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Reviews 264 total reviews with an average rating of 3.1

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1 College Student

Greek Life: It doesn't exist. No Greek stuff.

2 College Student

Athletics: Sports are a complete joke. Don't waste your energy. There's a gym, it has average equipment but it's shared with the community of Great Barrington, it's not owned by the college. There's a pool if you're into that. There's a field for soccer. I don't think it's well kept.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Once again, limited options with off-campus dining. Housing off-campus is only allowed by seniors who must petition. It's a prison.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are very few places if you don't want to travel far, and if they're not shi**y they're pricey. However, there are two decent caf├ęs. One doesn't have good actual food, however.

1 College Student

Scholarships: They give out too much, and then they can never have enough to improve the school. So they invite lots of students to an unimproved, dilapidated school. Some people have major issues with it, and I heard of some pretty nasty cases. I don't think it's easy, even though they go over budget with it, they're not reliable.

1 College Student

Campus Food: I never eat there. Ever. It's a privilege that everyone would take if they could.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: It's bland. The bathrooms are not clean. Toilet paper is often not refilled and trash often overflows. There are odd smells throughout the dorms. If there are things wrong with the room, unless it's major it isn't fixed. There is an attempt to recognize gender-variant individuals but I've heard people having issues. There's not a sense of community.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you get good grades, you will be fine.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's not as bad as people say it is.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's fine. People exaggerate when it comes to this stuff.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: "Parties" generally consist of 5-8 people sitting in a dorm room drinking, listening to music & discussing either Marx or Kanye. However, friday & saturday night dances are often organized in the PAC, which function as on-campus parties.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Downtown Great Barrington is about a 30 minute walking distance & 5-8 minute drive. Shuttles to and from town are available, but on a very limited schedule. Townies are very friendly (some might even give you a ride if you're walking from town).

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing options are very limited ("the mods" are currently closed due to asbestus) and off-campus is no longer available. First-year dorms (with the exception of Kendrick, which co-ed) are old, haven't been renovated in decades and are very small. Carriage looks like a trailer (but actually) & the only dorms really worth living in are Hill (mostly sophomore & juniors, a few seniors) & Pibly (apartment style, upper-classmen dorm on upper campus). If you don't have a car, do not kid yourself by living on upper-campus- your mountain bike won't cut it.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: No off-campus housing available, as of a few years ago.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Nice variety & novelty restaurants (quaint coffee shops, wood-fired sourdough pizza shops etc.), but generally very expensive. Lots of organic & vegan/vegetarian food options. Co-op & Big-Y grocery store in a short distance. However, there very few fast food joints on Main Street (other than Subway).

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very strong security presence. It's a small community, therefore, petty crimes generally don't go unnoticed and are not tolerated. There is also some residual fear of school violence due to the school shooting a few decades ago. I generally feel relatively safe. However, both security and the residence directors can be very overbearing and invasive.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Very few students participate in athletics, therefore it's not selective at all, and it's quite possible that you might not even know they exist on campus. There's a severe lack of funding for the teams and they're taken seriously on campus. In fact, the basketball team often plays high school campuses. However, the facilities (the KAC) are very nice & functions as an open gym.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is varied and really quite good quality. It is the berkshires, so the town has a lot of vegan and organic food options (which my friends appreciate even if I don't). However, there is very few fast food options. There is maybe one fast food place and two places that deliver food to the college (crappy pizza place and chinese food that is kinda expensive and could be better). The places in town are great but a lot of them are really expensive. I recommend eating at Staax for diner. It isn't too expensive and the burgers are amazing.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I tried to find a way to live off campus but the school wants the housing money and literally will not let you live off campus. Which really sucks...a lot.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I usually feel very safe on campus. Security is pretty helpful (except when it comes to a medical issue, they don't always handle mental health issues the best but they try and really have the best intentions) but mostly the students are pretty trustworthy and Great Barrington is an area with little to no crime.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Simon's Rock tries to meet as much need as it can. A lot of students I know have almost all of their tuition covered between financial aid and scholarships. However, even though I got a scholarship and some financial aid I will be walking away with a lot of student loan debt.

3 College Senior

Administration: Simon's Rock administration is usually pretty good at keeping up good relations between them and their students. That being said, they could do a lot better. They often don't use their students as the resource they are. However, if you want to start a club or get an event approved, it is very easy.

5 College Senior

Academics: Simon's Rock's academics are the best in the country. You literally can't find a school better in terms of academic rigor. That being said, they expect a lot out of you. The teachers are all very informed in their fields and they treat you as academic equals. Most of them are interested in your opinions and really want to know what you are thinking. We have max cut policy, so attending class is a must. Essays and tests are very important for grades so doing your homework is important, but it doesn't always have to be on time (there is some lenience). I have never had to study before, so the challenging classes at SR made me learn how to study and forced me to go to review sessions. Tutors are not here because students are failing. Tutors are here so that B and C students can get that edge and extra push needed to get an A. You really have to work for your GPA because they take a bunch of students getting straight As in high school and bring them down to a C average and make them really strive to achieve As. Bs are honorable grades here.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing really depends on what dorm you get into. For freshman dorming, the coed dorm Kendrick is the newest and nicest. However, the rooms are smaller than the other dorms. I switched from Kendrick to Crosby for my third semester because I wanted a triple with my friends. Most second through fourth year students live in Hill (The holy grail of dorms) or upper campus (Carriage or an apartment style upperclassman triples in Pibly). Upper campus has much more spacious rooms, but it is near impossible to survive the winter there without a car. I chose to stay in the tridorms sophomore year because they are central on campus.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Do not come to Simon's Rock if you are looking for a college with competitive varsity sports. We only have three teams that travel- swimming, basketball and soccer. Most of our student body isn't very athletic, so the sports (even the travel teams) do not have stressful try outs. If you would like to participate: the sports are very fun and geared to be perfect for those who are not athletic.


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