Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in applying to Simmons.

The Simmons admission committee will review your application holistically to learn not only what you have accomplished, but also who you are. We will consider: 

  • Letters of recommendation (one from a teacher and one from a counselor/advisor)
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • High school transcript
  • Standardized test scores
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Leadership experience
  • College/university transcripts (if applicable)
  • Interview (recommended, but not required)

Codes for submitting standardized tests:
SAT: 3761
ACT: 1892
TOEFL: 3761

All credentials may be submitted online or via email to If you choose to mail them, our address is:

Simmons University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

We accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams for Simmons credit.

For the full details on all deadlines and requirements, click the section below that you fit into:

First Year

First-year students have two admission options:

  • Early Action I and II: This non-binding option allows students to submit their application and credentials early for priority scholarship and admission consideration. In order to be reviewed for Early Action consideration your application must be complete on the deadline date.
  • Regular Decision: Regular Decision applicants are reviewed for admission and scholarship as they become complete. 
Application Plan  Application Deadline Notification Date
Early Action I November 1 mid-December
Early Action II December 1 mid-January
Regular Decision February 1 by April 1

We look for students who have completed a challenging college preparatory curriculum including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Math (at least one year beyond Algebra 2)
  • 3 years of Science (4 years for those interested in nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy)
  • 3 years of Social Science
  • 3 years of Foreign Language

We accept AP, IB and college credits from first-year students. 


Transfer student applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a preferred deadline of April 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring semester.

Decisions are sent within 3 weeks of an application becoming complete.

We look for students with a minimum 2.8 GPA from all of their previous institutions. Up to 80 credits may be transferred for courses passed with a grade of C or better at an accredited institution.

Dix Scholars (Students 24 and over or Second Bachelors candidates)

Applicants 24 years of age or older or who are seeking a second bachelor's degree qualify for the Dix Scholars program. Dix Scholars can attend full-time or part-time, receive generous transfer credit options (up to 80 credits), career counseling, study abroad scholarships, and more.

The preferred application deadlines are July 1st for fall semester, November 1st for spring semester, and April 1st for summer session. Students applying to the nursing program should check the preferred nursing deadlines and apply early. Learn more about being a nursing student in the Dix Scholars program.


Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit official scores for either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum TOEFL score of 83 internet-based (560 paper-based) or an IELTS core of 6.5 is strongly recommended. For native English speakers, SAT or ACT scores are required. Learn more about being an International student at Simmons.


The Simmons Honors Program is designed for students with strong analytical and writing skills and an eagerness for intellectual challenge. Students who have excellent academic records are encouraged to apply by completing the Honors Program application supplement included on the admission application or by submitting it via the Honors Program website.

Learn more about the Honors Program.

3+1 programs

Our accelerated 3+1 programs allow you to obtain a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in as little as four years. Applying to a 3+1 program requires a separate essay; faculty will review your essay and render a 3+1 decision separate from your college admission decision. Essay prompts can be found and submitted here by February 1 for program consideration.

Take a Class

Applicants who are interested in taking courses at Simmons as a Non-Degree Student can see what classes are currently offered and check space availability through our online course scheduling system. Once you find a class, just fill out the application form! Learn more about our non-degree option here