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Boston, MA
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1,647
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$34,350
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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Campus Housing: I Didnt Reside on Campus – most of the students that livd on campus seemed happy with their experience. i never heard any complaints

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: So Much to Do in Boston! The nightlife is great in Boston! Not so much at Simmons College itself, but everywhere around the city is great to be! So much goes on besides clubs too, if that is not your thing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many, but Expensive. In Boston there are tons of apartments so finding one is not a problem! But they are expensive. However, they are still cheaper than living at the Simmons' dorms. They are also very close to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is SO much to do around Simmons! Not only is it located in the great city of Boston, but there are tons of other schools and students around. Simmons may be an all girls school but it is not a problem meeting other people with all of the college activities that are held.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Not a Problem! The weather is great in Boston. Even if it snows, the campus is always cleared off efficiently and quickly. The dorms are really close to the school too so walking there is not too much of a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great Teams, but No Support – The teams at Simmons are awesome and when you're on a team, you find yourself so close to everyone! The only down side is that they are not supported at all! Very few people attend anything sports related, except the athletes themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mix of Everything! Of course, at Simmons there are no guys (at least in the undergraduate programs). When it comes to the girls, there are so many different types of people there - from sporty to artsy and everything in between!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great, but High Cost – The dorms at Simmons are very nice and most are modern. The only complaint is that it is very expensive to live there. Being in Boston, you could probably find an off-campus apartment that is cheaper. One great thing about the dorms is that you can choose to live on special floors, such as the "Foodie Floor" for people who love to cook or the "Sports Floor". There is also a few substance-free floors and an entire wellness hall.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: What I love about Simmons is that mostly every facility is very modern. The library is gorgeous, very new, and such a great study spot. The main campus building has an older structure but has been renovated nicely. The only place that isn't as modern as I would like it to be is the science building which they are working on updating.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computers all over both campuses at Simmons College which makes it so easy to print something quickly or check your email. Sometimes the computers can be slow but this is usually not the case. Printing is very easy at Simmons, even from your own computer. A personal printer is definitely not needed, as money is given each semester for printing. A personal computer is always nice, but if you are looking to just use the school computers it would be easy to do so.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Simmons College is located in the heart of Boston. Therefore, there are unlimited restaurant options! If you want something cheap, you can go to McDonalds or Panera. If you wanted a nice sit down restaurant, there are plenty of those around as well such as the Longhorn Steakhouse.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining on the academic campus is great. There are plenty of options and the food is delicious! However, on the residence campus the dining is much different. The food is good, but most of the time the options are not put together very well to make a good dinner. For example, they would put out three different types of meat with very little vegetables, or vice versa.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Boston, That Is – Although there isn't any nightlife ON campus, Simmons is located in Boston, where you can find the best college nightlife experience at either schools nearby or clubs in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Supportive and Helpful – Simmons gives women the opportunity to explore things for themselves and there are very little interventions on students unless they are the ones seeking help that they may need. Simmons is there to help guide their students and help them. They want students to take advantage of the help that's available to them.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safe and Comfortable – Compared to other schools, I would not say that Simmons College has a drug problem. It's not what you would consider the "party school," and there are no parties or drugs on campus. If people do choose to go to parties or use drugs or alcohol, it's done off campus. Simmons is a very safe and comfortable environment.

College Freshman

Parking: Don't Own a Car – I do not park on campus, because Simmons College is located in the middle of Boston, therefore I do not need a car.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Faculty! The faculty at Simmons College are very knowledgable and have a very high interest in helping their students succeed.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Apparently we had a mild winter this year...it got into the teens during the day at the coldest and it's currently may and it's still hovering in the 50s. The fall, however, was spectacular. Very warm.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Great for Nursing and Gender Studies – All of the health science programs here are great. The gender studies department is also quite good. All of the other areas are adequate to above average, with more creative majors either not offered or seriously lacking. I want to study art, but there are only a few classes offered at very irregular intervals from semester to semester. There's no photography major not a creative writing major. If you think you may end doing something creative, I would recommend going elsewhere.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Diverse – Coming from Atlanta, I was shocked to discover that many of the students here are from rural, primarily white parts of new england and felt that moving to boston was a 'culture shock' because of the diversity. This blew me away, because Boston is probably one of the whitest placed I've ever been. There are a lot of white people running around who are so afraid of BEING racist that they in turn ARE racist.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Sketchy and Pricey – Boston is very expensive. While it isn't hard to find a place to live, it IS hard to find a place to live that's affordable. Most Simmons students live in the Mission Hill area, which is a not-so-nice part of town. But Boston overall isn't THAT dangerous as far as cities go, so it's livable. Just don't expect to live in a nice apartment for less that 1200 dollars a month.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Not Enough on Res Campus – The library at Simmons is BEAUTIFUL. Students from surrounding colleges come to use our library. It's three stories and full of computers. I rarely use the school's computers, but the computer lab never appears to be completely full. My only critique is that there should be more computers on the residence camps.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Good School, Not Perfect for Me – As a lesbian at Simmons, the queer community can get a little claustrophobic...but overall, the community is very accepting of the queer community and makes a great effort to address LGBT issues.

I'm transferring out of Simmons because I want to study Art and their creative departments are seriously lacking...I simply cannot do what I want at Simmons. However, I have learned a lot of great things from being here for the past year. There is a very strong work-hard-play-hard ethic here, which is really helpful to me. There are a lot of type-A and highly motivated types here, which I find a bit overwhelming at times but also helps me to get my stuff done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Quite Lenient – Public Safety and Res Life would like students to believe that they have strict punishments for misbehaving students, but this simply isn't the case. While they do take rule breaking, such as underage drinking or illegal use of fire extinguishers (long story), seriously and they do well to scare the living s*** out of you if you're caught, you are usually let off will little more than a warning or academic probation.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Edible at Times – There are two main dining halls at Simmons, one on the residence campus and one on the academic campus. The one on the academic, or the fens, is pretty good. There's a wide variety of choices and most are not too bad. But Bartol, the dining hall on the residence campus, is downright awful. The food is very repetitive and often tasteless. I often walk into Bartol starving and see absolutely nothing that looks remotely appetizing. And even if it looks appetizing, 19 times out of 20 it isn't.

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Krista Evans
Hometown
Florence, AL
Major
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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