Simmons University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Simmons University

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Simmons University is a private women's undergraduate university with an acceptance rate of 70%. Located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Simmons College became Simmons University in 2018. The university is organized into four colleges: The Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities; The College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences; The College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, and The College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice.

Considering applying to Simmons University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Simmons University had an acceptance rate of 70%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 70 students were admitted, making Simmons' admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 3,444
Percent Admitted 70%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Simmons requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 660
Math 550 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Simmons' admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Simmons scored between 580 and 660, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1300 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Simmons.

Requirements

Simmons does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Simmons participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Simmons requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 20% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 33
Math 23 27
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Simmons' admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Simmons University received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Simmons does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Simmons superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average unweighted GPA of Simmons University's incoming freshmen class was 3.43. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Simmons have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Simmons University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Simmons University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Simmons University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Simmons University, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Simmons also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Simmons strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Simmons' average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most students who got into Simmons had high school averages of B+ or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better.

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