Apply to Honors

Admission to the Simmons Honors Program is highly selective. The program is designed for students with strong analytical and writing skills who seek a rigorous intellectual community and challenging experiential learning opportunities.

Join the Honors Program

Interested students should complete the application for the Honors Program (online or via mail) and submit it to the Admission Office.

An Honors Steering Committee reviews each application and selects the entering class. The application deadline for the Honors Program is February 1st. The Honors Application is also part of the Common Application, so you can complete it when you initially apply to Simmons.

How to apply

The application to the Honors Program requires two short essays.

Essay 1: Please answer the following question in approximately 150 words:

As you can see from the Simmons website, leadership is central to our mission. Honors students in particular naturally gravitate toward leadership positions on campus and in the surrounding community. Pick one organization at Simmons or in the local Boston community that you would like to get involved in, and tell us how being of a member of the Honors Program will be beneficial to you in this role.

Essay 2: Please pick ONE of the following questions and respond to it in a 1-page essay of approximately 400 words. Note that this essay should demonstrate your critical thinking and analytical skills, moving beyond a mere opinion statement. 

  1. Will social media help or hurt your college and career goals? 
  2. A recent New York Times article stated that many believe that members of your generation are growing up in a colorblind society. And yet, the article goes on, "racial tensions are playing out in new ways among young adults." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? In other words, is your generation really "postracial"?
  3. What can older people learn from your generation? 
  4. When should we compromise, and when should we stand firm in our own views/beliefs?

Students should upload their essay to their application or send us an email with the subject line "Honors Application." On each page of the document please include your full name and date of birth.

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