We Are Simmons University

The new name reflects a forward-looking vision for Simmons’ distinctive mission.

On September 1, Simmons College officially became Simmons University. As announced on May 24, the name change coincides with the launch of the most comprehensive redesign of Simmons’ academic structure in more than 100 years.

Simmons University consists of four new colleges led by four recently appointed deans. True to its founding mission, Simmons continues to offer an undergraduate program for women as well as numerous graduate programs open to all.

“Given the size and scope of our programs, including online graduate programs with national and international reach, ‘university’ is a more accurate description of who we are and where we are going. We’re looking forward to a very exciting future,” said President Helen G. Drinan.

Simmons University’s four colleges are the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities; the College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice; the College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences; and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.

Several of Simmons’ well-known professional schools—including the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work, the School of Library and Information Science, and the School of Business—retain their identities and live within the colleges alongside other existing departments and programs.

“The new Colleges each underscore Simmons’ signature strengths, combining distinct disciplinary preparation with interdisciplinary emphases, inter-professional approaches, and attention to rapidly evolving fields of study and practice,” said Katie Conboy, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President. “Together, the four new Colleges reflect the University’s commitment to a culture of inclusive leadership, social justice, global perspective, and civic engagement.”

In the last several years, Simmons has experienced growing enrollments in its undergraduate program; doubled its graduate enrollments; and launched an international version of its successful women’s leadership conference.

The new academic structure is the result of an intensive two-year process that involved the entire Simmons community in designing a forward-looking organizational structure that honors Simmons’ongoing commitment to women’s undergraduate education and serves the entire student population.