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What's New at Simmons?

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Graduates Find Success amid Tumultuous Economy

  • Approximately 97% of the Class of 2010 was employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation, of which 83% were employed fulltime and 14% part-time.*
  • This year, 97% of the incoming class received financial aid and/or merit scholarship funding.

  • Close to 89% of full-time workers reported that that their job was related, or somewhat related to their major at Simmons.
  • Graduates from 2010 are employed in a variety of industries and companies both large and small, including Americorps, Yale New Haven Hospital, America's Test Kitchen, Aetna Insurance, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, and NASDAQ OMX.
  • Graduates are also working toward advanced degrees at prestigious universities around the world, including the University of Oxford in the UK, Columbia University, to the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Simmons nursing student pass rate on the (NCLEX) Registered Nurse exam is 97% for first time takers; the national average is 88%.**

Academic Additions

Web Design & Development Major a Timely Addition
The Departments of Communications and Computer Science have developed a joint major, which will uniquely position its graduates for a career in both web design and development. Graduates will have a firm understanding of the principles of design, as well as an understanding of the technical issues involved in the development of an active web site, giving graduates a clear advantage over traditional web developers because they will have a in-depth understanding of both programming and design.

Simmons Adds a Bachelor's of Social Work
In 1904, Simmons College was the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers. Today, the School of Social work offers rigorous graduate programs for men and women who wish to earn a master's or a Ph.D. in clinical social work. This year, Simmons is proud to launch an undergraduate social work program, which will provide students with the opportunity to build the knowledge, values, and skills needed to become competent, ethical social work practitioners. The BSW program will also allow qualified students to accelerate into the esteemed School of Social Work, earning their master's degree in less time.

National Recognition

  • The Princeton Review's 2012 Guidebook of "Best 376 Colleges"
  • U.S.News & World Report 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges"
  • The Princeton Review's 2012 Guide to "311 Green Colleges"
  • Forbes names Simmons one of "America's Best Colleges" in 2011. Simmons is among a select group of 650 colleges featured in the ranking, which represents the top 20% of the nearly 4,000 colleges in the United States.

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Service Learning & Volunteer Program
For the fifth consecutive year, Simmons College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its students' volunteer contributions to the community in 2010. More than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students participated in 53,700 hours of community service activities.

Communications Department
For the second year in a row, the student-run magazine produced by the communications department, CommTracks was named a Gold Medalist and All-Columbian Honors by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. CommTracks also earned a first-class rating by the Associated Collegiate Press.


* 2010 Graduate Employment Survey Results
** National Council of State Board of Nursing