Student Resources

At Simmons, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our community. Each student brings a unique perspective that helps enrich our campus. We celebrate each other’s successes, learn from each other’s experiences, and support one another through challenging times.

We offer many resources to help students succeed. These include:

Academic Advising and Support

The Office of Academic Advising & Support (OAAS) serves all undergraduate students who have questions about academic advising. We are primarily responsible for advising incoming and first-year students and continue to be a resource throughout your academic career.

All first-year students are assigned to a professional advisor in OAAS or the Honors program based on their intended major or track.

At the end of the student's first year they will likely be transitioned to a faculty advisor in their intended major(s).

We are also responsible for:

  • Coordinating the Academic Warning process
  • Managing assignment and shifting of faculty advisors
  • Registering all incoming students for the Fall & Spring semesters
  • Representing the office at Admissions events
  • Creating student programming around the advising process

Learn more.

Bias Response

Simmons is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual’s community experience. Our values, vision and mission mandate that we strive to create an environment that is free from bias, prejudice, discrimination and hurtful/hateful acts that can prevent each member from thriving in the Simmons community. Learn more about our Bias Response Protocol and the process for reporting a bias incident or concern. 


Simmons University has its own Bookstore located on lower level off of the Fens Lobby in the MCB. In addition to all course related books and materials, the Bookstore carries a wide variety of merchandise and offers many services. Pen out of ink? Office supplies can be purchased and charged to your office's budget number. Hankering for an afternoon snack? The Bookstore carries a variety of candies and snacks that should hit the spot!

Visit the Simmons Bookstore Online or on Facebook.

All of these services are available online:

  • Online Textbook Adoptions
  • Special Orders
  • Research Textbooks by Field and Ranking
  • Sample Textbook Chapters
  • Request Desk Copies
  • Order Simmons Merchandise
Career Development

We offer specialized career services for every step in your search. From exploring industries that match your interests, to polishing your resume, to finding the right internship or job, we have you covered. 

Our resources include:

Or, find information specifically for:

Commuter Services

Even though you aren't always on campus, commuter students are a vital part of the Simmons community and we strive to make it easy to stay connected to everything going on at Simmons through students groups, electronic communication, and special facilities reserved for commuters to make your life a little easier. Learn more.

Counseling Center

The Simmons Counseling Center, located on the third floor of the Palace Road Building (P305), provides confidential mental health services, including evaluations, referrals to outpatient providers, short and longer-term counseling, and wellness programming for undergraduate and graduate students. Counseling can help address a range of life challenges and difficulties. To make an appointment to speak with one of our counselors, please stop by our office between 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday.

Find out more on the Counseling Center site


Simmons offers a variety of dining options and meal plans for students. There are full-service dining halls and cafes on both the residence and the academic campuses, and students can choose from several full-service meal plans, point meal plans, or a la carte cash options.

Accessibility Services

The Simmons community is committed to supporting all our students—including those with disabilities—by providing support and accommodations ranging from accessible housing to academic support to services advising. The Accessibility Services office is here to help you thrive while you're here at Simmons.

Visit the Accessibility Services website

Health Center

The Health Center, located on the Simmons Residence Campus, offers routine and urgent appointments, as well as after-hours health care to Simmons undergraduate and graduate students. Services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day during the academic year either at the Center, or when the Center is closed, by telephone contact with the provider on call.

Visit the Health Center site

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Simmons fosters motivated students who explore the complexity of today's world and their place in it. This four-year academic program is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience of students in all majors. Its goal is to encourage depth in the departmental discipline of choice, and to enhance this knowledge through interdisciplinary studies in the liberal arts. Learn more.

International Student Advising

We help international students with everything from paperwork and the VISA process to adjusting to Simmons and Boston. Learn more.

Library Services

The Simmons Library fully supports the educational needs of all members of the Simmons Community — students, faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and guests.

Housed in Lefavour Hall on Simmons' main campus, the Library offers a comfortable and productive environment for learning, including an array of group study rooms, meeting rooms, event spaces, and quiet study areas.

