Simmons University

Simmons University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Simmons University Ranked?

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2022 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 148 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is children and youth library services.

Overall Quality

Simmons is ranked #169 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Simmons held the #280 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, Simmons is ranked at #19.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Simmons?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Simmons University is a competitive 60%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 86% 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 580 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Simmons University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Simmons University  ( 550 to 650 )
Simmons received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Simmons University  ( 24 to 29 )

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Simmons University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Simmons, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 25%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  25 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Simmons University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Simmons University has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. 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  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Simmons the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 67%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  67 out of 100

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Simmons University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,761 undergraduates at Simmons with 1,607 being full-time and 154 being part-time.

How Much Does Simmons University Cost?

The overall average net price of Simmons is $30,008. 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 +
$22,999 $25,818 $26,214 $31,331 $35,306

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 72% of students took out student loans averaging $9,440 a year. That adds up to $37,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simmons is 2.0%. 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?

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 $55,800 in their early years. This is good news for future Simmons graduates since it is 40% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Simmons University make the most money.

Location of Simmons University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Simmons University. Of these students, 512 received undergraduate degrees and 1,846 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 176 $66,600
Health & Physical Education 35 NA
Communication & Media Studies 26 $33,200
General Psychology 21 NA
Public Health 20 NA
Social Work 18 NA
Cognitive Science 16 NA
Nutrition Science 16 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 NA
Political Science & Government 13 NA

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

Online Learning at Simmons

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 2018-2019, 3,591 students took at least one online class at Simmons University. This is an increase from the 3,139 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,591 3,008
2017-2018 3,139 2,567
2016-2017 3,484 2,571
2015-2016 3,359 2,728
2013-2014 995 637

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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