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Spotlight on Simmons: preparing women leaders

10 Feb 2020 - Lindsay Bennett

Simmons University in Boston offers the many benefits of a women-centered bachelor’s degree education, and boasts a top 125 US university ranking (U.S. News & World Report 2020).

Here are just a few examples of how Simmons University can set aspiring women leaders like you on a path to personal and professional success.

Build your confidence

At Simmons, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to discussions and manage group projects, key skills that companies seek in new hires. In fact, 81% of women’s college graduates feel they were well-prepared for their first job — compared to 65% of women graduates from public universities. They also report more overall satisfaction with their educational experience.

Simmons University will prepare you for success outside the classroom through practical real-world experiences. At the undergraduate level, 100% of students complete an internship, clinical, research project or independent study during their degree. This produces results, as 91% of Simmons graduates are employed or in further studies within 6 months of graduation.

Prepare to lead

Universities with a women’s undergraduate program, such as Simmons, have an impressive record of training female students to become leaders. Female students also lead clubs and organizations that are traditionally dominated by men in coeducational (“coed”) universities. At Simmons, you can develop your management skills in more than 80 clubs and organizations.

Nepali student Simmons University Boston

Anuja from Nepal

Studied Business Management at Simmons University, now a Digital Business Systems Analyst at JP Morgan.

My university life was an enriching experience because Simmons encouraged students to define their own leadership and act on it. Also, one of my fondest memories during my college life was attending the Simmons Leadership Conference, so I automatically associate my Simmons experience with leadership.

Women’s college graduates have excelled in government and politics. In the US Congress, 20% of women are graduates of women’s universities, including Nancy Pelosi. As the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Representative Pelosi is second in line for the presidency, just behind the Vice President of the United States! It is a very powerful role that requires strong leadership skills.

In business, 30% of rising women leaders are graduates of women’s colleges or universities (Bloomberg Businessweek). That’s impressive, considering only 2% of US female graduates attended a women-centered university!

Nancy Pelosi visits Simmons UniversityNancy Pelosi (center), Speaker of the US House of Representatives and women’s college graduate, talks to a Simmons University student. Photo courtesy of Simmons University.

Simmons encourages students to aspire to success by inviting prominent women to campus. For more than 40 years, the University has hosted the Simmons Leadership Conference, which draws more than 12,000 women and men annually. Key speakers have included Madeleine Albright, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Michelle Obama.

Women's university successes

20% of women in US Congress

are graduates of women's colleges or universities

81% of graduates from women's colleges or universities

continue on to earn a master's degree or PhD

30% of rising women in corporate America are graduates of women's colleges or universities

Bloomberg Businessweek

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Although all universities acknowledge the need to promote female students’ participation in traditionally male-dominated fields, women’s universities have achieved exceptional results. According to, students at women’s universities are twice as likely to complete a graduate degree compared to those who attend coed universities. They are also 12 times more likely to get a degree in mathematics or the hard sciences!

At Simmons University, you can choose from more than 60 bachelor’s degrees across many disciplines, and can advance to several graduate programs.

For these reasons and more, a degree from a women-centered university like Simmons is the ideal choice for aspiring women leaders around the world.

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