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. Unsure of what to do next? Reach out to your Admission Counselor with questions!

Applying to Simmons as an adult student is free!

Apply with the Common Application

Information for Adult International Students can be found here.

Earn your Bachelor’s Degree online

A transformative Simmons education is more accessible than ever in our immersive online undergraduate program—with course schedules designed to fit your life and a dedicated support system to help you navigate your student journey. Learn from expert professors in engaging, live online courses while you gain skills employers are seeking and make meaningful connections within the Simmons community. Learn more about our online program.

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
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Community College Transfers

Currently enrolled at a community college? 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.


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