Simmons College

Boston, MA 02115
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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. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students6,283
Student to Faculty Ratio8:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate82%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 1
Master's degree 37 362
Post-master's certificate 3 13
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 2
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.1%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1130 to 1310
ACT24 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

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).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $54

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,200/credit
In State Students$1,200/credit
Out of State Students$1,200/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,166/credit
In State Students$1,166/credit
Out of State Students$1,166/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $54,000 $54,000 $54,000
ADN 70 $84,000 $84,000 $84,000
BSN 125 $150,000 $150,000 $150,000
FNP 50 $58,300 $58,300 $58,300
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 28% $4,437
Other Federal Grant 27% $1,187
State Grant & Scholarships 12% $1,639
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $24,911
Federal Student Loans 69% $5,448
Private Loans 14% $14,689


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$34,427

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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