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Boston, MA
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$34,350
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Drug Safety: It's really not big. There are quite a few straight-edge students, but an equal number that smoke weed. I don't know why we're supposedly one of the most sober campuses on the planet, that's a lie if you ask me. We just don't necessarily drink on campus.

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Drug Safety: I think it's similar to any other campus. People drink and smoke, but it is not overwhelming.

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Drug Safety: I have heard of two or three incidents, but nothing extremely serious.

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Campus Strictness: Policies are strict. If you are caught drinking and are underage, then you will be penalized for it.

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Campus Strictness: Simmons is not a dry campus, therefore, if you are 21, you are allowed to have booze on campus. And their rule of thumb is one open container per 21-year-old in the room. Your bags and things are not checked for alcohol, and you probably won't get stopped if you are spotted carrying booze on campus. If you get caught drinking in your room with minors, you could be sent in front of the board and even kicked off campus. But, if you have a cool RA, you will usually get a warning.

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Campus Strictness: I don't feel that they are very strict. I know there are set rules about it, but you rarely see any situations get out of hand.

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Campus Strictness: I feel that as long as you're not causing a problem, or distracting others, you can mostly get away with quietly drinking in the rooms, if you choose to.

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Campus Strictness: The policy is fairly strict, and rightfully so. If you're going to be an idiot and bring drugs to one of the smallest schools in Boston and think you're not going to get caught, then you deserve to get caught. Besides, we like Simmons to be a safe and comfortable place to come home to.

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Campus Strictness: Simmons Residence Life staff is very strict about alcohol policies. There is even a hall where the residents are not permitted to drink or smoke.

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Campus Strictness: They are relatively strict, but they are also lenient for first offenses. My advice: just don't get caught. And don't live in South Hall just because it's nicer if you drink or do drugs, because it's not worth it.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great restaurants in the area: Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Italian, as well as fast food places.

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Off-Campus Dining: Being in Boston, there are plenty of off-campus restaurants, all within walking distance. Try Kenmore Square, Newbury Street, Longwood Food Court, and Huntington Avenue, just to name a few.

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Off-Campus Dining: Simmons is in the city, so there are many restaurants and good places to eat; all you'd have to do is look online or ask someone. If you're looking for cheap and fast or fancy and expensive, it is all there.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restaurants all over the place. It's a big city with tons and tons of restaurants. There are all different kinds, too! Anything you can name, you can just about walk to.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of off-campus restaurants around Simmons College that are really good!

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Off-Campus Dining: It's Boston. You can eat anything anywhere for any budget!

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Off-Campus Dining: Um, it's Boston-the restaurants rock. Hidyan's is just a few blocks away, and they have the best frozen yogurt. Don't go to D'Angelo's, it's kind of gross. And then there's Cold Stone right nearby, for when you have the cash for a real pick-me-up.

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Off-Campus Dining: The food in Boston is the best! So many places, so many types, so many price ranges-just the best!

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Off-Campus Dining: There are several good restaurants in the area like Brown Sugar (Thai), Bertucci's, Uno's, and more. However, you can take the T to Newbury Street, Harvard Square, or Central Square, and you can find absolutely any type of food you can think of.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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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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