For Transfer Students

Welcome! If you decide to transfer to Simmons, you won't be alone. Each year, more than 60 students transfer here, attracted by our highly respected academic programs and welcoming community. As you prepare your Simmons application materials, remember that our admission staff is here to give you the information, advice, and the personal attention you need to make the process go smoothly.

If you are an adult student (24 years of age or older) and wish to transfer credits from another institution, you should apply through the Dix Scholars Program.

Please note: A student is only considered a transfer student if she has earned 17 or more credits in a degree-seeking program. Students who have earned 16 or less credits, in a degree seeking program or not, must apply as a first-year student.

Admission Requirements

The recommended grade point average (GPA) is a 2.8 for transfer students. You may transfer up to 80 semester hours of credit for courses passed with a grade of C or better at an accredited institution. Additional transfer requirements include:

  • High School Transcript(s)
  • College Transcript(s)**
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • College Essay
  • Essay - Reasons for Transfer (one page)
  • College Recommendations (Adviser and Faculty)
  • Mid-term Grade Report
  • Interview (recommended, not required)

**Note that once you submit your materials, we aren't able to return them, so please make copies of any original material.

Apply for Admission

Use any of our Online Application options and we'll waive the $55 application fee.

Transferring Credits

In general, we grant credit for any course completed at another accredited institution with a C or better, provided a comparable course is offered by Simmons. Up to 80 semester hours of credit may be transferred to Simmons.

To be eligible for a Simmons undergraduate degree, you must complete at least 48 semester hours of credit (equivalent to three semesters, full-time) at Simmons. The number of credits you transfer to Simmons College will determine your academic standing upon entering Simmons. Grades earned for transfer courses will not be averaged into the Simmons GPA or appear on the Simmons transcript.

Fewer than 32 credits: First-year student
32 to 63 credits: Sophomore
64 to 80 credits: Junior

Transfer Credit Evaluation
A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) can help you better understand which of your previously taken courses will transfer into Simmons. Please note that all admitted or waitlisted applicants will receive a transfer credit evaluation shortly after acceptance. You may also request a preliminary transfer credit evaluation by:

  • Requesting all official college transcripts be sent to you from the institutions you attended.
  • Send official college transcripts to the Simmons College Office of Undergraduate Admission in one large envelope with a written request for a preliminary transfer credit evaluation.
  • Please allow several weeks for the evaluation. 
Thinking about Nursing

Each year, we admit transfer students into our nursing program. Some have completed their nursing prerequisites at another institution, and some complete their nursing prerequisites at Simmons before beginning the nursing sequence, which begins each fall. Learn more about applying to the Nursing program as a transfer student.


If you have questions about transferring to Simmons, you may contact your admissions counselor directly. Find your counselor.