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Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Simmons University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

171 Undergraduate Degrees
594 Graduate Degrees
$37,065 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
60% Acceptance Rate

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Simmons University Rankings

Simmons landed the #238 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 1,284 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Simmons has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#31 Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#75 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#94 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual

Where Is Simmons University?

Location of Simmons University

Contact details for Simmons are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115-5898
Phone: 617-521-2000

How Do I Get Into Simmons?

You can apply to Simmons online at:

Admission Requirements for Simmons

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Simmons?

60% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 60%, Simmons does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to Simmons submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simmons University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Simmons University  ( 550 to 650 )
Simmons received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 27. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Simmons University  ( 23 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Simmons University  ( 23 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Simmons University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford Simmons University?

$37,065 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Simmons is $37,065. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Simmons, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $9,440 a year. That adds up to $37,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simmons is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Simmons University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,631 Full-Time Undergraduates
100% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,809 undergraduate students at Simmons, with 1,631 being full-time and 178 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Simmons

There are also 4,273 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,631 full-time undergraduates at Simmons, 0% are male and 100% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Simmons

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Simmons University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Simmons Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 198
Black or African American 103
Hispanic or Latino 107
White 1,035
International Students 87
Other Races/Ethnicities 101

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Simmons University. At this time, 29 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 33 countries are represented at Simmons. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Simmons University

2,567 Took All Classes Online
3,139 Took At Least One Class Online
53.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,139 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Simmons has changed over the last few years.


This school is the most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Simmons

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Simmons University was 53.2%. This is the #271 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Simmons regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Simmons majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 22%
Nursing 13%
Registered Nursing 29%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Simmons ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Simmons.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing Education #6
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing #8
Nursing #72

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Simmons University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 0 573 573
Registered Nursing 171 0 19 190
Nursing Education 0 2 0 2
Nursing Administration 0 0 0 0
Nursing Practice 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 171 2 592 765


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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