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Simmons University

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 Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou and Laverne Cox. In 2014, the school announced it was opening admission to anyone who self-identifies as a woman, regardless of biological sex. Simmons has about 1,700 students in its undergraduate programs and roughly 4,500 in its graduate programs. (Undergrad is just women, but the graduate programs are open to all). The school has a student to faculty ratio of 8:1, and offers over 60 majors and programs. Health programs dominate at the undergrad level: Nursing is the most popular program by a longshot, though exercise science, nutrition and biology also draw students. The school's Dorothea Lynde Dix Scholars program, named for the 19th century social activist, focuses on providing an undergraduate college experience to women aged 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.


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4.1 years
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% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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