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Simmons College is getting ready to host two major undergraduate open houses this fall, along with a slew of other admission information sessions, and Woman on Campus Sarah Galvez '15 has the scoop on what visitors can expect when they attend. Watch!

Register now to attend an open house and you'll have the opportunity to talk with current students and professors, and learn more about the application and financial aid process:

Register: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Register: Sunday, November 4, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Continue reading Talk to students, meet professors during Simmons College's Fall Open House.

2011 Commencement

Simmonsness: (n.) - A thirsting desire for knowledge, for a better community, for a better world, for more. A relationship with classmates in which they push each other towards excellence, in and out of the classroom. The seizing of every opportunity, and in more cases than not, the creation of opportunities. - Darcie Guilbert '11

2011 Commencement Student Speaker Darcie Guilbert began her address by sharing her first Simmons memory. At 17 years old, on her way to a Simmons College campus tour she told her parents:

"I am not going to an all-women's college, so why are we wasting time even looking!?"

Continue reading I am not going to a women's college.


On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Simmons students (especially undeclared sophomores!) have a chance to discover what each of our academic departments has to offer, including majors and minors; career opportunities; internships; student and faculty liaisons; and course listings. The event, A Major Shopping Trip, will be held from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the Fens Cafeteria.

Some of Simmons' most popular undergraduate majors include Nursing, Communications, and Psychology. However, we have more than 40 majors, minors, and programs to choose from, such as Health Informatics, Africana Studies, and Environmental Science, to name a few. Members from all programs will be available at Wednesday's fair to answer questions and provide resources.

If you're a student trying to choose a major or a staff member interested in learning more about Simmons' academic programs, the fair is a great opportunity to "shop" through our programs. After all, who doesn't love options?

Photo by David Colantuono

Did you know that our undergraduate admission counselors spend the majority of the fall traveling to college fairs across the U.S.? It's one of the best ways for them to meet with high school students who may be interested in attending Simmons.

Admission Counselor Kathy Strand recently was spotted talking to prospective students at the 46th All-Cape College Fair in Barnstable, Mass. The fair was held at Barnstable High School, where students and their families had the opportunity to meet with more than 200 colleges and universities, including Simmons. Mary Bellamy, college counselor at Cape Cod Academy and chairwoman of the fair said:

"[The college fair] allows [students] to make a personal contact with an admissions representative who may handle their application. It allows them to ask any questions they have about the process to the representative of that college."

Simmons counselors make it a priority to attend as many college fairs as possible so that everyone has an opportunity to learn more about Simmons. Check out our events map to see where they'll be next!

Read more from "The College Application Game".

Wondering what a Simmons athletic career could offer you? How about a chance to play a competitive sport for four years, while still having the opportunity to achieve everything you want to academically?

Simmons athletes are looked up to on campus. Being an all women's college means female sports teams don't have to take a back seat to men's athletics, as is with most colleges and universities. There is a certain camaraderie that comes with being a Shark. Each team is committed to supporting their fellow athletes during games, matches, and meets.

Continue reading See what it's like to be a Simmons Shark.

Samantha Schenk '12
Hometown: Windham, NH

Major: Secondary Education and English

Activities: Academic Affairs Officer for the Student Government Association, Orientation Chair, Admission volunteer

I'd been seeing Sam everywhere. I first spoke with her back in June when I was helping Student Life set up a mobile scavenger hunt for their Summer Orientation. Then, I saw her judging Simmons' Top Chef competition - before classes had even started. (I found out she's from a family of foodies!) She appears in the Move-in Day video and she said a few words during the Making Education Work campaign celebration. She was out representing the student body and I definitely took notice.

When we look for women who exemplify a Simmons student, Sam's name always comes up. I recently met with Sam to find out more about her Simmons experience. I learned that she's a double major, she loves working with other students, and she thinks some of the best things about the College are her fellow students and our resources. She's also the Student Speaker at our November Open House!

I've noticed you keep a busy schedule. How is it preparing you for life after college?

Sam: When I first came to Simmons I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to be a teacher. But, after getting involved with the Scott/Ross Center, hall council, SGA, and as orientation chair, I've really grown to love working with students. I think that's a career I could pursue in the future. In general, I find it's really great working with people and being able to provide them with the resources they need.

Continue reading Meet Sam '12, academic affairs officer.


Isis Espinosa '13
Hometown: Richmond, California
Class: 2013
Major: Undecided (but considering communications and English)
Activities: Social Chair of Organization de Latino America; volunteer tutor for second and third graders

Isis '13 comes to Simmons all the way from sunny California. We wondered what it's like to attend college 3,000 miles away from home, so we sat down with Isis to find out more.


You grew up in California (a six hour flight from Boston!) What's it like being so far away from your friends and family?

Isis: I think it's an adventure! Sometimes it can be difficult missing the breakfast that your mom or dad would cook every Sunday morning, but at the same time it's fun to know that your parents aren't waiting for you at the door when you come home late. I do miss them a lot, but I use Skype to stay in touch; it's become my favorite piece of technology. Being so far away from home can be hard, but every time I come home for the holidays, I feel like I accomplished something and that's a rewarding feeling.

