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A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) will tell you how many of your prior college credits are transferable to Simmons, which all-college graduation requirements you've fulfilled, and which Nursing prerequisites and Nutrition prerequisites you've fulfilled.  Your admission counselor will automatically request a TCE for you during your application review process, but did you know we also offer a preliminary TCE to all students?  This can be a great planning tool if you're thinking about applying to Simmons!  Just follow three easy steps to request a preliminary TCE:

A. Request that ALL of your college transcripts be sent to YOU from the institutions you've attended.  Leave them in their sealed envelopes.

B. Place ALL official college transcripts in an envelope, along with a written request for a preliminary evaluation.

C. Mail the envelope to us at this address:

Simmons College

Office of Undergraduate Admission

300 The Fenway

Boston, MA 02115

You will receive your preliminary TCE by email within several weeks! 

Please note that if you have coursework from an institution outside of the United States, you will need to send a course-by-course CED evaluation of that transcript.  

You can always contact your admission counselor if you have any questions about your TCE!

The Simmons College Class of 2013 graduated last Friday, May 10th.  Congratulations from all of us at the Dix Scholars Blog!  Check out the Commencement Connect page for more coverage.

Graduation might seem a long time away, especially if you haven't been in school for awhile.  But it may be closer than you think!  Our transfer credit policies allow you to bring in up to 80 credits, including up to 24 through credit for prior learning.  As a Dix Scholar, you can attend on a full-time or part-time basis, even varying your courseload by semester, in order to reach  your goals and your degree in a way that works for your life.

So take the plunge and apply, and soon it may be you walking across the stage at Commencement!

On Thursday, May 23rd, come visit Simmons to learn how to earn up to 24 college credits for your life and work experience.  Our Credit for Prior Learning workshop will teach you how your experience can be transferred into college credits and significantly reduce the cost of tuition.  Register here!

We have planned this event as a workshop for adult students seeking to complete their first bachelor's degree.  Strong candidates for this program are those who generally have less than 80 college credits and are seeking a bachelor's degree in one of our close to fifty majors.  Please note that due to the specific requirements of the nursing or physical therapy programs, students seeking to pursue these majors are often not candidates for the Credit for Prior Learning option.   If you have specific questions about your potential eligibility, please email: for additional guidance from an admission counselor prior to the event.

Looking to learn more before the event?  Check out our June 2012 Sightings entry!

Nursing is the most popular major for Dix Scholars.   However, it is certainly not the only major open to you!  Here's a list of the most common majors being studied by Dix Scholars. 


1. Nursing

2. Psychology

3. Management

4. English

5. Biology

6. Nutrition


With over 50 majors and programs, you're sure to find an area of study that will help you meet your career goals.  Education, Philosophy, Computer Science, Spanish, Arts Administration... the list goes on!  Let your Dix Scholar admission counselor know if you are interested in learning more about any of our programs.  You can also request a meeting with a faculty member or a class visit here!


Here at Simmons, we know there are a number of women working in some aspect of business who seek more opportunity for career growth but lack the all-important first bachelor's degree. We also understand that women in business are each potential leaders, but that they first need to develop confidence in their capabilities, as well as find an environment in which to "test" themselves. Simmons provides such a learning community--one that acknowledges your unique background, supports your educational and professional goals, but also challenges you to dream bigger.


At Simmons College, we recognize that each adult student brings her own distinct life experiences and personal story. We value your story and we value how you would add to the richness and diversity of the Simmons community. How do we show this? Through personalizing your educational experience from the moment you decide to apply.

Here are some of the numerous ways that Simmons takes the personalized approach as it partners with Dix Scholars, who, like yourself, are women 24 years or older or who seek a second bachelor's degree.


At Simmons, Dix Scholars comprise about 15% of the undergraduate population and bring with them a range of experiences which contribute significantly to the richness and diversity of the College. Dix Scholars are named for Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802-1887) who, as a woman before her time, was successful in two different careers, each marked by her passion for social justice.

The one thing that Dix Scholars have in common is their drive to earn a bachelors degree in a supportive environment--one where faculty and staff rally behind all students so that they meet their educational and professional goals.

Dix Scholars are:

  • Women 24 years or older OR Women of any age seeking a second bachelors degree
  • Women embarking on OR continuing their college education


Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Contributes to Nursing Success

The Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program was started in 2008 with a $2 million gift from Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62, and her husband, George S. Dotson. This year, their additional $2 million pledge will continue the impact of the program. The program provides mentoring and support to multicultural students studying nursing. The NCLEX-RN licensing exam pass rate among program-eligible students has increased to 94 percent since the program's inception.


The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) option for adult undergraduate students reflects how Simmons values the unique knowledge and experiences Dix Scholars contribute to the college community. CPL offers Dix Scholars the opportunity to earn academic credit for college-level learning gained outside the classroom. Students may earn the equivalent of 6 college-level classes (24 credits), saving them both valuable time and money! With intensive, one-on-one writing support, students complete a narrative and a portfolio to demonstrate their learning.

If you're thinking, "How can I possibly do this?" you're not alone. Many successful Dix students and alumnae once felt overwhelmed at the prospect of going back to school, mastering new technology, and finding the time to study and "be a student" while balancing work, family, and other obligations.  At Simmons, we provide you with the support - both  personal and academic - that you need to be successful

Personal Support:

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.

Additionally, a student support network, also facilitated by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, provides current and new Dix Scholars the chance to meet together, share experiences, support one another, and relax!