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Reviews 68 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Academics: SMFA isn't like any other art school. It's very open-ended and there's a lot of freedom to choose what you want to do- this requires a lot of self-motivation, though. It's sink or swim and it's directly related to how much effort you put in. If you're willing to do the work, however, you are surrounded by faculty that will help you be better than you've ever been.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you're not too academically inclined, you can take your required courses through SMFA- these courses are built for art school students, so it's more attuned to the thinking process of artists. If you're looking for something more challenging, you can take classes at Tufts... Need I say more?

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics at the school it self offers english and art history. The other requirements are taught at tufts university. As an SMFA student it's almost as though you attend two schools: Tufts university and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. That option allows one to pursue an art practice and even a major or minor in an academic field. The only downfall is that tufts campus is far from SMFA campus, but SMFA provides a shuttle to the campus, so that helps. The facilities are well equipped with a Mac lab and library.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The people in the financial aid office are helpful and friendly and have made exceptions with late payments, i'm grateful for that. However, the aid i've received hasn't helped significantly. I'm still struggling to make payments and the payments are large each month, it would help if they could be smaller and more frequent.

1 College Junior

Parking: There's not much parking available, most space require you to be a Massachusetts resident, or one needs to pay for a space in a lot. It's really not necessary to have a car in Boston, public transportation is simpler. Unless, you're commuting I wouldn't recommend driving.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They give you money at first but by your final year you have very little aid.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Housing is off-campus. You'll have to find an apartment anywhere in the neighborhoods of Boston. But there is the subway and public buses. However, the atmosphere in public transportation is not always pleasant, and expect some delays when the weather gets bad.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Since I'm from Los Angeles, California, the weather in Boston kind of sucks. The winter is really long and the snow just makes commuting to school really difficult. I also don't like rain, so when it rains, it just makes my day/commute worse. The weather in Boston is very unpredictable. It can be bright and sunny one day, and freezing and windy the next Take advantage of the warm, sunny days by going outside.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because it's a small private school, they don't provide much financial aid. It was so bad for my family that I had to take a leave of absence for the second semester of my freshman year. They're sort of stingy with their money.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: I gave it a C, mostly because this question is really about where you stand on the issue. Practically everyone here smokes cigarettes, and you'll see the cloud wafting out from the front commons as you walk by. Mixed with the cigarettes you'll see plenty of joints being passed without reservation. Teachers are mostly lenient about smoke breaks, and students walk to the park to smoke marijuana over lunch break. You'll occasionally have critiques where teachers allow students to bring in wine/booze. Final review boards often have alcohol present. There is plenty of off-campus drug-usage, but thats not really the responsibility of the school. SMFA offers on-site drug/alcohol counseling.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I give SMFA major props for its commitment to acceptance in many categories. There are many international students here and a decent amount of racial/ethnic diversity. The school is completely accepting of all sexual orientations and alternative lifestyles are celebrated. I'm docking points here for two reasons: 1. There isn't a large amount of economic diversity, as this school is wicked expensive, and because it is a private institution it offers measly grants and scholarships. 2. While the progressive/alternative/liberal is championed here, someone with more conservative values would really be outcasted in many ways.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you are wealthy or have some way of paying $1700+/month for a studio, you can have a nice place to yourself in nice neighborhoods near school. Looking to pay less than $1200? That will get you a tiny box or maybe something rat-infested in a bad neighborhood. Even with roommates, renting here is extremely costly. Realtors will try to lock you into "split" apartments which usually just means someone rooms in the living room with a partition or curtain. Parking is virtually impossible in most neighborhoods, so if you have a car, expect to pay $100
+/month for a private spot or just pay oodles for all the tickets you will acquire. Because Boston is such a college-centered town, there is a mad rush to get into apartments on Sept. 1st. I recommend starting your search far earlier than you feel you need to, look for Aug. 1st or other dates to move in if possible, and plan ahead for the pandemonium that is Boston's move-in day!

2 College Junior

Technology: The computers SMFA has in the MacLab are modern, but there are too few of them. The internet is usually painfully slow, so that teachers wanting to show videos in class often cannot even do so. More scanners/printers/copiers are needed for the amount of students here as well.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a wide variety of people within the school's community. SOme are pretty far out there, but there are so many opportunities to make friends and find your own niche.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: SMFA is an extremely safe environment. Students are required to scan their ID's when entering and leaving the building. There is a nice sense of community within the school

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing options were extremely limited if you were looking at dorms. It was also difficult to find apartments within a decent budget considering the school is in Boston. The school is somewhat helpful, but difficult to deal with during the process.

2 College Freshman

Majors: There really isn't majors here which kind of sucks if you want to only focus on one thing. However, learning new things has been really cool.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: T runs constantly but shuts down at 12 which is kind of a bust, taxis get lost a lot but convienet at times.

3 College Freshman

Technology: They work well, sometimes the internet doesn't connect in the labs, but other than that I can't really complain.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: I received next to nothing compared to the cost of tuition, but that's not a huge surprise when attending private art school.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Boston is great if you want academic/cultural fun stuff to do, but it's lacking in diversity.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants are all away from the front of the school so if you don't know where to go you'll be lost. Other than that theres a lot of nice family owned places around and they're not so pricy either.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find apartments here In Boston and as far as expenses go, the apartments won't be so cheap.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarships helped a lot, they weren't hard to fill out and brought my tuition down to a fraction of a fraction of the full price

4 College Freshman

Technology: The Macs at school are relatively fast and so is the network, via wireless or wired


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