Academics

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
1,647
Tuition
$34,350
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Academics: It's so hard to coordinate classes that are required with your major with classes that fill other academic requirements (e.g. math). It's even worst because fun classes almost always interfere with mandatory classes and so the semester can either be awesome or hell. As for the professors, work load and curriculum, that is all up to the people upstairs.

3 College Junior

Academics: Workload feels like you're carrying the world on your shoulders. Professors are nice.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Simmons College is a private woman's college and has less that 2,000 students. Therefore, class sizes are smaller and more intimate, making for a better learning environment.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Master's of Nursing program I am in is small. We have access to amazing clinical sites at some of the best hospitals in the city and country.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The social work program focuses on clinical work rather than work at the macro level. As far as workload, the homework seems average for a graduate program, and the curriculum having been recently revised, offers students the possibility to take more electives.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 650th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 826th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 906th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1015th
    Smartest Professors
  • 1078th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
Political Science/International Relations
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Because of its small size, teacher attention is one of Simmons’s strengths. But beware: If you are looking for a college where you can sink into the back row and sleep through a biology lecture, this is definitely not the place for you. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 13 to 1, professors are very acquainted with their students. Office hours are scheduled for students to meet with their professors, but they are often very flexible or will make changes to better suit the needs of individual students. First-year students are paired with faculty for scheduling and the planning of their time at school. Networking is emphasized at Simmons, and faculty members are easily reached as a resource for connecting many students to future employers. Teachers are well-qualified in their fields, and students do not learn from teaching assistants.

Special lectures are held to allow discussions of special topics relevant to professors’ particular fields of interest. Students are often invited to create independent projects and theses with faculty or assist on a professor’s own research projects. At the end of their classes each semester, students have the opportunity to critique their instructor’s performance. These evaluations are taken very seriously and have been used to give professors tenure or force a change in curriculum. Instead of the mundane freshman English classes of other colleges, first years are required to take a multicultural seminar and first-year-experience class. Simmons has also added a new requirement called ICOMP, which tests the student’s ability to use different computer programs.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
219
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
397
Total FT Faculty
219
Average Faculty Salary
$81,647
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Transfer-Out Rate
30%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 61%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 33%
  • 50 or More Students: 6%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Library and Information Science: 7%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 6%
  • Social Work: 5%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Java City
  • Library
  • Quadside CafĂ©
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend class-no matter how tired you are.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Experiment with classes outside of your major.
  • Get involved.
  • Save your quarters.
  • Study abroad (research the short-term courses).
Did You Know?
  • The Dix Scholars program offers guidance for undergraduate adult women.
  • Faculty have received research awards from foundations like the Ford Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
  • The Boston Business Journal has named Simmons one of Boston's best places to work.
  • Simmons College is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium. Students may take courses at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Massachusetts College of Art, Wheelock College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Emmanuel College.
  • Simmons School of Management allows you to start your MBA before you even graduate.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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