For Students over 24

Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program

Designed for applicants 24 years or older or students pursuing a second bachelors, the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program provides unique services and support for adult women. Dix Scholars comprise approximately 14 percent of the Simmons undergraduate student body.

Schedule an Admission Appointment

Dix Scholars may apply for degree programs through the Office of Admission at any time throughout the year. We suggest you begin by attending a Dix Scholar Information Session. You may also schedule an appointment with one of our admission counselors by calling 617-521-2051.

Apply for Free!

Use any of our Online Application options and we'll waive the $55 application fee.

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Transferring Credit

At your request, Simmons will provide a preliminary estimate of your transfer credits. In general, we grant credit for any course taken at another accredited institution, provided a comparable course is offered by Simmons. Up to 80 semester hours of credit may be transferred for courses passed with a minimum grade of C or better.

Dix Scholars may transfer credit for prior course work through both the University-Level Examination Program (32 credits maximum) and the Simmons University Credit for Prior Learning process (24 credits maximum).

Admission Requirements

The admission committee will review your application to learn not only what you have accomplished, but also who you are. To apply as a Dix Scholar, you need to submit the following information in addition to the application:

  • Official Transcripts - Simmons requires official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. High school transcripts and GEDs are required for first-degree candidates only. Official transcripts should be sent directly by the institutions Office of Undergraduate Admission.
  • Recommendations - Two recommendations are required and at least one from an academic reference is preferred.
  • Standardized test scores - SAT, ACT, or TEAS scores are required of applicants to the Nursing Program, and SAT or ACT scores are required of applicants to the Physical Therapy Program. This requirement is waived for candidates who already hold a baccalaureate degree. Test scores are not required for any of our other programs.
  • Nursing Candidates - Learn more about your options for completing your BSN at Simmons.

Services and Support

Our highly respected Dix Scholars program offers personal support to help you transition into college/university and manage your educational experience from the moment you decide to apply. Here are some of the services the Dix Scholars program provides:

  • Admission, registration, and orientation procedures tailored to the needs of adult learners
  • A rolling admission calendar
  • Financial aid, including the Dix scholarship of up to $5,000 (split between the first two consecutive semesters that the student attends)
  • Generous transfer credit options (up to 80 credits)
  • Full-time and part-time study options
  • Credit for prior learning
  • Advising services specialized for adult learners
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, the academic honors society for adult learners
  • Dix Family Friendly Welcome on the second Saturday of the fall semester
  • Adult Learner Appreciation Week in November
  • Monthly e-newsletter with resources and updates
  • Virtual events to discuss questions and concerns
  • The Dix Liaison, who offers support on transitioning to college
  • Wine and Cheese social for graduating adult students

Contact Us

The Simmons admission staff is here to help you. For more information about the Dix Scholars program or to schedule an appointment with one of our admission counselors, send an email to, or call us at 617-521-2051.