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Boston, MA
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$34,350
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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Simmons is basically one huge sorority, but we don't have any actual ones. The frats of other colleges in the areas-MIT, Harvard, BU, Northeastern-are where most girls go for parties their first year.

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College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Simmons is on the list of most sober schools in the country, but this just means we find other places to party-this is Boston. As long as you aren't obviously partying in your room or come back from a party puking in the halls, no one will really say anything.

College Student

Drug Safety: I don't know anyone who does drugs at Simmons, aside from a few friends who smoke pot here and there. Certainly people drink-binge drink, especially-but if you don't drink, you can definitely find things to do. I didn't drink until sophomore year and never felt excluded. People smoke cigarettes but not a majority, and it's usually just a college phase anyway. I'm sure people do harder stuff, I just don't know anyone. Also, I'm an RA, so they probably hide everything from me more than most people!

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They like to pretend they're pretty hardcore about it, but I don't think people ever really get caught. And if you do, I think you just get written up.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life because it's an all-girls school, so we don't need sororities because we're supposed to be "all sisters."

College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Simmons is basically nonexistent. There are a few girls who smoke cigarettes in designated areas outside, but I have never heard of any illegal drug activity on campus. If people do drugs, it is off campus.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are rarely parties on campus, but MIT is down the street, as is WIT and other schools. Get on Facebook before you get to school and add some of the social chairs of frats at MIT and other schools. It's really nice to not have the nightlife on campus, and you'll come to appreciate it.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are no guys :-O big shocker there! Actually for some it is, but anyways! You can easily find guys at MIT/WIT. Add some on Facebook before you head out to school---find some of the frats at MIT and add some of their social chairs on Facebook, and you'll end up getting invited to their parties!

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Our Greek life is basically through other schools. MIT's frat parties are fantastic-free, fun, good music, safe, reliable, and you get to meet really smart men!

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good restaurants off campus that www.campusfood.com will be your best friend as far as delivery food goes. There are some awesome restaurants right in our front yard-Longhorn, Hidyan, Brown Sugar, Indian Samraat, Chipotle, and the list continues. There are really good cheap places and other nice ones, such as Petit Robert. All these places are definitely within walking distance.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the restaurants in Boston-there are tons of options. The restaurants in the Simmons area aren't the greatest, but the really epic ones are just a short cab or T ride away. I love Chili Duck, Cafe Jaffa, Sonsie, Island Hopper, Thai Basil, and tons of others.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus police are strict when it comes to breaking the law, so if you do drugs and they find out, there are consequences. Drinking on campus is allowed if you are 21 because we have wet campus. If you come home drunk, they only get involved if you get really sick and need to go to the hospital. You will get in trouble if caught drinking in your room underage, so be responsible.

College Freshman

Academics: Seems like they only post good reviews on this site. What's funny is that almost the entire freshman nursing class is doing horribly in their science courses. Our test averages are in the 60s in both biology and chemistry, so we're technically failing both classes, and there are no biology tutors left. The Dean's office will only say, 'You can't drop the class.' Can you tell I don't like this school? I feel as if I've wasted an entire semester, possibly a year, and I feel that I'm wasting time by going to class. I love science and shouldn't be feeling this way. Granted, the professors may be really nice, but tutoring, study groups, and even office hours may not give you the help that you need to pass your classes. A certain professor teaches organic chemistry, and 50 percent of her class failed and had to retake it! Fifty percent!? That's HUGE. This school is horrible, and I can't honestly recommend it to anyone. You either love it or you hate it. And if you love it, you're probably not a freshman in the nursing program.

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Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great city with so much to do and to see. There are many other universities in the area, which makes it even more exciting for college students.

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Local Atmosphere: Boston is the best town to go to school in. It is surrounded by all different colleges and universities, in a really hip, fun setting with plenty to do. It does get expensive, but there are cheap ways of having a fabulous time without overdrawing your bank account.

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Local Atmosphere: I do not think that it could get any better. Boston is such an alive city, with so much to do and see. It is home to tons and tons of colleges and universities. By being in one of the biggest college cities, Simmons has a huge advantage over other colleges. You meet so many other college students all going through the same thing. From the old historic Boston to the newer hip Boston, there is so much to do!

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great place to be as a college student! There are about five other colleges located right on the same block as Simmons, which makes for a lot of students, both male and female, everywhere. Definitely visit the Boston museums and the public gardens. Boston is beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, but the winters here get pretty messy, so bring boots and an umbrella!

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Simmons is in Boston, so there is always something to do. There are lots of other universities and colleges around, so during the school year, there are lots of people our age out and about.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Boston is great or terrible, depending on what you make of it. There are places to go when you are sick of staying in one place, which is great. There are parks and squares for people-watchers, and there are clubs and everything else for people who want action. Boston is great for all interests.

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Local Atmosphere: Boston is the greatest college city ever! The Colleges of the Fenway line our road, with nearby Northeastern and BU. There are so many art museums, stores, cinemas, Fenway Park-everything imaginable!

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Local Atmosphere: Boston is snobby and rich. I think that a lot of the people here come from money, and it goes to their heads. On the other hand, there are a lot of blue-collar people that are awesome. The hardest thing about this town is making friends; it seems to take a while, unless it's through school.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Boston offers anything anyone could possibly want. The possibilities are endless: there is the culture, the nightlife, dining, and entertainment. You just have to be able to get out there and explore. Simmons is within walking distance of numerous universities and colleges. I would recommend not walking alone at night.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Luckily, Simmons is located in the best city on earth-Boston. There are many colleges and universities in the immediate area and in other parts of the city. The other important population for Simmons students is the many young professionals who are often overseeing us in our internships and networking with us after college. There is plenty to do in Boston. So much to do, that in my four years in Boston, there are still places I have yet to visit, art museums I have yet to see. The only thing to stay away from is being redundant and forgetting to explore the city in its entirety.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is always alive when school is in session. I am not there during the summer, but the amount of universities there gives you ample opportunity to meet an array of people. I wouldn't say there is stuff to stay away from, but be cautious of wherever you go, just like any other city. The only way you learn about other cultures is to experience it and not shy away from it. Visit the Kennedy Museum, Fenway Park, the Science Museum-everything possible.

Niche User

Local Atmosphere: Boston is by far the best college city ever. Within ten minutes, I can walk to seven other colleges. Simmons is two blocks from Fenway Park and tons of restaurants and bars. Don't go to the Fens at night alone, or even just with another person, it's a little scary. But that shouldn't keep you from the area; just be safe.

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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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