Orientation offers you the opportunity to meet other Dix Scholars, select your courses, and learn about the variety of resources available to you. Most importantly, you will get to know the essence of Simmons through its faculty, staff and students. You will talk and share ideas with both new and returning students, and you will meet faculty members and administrators who will share insights that can help in your transition to Simmons. The connections you make during Dix Scholars Orientation will be useful as you pursue your studies at Simmons.
If you have any questions about the Dix Scholars Orientation, please call the Office of Student Leadership and Activities at 617-521-2429 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fall Orientation builds upon Summer Orientation, and there are some important sessions at Fall Orientation not offered at Summer Orientation. While Dix Scholars are welcome at all parts of Fall Orientation, a condensed version of the schedule has been created specifically for Dix Scholars on Monday, September 3rd. Please note that this is a change from the date you received from Undergraduate Admissions.. We have made this change in response to suggestions from current Dix Scholars who suggested that the sessions offered on this day would provide more meaningful experience for you.
Fall Orientation SchedulePlease read below for the required sessions for Dix Scholars on Monday, September 3rd.
Honor Code, 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
All students are expected to fully understand the principles of the Honor Code, which has been in practice at Simmons since 1907. This session will outline the Honor Code, and the policies and procedures for both the Honor and Judicial Boards. This session is mandatory.
Destination: Your Degree, 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
If you did not attend Summer Orientation, you should plan to attend this session. During this interactive session you will learn about the Simmons academic requirements from A to Z, how to make the most of your relationship with your academic adviser, and the resources available to support you throughout your time at Simmons. You will also learn about academic deadlines, the add/drop period, the pass/fail grading option, grades and Dean's List, and Credit for Prior Learning. You will complete your registration form in preparation with the meeting with your adviser.
Dix Scholars Open House, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
During this open house, meet other incoming Dix Scholars, current Dix Scholars, and members of the Simmons College Administration. This open house will provide you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Dix Scholars experience. Campus Tours will also be offered during this time.
Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy lunch in the Fens - on us!
F.A.C.E.S. (First-Year Appreciation of Cultural Experiences at Simmons), 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Facilitated by student leaders and staff, this program demonstrates the importance of cultivating a greater understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion in the Simmons community. F.A.C.E.S. will help prepare you to live, learn, and work in a pluralistic society and encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities presented during your time at Simmons. This program is mandatory for all students.
Advising and Testing Information
If you need to take the Mathematics Competency Exam, you will have the opportunity to do so during the Dix Scholars Open House time. We will be in touch with you about whether or not you need to take this exam prior to Orientation. You can also find this information on your Transfer Credit Evaluation Form.
Students who still need to meet with an academic advisor to register for classes will need to come in on Wednesday, September 5th for their meeting between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We will be in touch with you in the week prior to Orientation with your specific advising time.
Other Orientation Events
While the events on Monday, September 3rd are mandatory, we also invite and encourage you to attend other events during the orientation week. For a detailed schedule of the days activities please visit the Orientation website. Please note the following events which we specifically encourage you to attend.
- Sunday, September 2nd: Opening Address, College Welcome, and Lunch, 12:00 p.m., Holmes Sports Center, Residence Campus
- Wednesday, September 5th: A variety of information sessions will be offered throughout the morning.
- Wednesday, September 5th: Simmons College Convocation, 3:00 p.m.
Support for Dix Scholars
While students in the Dix Scholars program enjoy the full benefits of the range of services provided to all Simmons students, Simmons College realizes that the challenge of returning to school later in life requires particular support systems and skills development. The Office of the Dean for Student Life offers tailored support and advising to Dix Scholars, encouraging and supporting you as you work to attain your goals, while recognizing your need to balance student life, work, family, and numerous other obligations.
Additional Information for Incoming Students
- New Resident Student Information
- Commuter Student Information
- Student Leadership and Activities
- Fenway Card (Student ID)
- Parking information for Commuter Students
- Meal Plan Information
- Residence Campus Services
- Simmons College Bookstore
- Student Financial Services
- Technology for Students
- Things to Do and See in Boston