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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Simmons Public Safety is always around, although guests are let in through the front gate at night without needing to sign in or show any form of ID. Parking at Simmons is extremely expensive and difficult to find anywhere else. Convenience of everything is definitely an A and cost varies by location.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Simmon's is located in a beautiful, ambitious area of Boston. The campus is only a 15 minute walk to Fenway Park, and is in the center of many research centers and hospitals. There is so much to do and public transportation is readily available to take you anywhere you could think of going in Boston.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Given the location of Simmons College, parking is very strictly enforced. As annoying as that can be, I'd much rather them be strict than have tourists taking up all the campus parking. They're also strict on honor codes as far as cheating. They use the ever popular "Turn it in.com" and other online resources to make sure we're in line.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Simmons is located in the hustle and bustle of Kenmore, which is an awesome area to find a variety of dining experiences. As well as having as many sports bars as you ever need, there are a plethora of ethnic options to wet any palate.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus police are very nice folks. There are crimes that happen in the neighborhood, but not generally on campus. The campus police are willing to walk from campus to campus with you if you want (the academic and residential campuses are a few blocks apart). They don't generally waste time on things like bothering folks when they come back drunk (unless there is an actual problem).

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is nothing that happens on campus, but people go off campus to party. With all the other colleges around, the amount of students who live off campus, and with being in the center of Boston, there is always something to do. There is a pretty good variety of things as well. If you're into house parties, there are plenty of frats and whatnot happening all the time. There are also a lot of lounges, clubs and bars. The theater district is also just a short T ride away.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are small, but there is a pretty strong sense of community. Different halls and floors have different vibes. My floor was super chill and a bit of a party floor, but people were generally considerate of other residents. The housing process is easy if it's your first year, and can be a pain if you're living on campus after that. I would recommend living on campus for your first year and then looking for an apartment after that. There is all sorts of drama in the dorms, and a lot of people move off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The First Year core program is really awful, the professors only half know what they are talking about and don't seem interested in teaching the course. It's a little confusion as to why the school just doesn't require a general Social Science/Women's Studies class, seeing as that is what the MCC program is supposed to be. The first year classes are kind of a joke, but also pretty easy.
However, the other classes are great. The professors really love what they are teaching, and that is apparent in their teaching. The professors are pretty accessible and generally willing to help answer questions.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons is a small school and does not have any transportation. It wouldn't hurt to have transportation between residence campus and academic campus but it is not a very far walk.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is an excellent city to be in for college. There's plenty of places to walk to off-campus and if not there's the T and the bus system to get around the city.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received the financial aid that I needed and everyone was extremely helpful. It went as smoothly as financial aid can go.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus, everywhere is very safe. I do walk a short way to the T station and have never had any trouble.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: If you're interested in women, there's a healthy queer scene here. There's a great range of girls and some transguys. However, if you stay in the Simmons dating scene for too long, you can have a lot of people to avoid on campus. It's a small school, so if things don't go well you're bound to see them several times a week.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Moving off campus never seemed worth it to me, considering how much money you can pay for a crappy apartment. Maybe people are okay with that, but I much prefer living on campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Public Safety is good at alerting everyone when there have been crimes, on or off campus. It's a city, so you're going to expect a little bit of danger off campus. There are occasionally thefts, but it tends to be from people who don't actually go to Simmons. Overall I feel pretty safe. I can leave my belongings at my table in the dining hall and everything will be there when I get back.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Most nightlife on campus involves drinking casually in the dorms or hanging out without drinking. There are sometimes events on campus, like concerts and comedy nights. Off campus, there are only a couple 18+ night clubs. If you're over 21, there's a great bar scene right in the area, especially if you like sports bars. There are also plenty of parties at frat houses or apartments of students at other colleges. You just have to know the right people. As far as on campus, though, there's not a whole lot going on. And we like it that way.

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4 College Senior

Technology: For the most part, technology is great here. I really like their printing system, and they have both Macs and PCs. My only complaint is the wireless internet. They just got it my sophomore year, and it can be pretty slow at times.

5 College Senior

Administration: Simmons is good about treating its students like adults. We're allowed to have guests without signing them in, as long as we keep an eye on them. Our RAs aren't out to get us. They just want to make sure people don't disturb others and that everyone can get along on the floor. If you're 21, you're allowed to drink on campus. If you're younger than that, it's not hard to get away with if you're being responsible. Campus Security is more concerned about our safety than strictly enforcing rules. If they see you walk by looking drunk but you're being taken care of by friends, they'll just leave you to it. In general, I feel respected as a student living on campus.

4 College Senior

Academics: With the exception of the lab sciences, I've found the academics to not be very challenging. We learn some very thought-provoking things, but the course load is relatively easy compared to my friends at other schools. I can coast by and get A's. What's really great though are the professors. The ones I've had are always willing to go above and beyond to help you out.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Very strong efforts are made by the school to teach inclusion and acceptance of diversity. However, the actual makeup of the school includes few students of color, international students, class diversity, etc. The administration is supportive of these populations, but the student body isn't always the most receptive.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's the City – Being in the city of Boston your dining possibilities off campus are enemas. The only thing is there isn't much open past 11pm.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Beautiful and It's Own Community in a Big City – Simmons is beautiful. The residence campus has a large grassy quad and is gated after 11pm which makes it feel like you are living in a small community in the middle of a bustling city. The academic campus is only a block down the street so none of your classes are very far.

5 College Senior

Majors: Simmons has one of the best nursing and healthcare schools in the country. The labs expose students to learning every aspect of nursing including a lab set up as a hospital room and a dummy patient who responds to the care it's being given. Excellent labs!

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Boston Is an Amazing City! Simmons, located in the heart of the Fenway a hop, skip and jump to Fenway Park and in Boston proper. Boston is a beautiful and historic city so there's something for everyone. The Charles River has any water sports you would like to participate in with the exception of scuba, museums abound, theater has every major Broadway productions, thousands of restaurants, too much night life to name here, and overall a fun city offering just about anything within a students interest. Not to mention many, many colleges call Boston home so students are everywhere; studying, visiting, having fun. It's a great city!

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: An Exceptional School – Going into Simmons one of the first questions any perspective student asks is "can I get along in an all female college?" The answer is a resounding Yes! The student body is very supportive of one another, and the professors are the best in their field. The most important thing to know is that Simmons is academically one of the best schools for any career choice. It academically challenges students to be the best they can be, and when a student graduates Simmons, she is ready for anything life and her chosen career can dish out! Simmons is an all around awesome 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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