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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Academics: Classes are challenging and engaging

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The Drug and Alcohol Policies are strongly enforced

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The campus is quite strict with drugs and underage drinking. The rules on visitation are not very strict.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: In the Fenway Boston area, there are many attractions. Fenway Park is the most notable one. There is also a very popular art museum nearby. There are some shopping places, but many of them are very expensive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The admission process was difficult for me in that I had to rely on others for writing recommendations. The rest of it was pretty easy. It just is hard to know you have all your stuff together, but are waiting on others to finish up your admission.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I work online, and have a webcam based classroom. It's been great as I still have that in class feel, but can be in class from the opposite coast.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's New England weather. It's pretty mild in Boston because I'm from farther north. Can't complain.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People drink and smoke pot. That's part of college. Some RAs are fine with alcohol in rooms, but have to hide it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the best, not the worst. I live in a quiet dorm. I'm glad I did because friends complain of screaming girls all night long in the hallways.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Simmons is in top 20 sober schools. There are zero parties. Have to go off campus to BU or Cambridge. Most of the time, you will come back not finding a party.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's always something open in Boston!

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Simmons is an all-women's college. They say you will see guys on campus and be able to meet guys. They lied. The only guys girls will meet would be hookups at parties.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are gates that close after 11. Only one way in and out after that. Simmons is right next to Fenway, so we get drunks that wander about after the games.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food suck! It's greasy. Few options. Had a friend bite into a raw chicken nugget. Everything looks like it came out of the freezer. Very nice people work there though.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of people are very openminded.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I thought I was going to like it here. Hate all girls school. High school cliques all over again. Simmons is a bubble. It's hard to go out and meet new people, unless you have friends that go to other schools in Boston. Most people go home on the weekends, so nobody is on campus. The food is horrible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you don't get caught, you're fine.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get as much financial aid as I thought I was, but I was much better off than some of my friends who received very little aid. The school is broke and is trying to get as much money as possible.

College Freshman

Parking: There are no cars allowed. There is a parking garage on academic campus, but there is no overnight parking.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The internet sucks. It cuts out and sometimes doesn't come back on for minutes. It's slow too.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't had a bad professor to date. They love what they are teaching and really want you to learn and try your best. My International Politics teacher was great and I learned a lot!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Teachers are passionate about what they teacher. A couple teachers are boring. Personally, I haven't had a horrible professor yet.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Nobody goes to sporting events. The facilities are used by other COF students, but they are good facilities.

College Freshman

Transportation: There is no transportation for the school

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great place to be. I personally can't live in a city, but there is always something happening in the city.


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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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