Boston Semester

The Boston Semester at Simmons is a 16-credit semester that integrates course work, internships, and optional community service or service learning opportunities in the Greater Boston area to students enrolled in the program. Boston Semester students may also take advantage of Simmons's many connections with local for- and non-profit organizations to gain experience in a profession through a 4-credit internship. Finally, through service learning or community service options, Boston Semester students may participate in activities designed to strengthen communities.

Program Description
The Boston Semester at Simmons is a 16-credit program that integrates course work, internships, and optional community service or service learning opportunities.


(4 credits per course)

Students enroll in courses offered to all Simmons students. The Simmons schedule provides a wide selection of courses with an urban and/or community service focus, including:

Politics of Cities
Schools in an Era of Change
Urban Sociology
Principles of Microeconomics
Leadership and Women
Simmons also offers numerous courses that allow students to gain a unique perspective of Boston including:

Architecture of Boston
Art in the Age of Rembrandt
Creative Writing: Poetry
State of the Arts; Intro to Arts Administration
Politics of Cities

The Internship

(4 credits)

Students get hands-on experience through internships, choosing from a broad range of non-academic organizational and institutional placements. Greater Boston abounds with opportunities at major corporations, medical research facilities and hospitals, non-profit organizations, government-related institutions, international and domestic associations, community service agencies, and cultural institutions. Some of the excellent sites where Simmons places students include:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Children's Hospital
Greater Boston public schools
Head Start
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Make-a-Wish Foundation
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Radio and TV stations
U.S. Senators' offices
Women's Educational and Industrial Union
Internships require 8-10 hours of work per week for 4 credits. Students may arrange internships of their own choosing, although Boston Semester at Simmons staff must formally approve all sites.

Community Service and Service Learning


Simmons was recently named one of the top twenty colleges for community service in the private college category. Our Scott/Ross Center for Community Service includes the Office of Service Learning which works closely with the faculty to incorporate service learning in our courses.

The Simmons Community Outreach Office is also located in the Center, and provides a wide range of volunteer positions in the city, partnering with nearby programs and organizations including schools, homeless shelters, community centers, elderly programs, and health centers.

Additionally, credit may be earned for community service projects available through an internship and/or specific courses. Students work with faculty and staff of the Office of Service Learning to design a service learning experience that fits their educational objectives.

For information, contact Professor Steve London at 617.521.2590 or
Frequently Asked Questions

What are some Simmons courses that might be of special interest to Boston Semester students?
A number of Simmons courses focus on urban issues or take advantage of Simmons unique location or relationship with other institutions in Boston. Some examples are Politics of Cities, Architecture of Boston, and Schools in an Era of Change. For more information, see the Simmons course catalog.

Are there any extracurricular activities?
You bet! There's plenty to do in Boston and there is always a lot happening right here at Simmons. Simmons has more than 50 student organizations, as well as varsity athletics teams, intramural and just-for-fun activities, and year round activities and events to add zest to your life outside the classroom. Find out how to get involved: Campus Life at Simmons.

When is the Boston Semester at Simmons offered?
The Boston Semester at Simmons will be offered each fall and spring semesters.

What is the tuition for the Boston Semester?
Tuition for the Boston Semester is $17,600. The cost for room and board is $7688, and there is a $510 fee that covers student activities and access to the services at the Simmons Health Center. Students who do not provide proof of health insurance are required to pay an additional fee for accident and health insurance coverage. Please inquire about financial aid at your home college or university.

Does Simmons offer accommodations?
On-campus housing is available on the Simmons College residence campus, a traditional New England quadrangle in an urban setting. The Holmes Sports Center includes an Olympic size pool, sauna, weight room, indoor track, basketball gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts, rowing room, dance room, and exercise machines.

Can I transfer credits earned at Simmons to my home institution?
All Boston Semester courses will likely satisfy undergraduate requirements at your college or university. Please refer to the Simmons course catalog to help your college or university determine which credits taken at Simmons may be accepted for transfer. You will need to complete and submit the Course Approval-Registration-Transcript Form.

Note: Enrollment in classes is contingent on space availability and instructor's consent

Who is eligible to apply to the Boston Semester at Simmons?
Students who have completed two semesters of study at a fully accredited, four-year college or university, with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply. The Boston Semester at Simmons, as well as most of our graduate programs, is open to both women and men.

How do I apply to the Boston Semester at Simmons?
Print and complete the Boston Semester at Simmons application and forms.

Mail the application and required forms to:

Boston Semester at Simmons
Simmons College
Office of Undergraduate Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115.

Please note application deadlines.

How and when will I be notified if I have been accepted to the Boston Semester at Simmons?
You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email, if you have provided an address on your application form, or by hard copy mail. In either case, you will be notified within 21 days of your application being complete.

What if I have more questions?
Email questions to Or call 617.521.2051 for program and application information. For course, internship, or community service information, contact Professor Stephen London at 617.521.2590 or
Applications and forms

We are happy that you are applying to the Boston Semester at Simmons as a visiting, non-degree student. Faculty and staff look forward to working with you throughout the admission process and to welcoming you to Simmons.

Application Deadlines:

         Spring: November 1st

         Fall: June 1st

Deposit Deadlines:

         Spring: December 15th

         Fall: July 15th

Note: Your $55 application fee has been waived.

The Boston Semester application and subsequent forms are available to download as pdf files. Please note that you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view and print these files.

Please submit the following materials:

  1. Completed and signed Boston Semester at Simmons application form (49k PDF)
  2. One letter of recommendation from an individual who is able to assess your academic potential. (41k PDF)
  3. Completed form for Course Approval- Registration -Transcript Request (30k PDF). To be sure that your home institution will accept the courses you select for transfer credit, you must complete this form and have it signed by the academic dean of your home institution.
  4. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Official transcripts must bear the college stamp and arrive in sealed envelopes. Contact the Registrar at each college you have attended and ask that an official transcript be sent directly to: Boston Semester at Simmons Office of Undergraduate Admission Simmons College 300 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115. Transcripts from institutions 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

Mail your completed application and additional forms to:

Boston Semester at Simmons Simmons College Office of the Undergraduate Admission 300 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115 Transcripts and other credentials may be mailed under separate cover.