Do you ever get homesick?

Isis: Being involved in activities is such a big distraction from being homesick. Boston has so many things going on, it's almost impossible to be bored in this city. Last year, I had nothing to do for Spring Break, so I went to the Scott/Ross Center and they helped connect me with a community service project for that week. It turned out to be an amazing experience.

Why did you choose to attend Simmons?

Continue reading Meet Isis from California.

It's that time of year when high school seniors are confronted with making the big college decision. Where you decide to go to college will undoubtedly help shape the rest of your life. A few friends you make during these four years may even end up in your wedding party. I met my current roommate the second week of my freshmen year. It's a huge decision!

There are 4,362 colleges, universities and junior colleges in the United States. How on earth do you narrow that down to one? Maybe your method is to narrow down the list based on location and size. Do you want a huge school where you're one of 36,000 students? Or a small school with individualized attention and small class sizes? Of course, there are pros and cons to both.

Continue reading Attend an open house.

This Sunday, we are holding our first open house of the academic school year. Not only is this an opportunity for interested students to come visit the school, but to also visit the city of Boston!

Did you know there are more than 250,000 students attending college in Boston? That means more than 250,000 young men and women realized Boston was the place to be during the best four years of their life.

There is so much to do in this city. Whether you're into theatre, history, art, or just want to be able to go out on the town with friends. Think about it this way: This city was BUILT for your college experience.

I spoke with Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission Alexandra Krol and she told me:

"Boston truly is America's college town. So many college students make this place constantly bustling. You can't walk two feet without running into another college student from another school, who's from a completely different town, studying a different major, focusing on a different social activity. And that makes your world here in Boston and at Simmons so much bigger."

Continue reading America's college town.


Disclaimer: Science was my least favorite subject in high school. I liked earth science OK, but chemistry and biology? Forget about it. Don't even talk to me about physics.

For as long as I can remember, I gravitated toward English, history, and art. Although it never occurred to me that one day I could be a web editor (did we even exist back then?), I definitely knew that I favored the right side of my brain, which ultimately led me to major in photojournalism. Needless to say, being a doctor or a nurse never once crossed my mind. Never! However, I have many friends who have pursued a career in medicine, and nursing is Simmons' most popular major, so I met with Professor Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D. to find out more.

Continue reading So, you want to be a nurse.

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I just got word from the admission office that they're packing their bags and hitting the road! Every fall, the admission counselors travel the country to speak directly with high school students about the amazing opportunities Simmons has to offer. So, if you have any questions you've been dying to have answered (for example, "what's it really like to live in Boston?") or know of a student who would benefit from meeting with a counselor, now is the time.

To follow their journey, click on the map above. You never know where they might show up next!

While making my morning rounds, I came across an article posted on Twitter by My College Guide: To be or not to be: The college interview.

If you're debating on whether or not to schedule a college interview, this article does a great job at convincing you to do so.  It says:

"The college interview process, though often optional,  is a great way for you to get your questions answered, put a face to a name, and explain any bumps in your high school record face to face.  We've mentioned before that students who vocalize their desire to attend a particular college increase their college admittance odds - what better way than during a college interview?"

Is that true, I wondered?  Would it really increase your chances of being accepted if you came in for an interview?  To find out, I talked with a few of the admissions counselors to see what they recommend.  I asked:  If I apply to Simmons, would it help me if I went in for an interview?

Their answer?  DEFINITELY!

Continue reading Should you interview for college?.

It's February now, and that means the college is back into full swing. Spring semester is well underway (although, it's hardly Spring out there... Brrrrrr!) and since all your applications are finally in, the admissions counselors are extremely busy accepting the Class of 2014.

Hopefully you sent all your materials in. The deadline was last Monday!

But, for those of us who are procrastinators, I have great news.

This time of year is busy for everyone, not just for the Simmons community. So... the deadline is extended to March 1, 2010!

Why is this so great? Because there's still time to apply to college.

Continue reading It's never too late.

Click here to watch an interesting video about whether or not the amount of contact you have with an admissions office affects their decision to admit you.

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As mentioned in the video, every school looks at this differently. So, I spoke directly with the counselors here to find out what they think.

Their response was unanimous: We want to hear from you!  Often!

The counselors love one-on-one time with every single student who applies.  It's not always about grades, or test scores, but more importantly it's about you, as an individual.  The more counselors know about you, the whole you, the better - it's the best way to determine if you're a good fit.

Continue reading Give us a holler.

As I mentioned in my last post, big envelopes (or those icky small ones) from college's are starting to arrive - especially if you've applied early decision. This is the time of year when mail carriers across the country are being stalked daily while students rush home after school to be the first to grab the mail. Most of you are waiting on that one fat envelope from your top choice, but of course, are only receiving responses from your 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th choice schools.

Oh, the agony!

But don't let that discourage you. There's a lot to be said for being accepted to any college - even your so-called safety.

So, since no one likes to wait around, here are a couple things you can do before your letter finally comes:

Continue reading Playing the waiting game.


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