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Simmons University (Kaplan International)



Kaplan International helps international students gain admission to a bachelor’s degree at Simmons University, a liberal arts university. It is a top 135 University in the USA, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 and it offers a women-centered undergraduate education. The U.S. News & World Report also ranked the institution as the 31st Best Value University in the USA.

Simmons is based in central Boston, voted the number one student city in the USA (QS Best Student Cities 2019). Students enjoy a close-knit campus in the heart of this famous city. Simmons’ welcoming and safe environment helps students make the most of their academic life and professional opportunities on graduation.

Education at Simmons combines intellectual leadership and professional preparation. Its curriculum is interdisciplinary and customizable, giving students the opportunity to create their very own ideal educational experience. Students benefit from its small class sizes with an 8:1 student-faculty ratio offering personalized attention.

Through Kaplan, female students can apply for direct admission at the undergraduate level to Simmons University for over 50 majors.

Simmons partners with employers, including over 450 hospitals and clinics. Every Simmons student will have the chance to complete a minimum of one internship, clinical work, fieldwork, research, or similar experience to gain practical knowledge.

Through the Simmons Kaplan Women’s Leadership Scholarship, applicants applying to Simmons through Kaplan can avail a 50 percent tuition scholarship on gaining admission to their bachelor’s degree. This is a scholarship that students can renew every year for the duration of four years of study, meaning it is worth USD 80,000+ in total.

On graduation, students will join an alumni network that offers great connections for employment opportunities.

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What's new

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Ninth president of Simmons University

In 2020, Simmons University announced it had appointed its next president. Lynn Perry Wooten took up the role in July, becoming the institution’s first African American president.

Wooten was previously a business school dean at the Ivy League institution, Cornell University. Her “clear strategic vision and creativity, seasoned leadership experience, strong academic record and collaborative style make her ideally suited to advance our university during this critical period,” said a statement from the Simmons board of trustees.

Start learning remotely

Both Kaplan and Simmons University are supporting international students during the pandemic. They continue to welcome new students and help them reach their academic goals through digital learning.

The university teaches through a remote learning model. Students who can’t yet travel to the U.S. can begin their studies online, and come to campus when it is safe to do so.

Virtual campus

Simmons University has developed an online campus for its undergraduate students. This has been designed around high-quality educational practices and outcomes.

Remote students are provided with extensive support and resources to facilitate learning and group work. There are hundreds of courses held online, which involve plenty of student-faculty interaction.

The virtual environment also includes:

  • Academic advising
  • Student support services
  • Career education
  • Co-curricular activities.
Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Simmons University offers a close, tight-knit community. Classes are small with a student-faculty ratio of 8:1. Simmons professors are leaders in their fields and mentors in the classroom. Students design their own education as the curriculum is interdisciplinary and customizable. The core curriculum prepares women for 21st century career success by helping them practice leadership and put their knowledge and skills into action.

The university partners with many employers, including more than 450 hospitals and clinics. This gives students the chance to apply what they’ve learned in the real world. All undergraduate students complete at least one internship, clinical, research, fieldwork, or similar experience.

Colleges of the Fenway

Those at Simmons also enjoy Colleges of the Fenway membership. The Colleges of the Fenway is a group of five neighboring Boston-based colleges, with a network of 20,000 students and 700 members of faculty.

Simmons students can cross-register for courses at the other colleges at no additional cost. This gives students many more academic choices and opportunities to explore. They also get to experience a larger variety of teaching methods and meet even more people.

Academic criteria for admission

Students need good high school grades equivalent to GPA 3.0. No SAT or ACT is required.

English entry requirements

For a Simmons bachelor’s degree, students need the following minimum English scores:

  • TOEFL 89
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Pearson PTE 60
  • Duolingo DET 105
  • Kaplan International English School – Advanced level.

Conditional admission is offered for students with lower English levels.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Simmons University has been preparing women leaders for over 120 years, making it the ideal place for international students to learn and thrive. Students are encouraged to contribute to discussions and develop the leadership skills that companies seek in potential employees.

During their Simmons degree, 100 percent of undergraduate students complete a real-world experience such as a:

  • Clinical
  • Internship
  • Research project
  • Fieldwork project

This results in 91 percent of graduates finding employment, or continuing their studies, within six months after graduating.

Simmons has a long history of partnering with employers, including over 450 clinics and hospitals. Simmons graduates have gone on to work for many businesses and organizations, including:

• Amazon

• Dell / EMC

• Fidelity Investments

• Hub Spot

• Massachusetts General Hospital

• Procter & Gamble

• Trip Advisor

• Walt Disney World.

Facts about Women’s Colleges

81 percent of women’s college graduates feel that they are ready for their first job, compared to 65 percent of women from public universities. 81 percent of graduates from women’s colleges or universities continue on to earn a master’s degree or PhD.

In the U.S. Congress, 20 percent of women studied at a women’s university and 33 percent of the women on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies are graduates of women’s colleges or universities.

Department structure

Department structure

Through Kaplan, international students can apply directly for a bachelor’s degree in four academic colleges at Simmons University. Over 50 majors are available. Popular options include:

  • Accounting, BSBA
  • Business Management, BSBA
  • Communications, BA
  • Data Science and Analytics, BS
  • Health Informatics, BS
  • Information Technology, BS
  • International Relations, BA
  • Nursing, BSN
  • Public Relations and Marketing Communications, BA
  • Web Design and Development, BS.

Students can see the majors on offer from Simmons via Kaplan’s degree finder.

The Colleges of the Fenway offer many more educational opportunities. As well as Simmons, the members are:

  • Emmanuel College (liberal arts and sciences)
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology (technical design and engineering).

Dual degree in engineering with Columbia University

This is a five-year program, during which student spend their first three years at Simmons University in Boston and the final two years at Columbia University in New York City. At the end of the program, students graduate with two STEM bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Science from Simmons and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Columbia.

Student support

Student support

Kaplan provides comprehensive support for students at every step of their university admission journey, from before they have even applied to study at Simmons.

Friendly advisers give students all the knowledge they need to make an informed choice of major, and help them understand what to expect from living and studying in Boston.

Students will also be given comprehensive support throughout the application process, including ensuring they have all the necessary documents, and checking specific requirements of their chosen program.

Once Kaplan sends an application, Simmons University will make an admission decision within seven working days, and then students can secure their place by paying a deposit if they have an unconditional offer.

Students receive continued support as they apply for a visa, book campus housing, and make their plans to travel to the U.S.

Kaplan staff understand that studying abroad is a big step to take, and many have had experience of studying and working abroad. When students apply with Kaplan, they will benefit from expert advice and guidance on their path to a university degree.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Simmons Kaplan Women’s Leadership Scholarship

This award provides a special opportunity for future women leaders from all over the world. It’s a 50 percent undergraduate tuition discount, worth more than USD 80,000+ over four years.

Female students who apply through Kaplan have the opportunity to apply for the scholarship at the same time as a bachelor’s degree at Simmons University. It can be renewed every year for four years.

The university looks for high-achieving international students who demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Leadership
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Community involvement
  • Open-mindedness
  • Passion and determination

Prospective students are invited to write an essay or record a video where they discuss their interests in women’s leadership. They must send this when they apply to the university through Kaplan.

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