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Dix Scholars Orientation

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

Fall 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 Wednesday, September 4th.

Fall Orientation Schedule

Please read below for the required sessions for Dix Scholars on Wednesday, September 4th.

Undergraduate Honors Convocation, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
This event is a long-standing College tradition celebrating the arrival of the new academic year for undergraduate students. Seniors and first-year students will march in the academic procession, the Dean's List members will be honored, and seniors will be inducted into the Academy, the Honor Society of Simmons College. New students will be presented with their class pin. Convocation is mandatory for all first-year students; Dix Scholars and new Transfer students are also encouraged to attend.

Dix Orientation Check-In, 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Following Undergraduate Convocation, check-in for Orientation for Orientation and receive your Orientation packet.

Welcome, 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Raymond Ou, Assistant Dean for Student Life, will welcome you to the College and your experience as a Dix Scholar.

Honor Code, 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.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.

Technology @ Simmons, 4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Learn about the different technology resources available to you during your time at Simmons, including Google Apps, Moodle, and CampusPrint.

Campus Tour, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Your Dix Scholar Mentors will take you on a tour of the campus to point out key offices and resources. Bring your academic schedule so that you can find your classrooms!

Dinner, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join fellow Dix Scholars and your Dix Scholars Liaisons for a dinner to conclude your Orientation experience.

Advising and Testing Information

We will be in touch with you about whether or not you need to take the Math Competency Exam prior to Orientation in order to schedule a time.

Students who still need to meet with an academic advisor to register for classes will need to come in on Wednesday, September 4th 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 Wednesday, September 4th  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.

  • Saturday, August 31st: Opening Address, College Welcome, and Lunch, 1:00 p.m., Academic Campus Quad
  • Wednesday, September 4th: A variety of information sessions will be offered throughout the morning.

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.