Students Over 24

Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars Program

Designed for applicants 24 years or older or students pursuing a second bachelors, the Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program provides unique services and support for adult women. Dix Scholars comprise approximately 14 percent of the Simmons undergraduate student body.

Schedule an admission appointment

Dix Scholars may apply for degree programs through the Office of Admission at any time throughout the year. We suggest you begin by attending a Dix Scholar Information Session. You may also schedule an appointment with one of our admission counselors by calling 617-521-2051.

How to apply

Applying to Simmons is FREE when you use one of the applications below!

The Common Application

Simmons is a member of the Common Application, allowing students to apply to multiple schools with just one application. 

Apply with the Common Application

Simmons Online Application

Simmons also offers our institutional specific application.

Simmons Print Application

If you would like a PDF application that you can print and fill out by hand, please send us an email or call us contact us at 617-521-2051.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is awarded for college-level learning gained through work or life experience Dix Scholars may earn up to 24 CPLs, not included in the 80 credits that Dix Scholars may transfer in. CPLs may fulfill entry-level courses in the major but do not fulfill mode requirements.

If you are a Dix Scholar, take advantage of CPL by enrolling 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

For questions, contact Terry Müller, Credit for Prior Learning Director via email or at (617) 521 2471.

      General Information

      We currently have GA live-in Graduate Assistant (GA) positions open for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you are interested in applying, please be in touch with our office at to see where we are in the application process. We expect to wrap up the hiring of our new staff by beginning of August.

      Simmons University Dix Scholars are eligible. This live-in Graduate Assistant (GA) position will be the primary support for a full time Residence Life Coordinator staff member. GAs will help to oversee multiple buildings on the Simmons Residence Campus, housing around 350 students and between 8-12 RAs. Graduate Assistants serve in the professional staff on-call rotation and serve on committees for the Office of Residence Life. GAs will work approximately 20 hours a week (not including duty), including 12 hours designated office hours per week. Compensation includes $15 an hour (up to $7,200 per year) plus a furnished apartment and an on-campus meal plan during the academic year valued at $16,000.

      Minimum Qualifications

      Ability to interact effectively with students from diverse backgrounds. A commitment to a multicultural education and an understanding of the value of a women-centered university experience. Enrollment as an undergraduate Dix Scholar. Course load and other outside commitments must be appropriate to the time demands of the position. GAs must also meet their academic obligations successfully, maintaining good standing in their program. Students must be in good standing with the University.

      Preferred Qualifications

      Prior Residence Life and/or Student Life experience.

      Apply Online

      For more information about the position, and to apply, please visit our online job description.