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5 College Freshman

Academics: I have been very impressed with the academics on campus. The professors know their fields and the classes are both engaging and challenging.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: lots of options and educational classes, engage the students

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is challenging, but not unmanageable.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some profs know what they are doing, some do not. The academics are not supreme quality but I don't think many of the students are either. myself included.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The school itself is challenging, but not too challenging, so it's a good fit for anyone. The registration process is relatively easy, workload is manageable. Best place to study is the library, for sure, but I wish it was just open to Simmons students. Other students from the Colleges of the Fenway have access to it, and it gets crowded.

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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
66
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): 7%
  • Social Work: 5%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 3%
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 49 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 32 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 32 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 59% This was one of my top choices.
  • 22% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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