, and Democracy Lecture and Book Series

Co-sponsored by Simmons College and Beacon Press, the Race, Education and Democracy Lecture and Book Series annually brings a prominent scholar to Boston for a series of public lectures on the topic of race, education, and democracy. In 2006, the inaugural lectures featured Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College and author of the award winning book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Warburg Lecture Series

The Warburg Lecture Series bring diplomats, journalists, and other international relations experts to campus to discuss current issues and events. In recent year, lectures have addressed topics such as Islam in Africa, women and globalization, and Asia in 2050. The lectures are led by Simmons current Warburg Chair in International Relations.

Essays & Studies

Essays & Studies, founded in 1943, is the journal of academic work by students in the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College. Its editors are committed to publishing excellent papers each year by graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines.


Sidelines, the College's literary magazine features poetry, prose, photography, and artwork by students, faculty, and staff. Published twice a year, the magazine provides an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience in writing, editing, and magazine production. Sidelines also sponsors two poetry/prose readings each year to showcase the talent of our community members.

The Simmons Voice

Written and published entirely by students, the Simmons Voice is the College's free weekly newspaper. The newspaper's editorial board is assembled in April, but staff members are solicited each fall and spring.

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