Diversity

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

Diversity: The campus community is accepting of diversity. There is an average amount of diversity (ethnic, racial, economic, political, religious and sexual).

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different kinds of people here and everyone is accepting of each other's differences.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: The student body is quite diverse with students of various racial and ethnic identities and sexualities from all over the United States.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of people are very openminded.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The Simmons community is open to any differences. Many students support the LGQBT community. Different economic background and political beliefs are also accepted here. The majority of students are white but there are also many other different ethnicities such as, Asian, African-American (including Carribean), Latino-American, etc. Religion is somewhat important here and everyone is opened to sharing their own religious beliefs.

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  • 175th
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  • 640th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
Political Science/International Relations
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Diversity is a tricky thing at Simmons, and the small size of the school can be deceiving. The population is open and welcoming to students of all backgrounds. The Diversity Committee watches over faculty and curriculum diversity, and Student Advisors on Multiculturalism is a student group concerned with educating students on other cultures and being respectful of others. Multicultural students are invited to a multicultural student open house during fall orientation. The ALANA (African-American, Latina, Asian, and Native American) association hosts awareness activities on campus to further the acceptance of difference on campus. Multicultural groups work hard to expose their peers to Asian Awareness Month, Black History Month, and Latino Heritage Month. Religious groups offer praying spaces, retreats for students, and even suggest a church or temple that might fit a student.

The cost of the College—although a significant amount of tuition can be covered by financial aid—often creates only a small group of people who can actually afford Simmons. Efforts have increased to make Simmons a more diverse and accepting community with the implementation of the FACES (First-year Appreciation of Cultural Experiences at Simmons) program. On the whole, Simmons is extremely accepting of differences: culturally, politically, religiously, and sexual orientation—no matter how small the population is statistically.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
6%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
73%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
51%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 22%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
70%
Male Faculty
30%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The alliance makes efforts to make students comfortable with their sexuality. Recent discussion has expanded to transgender students.
Political Activity
Political activity has been reinforced by the emergence of Simmons Votes, an organization developed to encourage student voting. Liberal and Democratic ideas are dominant.
Economic Status
While there is diversity in the economic status of Simmons’s student body, the cost of tuition and room and board directs the average students to be middle-class or upper-middle-class. Financial aid packages do open doors for those who don’t fit in these categories, so don’t fret too much. At Simmons, you will find students with no financial aid and the ability to shop on Boston’s Newbury Street without a care, as well as students balancing their course work with one or two part-time jobs. The contrast between the students spending their parent’s money versus their own on books and extracurricular activities creates an interesting mix.
Most Common Religions
Judaism, Catholicism, Bahai
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several multicultural organizations on campus. Events are held to celebrate Asian, Black, and Latino history months. The Black Student Organization (BSO) is one of the strongest organizations on campus, sponsoring dances and poetry readings. The Asian Students Association is dedicated to welcoming all students to experience Asian culture.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 55% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 32% Liberal
  • 27% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 65% Very accepting.
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