About

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

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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

Simmons University sign at the corner of The Fenway and Avenue Louis Pasteur

Going back to school is overwhelming, no matter what the circumstance! Let this back-to-school checklist set you up for success as you embark on the next chapter in your Simmons journey.

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Today, we commemorate an important day for our country. June 19th or Juneteenth, the reading of the federal orders by the Union army general Gordon Grange in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.

Students working in the archives.

In Fall 2019, a group of 11 Simmons undergraduate students began researching the lost West End. Supported by a “Humanities Research for the Public Good” grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, the students created a series of exhibits, including one for the West End Museum, one on Simmons’ campus, and a digital exhibit.

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Moving a university from a real campus to a virtual one isn’t easy, but Simmons’ decade-plus of experience in online graduate education helped the University and its students ease the transition.

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.