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Reviews 609 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is a closed area of brick buildings surrounding a courtyard. However, the Fens is not the safest area, and public messages regarding sexual assaults are not so confidential after a student leaves school for the semester directly after the announcement.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The no smoking policy is absolutely excessive. Asking a young women to go to the curb in the dark so the rest of us don't risk "breathing it in" is putting that woman in harms way. Regardless of public opinion, the school needs to consider, respect, and protect the young women who smoke on their campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are few cultural events and few places of interest. There is one theater and a library within walking distance, but to experience any of the finer events in Boston one would have to travel about 30 minutes by T.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Some scholarships were easy to receive, but it was difficult to receive the amount of aid I needed.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty strict about alcohol and drug use. However, the guest policy is very lenient, which makes it easy to have friends over whenever you wish.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is a very accessible and great city. Once you figure out the T, you can do almost anything you want.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms here are very average. Of course, it all depends on which building you're in. Freshman dorms do not have AC which is tough for the first few weeks of school, but they do have heat in the winter. Not the nest dorms, but not the worst.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Simmons is a very expensive school, however, almost every student is here on some sort of scholarship. Chances are, if you go to financial aid and ask, they will help you out.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Since we are right on the Fenway, there are tons of restaurants and sports bars nearby. There are a wide variety of options, and there's something for everyone within walking distance. We also have a star market which is a 3 minute walk from the residence campus. It is open 24 hours, which is very convenient.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athelete, but there is a good population of athletes on campus. Even if you do not play on the Simmons team, there are intramural sports that students can participate in through the colleges of the fenway (Emmanual, MassArt, Wentworth, MCHPS, and Wheelock). Our sports center is pretty nice, with a pool, gym, track, and a nice workout facility.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The gym is pretty nice. There could be more classes. There are students who get very into sports, but since such a small portion of the college lives in residence and there are more grad students than undergrads, there seems to be a lack of school spirit.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The residence campus is gated with only one gate accessible after hours. You see security there doing patrols all the time. Public safety is less visible on academic campus, especially late at night. Everything feels very safe though. Health Services is a little clueless though when it comes to the health of students in the greater community (e.g. not being able to provide the location of the closest pharmacy, not being able to recommend an area specialist, giving students who don't have the school plan a more difficult time, etc.).

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: If it's your first time doing financial aid, it will be confusing, as the aid officers are overworked and not very proactive or clear in their communication. They are effective and get the job done though.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: People like arts and crafts and movie marathons more than they like parties here. It works for them though.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The buildings are breaking down. The Residence Life Staff is unfriendly, combative, and doesn't really care about enforcing the rules (like when that girl left a mattress in the hall for three weeks). It's so expensive and a bad value for what you get. Also, the wireless Internet goes down frequently.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive and, because of that, usually a lot of people will rent a house or apartment together.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It's pricey but tasty with a variety of options. Many delivery options too, which can be nice.

3 College Junior

Academics: It's so hard to coordinate classes that are required with your major with classes that fill other academic requirements (e.g. math). It's even worst because fun classes almost always interfere with mandatory classes and so the semester can either be awesome or hell. As for the professors, work load and curriculum, that is all up to the people upstairs.

3 College Junior

Academics: Workload feels like you're carrying the world on your shoulders. Professors are nice.

3 College Junior

Local Area: There are many food joints near by and there is an art museum right down the street. Also, the grocery store in just down the street as well so buying food is convenient.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The first time was stressful and I had no idea about the kind of tax form and there were many questions where I had to look up the meaning of. I didn't know a lot about my mom's tax so it was difficult. After that, I was given an option to transfer most of the answers from last year to this year and all I had to do was put in the income.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: My school has the best campus security and I couldn't ask for any better. The officers are always patrolling and there are cameras everywhere. After 11pm, all gates are locked and the only way in and out is through the campus security room. I have never heard of any assaults on my campus and feel extremely safe no matter what time it is.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Simmons College is a private woman's college and has less that 2,000 students. Therefore, class sizes are smaller and more intimate, making for a better learning environment.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Master's of Nursing program I am in is small. We have access to amazing clinical sites at some of the best hospitals in the city and country.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: We're located right in the middle of the city and near the finest hospitals. We are surrounded by other colleges, so there's always something cool happening somewhere.

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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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