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Reviews 704 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: No complaints here! I use the gym frequently, and everything has suited my needs thus far.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The academic and residential campus are separate. It forces you to get outside, and cross paths with your friends. The facilities are good, and the architecture is lovely.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I live 45 minutes away by train, so I've never had any complaints. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs on-time and smoothly.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Student Financial Services office is rude and unapproachable. I tried to talk to them about studying abroad, and they were not kind. They barely acknowledged my presence in the meeting.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is no real visitor policy. You don't sign people in here, just go on good faith that your guest will stay no longer than 3 consecutive nights in a row. Drinking/drugs and partying aren't popular here, so if there's a lot of noise in your dorm (between 11pm-8am), you'll definitely be hearing from the RA on duty. Even on weekends. It's nice during finals when your pals are being noisy, but sucks when you're the one wanting to have a conversation at 3 am.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This is an all-women's college. A lot of complaints I've heard is you're not likely to find your perfect mate just casually walking to the dining hall. This is where you'd really have to go out and make your own luck. If you're gay, be careful about dating in the social scene here. Classes are small, and news will travel.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cost. Living in the city is extremely expensive, and you're getting charged at a minimum $1000/month, and absolutely no parking. The perk is you'll live close to public transportation. But Simmons guarantees housing for students, so it's much more worthwhile to live on campus.

2 College Freshman

Parking: You can park on academic campus in the garage, but if you don't validate (and being honest, it's difficult for parents to validate without students help), you'll be charged $50.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The only complaints I have are you only get $50 of printing money for the semester, and the wi-fi has a tendency to be slow.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rain in the fall, rain in early winter, snow and ice in late winter. But it's no different from typical New England weather if you're used to it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are 2 major cafeterias: one on res campus, and one on academic campus. Both are pretty standard in what they offer, and there isn't a lot of diversity. If you miss the closing of either dining hall (around 8pm), you're out of luck, unless it's the weekend, when Quadside Cafe opens to serve food like quesadillas and burgers til 1 am.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are no real parties here. Which is fine if parties aren't your thing. There are a lot of sports bars in our area because it's so close to Fenway, but those are busy, and sometimes you can't get any service if you're under 21. On Friday nights, the gay club "Machine" is 18+, which can be fun. Otherwise, look to go to BU, Northeastern, or Berklee for parties. Make sure they're within walking distance too, because the T shuts down around 12:30 on weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people partake in sports, but it's not a huge part of student life

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We only have two dining halls and both only have select options when it comes to dining

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I feel like Simmons is only strict about things they need to be strict about. They know we're adults and will make our own decisions, but they don't want us to be stupid about it

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Aesthetically, it's very nice. But our sports center is small and could be improved, as well as our dorms. Traditions are a huge thing, and there are always activities going on

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The nursing program was #1 out of all the schools I looked at, and by going through with this undergrad program, I'd be more likely to get a job 6 months out of graduating than any other graduate from other schools

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The nursing program is great, but I don't like the small school, I don't like the all-girls, and I don't like that we don't have huge sporting events.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are small and it's very difficult to get into the "nicer" housing. We don't have suite-style living until junior or senior year, and we aren't offered any apartment style living like most other schools

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have a Greek life

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I've never used the parking garage, but I sometimes hear complaints about the price and length of time you can park for

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons College is centrally located, making the distance to the T and bus stops very short.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish more financial aid could be offered to students who need it

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our security guards are vigilant and our campus is secured with gates at night

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Simmons doesn't offer off-campus housing.


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Krista Evans
Florence, AL
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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