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

The Simmons academic campus

Learn why students love it here

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

  • Simmons is a four-year, private, non-profit, non-sectarian university
  • Simmons is home to 1,837 undergraduate students and 2,179 full-time graduate students
  • 11:1 student to faculty ratio 
  • Simmons offers over 60 majors and programs
  • Our students can participate in over 80 clubs and organizations
  • We have 243 full-time faculty, 74% are women
  • Nearly 90% of our liberal arts faculty have doctorates in their fields or terminal degrees
  • Faculty have received research awards from the Ford Foundation, Freeman Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace
  • Our average class size is 14
  • 94% of undergraduate first-year students live on campus
  • 91% of Simmons undergraduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
  • 29% of undergraduate students self-identify as ALANA
  • Our undergraduate students choose from over 90 study abroad opportunities
  • 22 countries and 47 states are represented in our undergraduate class

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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.

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.

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.

President Helen Drinan

University Leadership

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

Meet our leadership team
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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

Campus Rendering

Implementation of the University’s vision for the future is entering a new phase.

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Eva Lynch '21, President of Simmons University's Girls Who Code Chapter, encourages computer science and math students to join Girls Who Code.

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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.

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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.