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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Some people argue that Simmons is not a diverse campus. I think its very diverse in a number of factors, especially in religious, socioeconomic class, and sexual orientation. Although Simmons has students from all across the world, the majority of students are still from the New England Area.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity here. No one is discriminated against.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not a ton of racial diversity, but MAN is it diverse with the sexual orientation. We have an very large LGBTQIA community.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a lot of race issues and a lot of religious issues on campus. Muslims and brown skinned people are not accepted as they should be.

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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).

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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
7%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
6%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
67%
Unknown
5%
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 28 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 44 responses

  • 39% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 9% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 45 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 28% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 82% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 18% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 81% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 15% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 4% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 66% Very accepting.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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