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. Please apply for the Honors program by your application deadline, and no later than February 1st. The Honors Application is also part of the Common Application, so you can complete and submit it when you apply to Simmons.

How to apply

The application to the Honors Program requires two 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 the question in approximately 500 words. Note that this essay should demonstrate your critical thinking and analytical skills, moving beyond a mere opinion statement.

  1. What have you learned about yourself, both as a student/learner and as a person, from your experiences during the pandemic? How might those lessons translate to your ability to succeed at Simmons and in the Honors Program?
  2. U.S. citizens are now living in an era that has been referred to as an era of "racial reckoning." What does that term mean to you? How do you think your college experience might change and/or deepen your views on race?
  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 submit their essays here. On each page of the document please include your full name and date of birth.

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