Simmons College in Boston

Boston, MA

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Simmons College offers 321-degree programs and 9 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 52%. The most popular test is SAT - 86% of students submitted it in comparison to 27% of students who submitted ACT. 9.1% are women, and 90.9% are men. 2% percents of international students. Simmons College is a member of 4 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Simmons College is 27525$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $41420 and $53796 per year. 69% of full-time Simmons College students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $50,700, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Simmons College is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Simmons College students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$19,393
$30,001 - $48,000$19,482
$48,001 - $75,000$22,531
$75,001 - $110,000$28,920

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: -

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: 14040


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1478 of Simmons College undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 91 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Simmons College number 36 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Simmons College awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Simmons College.

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Simmons College graduation rate is above the national average.

69% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Simmons College completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

10 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Simmons College acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 11%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Simmons College acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 19%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Simmons College full-time retention rate is 85% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Simmons College students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1590 - 1870

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 540 - 630
Math: 520 - 610
Writing: 530 - 630

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Simmons College students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
24 - 29

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 23 - 30
Math: 22 - 27
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Simmons College is 7:1, that means that for every 7 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Simmons College the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Simmons College and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., but not in Massachusetts.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 300 The Fenway address in Boston, Massachusetts.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Simmons College with 0.37% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Simmons College offers 321 programs in total: 159 are for Bachelor's degree, 75 - for Master's degree, 39 - for Post-master's certificate, 18 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 12 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 37 universities in Suffolk county. Simmons College is one of the few institutions in Suffolk that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 9 distance learning programs that are offered in the Simmons College: 6 are for Post-master's certificate and 3 are Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Simmons College provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1671 students with 50132 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3079 with 73894 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 424 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Simmons College

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

God Bless You.

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Overall Rating:

I did the online Social Work Master's for only one term. The entire program is very poorly organized. I did not receive a financial aid check until 11 or 12 weeks into the term. The format of the online classes was terrible, class sessions would oftentimes crash or I would lose audio connection. Attempting to speak with financial aid, or advisors was nearly impossible. Even if I had something urgent, the earliest I would receive a reply was a week, sometime I never even received a reply back. If you value your education and an efficient academic process, please do not waste your time, effort, or money on this school. The only positive things I have to say about this school were my interactions with professors, who were very nice and knowledgable and my academic support specialist. Aside from that, everything is mismanaged, poorly organized, and caused more stress and effort than necessary.

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Overall Rating:

Went to a tour of the campus. Staff was lovely and ambiance was great.

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Overall Rating:

Simmons is an absolutely terrible school. Not only are the staff and faculty completely disorganized and incompetent, the school has zero name recognition...even in Boston. I went to Simmons because I received an academic scholarship and thought I was making a wise financial decision by enrolling in their nursing program. Huge mistake. I knew after orientation weekend that I had made a horrible life decision.A majority of the girls in my class were flat-out weird. The professors were awful. In my organic chemistry class, I went to visit the professor for help understanding a particular topic. During our meeting, the only advice he provided me with was to "make flashcards." Gee, thanks, idiot.Thankfully, I transferred to a real school after my freshman year and never looked back. Don't let their faux "women empowerment" mantra sway you into thinking this is a good option for higher education. It's not. The student body, faculty, brand is all below average. There are many excellent schools in Boston and the greater Boston area: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT...heck, even Northeastern blows Simmons out of the water. Please don't settle for attending this no-name school, even if it's free.

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Overall Rating:

I went to Simmons from 1993-1997. I've gone back to see the changes. The campus is beautiful. But I think Simmons itself has not changed, in that it is still a great place for a woman to study and grow. It is a caring and empowering environment. I'm still in touch with professors whom I had gotten to know on a first name basis. That doesn't happen at a large impersonal university. Set in Boston, being at a woman's only college does not detract from having a social life. In fact for me especially, this was a good thing. My social life took place off-campus and did I have a social life then! I ended up in a 7 year relationship with an MIT student at the time, whom one of my Simmons classmates introduced to me. MIT is really where my social life was. I almost felt like I went there, too. (lol) But when I was on campus, I was focused on my studies. For me, it was a good thing that men were not around as they are a serious distraction for me. I ended up going to Boston University for graduate school after Simmons. And my experience at BU confirmed for me, just how lucky I was at Simmons as an undergraduate. I did enjoy my time at BU, too. BU is a wonderful university, but it is huge. What was lacking was the small supportive community atmosphere and that pervasive sense that the institution really cares and wants you to succeed as a woman. Yes, Simmons has always been about female empowerment. I still feel extraordinarily lucky to have found Simmons and to have spent 4 years there. Thank you Simmons!

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Location & Website

Address: 300 The Fenway


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6175212000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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