About

Simmons University encompasses the many benefits of a small university in the nation's best "college town."

The Simmons academic campus

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Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University is a private university, home to a respected women’s undergraduate program, as well as coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science.

Simmons has established a model of higher education that only today other colleges and universities are beginning to adapt: the combination of education for leadership in high-demand professional fields with the intellectual foundation of the liberal arts. The result is a Simmons graduate prepared not only to work, but to lead in professional, civic, and personal life — a vision of empowerment that Simmons calls preparation for life’s work.

The Simmons story is one of growth, innovation, and a solid foundation — fueled by on-the-ground and online enrollment, and investments in its campus and technology.

Simmons at a glance

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Since its founding in 1899, Simmons’ raison d’etre has been to expand opportunities for women, forging fields that advance equity and justice locally and globally.

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Our Mission & History

For more than 100 years, Simmons has put the needs of our students first. Through an education that combines intellectual leadership with professional preparation, we help students lead meaningful lives and build successful careers for the 21st Century.

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Our Future

At Simmons, innovating and adapting to the needs of the modern world is key to our history, and our future. Simmons is a small university and a diverse urban university at a time when the landscape of higher education is constantly evolving. We're committed to enhancing Simmons by building on our strengths, preserving our Mission, and creating a sustainable structure for the future.

Ninth President Lynn Perry Wooten

University Leadership

Accessible and accountable, our administration leads by example. And we hold firm to one purpose: to work for you.

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Awards and Accolades

Simmons continues to be named among the best colleges and universities in the nation.

Awards and accolades
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Work at Simmons

You’ll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities.

Work at Simmons

Campus & Community

Librarian Linda Watkins

Simmons University is saddened to announce the passing of Linda Watkins '82MS. Watkins was the librarian for the School of Library and Information Science for thirty-three years, until her retirement in 2014. Artemis Kirk, former Director of Libraries at Simmons...

Group of Graduate Students at the 2022 Commencement

On Friday, May 20, Simmons University Graduate students processed into the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston’s Seaport District. Simmons’ first in-person graduation since 2019, graduates filed in, some with mortar boards decorated with flowers and artwork, and a few with...

Student Motarboard/Cap from Commencement 2022

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! On Friday, May 20, 2022, Simmons University celebrated the 117th Commencement Ceremony at the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston's Seaport District. The many accomplishments of the Class of 2022 were celebrated at the annual...

Students working on crafts in the Maker Space

That vision encompasses the entire Simmons community, for which the Makerspace will serve as a focal point for mindful, collaborative creativity. Much of the creative exploration will be led by students; the "MakerSharks" are trained student workers who will manage...

Simons Biles, Brene Brown, and Amanda Gorman

The 2022 Simmons Leadership Conference, produced by the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership, focused on the transformational power of “Cultivating Courage and Connection.” Such power was evident in speeches given by powerful leaders, including Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Susan MacKenty...

Students sitting in radio studio, wearing masks, talking into microphones

The Simmons University radio station, Simmons Radio: The Shark, was awarded "Best Community Outreach Event" by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference on March 5, 2022. The award was in recognition of the "Full Moon Rising," an outreach event created by...

Resources

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Experience Boston

Simmons draws on many of the city’s cultural, historical, economic, scientific, and educational resources to offer an unparalleled student experience.

Students gathered in the Linda K Paresky Center at Simmons

Community engagement

For more than 100 years, Simmons University has inspired its students to combine learning with action for a more just and equitable world. 

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Your Simmons

Our commitment to the success of our students guides our vision and is clear in our values.