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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Nursing Is the Way to Go – Simmons is among the top schools in Boston for Nursing as they are affiliated with many hospitals.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Very Nice – All of the facilities at Simmons are brand new and in very good condition.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Dont Count on the Officers – I was not happy with my financial aid officer as she did not explain anything to me.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Take the T – Simmons is located right near two stops on the Green Line. You can take either Fenway or Museum of Fine Arts and they will take you to your destination.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Right in Boston! The off campus dining options include many in the Fenway area. One really good choice is Qdoba. It is within walking distance of the campus and are really good with the students and offering them discounts.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Science Isnt Easyyy – i love that the department head e-mails back quickly and responds back fast, that applies for almost all the faculty and professors. I love my program even though I just enrolled there are plenty of job opportunites and its a 6-year program! its gonna get hard that applies for most science based majors!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Education Worth the Price – Teacher are great, they want you to succeed-- there are some tough teachers but everyone can tell you who they are when you get there or selecting a class. Getting the class you want is hard but what can you do -- the upperclassmen do get what they need in order to graduate. Work load is not bad AT ALL! Simmons has a brand new amazing library plenty of places to study -- of course many other student from different schools thinks its okay to use our stuff :/

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Being under-21, there are plenty of frat parties to attend. Harvard usually throws the best, but MIT, BU, Northeastern, BC, and Tufts are close and easy to get to in the city.. boys aren't too far away girls! There is always something going on everyday of the week, whether it is a baseball game or a marathon. Over-21 has a great party seen, great bars, like club cure, splash, rumor, estate and much more.. but it never gets boring.

Newbury street has amazing food and shopping if its in your budget, and the pru and copley are not too far away from there.. if you want the normal mall experience go to cambridgeside -- just a close t ride. everything is at easy access just 1.70 for a t-ride and your in the other part of the city.

Boston has everything to offer for young woman, at simmons you can focus your attention on education during class time and get ready to meet some sexy stud later that night -- its never boring.

Campus living: the housing is not the best for 1st and 2nd year students but upper-classmen do get lucky! But youre right in the city. public safety is great they dont really WANT you to get in trouble they just want to make sure youre not doing anything stupid... just a warning everytime they see you! -- just be smart and safe!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclassmen Dorms Are Better – The dorms are pretty decent at Simmons. Obviously, the upperclassmen have the better dorms which were built fairly recently and are very nice. The freshmen and sophomore dorms are not my favorite though; some of the double rooms were used for triple rooms, but I guess it's part of the college experience.

4 College Senior

Academics: Teaching Is Important to the Teachers – I go to Simmons College, and I think that the academics are amazing. I'm in the communications program, and the teachers do a great job of explaining and helping me outside of class. The workload isn't horrible, but I think it depends on what program you're in. The teachers are also dedicated to helping students find internships and jobs. I love the academics here; I find it to be challenging and helpful.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I personally don't live off-campus, but from what I've heard, students love living off-campus. Although apartments are expensive, people enjoy living in a place where there aren't so many rules. And it's better to have your own bathroom rather than sharing a communal bathroom.

2 College Senior

Weather: I went from Auburn University in Alabama, to Simmons in Massachusetts. The differences are incredible. Here it's warm and humid in the summer and freezing cold and snowy in the winter.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Great People Involved in Admission and a Variety of Classes – The professors and admissions office workers are very helpful and answer any number of questions promptly. When they are not in their office, they send emails to make sure you are aware of their absence and when you can count on hearing back from them. Simmons also has a great variety of classes.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – one good thing is that simmons is not very strict with its rules in terms of guests and such. but academics are pretty strict which is annoying as they are not very helpful.

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: No Guys, All Butch Girls...Fun – Simmons has no guys which really really sucks. It is an all girls school and a large majority are lesbians, who all look the same, extremely unattractive. it is very annoying being surrounded by this population as it gets old fast.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The first year Simmons provided me a decent amount of financial aid and this year coming up they were awful and offered me basically nothing. this school is extremely expensive and is NOT at all worth the price.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is awful. They tell you at orientation that it is good but it is not. The dining hall sucks. The staff is very nice and friendly but the food quality is poor. There are not many options for healthy drinks. The main problem seems to be that they dont taste the food they are serving us. Some food is decent but the majority is not. We all dread going to eat there and lots of times we feel sick after eating. the meal plan is not good at all. there are three options but they all cost the same which makes no sense at all. If i had the money i would choose to cook for myself. And the cafe where we tend to go for lunch is always the same food. it is better than the dining hall but it still stinks.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Car Necessary – It's an easy 3-5 minute walk from the dorms to classes. Simmons is also located downtown about 5 minutes from Fenway Park and with in 10 minutes walk there is a grocery store, arts supply store, a few good restraunts, Barnes and Noble, movie theater, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, etc. For an actual mall, the subway station is about a 6 minute walk from the dorms and costs $1.7 per ride but it is efficient. If you don't mind a long walk, about an hour at a slow pace then you can walk to Newberry Street where there is lots of great shopping. For out-of-state transport then it's about an hours ride on the T (subway) to a free shuttle to the airport. I personally have no desire to ever drive in Boston.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I Know It's There but I'm Not Part of It – There is some marijuana and under age drinking that goes on but most of it is off campus. Simmons isn't a big party school so if that's your scene you typically go off campus for it. In relation to drinking, Simmons has a safety first policy. You won't get into trouble for drinking underage if for some reason you call public safety for help. However, like I said, I know the policies but I hae no fist hand experience with them.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Holmes sports center has a weight room, indoor track, swimming pool, sauna, basketball and volleyball courts, and two dance studios. The one downside is that the pool hours are not necessarily the most convenient hours and the sprts center closes rather early. If you're the type to exercise after eight PM or before your early morning class that starts at eight AM then you need to go elsewhere.
As for location, it is conveiniently located right next door to the health center on the residential campus. This leads to the fact that Simmons has two campuses located about three minutes walk apart. One is the residential capus with Barthol dining hall, the Holmes Sports Center, a mailing room, Health Center, Residential Life Offices, practice rooms (with piano) and a cafe and small convenience store that opens at eight PM until midnight.
The other campus is the acedemic campus with all class rooms and faculty offices. The College center, financial services, student life, and counseing servees are located here. there is also another cafe as well as a coffee shop and dining center located on this campus and the meal plan covers all on-campus dining on both campuses.
Personally, I like the seperation as is clearly deliniates relaxing space and school space, like home and class.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not Very Sure – I am not very fond of sports. Didn't pay much attention about sports at school or the news doesn't really catch my attention

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many Opinions – Don't find the school particularly near to any really good restaurants

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Reliable and Convenient – The wireless network is pretty reliable. There are computers almost every floor in the Main College Building for public use. Very convenient.

3 College Senior

Weather: Be Prepared If You're Not from New England – It could be snowing one day, and 70 degrees and sunny the next! Bring rainboots because you will definitely need them at some point. Also, if you live in a warm state and don't have winter stuff, buy it all: gloves, a coat, earmuffs. Trust me. Boston weather has no mercy.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – The Simmon's dorm is also home to the Dispatch Center, so if you are living there you have extra built in security! Plus, as a bonus there are some extremely cute young Simmons cops!


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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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