Simmons College of Kentucky
UNCF Member Institution
Transformation Partner since 2022
Motto: “No Reward Without Effort”
Simmons College of Kentucky is a private historically Black college in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1879, Simmons College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Because there was no place in the state for Black people to obtain a college education, members of the Convention of Colored Baptist Churches in Kentucky soon began discussing the need to create a school for the training of negroes, many of whom were one generation removed from slavery. Having first considered Frankfort as the home to the school, members of the Convention instead decided to locate what was then known as the Kentucky Normal Theological Institute in Louisville.
Facilitated through the Institute for Capacity Building, Simmons College is now a participant in New Skills at Work, an effort designed to help institutions increase student completion of high-quality career pathways and scale operational models to improve overall student success.