Campus Planning FAQ

Can you describe the vision for the campus that will be presented in the upcoming IMP?

The 10-year IMP filing will include two phases of likely development: a renovation of an existing building to provide for new science facilities, and a future relocation of our residential and athletics facilities to the academic campus to create a unified living, learning, and wellness environment. These plans are consistent with our recent evolution to University status and the reorganization of academic programs under four distinct colleges.

Our vision creates a robust learning environment by improving and integrating the academic and the living experience on our campus. We believe this is the right time to make this investment for our students and for the future of Simmons University.

Are you considering selling the residential campus?

No. We are not selling our land along Brookline Avenue. We are exploring our recapitalization options to determine if that would enable us to build the new residential facility we envision on our academic campus. This would be phase two of our IMP plan; phase one will be to renovate a current building to accommodate new science facilities.

What will be built on the residential campus once you lease it?

We have no information to share on that at this time.

Are you going to add beds or grow enrollment as a result of these projects?

No. The campus improvements being proposed in the IMP are in service to our academic evolution — change to University status, creation of four new colleges, commitment to cross-program collaboration. Much as we invested in the new academic design, we want to make a similar investment in the future of the institution via an improved campus experience. There are no plans to grow on-ground enrollment at Simmons.

Why are you doing this now?

The campus improvements being proposed in the IMP are in service to our academic evolution — change to University status, creation of four new colleges, commitment to cross-program collaboration. Much as we invested in the new academic design, we want to make a similar investment in the future of the institution via an improved campus experience.