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International Students

Welcome! Simmons admission counselors review each student's application to learn not only what you have accomplished, but also your potential for growth. We look for a strong academic record, a well-written college essay, good test scores (TOEFL, SAT 1, ACT, or IELTS), and evidence of co-curricular activities. Simmons accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) credits. International students may qualify for several merit awards, which are based on outstanding academic record and co-curricular activities.

Visa Information

Simmons admission counselors will help you with the process and paperwork to meet U.S. immigration requirements. All international students need an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Form I-20 in order to obtain an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. International students must submit a Declaration of Finances Form in order to receive a Form I-20.

Application Requirements Checklist

Use the following checklist to make sure you have your application materials in order:

  • Application Form — Complete the application form as fully as possible and return it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the appropriate deadline.
  • $55.00 Application Fee — A nonrefundable $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 will be waived.)
  • Secondary School Transcript and College Counselor/Advisor Form — Complete the top portion of the Secondary School Transcript and College Counselor/Advisor Form and give it to your college counselor/advisor. Your counselor should complete the counselor recommendation and attach an official copy of your secondary school transcript. This should include a record of subjects taken and grades earned for each year of secondary school. These documents must have the official signature and seal of your school.
  • Teacher/Professor Evaluation — Complete the top portion of the Teacher/Professor Evaluation and Recommendation form and give it to a teacher who has instructed you in an academic subject, preferably to a teacher who knows you well.
  • Exams (if applicable) — Official or certified copies of all national, public, or qualifying exams you have taken.
  • Standardized Test Scores — For native English speakers, SAT or ACT scores are required.
  • English Language Proficiency — If English is not your native language, you must submit official scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS. A minimum TOEFL score of 83 Internet-based (560 paper-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is recommended. For more information, visit or Comparable English language proficiency exams may be considered.
  • 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 »

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

International Transfer Students

Submit all of the above application materials, except the College Counselor/Advisor Evaluation form. In addition, please include:

  • Academic Advisor Evaluation for International Transfer Students
  • Official university transcripts from schools all attended. University transcripts from outside the U.S. must be officially translated and evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation, P.O. Box 170116 Boston, MA 02117. Phone: 617-338-7171; fax: 617-338-7101; email at info
  • Midterm Grade Report Form if your transcript with your current grades will not arrive at Simmons in time to make an admission decision.
  • Copy of passport and visa if currently on a visa in the U.S.

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

Apply for Free!

Use any of our Online Application options and we'll waive the $55 application fee.

Start Your Application! Go to the Apply page

Application Deadlines

  • For Fall Semester: February 1
  • For Spring Semester: November 15

These are the preferred deadlines for international student applicants. If you cannot meet an application deadline, please contact the Undergraduate Admission Office to discuss your options. Exceptions to the admission schedule are made.

Tuition Deposit

If you are admitted to Simmons a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 must be paid to hold your place and for immigration paperwork to be generated. To reserve residence hall accommodation, you will be asked to submit an additional housing deposit of $250.


If you have any questions about Simmons admission requirements or the application process, please contact our international student admission counselor directly. Find your counselor »

Start Your Application! Go to the Apply page