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Simmons University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Simmons University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Simmons University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Simmons University was awarded 16 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Simmons is ranked #257 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Simmons held the #271 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 70 colleges in Massachusetts, Simmons is ranked at #24.

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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

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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 82%. 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  82 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 67%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  67 out of 100

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

Simmons University Is Not Very Diverse

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,739 undergraduates at Simmons with 1,553 being full-time and 186 being part-time.

Simmons Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 13.73 out of 100, Simmons is one of the least diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  13.73 out of 100
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How Much Does Simmons University Cost?

The overall average net price of Simmons is $28,308. 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 +
$23,252 $21,030 $25,367 $27,856 $34,427

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Simmons, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $8,217 a year. That adds up to $32,868 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Simmons is 1.9%. 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. That's great news for Simmons students since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Simmons University make the most money.

Location of Simmons University

Simmons University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Simmons University

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 53 majors graduated from Simmons University. Of these students, 452 received undergraduate degrees and 1,961 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 133 $66,600
Health & Physical Education 27 NA
General Psychology 19 NA
Public Health 19 NA
Communication & Media Studies 18 $33,200
Economics 18 NA
Nutrition Science 16 NA
Political Science & Government 15 NA
Sociology 14 NA
General Biology 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 learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 3,139 students took at least one online class at Simmons University. This is a decrease from the 3,484 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,139 2,567
2016-2017 3,484 2,571
2015-2016 3,359 2,728
2014-2015 2,308 1,536
2013-2014 995 637

Learn more about online learning at Simmons University.

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