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Prospective Parents and Families FAQs

Dear Families,

Below we've compiled a few frequently asked questions to help you and your daughter decide whether Simmons is a good fit. However, if you are still left with questions please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to speak with you or your daughter at any time.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission

How can I convince my daughter to consider a women's college?

This may be one of the most common questions we are asked, and we understand that many prospective students and their parents worry that single-sex institutions are outdated or isolating.

Here's what we tell them: attending a women's college in the heart of a city that's home to a quarter of a million college students is a unique, and we believe, unrivaled educational experience.

Inside the classroom our students are given the individual attention that enables them to become better collaborators, leaders, and learners. Outside of the classroom awaits a world of opportunities--socially, culturally, and professionally. Learn more about the advantages of a women's college »

What makes Simmons different from other liberal arts colleges in Boston?

Simmons has a unique academic philosophy--that a college education should balance both theory and practice. We provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts combined with real-world experience. Students leave Simmons with not only the knowledge to pursue their career of choice, but with impressive resumes and a professional network to turn their goals into reality. Unlike many other liberal arts colleges, Simmons focuses on transforming a student's academic passion into her lifelong purpose.

In addition, our students tell us that life at Simmons encompasses the best of both worlds--a quintessential New England campus in the heart of a vibrant, historic city. Unlike many other colleges in the Boston area, Simmons provides a traditional college setting, complete with a grassy, tree-lined quad. Most students live on campus, and enjoy the comforts of a private oasis in the midst of a bustling city.

How can I make sure that my daughter is considered for scholarships and financial aid?

At Simmons we understand that financing a private college education is a large concern for most parents, which is why we've made the financial aid process as simple and straightforward as we can. Simply fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as possible; the form becomes available online on January 1, and our priority deadline is February 15. Because financial aid is distributed on a funds-available basis, the earlier we review your FAFSA information the better. If you have not completed your tax return while filling out the FAFSA, simply use your best estimates and mail us a copy of your return when you can.

To be considered for merit scholarships, which are based on academic achievements, your daughter simply needs to apply for admission to the College. When we review her application we automatically consider her for all merit scholarships with the exception of the Gilbert & Marcia Kotzen Scholarship, which requires a separate application. This scholarship is Simmons' most prestigious award. Learn more about the Gilbert & Marcia Kotzen Scholarship or view a complete list of undergraduate scholarships.

What is my daughter's chance of being accepted to Simmons?

Each year we accept about 47% of those who apply to be a traditional freshman in the undergraduate college. Below you can see the average un-weighted GPA and test scores of last year's incoming class to give you a better understanding of the caliber of students accepted. However, this is by no means all that we take into consideration when assessing an application. We also look beyond these traditional metrics to what each applicant has accomplished outside of the classroom, and how she will enhance the Simmons community. We accept students who are curious, motivated, and seek out challenge.

  • Average SAT composite score: 1696
  • Average ACT composite score: 24
  • Average GPA: 3.29