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Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program

Designed for applicants 24 years or older or students pursuing a second bachelors, the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program provides unique services and support for adult women who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree at Simmons.

You may be thinking, "How can I possibly do this?" You're not alone. Many successful Dix students and alumnae once felt overwhelmed at the prospect of going back to school, mastering new technology, and finding the time to study and "be a student" while balancing work, family, and other obligations. But the truth is, Dix Scholars comprise approximately 25 percent of the Simmons undergraduate student body and often attain higher grade point averages than do younger students.

Services and Support

Our highly respected Dix Scholars program offers personal support to help you transition into college and manage your educational experience from the moment you decide to apply. Here are some of the services the Dix Scholars program provides:

  • Individual pre-admission counseling
  • Admission, registration, and orientation procedures tailored to the needs of adult learners
  • A rolling admission calendar
  • Financial aid
  • Dix scholarships, awarded to all accepted degree candidates, of $3400 (split between the first two consecutive semesters that the student attends)
  • Generous transfer credit options (up to 80 credits)
  • Full-time and part-time study options
  • A guaranteed internship or other career-building form of independent study
  • Advising for registered nurses who wish to pursue the Simmons R.N.-B.S. completion program
  • Lifelong career counseling services
  • Academic support
  • Credit for prior learning

Note that once you submit your materials, we aren't able to return them, so please make copies of any original material.

Schedule a Pre-Admission Appointment

Dix Scholars may apply for degree programs through the Dix Scholars Office of Admission at any time throughout the year. We suggest you begin by scheduling an appointment with one of our admission counselors. Meeting you in person allows us to better assist you with a preliminary plan for your education. Together, we will assess your personal and professional goals and help you define your educational path.

To schedule a pre-admission appointment, please call 617-521-2051 or 800-345-8468, or send an email to

Transferring Credit

At your request, Simmons will provide a preliminary estimate of your transfer credits. In general, we grant credit for any course taken at another accredited institution, provided a comparable course is offered by Simmons. Up to 80 semester hours of credit may be transferred for courses passed with a minimum grade of C or better. An official transfer credit evaluation will be sent with your letter of admission.

Dix Scholars may transfer credit for prior course work, the College-Level Examination Program (32 credits maximum), and the Simmons College Credit for Prior Learning process (24 credits maximum).

For more information, you can download the Transfer of Credit Booklet (PDF)

Admission Requirements Checklist

The admission committee will review your application to learn not only what you have accomplished, but also who you are. Use the following checklist to make sure you have all of your application information in order:

  • Application Form - Complete the application form as fully as possible and return it to the Dix Scholars Office of Admission by the appropriate deadline (see below).
  • $55 Application Fee - A non-refundable $55 application fee must be submitted along with your application form. Checks should be payable to Simmons College. (Note: If you apply using the Simmons Online Application, this fee is waived.)
  • Official Transcripts* - Simmons requires official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. High school transcripts and GEDs are required for first-degree candidates only. Official transcripts should be sent directly by the institutions Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Recommendations - Two recommendations are required of applicants.
  • Standardized test scores - SAT, ACT, or TEAS scores are required of applicants to the Nursing Program, and SAT or ACT scores are required of applicants to the Physical Therapy Program. This requirement is waived for candidates who already hold a baccalaureate degree. Test scores are not required for any of our other programs.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score - Official TOEFL scores are required if English is not your native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer) or 560 (written) is required for admission. Scores should be sent from the testing agency directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Honors supplemental application (optional) — The Simmons Honors Program is designed for students with strong analytical and writing skills and an eagerness for intellectual challenge. Learn more about the Honors Program »
  • Nursing Candidates — Be sure to review the information and options for applying to the Bachelor's of Science In Nursing (BSN) program for Adult Students (Dix Scholars)

*Official transcripts should be sent directly by the institutions to:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

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Contact Us

The Simmons admission staff is here to help you. For more information about the Dix Scholars program or to schedule an appointment with one of our admission counselors, send an email to, or call us at 617-521-2051 or 800-345-8468. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We look forward to meeting you!