Simmons College, established in 1899, is a private women's undergraduate college and private co-educational graduate school in Boston, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.
Simmons was founded in 1899 with a bequest by John Simmons, a wealthy clothing manufacturer in Boston. Simmons founded the college based on the belief that women ought to live independently by offering a Liberal Arts education for undergraduate women to integrate into professional work experience. Simmons is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which also includes Emmanuel College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Simmons absorbed Garland Junior College in 1976. Simmons produced its first African American graduate in 1914. Furthermore, Simmons was one of the only private colleges to not impose admission quotas on Jewish students for the first half of the 1900s. The undergraduate program is exclusive to women, with approximately 1800 students enrolled in the 2012-2013 academic year. The graduate schools (Library and Information Science, Social Work, Health Sciences, Business Management, and an Arts and Sciences program that provides degrees in Education, Communications Management, Gender and Cultural Studies and Liberal Arts) are coed, and have about 3,000 students. The school's MBA program is the first in the world designed specifically for women.
To provide transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose.
Denise Di Novi (born 1956), film producer Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee (1898-1980), class of 1920, African-American physician and activist David S. Ferriero (born 1949) Tenth Archivist of the United States Nnenna Freelon (born 1954), jazz singer Gwen Ifill (born 1955), journalist, television newscaster and author Louise Andrews Kent (1886ï¿½1969), author Gail Levin, class of 1969, art historian Elinor Lipman (born 1950), novelist Bertha Mahony (1882-1969), founder of The Horn Book Magazine Barbara Margolis (1929ï¿½2009), prisoners' rights advocate who served as the official greeter of New York City. Eleanor Milleville (1922ï¿½1991), American sculptor Bertha Reynolds (born 1914), American social worker Srinagarindra (1900ï¿½1995), Princess Mother of Thailand Suzyn Waldman, color commentator for the New York Yankees Allyson Schwartz, class of 1970, U.S. Representative Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district 2004- Ann M. Fudge, businesswoman, former CEO of Young & Rubicam Anne Williams Wheaton, class of 1912, publicist and first White House Associate Press Secretary Esther M. Wilkins (born 1916), class of 1938, pioneer in the field of dental hygiene, teacher, and author of "Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist"