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Reviews 627 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As an undergraduate I felt safe on campus and I know there were counseling centers if any problem arose along with student organizations fighting for a safer and better camps

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I had a good undergraduate experience with off campus housing. It was expensive but it was worth it since I didn't have a car and wanted the freedom of off campus with the closeness of class.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I love our public safety team. Though there has been a high turn-over rate, the officers make themselves visible in daily rounds on both campuses. Response to emergency and non-emergency calls are handled quickly and effectively.

They have responded to at leas two emergency calls regarding students having seizures and they have responded in less than 5 minutes. The chief officer sends out campus wide notifications (through e-mail and text) regarding any robberies, unsafe situations (between strangers and students) and security measures set in place for Red Sox games or other instances (such as last year's bombing).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In the typical undergraduate fashion, the lottery system generally improves as one rises in status. First years are usually placed in Simmons, Mesick and Dix halls with seniors aiming for Evans, Smith or Arnold. depending on the dorm, students may have their own bathrooms and/or common rooms within the upperclass student housing.

Graduate students applying after Fall 2013 are not guaranteed on-campus housing, and those who do have the choice can choose between South and North halls, located on either side of Bartol dining hall. These dome are older and have not been recently renovated (no elevators and limited handicap accessibility), but they do provide a general separation between graduate and undergraduate students.

Housing selection times change per year. Undergraduate housing can take at least 2 hours at earliest recollection, as it caters to at least 300 students. At graduate housing selection this year there were 15 of us and the process lasted less than a half hour. In both cases, students must choose a list of rooms they desire (first picks usually don't work out for undergrads) and when called tell the proctor. H/Sh/Ze then calls out the hall and number and trays out the area. The student(s) is/are then moved to a side table for confirmation and to the back of the room to check out.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: As a bor and bread Bostonian, it's hard not to say everything I love about the city. Simmons is separated enough that it has a small school feel within the big city. We are located within walking distance of Fenway Park, and the MFA and T-Rides away from the Boston Public Library (main branch at Copley), the Aquarium in addition to the Museum of Science. Newbury Street is extremely popular with college students, locals and tourists alike. Harvard Square and Cambridge are also high points of exploration. Boston thrives when school is in session, but appreciates the quieter summer months as well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Near the Landmark Center, Shaws and the Longwood area offer various options for off campus dining. Most popular spots include Panera Bread or Chipotle, which deliver to the dorms or academic campus. Coupon books and FenwayCard discounts are advertised through e-mail or in the dorms.

Other options include : Boloco, Basho (more expensive), D'Angelos, Bertuccis, the Longwood cafeteria. I suggest exploring the area on one's own and discovering personal preferences.

Take out includes: Dominos, Chinese, Thai and sometimes Indian cuisines.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons has a very odd set-up with transportation. More frequently, students cross Brookline Avenue, walk in front of or through the Emmanuel campus and cross Avenue Louis Pasteur to get to class (or vice versa to return to the dorms). Off campus housing is only accessible through public transportation which Simmons has no real control over. They do offer monthly passes for the MBTA.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: As previously stated, Simmons has recently changed some of its drug-and drinking policies. You may find more information in the Simmons handbook under "Conduct".

Simmons is very open, fostering a space where students may voice their concern issues within the college, on a state or nationwide scale or internationally. Exhibitions of promoting equality for mental health and eating disorder awareness, students for justice in Palestine to the It Gets Better project, there is sure to be an activity or organization for students to get involved in.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid office recently underwent a change in staffing. My undergraduate advisor, Mehrdad, is the most helpful person a student could ask for. He clearly explained the aid process and avenues my parents and I could take to pay for school. Several times, he helped me rework my finances so I can pay for each year with the school's help. Though I cannot speak to the other counselors' expertise, my undergraduate experience with financial aid was wonderful .

However, I have less contact with them as a graduate student.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Simmons has its good points and bad points with the major/program offerings. As an undergraduate English major, much of the focus is on white male writers, classic American and British literature and not much on the different forms of writing. I didn't write proposals until a management class for my IT minor. While I love the staff, most programs of study do not acknowledge cross-disciplinary focuses. In the undergraduate curriculum, I'd love to see technical writing in the English department (of example).

As a graduate student, it's clear that the staff in both the Children's Literature and Library Science program want to help the students succeed. They promote conferences, symposiums, job or internship opportunities both on a school-wide and individual scale. Several professors have encouraged me to continue with a focus in video game design, and are interested to see how I can relate that to libraries and children's literature.

The workload varies from course to course and across programs. I will say that the areas of study I am in are fairly narrow and new (this is the first year of the dual LIS/ChL program) so I will refrain on commenting, as I am still figuring out my own relationship with the professors and program set-up.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Simmons is a dry campus. If students desire a drink, they must sneak it into the dorms or attend a party at other colleges. Similarly, Simmons recently banned marijuana and hookah use on campus. Location near Longwood and multiple hospitals allow for rapid emergency response or treatment.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a variety of options for transportation, ranging from using one's own car (though parking can be pricey), taking the T or bus. Student discounts are offered for the T and for public buses. On campus, there is parking for commuter students. Students pay at a discounted rate per hour.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pricey, especially for college students. Finding housing outside the city may be easier, both in price and options. Renting with roommates though is helpful and makes the cost less of a burden.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a wonderful city, with there being a variety of options for students - whether dining, shopping, going to a movie or museum. Boston is also a lovely city, with there being several parks in the area - great for walking or running.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The social work program focuses on clinical work rather than work at the macro level. As far as workload, the homework seems average for a graduate program, and the curriculum having been recently revised, offers students the possibility to take more electives.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus community is accepting of diversity. There is an average amount of diversity (ethnic, racial, economic, political, religious and sexual).

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical New England weather! The winters can be difficult if living off campus, especially driving or walking to campus. Other than that, the fall, spring, and summer months are lovely in Boston!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am very happy with the social work program at Simmons. The professors are available for help outside of class and the classroom atmosphere is friendly and supportive. I would choose this program again if I had the option.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process for getting into the social work program was no-hassle. When I applied, I did not encounter any challenges or difficulties.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process of applying for financial aid is easy enough.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus feels safe and secure, with it being well lit.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options for dining off-campus, with prices ranging in cost. The variety of off-campus dining is excellent, and the prices are not excessive, with most places being affordable for college students.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe staying on campus, but often I see security playing games or falling asleep and I get worry-although I understand that they must be really tired. However overall, it is a safe environment that I live and study in; maybe some improvements can be made.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They're not very strict about the little things. Honor code is huge though, and they're strict on drugs and alcohol.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my finance major. Simmons has a lot of resources for networking in order to find a job upon graduation.

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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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