The Library's collections of print and electronic books, journals, and other media, have been developed to enhance the curriculum, and library staff are available to assist users with accessing and using these resources. The Simmons University Archives is located in the Library and houses a collection of University records, publications, manuscripts, photographs, and rare books that document the history of Simmons University.

Public Safety

All members of the Simmons University community should take an active role in their own safety and security, both on and off campus. On campus, the University's Department of Public Safety coordinates security and safety measures for the Simmons community. Learn more.


Note: When you need the help immediately, please use the emergency line. 

Dispatch Center
Palace Road Building
One Palace Road
Boston MA 02215

Emergency Line
617-521-1111 or Extension 1111 

Business Line
617-521-1112 or Extension 1112 

Administrative Office
Suite P-106
One Palace Road
Boston, MA 02215


The  Registrar's Office provides seamless service in support of teaching and learning for our students, faculty and staff. Our team publishes the schedule of classes, the examination schedule, registration dates, and is responsible for degree audit and graduation audits. Learn more

Research and Sponsored Programs

Limited funds are available to support the conference travel and research endeavors of both undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more.

Residence Life

Residence Life is responsible for all aspects of campus living, including housing assignments and room changes, advisement of hall councils, coordination of ongoing educational and social events, the Residence Campus Conduct Board, summer housing, and providing general assistance to resident students. We're committed to working with students to build a safe and supportive community where residents are valued, respected, and celebrated for their diverse backgrounds. Learn more

Resources for Students with Children

The Office of Student Affairs maintains a list of external childcare and family resources.

Spiritual Life

The Office of Spiritual Life (OSL)  works to facilitate the spiritual development and meet the spiritual needs of students. We coordinate activities to promote development and leadership skills in Simmons students, and we encourage their spiritual development. We help students connect to the larger community of their neighborhoods in the city by organizing opportunities for students to serve people in need through community service. We support students on an individual basis by providing referrals to local houses of worship and offering spiritual directing. The Office of Spiritual Life creates opportunities for inter-faith, inter-cultural programming, and dialogue for the entire Simmons community. Learn more.

Student Activities and Organizations

Simmons students are serious about keeping active and getting involved. With our wide variety of student groups on campus, there's something for everyone. Learn more.

Student Financial Services

Simmons prides itself on making its educational opportunities available to as many capable, promising students as possible and welcomes applications from students who cannot meet their educational expenses at the College without assistance. The staff in the Office of Student Financial Services strives to assist students that demonstrate financial need by providing institutional, federal, and state grants; loans; and work opportunities. The staff is committed to assisting students through the process and counseling students and their parents about financial options.

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Technology Support

Technology at Simmons offers a wide variety of support services, including campus-wide wireless Internet access, phone and email support from the Help Desk, training through the Pottruck Technology Resource Center (PTRC), guidelines on buying a computer for school, and free anti-virus software. In addition, they support all technology on campus, including printers, express web stations where you can surf the internet or check your email, free campus-wide wireless, and a variety of online services, among others. Every student is provided with a Simmons email account, remote file storage which can be accessed from anywhere, and space to create a personal website. You can learn more on the Technology website or you can check out the page made for students.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center helps students become independent and successful learners. We provide course content tutors in many disciplines (e.g., math, biology, chemistry, art history, modern languages) as well as specialists in study skills and time management. Learn more.

Violence Prevention and Education

The Simmons University Violence Prevention and Educational Outreach Program works to educate and spread awareness around forms of gender-based violence (e.g. sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking etc.), to prevent the occurrence of violence on our campus or impacting our community, familiarizing community members with Simmons policy and protocol to address and respond to these issues if they arise, and to support and advocate for student survivors of violence.

Learn more

Writing Center

The Writing Center fosters academic excellence by providing resources and support to graduate and undergraduate students. We offer one-on-one tutoring, workshops and presentations designed to strengthen students' academic reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills. The Center works with faculty across schools and programs to address students' academic and discipline-specific writing needs. Learn more