Admission Policy for Transgender Applicants
Comprised of an undergraduate women's college and several graduate schools, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women, challenging traditional gender roles and a rich history of inclusion. All applicants to the undergraduate program who were assigned female at birth and/or applicants who self-identify as women are eligible to apply for admission. We do not require government issued documentation for purposes of identifying an applicant's gender identity. Once enrolled, any student who completes the College's baccalaureate requirements will be awarded a Simmons degree regardless of gender identity or expression. All graduate programs are co-educational and are thus open to applicants of all genders.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will Simmons know if an applicant is transgender?
We will only know if a student self-identifies as such through their application essay, letters of recommendation, interview and/or other communication with the Office of Admission.
- What about students who transition to male before they complete their degree?
They remain eligible to earn a Simmons degree. Once admitted, any student who successfully completes the college's baccalaureate requirements will be awarded a Simmons degree.
- What does this mean for the Simmons mission?
Simmons is committed to our historic mission as a women's college. We also recognize that traditional notions of gender are evolving, and increasingly individuals do not conform to the gender binary. As an institution that values inclusion, Simmons College acknowledges this reality and believes that this policy is aligned with our values. We are a campus community that supports a full range of gender identity and expression.
- What if I have discrepancies in my application materials regarding my gender?
If you are concerned about your materials, you may speak with your admission counselor to discuss your application. You may also address any of the discrepancies in your essay or personal statement. We do not require any government issued identification to verify gender.
- What resources and support does the College offer for transgender students?
Simmons provides a range of resources and support including:
- a campus community that values the diversity of every individual a non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and expression and prohibits harassment and discrimination;
- a single point of service for inquiries regarding name change/email/preferred name;
- trained and knowledgeable residence life staff who actively develop and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual (LGBTQA) friendly communities in their residence halls as a resource for LGBTQA students;
- residence life staff who can work with students on an individualized basis to determine an optimal housing assignment and a housing application which includes a question that enables individuals to check off whether "it is important that my room is an LGBTQA safe space";
- trained and knowledgeable health and counseling center staff committed to providing access to comprehensive care to students who identify as transgender, including those who are transitioning;
- knowledge of and referrals to specialists in the greater Boston community;
- student health insurance which includes transgender health benefits;
- several student organizations which actively support and are sensitive to matters pertaining to gender identity and expression; serving to both educate the community and to offer peer support and social connection;
- single stall/gender neutral restrooms on academic and residential campus.
For more information about the resources available, please contact Student Life at 617-521-2116 or visit us in the Main College Building, Room C-211.