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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Transportation: The T Is Slow but It Is There – public transportation will get you almost anywhere in the city. No need for a car.

4 College Senior

Diversity: I would say that simmons is pretty diverse. I transferred from a school in the deep south which was predominately white and the local community was pretty racist so I would say Boston is really diverse and tolerant and all walks of life are welcome.

2 College Senior

Facilities: The library is great, the MGMT building is brand new and the Main college building is generally nice and renovated with only a few creepy classrooms and bathrooms. Since our library is so nice, students from neighboring colleges usually come in and use it which is such a pain since they don't pay to use our facilities. My grade C is because our science facilities are so horrible that it is embarrassing. Student tours only go to the nursing flow which was renovated and the chem floor got some new renovations due to health and safety hazards but it is overall pathetic. Since Simmons in the bio-medical mecca of the US and entire world, you would think that our science building wouldn't resemble a dungeon. For some reason, people in the management/business program need a multi-million dollar building to talk to each other but we can't run labs, experiments or even have proper demos because our labs are from the 1950's and don't meet safety requirements and they are broke. Awesome. Emmanuel has an amazing science center....just saying.

4 College Freshman

Weather: New England – There is typical New England weather here. This past year there was hardly ever any snow, and when it did snow, it went away pretty fast. It rains a lot though.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Well, because this is an all-woman's college no one parties on campus. That being said, there are tons of neighboring school and upperclassmen with apartments that it isn't hard to find a party if you know people. It is right down the road from Fenway Park so there are a ton of bars, and The House of Blues is a short walk away.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Unsure of a Grade – The school is very accepting of diversity and offers many events to celebrate diversity in general. I have not gotten a good feel for the percentage of students one way or another. Every event (regardless of it's purpose) has been inviting and welcoming and I have never heard or seen comments putting anyone down. Knowledge and awareness is promoted wholeheartedly. I think a lot has to do with the fact that the undergraduate program is a woman's college. I think a woman's college is less judgmental than a coed college normally is. The graduate programs are coed, but maybe it is because they are outnumbered, but the men are very courteous and respectful of the women around them. The teachers expect professionalism from everyone and treat you as a bright, thoughtful individual. I might be able to give a different grade as my year progresses (I am a spring semester starter) but for now I give Simmons an A.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Great, but I Haven't Seen Finals Week Yet – There are computers available all over the place. I am enrolled in the GSLIS program and the amount of computers I think is sufficient. I generally bring my own however. The computers in the tech lab can either be booted as a PC or a mac which is great that way you don't have a line up at one room or the other. The computers can get a little bogged down at times (reason for the A-) but each student is allowed a 50$ printing allowance per semester which has been great printing notes/articles for classes without wasting my own supplies. Plus side? Many of the printers will print both sides. You can also upload documents from your personal computer while on campus to print.
I have never had a problem getting a computer, at the library or the tech lab so I am assuming finals would be the only time it may get hairy. The school network is great and I have never had a problem connecting when I bring my own. All you need is your username and password that you use for the online services anyways. I like to bring my own solely for the flexibility to move around. I switch seating and atmosphere a lot. Sometimes I want to be in pure silence (second floor of the library) or around others (student center or outside).
I would recommend bringing your own computer if you tend towards last minute work. The labs and library can be open until 11 (again this may change for finals time not sure yet) but I have been known to be working on a paper at 2 am or later.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Easy Going – The nutrition program is not a hard program to get into, but staying in is tough. The classes are very strenuous and if you do not have the motivation to do well then you will fail. Blunt, but honest.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining, I hate to say, is awful. For the money we are spending to go to Simmons College does not show in the dining hall systems. There are not a lot of options, they are open at weird hours, do not have a good variety of food, and the food at the Bartol dining hall is absolutely terrible. The fens is expensive, and it gets old after a while. Simmons really needs to build new dining halls, or stores. Especially on residence campus.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Nutrition Major – The nutrition program has a lot of great classes that help you towards getting a great career as a nutritionist. Also, it is very important to have a good advisor to help you along the way. I have an excellent advisor who has helped guide me along the right track in being a nutrition major.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Ehh.. Not Good. The off campus selection is not very good at all. There are a lot of apartments available but thats if you want to spend 1000 or more a month. I know it is Boston and it is going to be expensive no matter what, but on a college students budget it is a pain. Simmons should provide off campus housing like other schools do.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Simmons college has very excellent academics. I feel like I am learning more here than I would anywhere else. The curriculum is great, the professors are very intelligent and make you feel very comfortable when asking questions. The workload is a lot but that is what comes with coming to a health science college. I am very glad I came to this school.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety First – Simmons College does everything in it's power to make sure that all of its students and staff are safe. They take necessary measures whenever someone's safety or well-being is in question. Public Safety is available 24 hours of the day and is one phone call away for any questions, concerns, or requests for assistance (such as, picking up someone from a destination once public transit is closed). They make sure everything is in check and running smoothly.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Sure – I received the most I could from Federal Loans, but I'm not sure anything else could have been done for me. I will be going to speak to my financial aid counselor about scholarship/grant options.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: No Car Needed – The T and the bus are excellent options for commuting. While I have a car myself, I don't use it to get to school as public transportation is cheaper and just as fast. If I do need to drive in, for whatever reason, I can park for a reasonable cost.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Helpful Advisers – So far I'm happy to be where I am. The advisers seem helpful, but I've only taken one class. While she seems knowledgeable, she's not a good lecturer. Other professors I've met on campus seem to be better though. I was disappointed with the class selections.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not Much – not much on campus, alcohol, some weed, not much more. pub safety is pretty strict

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love It – Simmons College is a great place to be. The faculty is very respectful and friendly. As long as your honest and respectful here, you will get the exact college experience your looking for! The students are very trusted here, which makes it able to make your own decisions in a respectful and reasonable way. Being an all girls school, the relationships I have developed here are lifelong and strong. Although Simmons College is very costly, I could not be happier anywhere else but here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Gets Boring – The dining hall at first was awesome. After a while the meals became repetitive and there didnt seem to be that much of a variety. Simmons College has two dining halls, "The Fens" and "Bartol Hall" each have different types of foods to satisfy all students. The meal plans are also partially accepted at some of the surrounding schools such as Emmanuel, Wentworth, and MASSART

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Library Is Fantastic – Being a College of the Fenway, Simmons College has the best library compared to its surrounding schools. The resources they offer, and the library staff exceeds expectations. There is always someone there to help, and you can always find what your looking for.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The Walks Are Tough – The weather doesn't affect being on campus very much, but having to walk back and forth from the academic campus seems much longer in the rain/snow.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Nowhere to Go – There's not much of a party scene at all at Simmons, so you have to either go to another college or stick it out in your room.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel completely safe there and the residence campus is fairly closed off, but anyone can walk on campus from the street and walk around.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: College Is Expensive! Simmons College is definitely one of the most expensive schools to go to in the area. However, they give you a lot of financial aid if you need it and it is so easy to make an appointment with your financial aid adviser. Looking for scholarships is a great way to pay for school because many go untouched every year.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not So Strict – Simmons has such a great reputation that students don't need to sign in their guests, which is great and so much more convenient than other schools. When it comes to theft or crime in the area, Simmons police always sends out informative emails and makes sure everyone is safe.


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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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