Simmons College

Boston, MA 02115

Simmons College is a private college in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established in 1899 as a liberal arts college for women. The undergraduate programs remain centered on women. However, the graduate programs are co-ed. The college has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios. For every faculty member, there are just seven students. This gives students more one-on-one time with their instructors. Despite being a women’s college foremost, Simmons College has always been very inclusive. In 1914, the first African-American student graduated from Simmons College. In 2014, the college released an explicit policy accepting transgender students. In 2018, Simmons College decided to rename itself Simmons University, after restructuring the organization of the school.

Simmons College School of Nursing offers a wide range of nursing programs, including the traditional BSN program, and LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN, RN to MSN, accelerated MSN, DNP, and PhD programs, all of which are accredited by the CCNE. The school has close working relationships with several area teaching hospitals and research facilities, including the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Students receive clinical experience working at these locations and through simulated training at a simulation lab. Students choosing to apply to the MSN program may choose between an on-campus program and an online-only program. 


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio7:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Accelerated MSN
  3. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  4. Doctoral degrees (DNP, PhD)
  5. Accelerated BSN
  6. LPN to BSN
  7. RN to BSN
  8. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 158
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 5
Nursing Administration Master's degree 19
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 260
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 0
Nursing Education Post-master's certificate 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - professional practice 0
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 3

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Simmons College

MCPHS University
0.16 miles away
Emmanuel College
0.2 miles away
Northeastern University
0.57 miles away
Boston University
0.71 miles away
Fisher College
1.72 miles away
Emerson College
1.72 miles away
MGH Institute of Health Professions
3.25 miles away
Boston College
3.65 miles away
Laboure College
5.77 miles away
Curry College
6.85 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1929 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading550 to 650
SAT: Math530 to 610
SAT: Writing530 to 630
ACT Composite24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$20,986
30k to 48k$21,618
48k to 75k$24,712
75k to 110k$28,923
Over 110k$34,856
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,170.00 $1,170.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,142.00 $1,142.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

MARILN Professional Scholarship Award

Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They [...]

Massachusetts Long Term Care Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.

Simmons College - Part-Time Grant

To be eligible for a Massachusetts Part-Time Grant, an applicant must be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year; be a U.S. [...]

Simmons College - One Family Scholarship Program

The program assists heads of households in achieving their academic goals. Recipients of this scholarship receive an integrated network of services through the non-profit organization, One [...]

American Legion-Massachusetts Scholarship

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing
Simmons College
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Boston, MA 02115

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