Founding: Conceived in 1865 by the Kentucky State Convention of Colored Baptist Churches Began serving former enslaved African Americans in 1879
Main Campus: 1018 South 7th Street Louisville, Kentucky 40203
President: Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby – 2005-present
Motto: “Students First”
Mission: Simmons College of Kentucky is dedicated to educating people in the urban context through strong academic and professional programs that help them become productive citizens and agents of change in society.
School Colors: Burgundy and Gold
Religious Affiliation: Baptist – Religious partners: General Association of Baptists in Kentucky, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International and National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education
Degrees: Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees
Tuition and Fees: $5310 Annually + Applicable Fees
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9-1 Student/Faculty Ratio
Unique History: Designated as the 107th Historically Black College (HBCU) by the U.S. Department of Education on April 13, 2015 (unprecedented accomplishment)
Only private HBCU in the state of Kentucky
Campus established on four acres in 1879
Renamed Simmons University in 1918
Educational prosperity curtailed by the Great Depression, campus lost in 1930
Moved to smaller campus in 1935
Decline continued through the 1950s resulting in change in operations to become Simmons Bible College with a theology focus
Only HBCU to have lost its campus and return from the dust to its original campus with a mission to build a 21st Century institution!
Embraces entrepreneurial education
Today, an institution on the move!