Applying as an Adult Student to Simmons University
Designed for applicants 24 years or older or students pursuing a second bachelor's, the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program provides unique services and support for adult students. Dix Scholars comprise approximately 14 percent of the Simmons undergraduate student body. Unsure of what to do next? Reach out to your Admission Counselor with questions!
Applying to Simmons as an adult student is free when you use one of the applications below!
- Apply with the Common Application
- Apply with the Simmons University Application
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Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is awarded for college-level learning gained through work or life experience. Dix Scholars and adult students studying fully online may earn up to 24 CPLs.
If you are interested in taking advantage of CPL, enroll in the 2-credit seminar IDS 227 (fall or spring).
Once enrolled in IDS 227, you can:
- identify prior learning that is college level
- write a critical reflection on your learning
- assemble a portfolio with supporting materials
- submit the portfolio to faculty for review
Portfolios typically include:
- a reflection on learning (learning narrative)
- evidence to document learning (work samples, certificates, letters of reference, etc.)
- a resume
- the CPL evaluation form
Once CPLs are awarded,
- credits are added to your transcript
- a $500 evaluation fee is charged
Massachusetts Community College Transfers
Currently enrolled at a community college within the state of Massachusetts? If so, you might be eligible for our Simmons University Community College Excellence Scholarship (SUCCESS). Both transfer students and adult students (students over 24) are eligible for this scholarship.About SUCCESS
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