Student Life

With a dynamic community of more than 4,000 students, Simmons University is always moving forward. Our commitment to the success of our students guides our vision and reflects our core values.

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At Simmons, you’ll work, discover, and evolve

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons University is a private university that has established a model of higher education that only today are other colleges and universities beginning to adopt: the rigorous intellectual foundation of the liberal arts combined with education for leadership in high-demand professional fields.

To support our students in their success, we provide a state-of-the-art learning and living environment that integrates in-classroom learning with the social, emotional, and ethical development at the core of all higher education.

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.

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The Student Experience at Simmons

Discover an empowering undergraduate and graduate student experience at Simmons University.

Student Resources

Commitment to Inclusivity

We are committed to embracing students from all backgrounds and all forms of human uniqueness.

Community Engagement

Simmons Community Engagement facilitates and promotes community-based learning.

Spiritual Identity Support

We work to facilitate spiritual development and meet the spiritual needs of students.

Campus Safety

The Public Safety Department provides police and security services to the Simmons University community.

Career Development

The Career Education Center helps students and alumnae/i develop the skills they need to make informed decisions about their careers. 

Accessibility Services

We are dedicated to the full participation of all students in our programs and activities.

Writing Support

The Writing Center fosters academic excellence by providing resources that meet the needs of our students

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center assists students in becoming independent and successful learners.

Student Engagement, Success, and Diversity

The Division of Student Engagement, Success, and Diversity is dedicated to empowering students to engage in transformative and meaningful experiences that foster community, career readiness, self-efficacy, and a sense of purpose.

Health Center

The Health Center is staffed by registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians, and a registered dietitian.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center staff is made up of licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists. 


Home of the Sharks, Simmons participates in 9 NCAA Division III intercollegiate varsity sports.

Additional Resources

We support students through investment in services, academic support, mentorship, and our campus.

The Simmons academic campus

The Simmons Campus

As the University changes to meet the evolving needs of our students, we are ensuring that our physical space also meets those needs.

Our Campus

The city of Boston

Experience Boston

While attending Simmons, you'll have Boston as your backyard, with access to museums, internship opportunities, and more!

Experience Boston

In the Heart of Boston

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Boston: The Best College Town

Our location in Boston offers endless internship, research, and career opportunities. Simmons draws on many of the city’s cultural, historical, economic, scientific, and educational resources to offer an unparalleled student experience.

Experience Boston


Clubs and Organizations

We have over 70 different on-campus clubs and organizations you can join to meet people with similar interests. Simmons is also a member of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a consortium of five neighboring schools where you can also join in.

Get involved


Complete Internships, Clinical Placements, Independent Research, or Field Work

With Boston as our backyard, our on-campus students have easy access to learning opportunities in the city (and beyond!)

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My Simmons

Already a student at Simmons University? Log onto our internal site and find resources designed just for you.

My Simmons

Campus & Community

Participants at the 2024 Simmons Leadership Conference

Creating Impact at the 45th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference

The 2024 conference featured a roster of speakers exploring this year’s theme of “Creating Impact” in their personal and professional lives, and how those efforts ripple out to the people and communities around them.

Andrea London and Jessica London-Rand '04MSA run in the 2023 Boston Marathon.

Andrea London and Jessica London-Rand ’04MSW Ran the Boston Marathon to Memorialize Their Father

Knowing how significant running was to Professor Stephen London (1942–2022), his daughters Andrea London and Jessica London-Rand ’04MSW ran the 2023 Boston Marathon to honor his legacy, and continue to fundraise in his name. We spoke with them about their...

Joy Reid and Latoyia Edwards in conversation at the 2024 Ifill Forum, photograph by Ashley Purvis.

MSNBC Host Joy Reid Presents “Democracy on the Edge” at the Fifth Annual Ifill Forum

On Tuesday, April 2, the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities hosted the fifth annual Ifill Forum, which honors the late Gwen Ifill ’77, ’93HD and her legacy as a ground-breaking Black woman journalist. Joy Reid, author, journalist, and host of MSNBC’s The ReidOut, graced the Simmons campus as the 2024 guest speaker, while NBC10 Boston and NECN anchor Latoyia Edwards served as the moderator.

Carolyn Shute and Jim Corcoran

Securing a Legacy: Carolyn Shute ’88 ’91MA Establishes Endowed Scholarship for Professor Emeritus James Corcoran

Jim Corcoran, Associate Professor Emeritus, left a 35-year legacy of teaching students in Communications at Simmons. Thanks to the support of many donors and the work of his wife, Carolyn Shute ’88 ’91MA, the James P. Corcoran Scholarship has been established to honor that legacy, in perpetuity.

Dane Groves

“I felt welcome at Simmons”: Celebrating Trans Visibility Day with Dane Groves ’04, ’09, ’20MS

In celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility, we interviewed Dane Groves ’04, ’09, ’20MS about his roles as student, staff, and faculty, and his experience undergoing a gender transition while working at Simmons.

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Remembering Sarah-Ann Shaw ’19HD, a Local Luminary

In 1968, journalist and Roxbury native Sarah-Ann Shaw (1933–2024) made her debut television appearance on WGBH-TV’s “Say, Brother” (renamed “Basic Black” in 1998). Over the course of her career, Shaw received many awards for her groundbreaking reportage and advocacy.

Dr. Ena Williams at the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Lectureship Event. Photograph by Ashley Purvis.

Dr. Ena Williams Champions Workplace Diversity in Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program Lectureship Event

On February 29, the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program, directed by Associate Professor of Practice LaDonna Christian, hosted a Lectureship Event with Dr. Ena Williams. Her lecture, entitled, “Experiences of Racial and Ethnic Minority Nurses: Our Role in Advancing Workforce Diversity,” identified workplace biases and underscored the need for mentorship, racial equity, and organizational change.

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Dr. Heidi Julien’s Guidelines on How to Protect Yourself (and Others) from Misinformation

Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Heidi Julien, PhD, shared digital literacy tips with the Simmons community in her presentation, “Misinformation and Information Behavior: Challenges for the Information Professions.”