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Boston, MA
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1,647
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$34,350
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Average
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Facilities: The athletic facilities are fantastic! The computer facilities are also great. Sometimes the printers on the Residence Campus run out of ink or jam, generally when you have a paper due in five minutes, so it's best to print as early as you can for this reason. It doesn't happen often, but be prepared that it might.

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Campus Dining: Bartol is pretty run-of-the-mill college food, I would say. They have a pretty decent selection of food: big salad bar, sandwich bar, cereal, and so on. And they do try to offer healthy low-fat entrees and things along with whatever else they are cooking. But as anything does, the food gets boring after a few months. The Fens (on main campus) has excellent food, but is not covered by your meal plan-you must use extra points or cash there.

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Campus Dining: There is only one dining hall, known as Bartol Hall. It is okay, and has a lot of variety, but students get sick of it quickly. There is a little convenience store on campus, too, which has things to order, like fries and hamburgers-not too healthy! On the main campus, there is Java City (a coffeeshop) and also the Fens, another dining area, which is good.

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Campus Dining: The food is college food. Not bad, but after a while, it tends to get repetitive. Bartol Hall is the main dining hall on the Residence Campus, and the Fens is on the Academic Campus. We also have Quadside, which has a small store and offers food for that late-night snack.

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Campus Dining: The food is up-in-the-air, just like all other college and university dining halls. It has its good days and its bad days. Usually, students will get tired of eating cafeteria food after a few weeks.

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Campus Dining: Bartol Dining Hall has its ups and downs, but if you can be creative with your food, I would say it's actually pretty good.

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Campus Dining: Since we only have one dining hall on the Res Campus, Bartol, I guess there can't be good spots or bad. We all find something that we like, and complain about everything since it's not what we are used to at home. But, we all survive! The dining hall staff definitely caters to vegetarians and vegans, if they have special requests.

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Campus Dining: Bartol is the cafeteria on campus, and it varies from meal to meal, in my opinion, on how good the food is. There are staples that you will see at every meal, and they try to change up the menu on a five-week rotation, which seems to be working out well.

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Campus Dining: The food is usually not too bad, but it's sometimes terrible, just like it would be at any other school.

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Campus Dining: Generally, I like the food on campus (Bartol, the Fens). Bartol sometimes has nights where there isn't a great selection, but generally, there is a lot to choose from, and the food is good. I enjoy the Fens for lunch because they sell yummy things like sushi and Odwalla drinks.

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Campus Dining: The food stinks, but there are cheap eats around campus.

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Campus Dining: The only dining hall is Bartol, and it has its good and bad nights. It usually depends on the day of the week. I tend to eat out or get take-out on weekends. A few students leave for the weekend, and so there are less mouths to feed, therefore, they think we shouldn't eat good food.

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Campus Dining: Bartol is . . . interesting. There are good days, and there are really bad days. The vegetables get to me, nothing seems too good. Weekends are the best, because you can double swipe (go in more than once during a feeding period), and the bacon is crispier. The Fens has the best food; their sandwiches rock, and if you get a wrap, make sure one of the ladies make it, because they're the best wrappers.

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Campus Dining: As a transfer student, I can say that the food on campus is much better than most dining hall food at other schools. The Residence Campus dining hall was great when I was living on campus. It was convenient. Again, because of the influx of first-year students, though, all residential services are understaffed and underprepared for the masses of students coming in for meals. Java City is great for coffee-but I'd rather spend the five minutes to walk to Dunkin' Donuts and pay half that price.

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Campus Dining: Food on campus is like any other college food. You can't complain about it because they have the best quesadillas, salads, and burgers. There is always something healthy to eat, and we have a late-night snack place that is very beneficial for late-night studying.

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Campus Housing: The renovated dorms are very nice. The un-renovated dorms are a little grimy, but bigger, which is nice.

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Campus Housing: I've seen other campuses, and I think our dorms are very nice. The freshman dorms are the dorms to avoid, but they are all being remodeled and updated.

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Campus Housing: Dorms are okay. Simmons Hall sucks, it's going to be the last to be renovated. But it's just for first-years. Smith and Arnold seem to be the best.

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Campus Housing: Avoid the freshman dorms, and you should be all set.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are slowly getting better. There are some that have not been renovated, but they are not bad; I mean, it could be much worse.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average. They re-did Smith Hall to include singles and private bathrooms in each suite. Most of the other halls are generic small rooms, but the closet space is pretty good.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are cozy, let's just say that.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are getting better by the years-there are just a few more left until all of them are refurnished. They are nice and overall good. There is one that Simmons puts the freshmen in, which is Simmons Hall. The others are okay, besides Morse and Mesick Halls. They are the ones that haven't been refurnished yet.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are all different. The freshman dorms start off as doubles or triples, and one could end up with a single as a senior. The lottery system is a big part of the room selection process.

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Campus Housing: First-year dorms aren't as bad as people may make it out to be. They tend to be more fun, people will leave their doors open, and you can talk to just about everyone on your floor. However, the upperclass dorms tend to be a bit bigger, with individually-controlled air conditioning and heat; some are suites and are newer. I happen to think, however, that your experiences living in a dorm are what you make of them.

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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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