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 LocaleLarge City|
|Number of Students6,283|
|Student to Faculty Ratio8:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||0||2|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1130 to 1310|
|ACT||24 to 29|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program 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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$1,200/credit|
|In State Students||$1,200/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,200/credit|
|In District Students||$1,166/credit|
|In State Students||$1,166/credit|
|Out of State Students||$1,166/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Simmons College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||27%||$1,187|
|State Grant & Scholarships||12%||$1,639|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||100%||$24,911|
|Federal Student Loans||69%||$5,448|
$29,690Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$23,252|
|$30,001 to $48,000$21,030|
|$48,001 to $75,000$25,367|
|$75,001 to $110,000$27,856|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.