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What's New at Simmons?

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College Recognition

  • Nationally Recognized for Blending Rigorous Liberal Arts and Professional Preparation
    Named a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report, Princeton Review and Forbes.com
  • Our Commitment to Community Service is Clear!
    Simmons has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year, and is the only college in the state to have received the "Honor Roll With Distinction" designation three times since the honor roll began in 2006.
  • Unparalleled Business Opportunities for Women
    Simmons's strong business programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels earned much recognition last year, including the title #1 MBA program for women by the Princeton Review (2009) and ranked as one of the 25 best entrepreneurship programs in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review (2010).
  • Dedication to a Greener Way
    The Princeton Review included Simmons in its 2010 Guide to 286 Green Colleges, the first guidebook of its kind, done in partnership with the U.S. Breen Building Council. Simmons' Green Rating was 90, earning it one of the highest marks in the Boston area.
  • Communications Department Wins Gold Medal
    CommTracks magazine, produced by students in the Communication Department's Studio5, has been named a gold medalist by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. The magazine also earned additional All-Columbian Honors for special merit in its content and design.

Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship Updates

  • This year, 90% of Simmons students received financial aid and/or merit scholarship funding.

Among the Awards Simmons Students Have Received

  • American Physical Therapy Association's Ruth P. Hall Clinical Fellowship Award, Hannah Ribeck '10
    For the eighth time in ten years, a Simmons student has received this prestigious award, given to the strongest PT student in Massachusetts.
  • 2010 Davis Peace Prize, Maya Semans '10
    For the fourth year in a row, a Simmons student was awarded the Davis Peace Prize, a national award given to an undergraduate involved in grass roots peace-building initiatives. Maya will use her $10,000 award to fund her cultural education project for South African street children.
  • National Recognition for Independent Research in the Sciences
    In addition to student research being published in scientific journals, fifty Simmons students last year presented their research at the following National Conventions:
    • American Chemical Society
    • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    • Materials Research Society
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • Ecological Society of America
  • National Songwriting Competition Winner
    Daniela Blau '10 is the winner of the fifth annual BMI peer music Latin Scholarship, a competition for original Latin songs and instrumental compositions. Blau, a 21-year-old native of Costa Rica, received a $5,000 college scholarship for her song, "Y Si No Lo Sabes" onstage during the BMI Latin Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Recent Grads Continue to Find Career Success

  • A survey of recent graduates over the past three years indicates that 90% secure employment or enter graduate school within one year of graduation.
  • Professional preparation has always been a cornerstone of the Simmons curriculum. In order to identify potential majors and career choices, students are asked in their very first semester, to identify their VIPS (Values, Interests, Skills and Personality type). Now students may enroll in new professional preparation courses such as Humanities 370. Designed to complement an internship, students learn about pre-professional skills, behaviors, and competencies necessary for future career success.

Residential Campus Renovations

  • Exciting Dorm Updates
    Mesick Hall has received over $1.5 million in renovations! Some of these updates include: new carpets, doors, lighting, flat screen t.v.'s and furniture in common areas, bathroom fixtures, and completely renovated kitchens! Simmons Hall has also been outfitted with new furniture, couches, high-top tables, and a large flat screen tv above the fireplace! Thoughtful renovations of columns and paint colors have preserved the "Old New England" feel.
  • Specialty Housing Options
    More programming funds were designated to specialty housing like: Culinary, Sports Pride, and Wellness floors.

New Academic Programs in Line With Market Trends

  • Public Health Major/ Minor
  • Health Informatics Major
  • Exercise Science Major
  • Environmental Studies Major
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Leadership Minor
  • Social Justice Minor
  • Sustainability Minor
  • Scientific Computation Minor
  • Organizational Studies Minor
  • Emerging Global Markets Minor

A GREEN Leader

  • In addition to top rankings in the Princeton Review's 2010 Guide to 286 Green Colleges, Simmons was recognized with Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its innovative and environmentally friendly design of its new School of Management building.
  • Active Sustainability Committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff.
  • An emphasis on green curriculum initiatives, including environmentally-friendly lab practices and research.