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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It Really Depends on Who You Hang Out With. For the most part, the few people who do use drugs or drink excessively are very open about it. There is little to no attempt to conceal it, so policy enforcement is almost to nothing. However, only a few people actually seem to do anything along those lines, and peer pressure is limited to non-existent.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Walk It Out – Simmons College students usually will walk to classes. Luckily, academic campus is 10 minutes away. Cutting through nearby school Emanuel College, makes the walk seem shorter. Overall, the commute isnt so bad...unless it's raining or snowing.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Since Simmons is split into two campus, right at the heart of the Fenway, parking is limited. We do have a couple lots for 15 minutes, or on academic campus for professors, etc., but it'd be nice to see more parking for students and/or visitors.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Simmons College Athletics are D3, making school top priority. The athletic staff is very understanding when school related detriments cause one to miss practice; no one will make you repent. The facilities are fairly new, clean, and staffed with coaches, maintenance and trainers that'll help one throughout their athletic career. The Spirit at Simmons is closely knit; the way a "sisterhood" should be.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I just love the local atmosphere. The location is very convenient. The residential campus is near eateries, the grocery store, a movie theater, and the Boston T.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Meals can be expensive without meal plans. Good at times and not so good others.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: The food is awful, the fact that there are no guys around is unbearable at times. The girls are nice, but it is a small school and certainly not for everyone.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Yes the computer labs can be crowded, but the new apple computers are fantastic!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. Public safety always notifies when something's going on around campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The area around Simmons in Boston is so very expensive. Although there are plenty of apartments to choose from they are just so expensive and often times not worth moving off campus for.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at Simmons are great. They have a nice gym that is conveniently located by the residence halls. The dining hall and the cafes are also great, the food they offer is delicious. The library is huge and has plenty of places to study that even students from other schools come to take advantage of them. There are always great activities going on and everyone gets involved.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There Isn't One – Some girls stick together like thee is, but there aren't any

1 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They're All the Same – The LGBT community sticks together, as well as the Crew team, the nursing students, student gov, and the black student organization. As a freshman, everyone is welcoming and willing to help you out, for the first semester. After that, to each his own. Most students are either preppy, ugg-wearing girls from Maine, or they are uniquely different or eclectic.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sort of Diverse – At Simmons, they teach students that diversity is more than skin deep. I think that's a great idea because based on race, the school is predominantly white, based on sexual orientation, they are more people who would describe themselves as part of the LGBTQA community. If we didn't discuss diversity on a deeper level, no one would notice it.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: I really like all the professors I have had, which is the only reason I'm giving Simmons a B+. The course options are limited, and I feel like the options are becoming fewer and fewer, and they are letting go of a lot of teachers. This semester it was almost impossible for me to create a good schedule because of all the conflicting times and lack of courses offered in my major.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England – The weather is typical New England, but its a bit warmer directly in the city, so not quite as much snow and spring and summer are a bit warmer, and autumn comes a tad later.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's Food, Usually. I really enjoy some aspects of Simmons, but the dining is not one of them. I feel as if they have enough recipes to cycle through a couple weeks, and thats it. So after a about a month you've basically had it all. BUT the cooks are amazing people, they're really wonderful people if you get to know them some.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not Great – I have not had a good experience here. People are not accepting in the right ways and there is not enough freedom to become independent. The majority of teachers are not great. I intend on transferring.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You get caught for anything and everything. If you even move, they will find a way to ruin your life.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: MIT Frats Usually Have Parties – There are usually parties at MIT frats. Lots of girls get date raped. I only suggest going here if you are looking for a crazy one night stand.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Nothing to Write Home About. The dorms at Simmons College are far from glamorous, but they serve their purpose and are in a safe, gated and clean environment footsteps away from Fenway Park. The freshman dorms are small, and a little congested but there are much better options for upperclassmen. Unlike most urban schools, each dorm looks out onto a large grassy common where many students study, play frisbee and build snowmen.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are frats and sororities around from other schools and around the city, but Simmons has none. We're essentially a giant sorority anyway, being a women's college.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Simmons. It's already like one big sorority, in a good way.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: The students at Simmons College are, for the most part, too driven to be involved in drugs. Ritalin or Adderall are probably the most common drugs, but a small amount of people are also known to smoke pot in their rooms.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some people sneak off to the park nearby to smoke at night, but that's about it. I'm sure there are girls into harder drugs here, but it definitely isn't big.


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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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