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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: This is only by personal experience. The Financial Aid office works very hard in rewarding everyone what they deserve. They are very accessible.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health & Safety at Simmons is top priority. We have great campus security. All buildings at certain points lock and the only way to get in is with your student ID. If its late out and you find yourself having to walk in the dark, just call security, and they will gladly escort you to your vehicle or across campus. Overall A+

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5 College Junior

Weather: For me I came to Simmons after going to school in NH therefore I find the weather to be delightful. Summers are hot, and winters are gross. Don't expect the school to close though unless its a big storm. Overall though the weather is manageable and all buildings are fairly close together. Though the walk to the dorms is a little longer.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't engage in the sports life at Simmons at all, and don't hear much about it. Since I'm a graduate student I am separate from that whole scene, but I know that a lot of undergrads come to Simmons to participate in sports. From what I know there isn't a lot of exciting teams.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love being a Social Work student. The professors are extremely knowledgable and passionate about what they're teaching. The workload is manageable but also challenging and it feels like I am really being challenged to learn and grow as a person instead of just packing in knowledge. We have great conversations and the readings are things I actually want to do for homework, so it does not feel like a chore.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Simmons is right near a lot of great bars in Fenway, so there is a lot to do. There are a few really great places a 10 minute walk from school, and the school itself is located really close to the T. It's also right next to the two best art museums in Boston. Im not sure if the nightlife would be as good for undergrads, but there is a lot of arts and culture stuff to do around the area.

4 College Junior

Academics: Simmons professors are all very qualified. They work in their fields and are highly educated. They put a lot of time into their lectures and provide the students with the materials needed to be successful. The nursing program is fantastic and I cannot wait to begin clinical.

5 College Junior

Academics: Simmons is a huge nursing school. Most of the students at Simmons are enrolled in nursing. It has great clinical affiliations and the staff within the nursing program are excellent. They not only share great information, but also experience from their own time working as a nurse. The courses and workload are very challenging, but the students and faculty help each other to succeed.

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1 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Simmons College is not big. Nobody really drinks on campus and if they do it is in their rooms. I have never been peer pressured, nor have I witnessed it. I have only seen one incident where people were caught drinking and the policy was greatly enforced by the RAs, public safety and administration.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very small and limited drug scene at Simmons. Some people smoke pot, but anything crazier than that you will need to go elsewhere. Emmanuel is a safe bet for finding a much more diverse drug-using community. Drinking is much more popular but even that most people will leave campus for. We have an unsaid rule of going to party at other schools and leaving our campus untouched. During finals there is a small amount of drug activity for ADD pills and such, but they mostly come from Emmanuel.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: All of the computer labs at Simmons College are very good, generally up to date with minimal lag time for loading/logging in. Wifi is free on campus so personally it is easier to have your own laptop then to go down to any of the computer labs. Though if bringing a laptop to school is an issue then honestly its not that big of a deal to just use the school computers.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports here on campus at Simmons College is a large part of the college experience. While we may not have most sports other college's or universities offer, the sports here attract a lot of attention of the student body and the general area. The Simmons Sharks have a great standing with each of the sports respective conferences/leagues. Our school is currently in the process of building state of the art training/workout facilities specifically for the varsity sports teams along the Charles River. For those who aren't into the highly competitive end of sports, IM sports are always a great alternative. There are a number of IM sports in the area as the Fenway area of Boston offers up a number of schools to play with. An example of how diverse the IM's in the area could be either the Quidditch team, which just started this year, or the Rugby team that was started a few years ago. Both attract a number of people from the surrounding colleges.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus is not too bad, if you are alright with walking 5 minutes from the academic campus and paying a $12 fee when you leave. If you are trying to get parking right next to the residence campus or on the residence campus, its generally not too hard but it can run a bit of money if you choose to park on the street with the parking meters.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is very good in the Boston area. Whether you need to take the T, which is the subway, or a taxi, it can be very affordable. Simmons in general has public safety that no matter the location or the time, they will pick you up and bring you back to campus. This definitely makes things easier to deal with and there really is no need for other forms of campus transportation because there already is affordable transportation through the T which runs throughout the entire city. There is a t-stop that is very close to the residence campus (2 minute walk) and there is another t-stop that is really close to the academic campus (4-5 min walk).

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are range in affordability but its very easy to find a restaurant that is good for a college student's budget. Some places that are very popular close to the dorms include El Pelon, which is a mexican place right on Peterborough St. The food is sent out quickly and its very affordable not to mention very affordable. Also there is an UNO's in Kenmore Square that is very good, as well as a Bertucci's. Both are affordable and great places to go with friends and family.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Fabulous facilities, student support and resources, great food, beautiful campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: You don't need any transportation to get around campus, it's a small school. For around the city there is a bus stop right in front of both the residence halls and the library. The Fenway T stop is less than a five minute walk! There is no lack of transportation but having a visitor with a car can be tricky, since there is really no parking for visitors except meter street parking, the garage is pretty expensive

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I loved Simmons but I did not know how I was going to afford it. There is a GREAT scholarship called the Gilbert and marica kotzen scholars program and it pays for EVERYTHING. Tuition, room & board, and fees.. plus $3000 a year for research, extra classes, or study abroad. Also you get an extra adviser and get to have a meeting with the president of the college! I would recommend applying for it

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College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are no guys at simmons, it is a womens college, but it is the most diverse group of women I have ever been around. Everyone has a different opinion on everything and come from all over, but mostly new england.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The public safety officers ar the best and I have never felt unsafe on campus. We get updated by phone or email if there ever is an issue or concern. They aren't over the top either, everything is reasonable

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We need more housing! Housing is guaranteed which is great but that also means if more seniors stay on campus and take up rooms, then everyone is bumped down and unfortunately a bunch of freshmen were in forced triples at the beginning of the school year. But this year they got to choose their rooms before the rest of their grade and got other small perks. Plus a bunch has gotten remodeled since 2012 like bathrooms and common room furniture which is great.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: To be honest, I don't love the dining hall. But I am also a picky eater and grew up on more than mac and cheese and pizza...Sometimes it can just get boring. But there is the Fens cafe on the academic campus which has much better food, but at a price. It is not all you can eat like Bartol dining hall but also it has more variety and better prepared food! And the coffee options are great- I love Meyers which has starbucks coffee!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: SImmons Athletics is great in the way that if you want to play a sport, you can definitely try. Especially crew- there is a novice team and I came to college knowing nothing about rowing and now I may row all four years. I think that is unique and I love it. I have never heard anything bad about any coach...Athletics teams feel like family!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have loved almost every single one of the professors I have had at Simmons. The classes are a good size and I don't feel like I am wasting time or money (except on a couple of the requirements). Quality education

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's Boston. There is something to do whenever you want to! All you have to do is walk around the city and experience the college-city life.


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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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