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Boston, MA
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$34,350
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Average
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Health & Safety: There's a security station at the entrance to campus, and the gates lock on Res Campus at 11 p.m. If it's late, there's someone that'll walk you from the Academic Campus to Res Campus.

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Health & Safety: There are security guards everywhere, but they're not so strict with students that you can't bring people by. I feel very safe on campus, but not smothered. And a lot of the Public Safety people are college students themselves (Northeastern co-ops); don't worry, it makes them very relatable.

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Health & Safety: Security and safety, I believe, is well-kept on campus, but as always, be cautious about leaving your door unlocked or letting in someone you do not know. Even though we live in the city, inside our Residence Campus, it is our own little gated community.

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Health & Safety: Our safety is well sought out for, keeping in mind Boston is a city. We are always alerted about any dangers in our area, they also lock the gates if there is any danger. Sometimes it is scary because some students do not follow safety procedures when letting someone in to the residence buildings.

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Health & Safety: Simmons has a very safe Residence Campus. I like how there isn't much partying going on, because it feels like home. You can go out in the city to have fun, and then you have a quiet safe dorm to come home to.

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Computers: You should definitely bring your own computer. There is always access to a school computer, but sometimes the labs get a little crowded, and it's nice to have one in your room.

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Computers: I don't have a computer, and don't see a need for one either. There is a 24-hour computer lab on campus.

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Computers: I would definitely bring my own computer. While there are computer labs on campus, there is no guarantee that you will get one when you need one. Every now and then, the network shuts down, but it has never been out for a long time.

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Computers: I feel that bringing your own computer is important, however, you could get away with not bringing one. I often went to the computer lab and was able to automatically find a computer to use.

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Computers: The on-campus computers aren't too bad; they could be a lot worse. The only time the computers really cram up is during midterms, finals, and registration periods. Bring your own computer, since lab hours aren't that great.

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Computers: The computer network is good. It sometimes gets crowded, but not all the time.

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Computers: During finals, the computer labs are packed, but there are classrooms filled with computers available for students, which I think is awesome. I would bring your own computer, only because you're used to it, and if it crashes, it's because of you and not some other system. Also, you can check out laptops, which is nice.

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Computers: The computer network is okay. I feel that it is better for everyone to have their own computer; it makes everything easier. At many points in the semester, the computer labs are packed, but most of the time, you can find one open. The network sometimes goes down, which is very annoying-but that happens everywhere. Simmons has a great department to watch and fix any problems.

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Computers: I had my own computer, and it is definitely easier to plan your schedule if you can use a computer whenever you need to, but the computer labs are fine as well. I found I got more work done more efficiently if I did my work between classes in the computer labs. Computer labs in the library are far better (and more frequently staffed) than Residence Campus computers (which often had major problems printing and opening applications).

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Computers: There are many computer labs available on the Residence Campus as well as the main campus, but I would recommend having your own. The network is really fast, but good virus protection is necessary.

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Computers: The computer network is always running and sometimes has a few little problems, but all of the technology in Simmons is up-to-date, current, and has wireless capability. Computer labs are crowded during peak times. The library is being remodeled, and the computer lab will have more space when it is done. I suggest bringing your own computer, but you learn quickly when not to go to the computer lab during peak hours.

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Computers: Definitely bring your own computer. No questions asked.

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Computers: I think that the majority of students have their own computers, and therefore do not experience the computer labs, unless they need to print something and don't want to waste their own ink. Of course, during final exam week, the computer labs are mobbed. Bringing your own computer is a good idea, if it can be done. It's so much easier to have everything on your own computer. What would we do without Instant Messenger in our dorm rooms?!

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Computers: The computer network is generally efficient. The computer labs can be crowded, especially during exam times, but usually, you can find a computer somewhere. I recommend bringing your own computer, just in case you can't find an available computer. It's also nice to have your own computer if you feel like working in your room or somewhere off campus.

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Facilities: I have visited almost every other school in Boston, and we have a consistently impressive, clean, and safe campus.

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Facilities: The athletic center is great! If you enjoy working out, it's an excellent place to do so. There is a free-weight room, as well as a room full of weight machines, a cardio area with treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines, and a suspended track over the gym. Also, there is an Olympic-size pool, basketball court, and racquetball courts, as well as a dance studio.

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Facilities: The student center is pretty good, although it has terrible cell phone reception. The coffee bar is overcrowded at peak hours, just as the cafeterias are. Computers are fairly up-to-date. I can't speak to athletics; however, the general consensus is that there is typically a wait for machines.

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Facilities: Facilities are good, but improving, which is great. As a Simmons athlete, we see the upgrades happening slowly, but at least they are happening. There is a very nice sports center, and there are nice athletic facilities. There are plans of upgrading the sports fields, which is great. The student center on the main campus is good but needs more. All campus computers were just upgraded, and all the labs were, too.

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Facilities: The facilities are alright. The gym is pretty big and computers are nice. The buildings are old!

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Facilities: The athletic facility is great. Unfortunately, the student population has outgrown its size. The Student Activities Center is modest, but the people who work in that area make you forget you're in the basement of the Main College Building. It's a really fun place to be, to work, and to meet people. The Academic Campus facilities are fairly top-notch, but the trustees need to get a move on with Residence Campus renovations.

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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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