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Boston, MA
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$34,350
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Reviews 707 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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Overall Experience: I transferred to Simmons sophomore year, and it was the best decision I ever made. I love it, and I'm sad this will be my senior year because I will miss my friends, the faculty and staff, and everything about the school, give or take a few things.

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Overall Experience: In the first year, I wanted to leave. I wasn't sure it was the place for me, but I got involved and found a great roommate who I love to death. I love what I'm studying, and now I love being at Simmons. It's where I was supposed to be.

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Overall Experience: I really enjoy Simmons. I believe I made the right choice. I absolutely love my major, and the possibilities it will provide once I graduate. I have become more independent, less shy, and more confident in myself from when I started my freshman year.

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Overall Experience: I loved being at Simmons; I'm sad I only had three years there because I transferred in sophomore year. I could not have asked for a better learning experience, and I met amazing people along the way. I could gush for an hour about Simmons, but I won't!

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Overall Experience: This will be my senior year at Simmons, and I have had my ups and downs with the school overall, but my experience has been positive. I would suggest this school to anyone who likes a quiet campus. It's not that we just sit in their rooms and study, but we know the right time to do so.

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Overall Experience: Usually, I really like being at Simmons, but my enthusiasm does tend to wax and wane with the moon. I love the size of the school and the friends that I have met here, but I intensely wish that more classes could be offered.

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Overall Experience: I love Simmons for its intimate environment, but sometimes I get frustrated with the politics of hierarchy, too. But I suppose that you find politics everywhere.

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Overall Experience: My overall experience has been a good one!

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is worth it if you feel it is, but personally, I like the community feeling of living on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments in the Boston area, but the do tend to be pricey. If you break it all down, though, it is cheaper to live off campus for a year than to live on campus from September through May. Look in the Mission Hill area, apartments are cheapest there, and it is a huge college student neighborhood. Many students walk to school, and there is a T stop right there.

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Off-Campus Housing: I feel that if you can afford it, why not. But not a lot of people can afford it, unless you have many people wanting to live in a small Boston apartment. It is crazy what you find in Boston, tiny amounts of space for a lot of money.

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Off-Campus Housing: I prefer living on campus, but off-campus housing works, too. I think you even save a little money living off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of off-campus housing. There are plenty of apartments in the area, but expect to pay a lot for a little.

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Off-Campus Housing: Do not live off campus your freshman year. It is way too difficult a transition to live in an apartment in Boston with mice and obnoxious neighbors and cooking for yourself. Plus, living at Simmons is incredibly convenient. You don't have to wake up two hours before class to make sure you get there on time. Wait until senior year, that is the best time to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is convenient but expensive. The Fenway area is so densely populated that the price of rent just keeps rising.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very expensive and not convenient. I don't believe it's worth it, but it differs from person to person. If you like a roommate and don't enjoy being on campus, then it may work out for you.

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Off-Campus Housing: It can be convenient. I haven't lived off campus, but if you live on campus, it's a seven-minute walk to the academic classes, and if you're going to be at the Main Campus Building really late, it might not be safe to go back to your apartment alone that late. Also, think of the commute in the morning waiting for the T. I'm not going to lose 30 minutes of sleep to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: You can find housing very close to the main campus, so it is really convenient. But it's inconvenient in the sense that if you want to be involved in various organizations, most meetings take place on the Residence Campus. Also, I find it much less stressful to live on campus during my undergraduate years, because people don't realize how much more responsibility it is to live in an apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is convenient, but extremely expensive. Watch out for slum lords who prey on college students who need cheap housing.

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Parking: The parking sucks at Simmons. Take public transportation to school if you can. Parking sucks in Boston in general.

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Parking: It is not easy to park anywhere in Boston. There is meter parking on Brookline Avenue.

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Parking: You are not allowed to have a car if you live on campus, but at the same time, you really don't need one. If you had to have one, then you would have to move your car constantly or you would continually receive parking tickets.

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Parking: It is just bad, bad, bad. Just don't drive.

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Parking: It is not easy to park on campus; there is 15-minute parking on the Res Campus; otherwise, you have to find your own parking, which can be hard in the city at times.

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Parking: Parking is not available at school, and it is always a hassle to find parking. If you ever want to have anyone over who drives, make sure you set your alarm for 8 a.m. and have a roll of quarters, because the MBTA police are out every two hours writing up tickets.

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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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