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Boston, MA
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1,647
Tuition
$34,350
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Average
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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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Health & Safety: There have never been any serious crimes committed on campus, although there have been a number of thefts.

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Health & Safety: Security is fine on campus. I always feel safe. For big events like the World Series, security heightens.

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Health & Safety: Security at Simmons could be better, in terms of the outsourced employees that are hired. However, I am confident that the administration does their best to ensure the safety of Simmons students. As a former Resident Advisor who was involved in an extremely dangerous situation with a student inflicting self-harm, I know that campus security steps up to the challenge, but definitely needs more training in terms of crisis management. This is most likely due to the high turn-over rates of security employees in the outsourced company, and the fact that we do not have crises very often.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, even if I'm walking alone from one dorm to another. I like the concept of having the dorms with gates around them, and the gates being locked after 11 p.m., except for one, which you have to walk past Public Safety and use your student ID to get through.

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Health & Safety: Security is really lax on campus, but that's because it doesn't need to be really strict. Safety is based on trust and student awareness, which reflects the trust the campus puts in all of its residents.

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Health & Safety: The campus is very secure. You would never even know that you are in the middle of a big city. We have a large iron fence around the Residence Campus that is locked at night. You need to be with a Simmons student who has her ID to enter the campus. We have security guards who do routine checks of the campus, and an escort service that provides someone to walk you from the Main Campus Building to the residence halls at night. I have never had any security issues on campus, but I do know of a few thefts in the dorm rooms. For the most part, if you keep your room locked when you are not in it, you will not have any problems.

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Health & Safety: The Simmons security seems to do a good job, because you never hear of any violence or break-ins on campus. They lock the gates every night at 11 p.m., which probably helps keep the drunkards out.

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Health & Safety: Considering we are in the middle of the city, I feel that our campus is extremely safe. We can always see Public Safety present on the Res Campus, and the gates lock us in at night!

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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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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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Facilities: The athletics center is good. We could use more student center space, especially on the Academic Campus where it is always difficult to find a seat during the day.

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Facilities: The Holmes Sports Center is one of the nicest athletic centers I've seen on a small campus. There is also a pool, which many schools don't have. We don't have a student center, per se, but the area around the Fens and Java City offers plenty of space to hang out with friends, grab something to eat, read a book, do homework, or even use the wireless Internet connection.

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Facilities: Most of the facilities on campus have been renovated within the last 10 years, so they are all fairly nice. The freshman dorms have not been renovated, but come on-they are freshman, so they can't be too picky.

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Facilities: The gym and the athletic center are beautiful (not like I ever use it). The renovated dorms are really nice with new carpets and air control in the dorm rooms.

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Facilities: The facilities are nice. The gym is used by a lot of other people besides students, so sometimes that's weird, but not too much. Computers are good, the fast Internet rocks. The student center is cute, there's really no other word for it. There are pods (areas with a couch and two chairs and a table) and a coffeeshop upstairs, and the Fens (where the best food is) is downstairs.

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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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