Undergraduate students may transfer in a maximum of 80 transfer credits, no more than 16 of which may be from courses taken during summer terms. Graduate students may transfer in credits at the discretion of their program director. Transfer credits will appear on your Simmons transcript as credit, but no grades will transfer in. Some transfer credit may count as a Simmons course equivalent, while some may simply be counted as general credit.
New Students: Transfer Credit Evaluation
A transfer credit evaluation (TCE) can help you better understand which of your previously taken courses will transfer into Simmons. Please note that all admitted or waitlisted applicants will receive a transfer credit evaluation shortly after acceptance.
A TCE is created by the Manager of Degree Audit and Transfer Credit. Admissions works directly with the Office of the Registrar to provide the transcripts of the incoming student; the Manager of Degree Audit and Transfer Credit then evaluates the courses to see if they are acceptable as transfer credit and also determines eligibility for Simmons course equivalency. After the TCE is complete, it is emailed directly to the student at their Simmons email account.
You can look at our Transfer of Credit Policy Booklet to get a sense of the process for transferring credit.
For any questions about transferring in credits for new students, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Undergraduate students should check the Course Catalog for the year that they entered Simmons to determine the standards for accepting Advanced Placement credit for their year. Certain test scores may count towards general Simmons credit or may be used as a Simmons course equivalent, depending on the guidelines for the catalog year. No student may receive more than 32 credits for AP scores.
Typically, AP scores sent to Simmons will be processed by the Admissions Office as part of a student's application, passed to the Advising Office for evaluation, and then sent to the Office of the Registrar for coding. AP scores can take several weeks to be processed and coded onto students' accounts. If you do not see your AP credit on your account on AARC, your scores may need to be re-sent. Students should check with the Registrar's Office to ensure that scores are not still being processed, then with the Advising Office to determine if they were received there. If the Advising Office did not receive the scores, students should contact the test institution (The College Board) to request to have the scores re-sent directly to the Office of the Registrar at 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
Transferring Credit While at Simmons
Undergraduate students wishing to take courses at another institution after beginning at Simmons may do so during a summer term or while on a Leave of Absence, or with approval of the Administrative Board. Graduate students may transfer credit at the discretion of their program director.
Summer Courses (Undergraduates)
Prior to registering for a summer course at another institution, undergraduate students should fill out the Petition for Transfer Credit - Summer/Winter form. Students may turn in the completed form with a course description of the course they plan to take to the Registrar's Office or email it. The petition will be evaluated and the student will receive an email 1-2 weeks after turning in the form confirming whether or not the course will be accepted as transfer credit.
After completing the course, the student must request an official transcript from the institution to be sent to Simmons University Office of the Registrar, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, showing their final grade. Once the transcript has been received, the transfer credit will be coded to a student's account within 1-2 weeks.
If a student did not submit a Petition for Transfer Credit form prior to taking the course, the course may still be approved for transfer credit. The student should contact us for approval.
Transferred courses will appear on your transcript either as General Credit or as a Simmons course equivalent, and will not have a grade associated with them on your Simmons transcript. Note that Colleges of the Fenway courses are not considered transfer credits, and will appear with a grade on your transcript. For more information on COF courses, see our Cross Registration page.
Taking Courses While on Leave (Undergraduates)
If an undergraduate student is not currently taking courses at Simmons but plans to return, they can take courses elsewhere during their absence to transfer into Simmons. Students should review the information on our Leaving Simmons page and contact the Office of the Registrar when planning to return to Simmons. An official transcript showing the final grades for any courses to be transferred should also be submitted to the Simmons University Office of the Registrar at 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
Transferred courses will appear on your transcript either as General Credit or as a Simmons course equivalent, and will not have a grade associated with them on your Simmons transcript.
Taking Courses While Enrolled (Undergraduates)
Undergraduate students who wish to take courses at another institution for transfer credit while enrolled in a fall or spring term at Simmons must petition the Administrative Board for special permission to do so. Students should fill out and submit a Petition for Transfer Credit - Fall/Spring form as well as a Petition to the Administrative Board.
If approved, transferred courses will appear on your transcript either as General Credit or as a Simmons course equivalent, and will not have a grade associated with them on your Simmons transcript. Note that Colleges of the Fenway courses are not considered transfer credits, and as such permission from the Administrative Board is not needed to register for them, and they will appear with a grade on your transcript. For more information on COF courses, see our Cross Registration page.
Graduate Student Transfer Credit
Graduate students seeking to transfer credit from another institution must submit the form appropriate to their program's school and have it approved by their program director, along with any other necessary documents specified on the form. Students may choose the form for the School of Business, School of Nursing, School of Library Science, or School of Social Work. **Note: Separate policies are in place for Nursing, Social Work, and MBA/HCMBA online students. Students should consult their Academic Adviser for more information.**