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BOSTON (August 12, 2010) —  For the third consecutive year, Simmons College has been named by as one of "America's Best Colleges in 2010." Simmons is among a select group of more than 600 colleges in the ranking, representing 15% of the nearly 4,000 colleges in the U.S.

According to Forbes, its college ranking system is based on the quality of the education the schools provide their students, their experiences while attending the school, and how much they achieve professionally after graduation.

Data for the college ranking were gathered and analyzed by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The information is based on five general categories: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards. According to Forbes, several sources were used to used to assess the schools' performance in each category, including alumnae/i listed in the 2009 edition of "Who's Who in America"; alumnae/i salaries from; student evaluations from; and four-year debt load for typical student borrowers.

Last month, Simmons College was named one of the nation's "Best 373 Best Colleges" in the Princeton Review's 2011 college guidebook, which chooses schools based on outstanding academics and an 80-question student survey that focuses on the school's' academics, administration, campus life, and student body.

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an exceptional undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.