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Simmons University Data & Information Overview

469 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
84% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Simmons University Ranked?

#90 Best Colleges in Nation
#13 Best Colleges in MA
Library & Information Science Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Simmons University was awarded 469 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is library & information science.

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Overall Quality

Simmons landed the #90 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Simmons held the #185 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, Simmons is ranked at #13.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Simmons?

84% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Simmons University has an acceptance rate of 84%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to Simmons submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 700. Math scores were between 540 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simmons University  ( 600 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Simmons University  ( 540 to 660 )
Simmons received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Simmons University  ( 27 to 31 )

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Simmons University Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
27% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Simmons it is much better at 9 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Simmons University is 27%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  27 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Simmons University

86% Freshmen Retention
72% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Simmons University has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Simmons for first-time, full-time students is 72%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Simmons University.

Simmons University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,609 Full-Time Undergraduates
35.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
100.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,736 undergraduates at Simmons with 1,609 being full-time and 127 being part-time.

How Much Does Simmons University Cost?

$27,920 Net Price
66% Take Out Loans
$23,236 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Simmons is $27,920. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Simmons

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,080 $23,753 $26,374 $28,485 $30,584

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Simmons, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Simmons, approximately 66% of students took out student loans averaging $5,809 a year. That adds up to $23,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simmons is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Simmons Graduates Make?

$56,053 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Simmons with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,053 in their early years. That's great news for Simmons students since it is 32% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Simmons University make the most money.

Location of Simmons University

Massachusetts State
1,609 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Simmons University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Simmons are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115-5898
Phone: 617-521-2000

Simmons University Majors

61 Majors With Completions
456 Undergraduate Degrees
1,978 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Simmons University. Of these students, 456 received undergraduate degrees and 1,978 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 161 $69,272
Health & Physical Education 24 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 23 NA
Communication & Media Studies 22 $36,898
Social Work 20 NA
General Psychology 19 NA
Public Health 17 $45,844
Cognitive Science 16 NA
Political Science & Government 15 $34,293
Nutrition Science 12 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Simmons University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Simmons

59% Take At Least One Class Online
46% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 3,524 students took at least one online class at Simmons University. This is a decrease from the 6,263 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,524 2,739
2019-2020 6,263 6,132
2018-2019 3,591 3,008
2017-2018 3,139 2,567
2016-2017 3,484 2,571

Learn more about online learning at Simmons University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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