Simmons College is located in downtown Boston, MA along the Back Bay Fens (not far from Fenway Park Baseball Stadium), a green oasis amid the metropolitan environment. Similarly, Simmons College campuses are a 12 acre oasis of green amid high-rises as the central quad offers room to breathe. Founded in 1899 with a bequest by John Simmons, a wealthy clothing manufacturer in Boston, Simmons College is a private 4-year women’s undergraduate (and co-ed graduate) school and is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway with 5 other schools. The two campuses (separated by part of Emmanuel College campus) are residential and academic, each focused around a semi-private quad. Notable alumni include NBC News Correspondent Rehema Ellis.
Simmons College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 50 programs. Noted for their Nursing, Physical Therapy and Dietetics programs, the largest program on campus is Nursing. The school is comprised of 6 academic units: Undergraduate College; College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies; School of Library and Information Science; School of Nursing and Health Sciences; School of Management and School of Social Work. Per the Mission statement, “For more than 100 years, Simmons has put the needs of our students first. Through an education that combines intellectual leadership with professional preparation, we help students lead meaningful lives and build successful careers for the 21st Century. The College’s commitment can be seen in our state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning, living, and working at Simmons, as well as through our exceptional faculty and staff.”
There are over 1500 undergraduate students at Simmons College, most staying in one of the residence halls on the Residential Campus quad. There are several clubs and student organizations available. For the varsity athlete, the blue and yellow Sharks field teams in 10 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Among the many traditions are the Simmons Soiree (a formal dance) and events of Shark Week (including a Shark (treasure) hunt, Blood Drive, Casino Night and Laser Tag). Students are exposed to the Vision of the school, “Simmons will become a beacon of leadership in the world of higher education; a resource to our nation and world; known for our expertise in fields which improve the human condition; sought out for the findings of our highly reputable research and seen as the global expert in educating women for their own empowerment and for leadership” and the Core Values espoused by the administration and faculty alike: We are at our best when students are first; We prepare students for life’s work; We cross boundaries to create opportunities; and We make a collective investment in community.