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Reviews 709 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Academics: It's so hard to coordinate classes that are required with your major with classes that fill other academic requirements (e.g. math). It's even worst because fun classes almost always interfere with mandatory classes and so the semester can either be awesome or hell. As for the professors, work load and curriculum, that is all up to the people upstairs.

3 College Junior

Academics: Workload feels like you're carrying the world on your shoulders. Professors are nice.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are many food joints near by and there is an art museum right down the street. Also, the grocery store in just down the street as well so buying food is convenient.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The first time was stressful and I had no idea about the kind of tax form and there were many questions where I had to look up the meaning of. I didn't know a lot about my mom's tax so it was difficult. After that, I was given an option to transfer most of the answers from last year to this year and all I had to do was put in the income.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: My school has the best campus security and I couldn't ask for any better. The officers are always patrolling and there are cameras everywhere. After 11pm, all gates are locked and the only way in and out is through the campus security room. I have never heard of any assaults on my campus and feel extremely safe no matter what time it is.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Simmons College is a private woman's college and has less that 2,000 students. Therefore, class sizes are smaller and more intimate, making for a better learning environment.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Master's of Nursing program I am in is small. We have access to amazing clinical sites at some of the best hospitals in the city and country.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We're located right in the middle of the city and near the finest hospitals. We are surrounded by other colleges, so there's always something cool happening somewhere.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Simmons College does not have sororities, so I can't write a review.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Simmons College is a very progressive place. However, we are still expected to follow the rules.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A short trip on the T will take you to an endless variety of dining options! Campus and off-campus has some variety as well.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Simmons College has a nice small, compact campus. Therefore, it's easy to get around.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: We're only a couple blocks away from one of Boston's best bar streets, Boylston Street!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: For undergrad I did not receive financial aid, however for graduate school I am desperate need since I want to become a social worker I am afraid to take out many student loans. Hopefully I will be able to say "It went smoothly and I received the financial aid I needed"

5 College Junior

Facilities: The undergraduate campus I went to was gorgeous - everything was perfect.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Auburn is the best campus in the US. There is so much tradition, not to mention gorgeous buildings and a huge football stadium.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As an undergraduate I felt safe on campus and I know there were counseling centers if any problem arose along with student organizations fighting for a safer and better camps

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I had a good undergraduate experience with off campus housing. It was expensive but it was worth it since I didn't have a car and wanted the freedom of off campus with the closeness of class.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unfortunately, I am not as well versed in the bar/club scene or underage activities. The area around the Landmark Center does offer several choices for nightlife: Jillian's/Lucky Strikes, the Baseball Tavern, the Yard House, the Publick House and Church (on Kilmarnock St.) are a few places that I know the older students frequent. Best chance for transport include walking or bus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love our public safety team. Though there has been a high turn-over rate, the officers make themselves visible in daily rounds on both campuses. Response to emergency and non-emergency calls are handled quickly and effectively.

They have responded to at leas two emergency calls regarding students having seizures and they have responded in less than 5 minutes. The chief officer sends out campus wide notifications (through e-mail and text) regarding any robberies, unsafe situations (between strangers and students) and security measures set in place for Red Sox games or other instances (such as last year's bombing).

College Sophomore

Athletics: As a student not directly involved with athletics I cannot provide an adequate review of our sports and athletic facilities.In personal experience, non-athletes do not hear much about campus sports unless they actively seek information on the topic.

I will offer for the non-sports inclined that the Holmes Center does offer free classes (yoga, Zumba and sometimes Bollywood dancing).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In the typical undergraduate fashion, the lottery system generally improves as one rises in status. First years are usually placed in Simmons, Mesick and Dix halls with seniors aiming for Evans, Smith or Arnold. depending on the dorm, students may have their own bathrooms and/or common rooms within the upperclass student housing.

Graduate students applying after Fall 2013 are not guaranteed on-campus housing, and those who do have the choice can choose between South and North halls, located on either side of Bartol dining hall. These dome are older and have not been recently renovated (no elevators and limited handicap accessibility), but they do provide a general separation between graduate and undergraduate students.

Housing selection times change per year. Undergraduate housing can take at least 2 hours at earliest recollection, as it caters to at least 300 students. At graduate housing selection this year there were 15 of us and the process lasted less than a half hour. In both cases, students must choose a list of rooms they desire (first picks usually don't work out for undergrads) and when called tell the proctor. H/Sh/Ze then calls out the hall and number and trays out the area. The student(s) is/are then moved to a side table for confirmation and to the back of the room to check out.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: As a bor and bread Bostonian, it's hard not to say everything I love about the city. Simmons is separated enough that it has a small school feel within the big city. We are located within walking distance of Fenway Park, and the MFA and T-Rides away from the Boston Public Library (main branch at Copley), the Aquarium in addition to the Museum of Science. Newbury Street is extremely popular with college students, locals and tourists alike. Harvard Square and Cambridge are also high points of exploration. Boston thrives when school is in session, but appreciates the quieter summer months as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Near the Landmark Center, Shaws and the Longwood area offer various options for off campus dining. Most popular spots include Panera Bread or Chipotle, which deliver to the dorms or academic campus. Coupon books and FenwayCard discounts are advertised through e-mail or in the dorms.

Other options include : Boloco, Basho (more expensive), D'Angelos, Bertuccis, the Longwood cafeteria. I suggest exploring the area on one's own and discovering personal preferences.

Take out includes: Dominos, Chinese, Thai and sometimes Indian cuisines.


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Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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It is the mix of extracurriculars, academics, environment, and nurturing that leads Simmons women to enjoy their experience. The surprising amount of transfers into the College supports the claims of students. Students who have survived their first year, with all its ups and downs and acclimations, seem to be happy with their decision. Dix Scholars, the older undergraduates on campus, are welcomed just as much as students coming into school at the traditional age. Community is valued, and the support benefits all undergraduates. Close-knit relationships with faculty and instructors catapult students into their professions and evoke tears when it comes time to graduate and say good-bye.

Being in Boston provides professional opportunities for its students when it comes to picking internships and finding jobs after graduation. The urban environment fills a social gap that the absence of Greek life or men on campus could create. The winters pose a challenge to out-of-state students not used to the area’s rough and extremely cold Nor’easters. The weather is not the only environmental challenge. Though the all-women’s environment often takes getting used to, students are generally happy about their decision and excited by the chances of involvement and leadership that not being in a coeducational situation provides. Students at neighboring institutions often share horror stories about being just a number in their school’s eyes—this can’t be said about Simmons. This is not your typical college experience. Students come here to study and experiment with their identity, growing socially and academically. Simmons students don’t just come to school to party, but to become women.

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