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4 College Junior

Athletics: I am on the field hockey team and use the gym to workout in every day.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Simmons are not the most important to students as we are a Division III school, however a lot of students enjoy participating in various intramurals and team sports at Simmons and at other schools in the Colleges of the Fenway consortium as a way to meet friends and stay active. The athletic facilities at Simmons are awesome and open to everyone, including students from other Colleges of the Fenway. Overall, team perfomance is not always the best, but teams are always very happy and supportive of one another.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Simmons College has great pride in their athletic teams!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports aren't really a focus at this school, which I'm not complaining about.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: For the most part, I've mostly been focus on academics since I was a transfer student so I haven't really checked out the sports facility.


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The Simmons Sharks athletic program circles intense seasons of basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis, swimming and diving, field hockey, crew, and lacrosse. Many players hold spots on multiple teams while still balancing their academics. The idea that student athletes are students first is highly stressed. Unfortunately, while the teams have been successful in their divisions, there is still little attendance at games, although Simmons teams are slowly beginning to get more recognition. The College belongs to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and is affiliated with the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW). Though competing in Division III, the Simmons Sharks play hard, which is slowly helping them become more well-known.


In order to maintain student health, the College offers the Lifelong Exercise and Activities Program (LEAP), which offers classes for students without the stress of competition, while still encouraging an active lifestyle. For a small fee, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty can register for ballet, yoga, spinning, or core-conditioning classes. Also, as part of the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium, Simmons offers intercollegiate intramural sports. This partnership offers a chance to meet students from Wentworth, Wheelock, Emmanuel, and the School of Museum of Fine Arts. Oh, and do not be surprised if you see Wentworth or Harvard Medical School boys working out in the weight room, running around the track, or playing a pickup game of basketball. They also have access to the Simmons gym, and the girls do not seem to mind—at all.


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great Northeast Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
150 - 7%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball  
Club Sports
Cross country
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Bracket Busters Challenge
  • Corn toss
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Great Race Boston
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Turkey trot
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
William J. Holmes Sports and Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, softball, field hockey, soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, crew, volleyball, swimming and diving
School Spirit
Apathy is a feeling on campus many students are guilty of, but it is those same students who are involved in many activities. As the years pass, sporting events are gaining more attendance.
Getting Tickets
The only tickets that are difficult to get are to Red Sox games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Charles, down Newbury, in the Commons

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 43% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 45% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 69 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 42% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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