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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: You don't need any transportation to get around campus, it's a small school. For around the city there is a bus stop right in front of both the residence halls and the library. The Fenway T stop is less than a five minute walk! There is no lack of transportation but having a visitor with a car can be tricky, since there is really no parking for visitors except meter street parking, the garage is pretty expensive

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I loved Simmons but I did not know how I was going to afford it. There is a GREAT scholarship called the Gilbert and marica kotzen scholars program and it pays for EVERYTHING. Tuition, room & board, and fees.. plus $3000 a year for research, extra classes, or study abroad. Also you get an extra adviser and get to have a meeting with the president of the college! I would recommend applying for it

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College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are no guys at simmons, it is a womens college, but it is the most diverse group of women I have ever been around. Everyone has a different opinion on everything and come from all over, but mostly new england.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The public safety officers ar the best and I have never felt unsafe on campus. We get updated by phone or email if there ever is an issue or concern. They aren't over the top either, everything is reasonable

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We need more housing! Housing is guaranteed which is great but that also means if more seniors stay on campus and take up rooms, then everyone is bumped down and unfortunately a bunch of freshmen were in forced triples at the beginning of the school year. But this year they got to choose their rooms before the rest of their grade and got other small perks. Plus a bunch has gotten remodeled since 2012 like bathrooms and common room furniture which is great.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: To be honest, I don't love the dining hall. But I am also a picky eater and grew up on more than mac and cheese and pizza...Sometimes it can just get boring. But there is the Fens cafe on the academic campus which has much better food, but at a price. It is not all you can eat like Bartol dining hall but also it has more variety and better prepared food! And the coffee options are great- I love Meyers which has starbucks coffee!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: SImmons Athletics is great in the way that if you want to play a sport, you can definitely try. Especially crew- there is a novice team and I came to college knowing nothing about rowing and now I may row all four years. I think that is unique and I love it. I have never heard anything bad about any coach...Athletics teams feel like family!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have loved almost every single one of the professors I have had at Simmons. The classes are a good size and I don't feel like I am wasting time or money (except on a couple of the requirements). Quality education

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's Boston. There is something to do whenever you want to! All you have to do is walk around the city and experience the college-city life.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Simmons is safe. No one really drinks or gets wild on campus. They save that for the other Boston colleges and bars, so residential campus is a calm safe haven.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the place to be. It's a college city, and that is clear. If you're going to ever live in the city, this is the time in your life to do so, and Boston is the place to be.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. There's always a presence of people around. It's well lit and lots of emergency posts.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Any Science major will succeed at Simmons. The two major programs that we have are Nursing and PT. Lots of the students at Simmons are Nursing students. It is one of the best nursing programs around, and we have tailored curriculum to our program.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to go that are right down the street, or just a few T stops away. Most of them are fair prices, some can be a little expensive but well worth it. There are lots of little treat places that are nice to go to. We make sure to go to BerryLine once a week for a treat to us.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty nice, it can vary depending on the dorm. The upperclassmen dorms do tend to be a little nicer. The room and board is a little pricey, but it is Boston also. Getting housing is very easy and the roommate matches are also good.

4 College Junior

Academics: Easy, easy, easy registration process. Easier to find a good place to study, and the workload is (I think) pretty average.

5 College Junior

Academics: The advisers are amazing. Most of the people in my program seem driven and often have intelligent points to make in class.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around Brookline and Boston range from fast food (but tasty) to ethnic; anything you're looking for is probably near by.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The MBTA is pretty much what to use, buses and trains are usually pretty good. Cabs are also available, but a more expensive option.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I've heard great things about coaches and our teams seem to do pretty well, unfortunately there isn't a huge amount of support from the students and games are not usually well attended

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are lots of academic options at Simmons. I am a Journalism major and I have been exposed to internships and contacts in the field. The workload is manageable. The curriculum is interesting and the facilities are beautiful.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There are lots of parking options in and around Simmons. For example, you can get a parking pass and park on campus free. You can part around the school right next to the dorms or next to the academic campus. Also, there are lots of parking spots around the school.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Simmons has a very unique and campus atmosphere. It fosters student academic endeavors and social emotional development.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Simmons has lots of options when it comes to food. There are lots of choices and also the cafeteria staff will make special meals for you at your request.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: the parking garage is really nice. theres a lot of spots too. plus its really safe and if you're a student you get a realllllly nice discount


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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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