Welcome to Simmons University

Welcome to Simmons University

I write to you today with one of the most exciting announcements to date. We all have reason to celebrate as Simmons takes its rightful place in the landscape of higher education as Simmons University. 

Helen Drinan

Becoming Simmons University is a key strategy in the redesign of our academic structure to inspire today’s students. It signals to the world that Simmons is a force in today’s competitive higher education landscape, further elevating the stature of our distinctive undergraduate program for women and our nationally-recognized graduate programs. We are capitalizing on Simmons’ strengths to foster interdisciplinary and inter-professional study and collaboration—fertile ground for innovation and impact. The renowned schools and programs you are familiar with are now organized in four new colleges:

Simmons today reflects a decade of progress resulting from bold planning and action, including the launch of our internationally-reaching online graduate programs. We successfully navigated the Great Recession and other economic headwinds to grow stronger academically and financially. In the past ten years, we’ve increased revenues 71 percent, doubled financial aid to $44 million, strengthened undergraduate enrollments, and doubled graduate enrollments. Now we’re poised to further enhance our commitment to a student-centered culture while sustaining our financial vitality by maximizing the value of Simmons’ real estate assets and campus opportunities. 

Since John Simmons had his revolutionary idea over 100 years ago to found a college that would enable women to earn independent livelihoods and lead meaningful lives, Simmons has evolved to meet the changing needs of students and the world. Yet every step of the way, we have actively remained true to our founding mission, which continues to guide me and all of my Simmons University colleagues today. 

This is a thrilling moment in our history. I’m honored and proud to be a part of it, and hope you are, too. I invite you to join me as, together, we embrace the exciting journey ahead.  

Sincerely,

Helen G. Drinan, ’75LS, ’78SM
President
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Messages to the Simmons Community


Aug

30

Welcome to Simmons University
A message from President Helen Drinan.

Aug

6

Debra J. Pérez Named Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity
We are proud to announce the appointment of Debra Pérez, PhD, as Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion & Equity.

May

24

Simmons College Announces University Designation
We're proud to introduce the most comprehensive academic redesign in more than 100 years.

May

9

Ten Demands Update: May 2018
A message from President Helen Drinan

Apr

27

Simmons Appoints Four New Deans
We're proud to announce four inaugural deans to lead four newly organized colleges.

Apr

18

Remembering Dean and Professor Emeritus Jim Matarazzo
President Helen Drinan shares her thoughts on the passing of Dean and Professor Emeritus Jim Matarazzo.

Nov

14

Simmons Announces the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities
Simmons names newly formed College of Media, Arts, and Humanities after late Gwen Ifill '77 '93HD

Oct

2

Message from President Drinan on Recent Tragedies
President Drinan shares her thoughts on the recent tragedies in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.

Aug

15

Message from the President on Charlottesville, Virginia
A message from President Helen Drinan

May

15

Ten Demands Update: May 2017
A message from President Helen Drinan