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8 reasons to choose Simmons University in Boston

02 Sep 2021 - Lizzie Cooper-Smith

Simmons University is a private, liberal arts university located in the heart of Boston with a top 135 US university ranking (U.S. News & World Report 2021). At Simmons, you’ll benefit from a women-centered undergraduate degree education, a fully customizable curriculum, work experience opportunities and more.

Here are 8 reasons why you should choose to study at Simmons University.

1. It has a long history of preparing women leaders

Founded in 1899, Simmons University was established to provide women with a meaningful education and professional work experience.

It’s a women-focused university at undergraduate level, and has an impressive record of training female students to become leaders in their chosen fields. Graduates of women-centered universities like Simmons go on to become high achievers in their careers and beyond.

91% of Simmons graduates are employed or in further studies

within 6 months of graduation

20% of women in US Congress

are graduates of women's colleges or universities

81% of graduates from women's colleges or universities

earn a master's degree or PhD

33% of the women on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies

are graduates of women's colleges or universities

2. It has a supportive academic community

Simmons has a small, close-knit campus community with just under 1,750 undergraduate students in total. Its small class sizes with an average of 9 students per 1 instructor mean that you’ll benefit from a personal approach to learning, with lots of support from your professors.

The University provides a top quality learning experience that was rated 37th in the USA by QS World University Rankings 2021. Friendly staff can direct you to a range of both academic and non-academic support services to help and inspire you, including the:

  • Center for Student Success
  • Multicultural Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Health Center
  • Technology Support Center
  • Office of Spiritual Life

3. It offers a fully customizable curriculum

At Simmons, you can create your ideal educational experience with interdisciplinary classes across a range of subjects. With over 50 different majors to choose from, including 20 STEM-eligible options, you’ll be able to find the one that’s perfect for you.

Simmons also offers many options to accelerate your degree and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s qualification in less time than it would take to do the 2 degrees separately. You can choose a combined degree program in a variety of fields, including arts, sciences, education, business and more.

You can even cross-register for courses through the Colleges of the Fenway, a group of 5 academic institutions located in Boston’s popular Fenway area. Students at each university can attend classes at any of the other Fenway colleges, giving you access to 2,300 courses at no additional cost. The other 4 institutions are:

  • Emmanuel College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • MCPHS University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

The Colleges of the Fenway have a collective student body of over 12,000, making it easy for you to meet new people and make new friends. You’ll have opportunities to play intramural sports, get involved in performing arts and join nearly 100 different clubs and societies with the colleges.

Simmons University also provides students with an opportunity to gain a dual-degree in engineering with Columbia University. You’ll graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Science from Simmons and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Columbia.

This 5-year dual-degree program combines the small and supportive academic environment at Simmons University with the world-class Ivy League education of Columbia University, giving you great career opportunities in STEM.

4. There’s an opportunity to gain a generous scholarship when you apply through Kaplan

Female students who apply to Simmons University through Kaplan are considered for a 50% tuition scholarship at the point of admission to a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship is renewable every year, totaling over $80,000 for the full 4 years.

To apply for the scholarship, you can choose one of the following ways to describe your interest in women’s leadership:

  • record a short (3-minute) video
  • write an essay
  • attend a 15-minute online interview

5. There are lots of chances to gain real-world experience

At Simmons, you’ll build your confidence and employability skills both in and outside of the classroom. You’ll be encouraged to contribute to discussions and manage group projects, which are key skills that companies seek in potential employees.

Simmons University has a fantastic reputation of partnering with employers. Every undergraduate student at Simmons completes at least one internship, research, clinical, fieldwork or other similar experience, where you’ll be able to put the skills you’ve learned in classes into practice.

The University’s prime location right next to Boston’s famed Longwood Medical and Academic Area (home to some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world), makes it an ideal place in which to gain experience in the healthcare sector. Simmons partners with over 450 clinics and hospitals in the Boston area to provide students with work experience placements.

Boston’s many colleges and universities have attracted numerous multinational companies to the region, which provide lots of excellent career and networking opportunities. The technology, education and healthcare sectors employ large numbers of people in the area.

Simmons graduates have gone on to work for many major businesses and organizations including: Amazon, Dell, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tripadvisor, Walt Disney World and more.

6. It’s ideally located in the heart of Boston, a major US city

At Simmons, you’ll enjoy studying on a small, close-knit campus while still being in the heart of the USA’s #1 student city (QS Best Student Cities 2022). The campus is just a 25-minute subway ride to Downtown, and close to museums, theaters, parks, restaurants, and the legendary Fenway Park baseball stadium, so there’s lots to explore.

The campus is also close to the beautiful Back Bay area, where you can go cycling and running in its lovely green parks, admire some of the country’s best-preserved 19th century architecture, and also find some of the best shopping in Boston.

If you’re on a tight budget, you can still find plenty of fun activities to do in Boston. There are many picturesque neighborhoods, museums and galleries you can visit for free.

7. It provides safe and affordable campus housing

You can save a lot of money by living on campus. While the average monthly rent in Boston is $3,400, on-campus residence hall accommodation at Simmons (including a meal plan) costs around $1,555 per month. The meal plan gives you access to 5 different dining locations that cater to a wide range of dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

The Simmons Residence Campus is conveniently located close to the main campus, as well as the Bartol Dining Hall, the Holmes Sports Center and the campus health center.

As a first-year student, you’ll live with other first-year roommates, usually in double or triple rooms, which is a great way to make new friends. You can also join any of the Residence Campus’ theme communities, which bring students with common interests together, making it easy to get to know like-minded people.

Theme communities you can join include the Sports Pride Floor, the Foodie Floor, the Arts Floor and more.

8. There’s a wide variety of student clubs to join

Simmons has over 80 clubs and organizations that you can get involved in. Joining a student club is another way to meet people with similar interests and make new friends. It can also help you to build organizational, leadership and other career-related skills. Clubs you can join include (but are not limited to):

  • Asian Students Association
  • Black Student Organization
  • Model UN
  • Multicultural International Student Organization
  • Simmons Islamic Society
  • Simmons University Dance Company

If you can’t find something you’re interested in, you can always start your own!

Interested in studying at Simmons University?

At Simmons, you’ll gain a fantastic education and enjoy an exciting student life in Boston. From a supportive academic community to fun student clubs and organizations, there are so many reasons to choose Simmons University.

Below you can find out more about the degrees you can study at Simmons University, or you can speak to an adviser about your study options, or apply.

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