About Simmons University


Located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, Simmons University encompasses the many benefits of a small university. Named a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes, Simmons has earned a reputation for providing a pioneering undergraduate liberal arts education integrated with professional work experience as well as renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, business, education, liberal arts, social work, and library and information science.


The mission of Simmons University is to provide transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose.

For more than 100 years, Simmons has put the needs of our students first. Through an education that combines intellectual leadership with professional preparation, we help students lead meaningful lives and build successful careers for the 21st century. The University's commitment can be seen in our state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning, living, and working at Simmons, as well as through our exceptional faculty and staff.

With today’s dynamic community of more than 4,500 students, Simmons continues to move forward. Our commitment to the success of our students guides our vision and is clear in our values.


Simmons will become a beacon of leadership in the world of higher education; a resource to our nation and world; known for our expertise in fields which improve the human condition; sought out for the findings of our highly reputable research and seen as the global expert in educating women for their own empowerment and for leadership.

Core Values

  • We are at our best when students are first.
  • We prepare students for life’s work.
  • We cross boundaries to create opportunities.
  • We make a collective investment in community.

Simmons Leadership

The president and provost of Simmons University lead our commitment to student success and embody our mission and values.

Helen Drinan

Helen G. Drinan, President

Helen G. Drinan has served as president of Simmons University in Boston since 2008. Under her leadership, the University has completed the largest fundraising campaign in its history ($100 million), welcomed the two largest freshman classes in its history, reconfigured its undergraduate curriculum around leadership development, launched 12 world-class online graduate degree programs, and has cemented its status as a premier institution for women scholars. Read more about President Drinan.

Katie Conboy

Katie Conboy, Provost and Senior Vice President

Provost Katie Conboy brings more than 25 years of academic, administrative, and professional accomplishments to Simmons. Provost Conboy started her career as assistant professor of English at Stonehill College and emerged early as a faculty leader, serving twice as moderator of the faculty assembly. Shortly after her promotion to full professor, Provost Conboy was tapped as acting vice president and dean at Stonehill, and she continued in the chief academic officer role for 13 years, becoming vice president for academic affairs in 2001 and provost in 2008. Read more about Provost Conboy.

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