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Reviews 481 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love Simmons. It's not the school I pictured myself at, and I actually came for the nursing program and changed my mind. But Simmons is the most supportive environment I've ever been in. It's a great place to grow as a student and, more importantly, as a person.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Simmons but it does have it's draw backs. I love everything about the school except that the science building is not that nice and it has limited supplies for labs and research. Also my program (environmental science) is very small.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I love going to a small school in Boston, but especially one where there is a great campus! Although it is small, it is beautiful, but when you take a step off campus you are in the middle of Boston!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an apartment close to campus can be pretty expensive considering that it's in the city. But if you're willing to travel a little on public transportation then you can surely find a suitable apartment.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You get to meet tons of different people from the neighboring colleges

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Several different restaurants around the Boston area but the ones closest to the school can be pretty expensive. It's best to venture outside the area (Downtown Crossing, etc)

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Not much restrictions unless going into Science building

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't get much help with financial aid

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's best to go to Fens and get a combo meal

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is bad in the sense that you are paying for way more than what you get. Boston is an expensive city to live in, so even a tiny apartment will be more than it would be in another location. The pros are that you save money by living off campus, and you will most likely be close to shops that you will use, but the cost is very high.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We are mostly surrounding by chain-restaurants, so they are convenient and do not cost too much. On the other hand, they do not give student discounts and there is not a large variety.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Our campus is very strict about keeping your guest close to you when you leave your dorm room. We need to have them an arms length away from us at all times. They are also very strict on drinking, drug use, and loud noise in the dorms.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are no parties on our campus because most people go home to go to other schools on the weekend. You need to make friends with students at surrounding colleges to go out and have a good time. Harvard and Mission Hill always have parties on the weekends, but you need to travel there.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid department is very helpful and is the reason I am able to attend this college.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is rarely a variety of options at Bartol, and most nights it is hard to even find something to eat. At the fens, the food is better because of the variety but the prices cause you to run out of your points or meal swipes before the semester is over.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is tough to live in such a small room, especially if you do not get along well with you roommate. It is also very hard to get better housing as an underclassman. On the other hand, campus housing is very close to classes and the dining halls. It is very convenient and the buildings are well-kept.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't imagine myself ever living off campus simply because the cost is extremely high and the distance to campus isn't all that great. Most students who live off-campus are in the Mission Hill area, which isn't terribly far, but not terribly close either. I think that it's more cost-efficient to tough it out and live on-campus in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a Panera, Starbucks, McDonalds, and Chipotle within walking distance of the residence campus. These are all great options that are pretty cost-efficient and quick to grab. There are also lots of sit-down restaurants further down Brookline Avenue, like Unos, Jerry Remy's, and the Yard House. These are more expensive, but good options for when you have a little extra to splurge on. Students discounts aren't the greatest, but a lot of the quick-service locations accept Fenway cash (from your student ID), which is really convenient if you don't like to carry cash with you.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I think that the Simmons administration gives its students enough freedom to explore themselves and get accustomed to a city-pace lifestyle while also being strict enough to keep students on academic track. Professors and administrators take the honor code VERY seriously, so be sure not to make any mistakes in that area when you're doing academic work. Residence life policies are enforced fairly well, but it really all depends on your RA and if they're actively checking to make sure that residents are following the rules. I've never heard of anyone meeting with honor boards or receiving serious consequences for violations, but then again, I'm not sure that any major violations have actually occurred.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is usually very good about getting you the aid that you need to attend Simmons. While there are some employees in that office that aren't the most cooperative, there is almost always a way to get sufficient help and financial aid. If you feel that your original package is not enough, you can ask to have your information re-evaluated, which usually gets more money in your package. When in doubt, ask for more money.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is SO difficult to eat a healthy diet in the dining halls. I feel like I get the same food every single day from the Fens because there's rarely any changes to what's offered. The salad bar there also runs out of essentials a lot -- how am I supposed to have a salad without any lettuce? Bartol is just as bad; the food is barely cooked, and it's really difficult to find food that I feel safe eating -- I'm constantly worried about getting sick! Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are hard to come by, too.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms on campus are pretty average. First year housing is what you'd expect it to be; there's no air conditioning, the walls are made of cinder blocks, and the overall experience is nothing special, really. There are plenty of amenities, like laundry and kitchens on every floor, but the social atmosphere could be improved within my building. The cost of living on campus is pretty high, but not nearly as much as living off-campus in a Boston-area apartment. The housing process is fairly straightforward and involves a simple survey and then being assigned a randomized lottery number. Overall, I'd rate on-campus housing as "just okay"; of course, it is going to improve, as the housing for upperclassmen is MUCH nicer.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is expensive...

I'm pretty sure you're okay as long as you stay on campus, but I;m not even going to start worrying about the hole in my pocket when I move out...

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It's Boston.

The city of diversity and foods from various countries!

There are so many restaurants out there that it would take me more than 10 years to eat at every restaurant.

5 College Student

Administration: They are very reasonable, and accommodate the students' needs.

They are reasonably strict which is a good change for me who went to a strict prison high school.


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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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