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 Life

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. 

Athletics

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.

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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.

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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

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My Simmons

Campus & Community

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A History of Simmons in a Little Black Book

The Little Black Book (or, Our Little Black Book), a yearbook for Black students, was first published in 1974 to capture the service, time, and growth of the Black experience at Simmons. Originally Lynne White’s 1974 senior project in Communications, the Book provides a chronicle of Simmons College’s Black community.


President Wooten and Betty at the 2023 Black Alumnae/i Symposium

In Memory of Elizabeth “Betty” Rawlins

A believer in the transformative impact of learning and education, Rawlins was an alumna of Simmons’ graduate urban education program. She went on to serve in a variety of roles at our institution – working with and mentoring students as a lecturer, associate professor, professor, and associate dean.


Bart Brown ’24, Gia Elie ’24, Sunei Clarke ’24, and Sunday Ntoto ’24 of the Black Student Organization host the Cupcake Tabling event at Common Grounds on February 1, 2023

Black Student Organization Honors Black History Month with Food, Festivities, and Intergenerational Community

Throughout Black History Month, all students are welcome to express their solidarity with Simmons’ Black community over cupcakes, soul food, music, and dancing. We spoke with BSO’s Soul President Gia Elie ’24, Soul Vice President Sunei Clarke ’24, and Soul of Communications Bartianna Brown ’24 about their passion for Black history and co-curating events that celebrate their culture.


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Protecting the Freedom to Read: How to Support Libraries in a Time of Increased Challenges

Professor Laura Saunders shares how she supported an anti-book banning resolution in her town of Somerville, Massachusetts.


Lieutenant Dahiana Mesa

Meet Dahiana Mesa, Operations Lieutenant of Simmons’ Public Safety Department

Operations Lieutenant Dahiana Mesa, a member of Simmons’ Public Safety Department, is a warm and trusted presence on campus. In her current role, she oversees diverse operations within the Department, supports Public Safety personnel, and provides guidance and resources to the Simmons community. We spoke with Lieutenant Mesa about her career in law enforcement and why she loves Simmons.


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A Look Back at 2023

Simmons students, alumnae/i, faculty, and students contribute to so much of the world: from health and wellness, to art, food, culture, and beyond. Here’s a look back at some top stories of the last calendar year.


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Simmons Celebrates 60th Anniversary of the Dix Scholars Program

This year marks the 60th anniversary of adult education at Simmons. Renamed Dix Scholars in 1993, this program enables adult undergraduates to pursue their educational and professional goals at any point in their lives. We spoke with Simmons’ staff and Dix alumnae/i about the uniqueness of this program and the students that animate it.


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’Tis the Season for Reading!

Over the course of 2023, many stories have been shared on the Simmons website promoting literature of all kinds, directly from professionals in the field. Here is a round-up of some recommendations, to add to your list this winter.