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Rank: 129

Simmons College

Boston, MAwww.simmons.edu
Located in Boston, this private women's college has a strong focus on female empowerment. Every year, it hosts the Simmons Leadership Conference, a nationally known gathering that has drawn such high-profile speakers as Madeleine Albright, Maya Angelou, and Laverne Cox. Simmons has about 1,700 people in its undergraduate programs and more than 4,000 in its graduate programs (which include both men and women). The most popular paths of study are health, social sciences, and business, followed by parks, fitness studies, and communications. The school's Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program, named for the 19th century social activist, focuses on providing an undergraduate college experience to women age 24 and older. Simmons also encourages students to practice social responsibility through over 40 service-learning initiatives and programs, which include partnerships with local schools and hospitals. In 2014, the school announced it was opening admission to anyone who self-identifies as a woman, regardless of biological sex.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$60,800
% of students who get any grants
93%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,700
Average price for low-income students
$23,250
admissions
Acceptance rate
60%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1220/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,708
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
76%
% of students who get merit* grants
20%
Average merit grant
$19,131
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$25,000
Average salary within 3 years
$52,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
41%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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