College Freshman 2013-11-18T03:26:00Z
If you get merit, it's great. You really have to push, however, to get the money you need.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T03:25:16Z
It just doesn't work very well. The campus shuttles run every 30 minutes or so from 2pm to 7pm on weekdays, not at all on weekends. They get cancelled a lot. The B-Bus is $1.50 and is ok, but not great. No public transport runs on sundays, only the taxis, and those are $10 to get into town and $12 to get to the K-mart.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T03:22:58Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone's alright. No one's like abnormally attractive.
College Freshman 2013-11-18T03:21:32Z
There aren't a lot of computers, and the wifi sucks.
College Senior 2013-10-22T06:59:14Z
Guys & Girls:
At the Rock, while we have a lopsided gender ratio on paper, we've got a quite significant amount of girls who mostly seem to just date each other, and a quite significant amount of nerdy boys who also just hang out with each other.
This means that it's as easy, and as common, to be surrounded by boys as it is to be surrounded by girls.
You might currently be worrying that no one at the Rock is very good looking, but the school is about as pretty as any other liberal arts school; our students are just so completely outside of the traditional vein that they look less attractive when they really just don't shave their legs very often or whatever.
College Senior 2013-10-22T06:43:50Z
I'll just explain it.
-Dolliver is the guy's dorm. It smells exactly like millions of rancid butts. If you're a gamer, there's been an eternal LAN party in its basement since the start of last year. It will probably still be down there when you get here.
-Kendrick is the coed dorm. It's clean and nice because it burned down or something awhile ago and the school rebuilt it. The dorm has a lot of partying and sex. This year, however, that seems a little less prevalent.
-Crosby is the girl's dorm. There is no community. No one hangs out, really. But there are girls there, and they make food in the kitchen a lot if you want to eat things and have friends. It's not very clean either, but better than Dolliver.
You will meet some hipsters here, some stoners, some party people, and some people nerdier than you. You will also meet people who are so outlandishly, brilliantly weird you can tell stories to other people about them for the rest of your life.
A word of caution: Upon first arriving you might find that you can't tell what gender some people are. Do not try to figure it out from looking at them. Just ask them, or find out from someone else.
College Senior 2013-10-22T06:31:30Z
Certain social circles smoke pot or drink regularly, but many are such complete nerds that they find the very prospect hilarious.
The school used to have problems with heroin and ecstasy, but I've never encountered either.
Pot, while not allowed, is definitely tolerated, given how blatant students occasionally are about it.
College Senior 2013-10-22T06:21:25Z
Okay, campus is dead most of the time, and the local town, Great Barrington, is hilariously bad in terms of fun stuff to do. Even the movie theater normally only shows those crappy pretentious films that get really high critic scores on RottenTomatoes.The town has no clubs or other recreational centers, as far as I know. Generally, all anyone does there is buy food. There is no crime, because it's a tiny Berkshire town. On campus, it's easy and common to leave your stuff somewhere, and come back for it a couple hours later with zero worry of someone stealing it. It also gets horribly cold in the wintertime, but I rather like that personally.
College Senior 2013-10-22T06:16:55Z
The social scene isn't actually bad, at least if you're a largely awkward person who prefers low-key social interactions like me. If you're not the partying type, the negligible dance attendance combined with the complete lack of clubs mean that you will basically never have to be awkward at a party while here. It can be tough to make friends at the Rock, as can be seen from our substantial loner population. However, in general people always seem to find a great social niche if they try. The best advice I can give is to make friends with at one person before you get there, via Facebook or whatever, at which point you should develop a friend circle fairly naturally.
On a more general level, social circles rapidly grow, shrink, merge, and split in the first semester before settling down into semi-rigid blocs that can share significant animosity. The first semester is also notable for countless students talking on about how perfect Simon's Rock is and feels, coupled with many intense philosophical and political discussions, but that all ends in a few months.
College Freshman 2013-09-24T02:52:30Z
Most people are accepting tolerant, but first years usually need to be broken in.
College Freshman 2013-09-24T02:50:44Z
As of the 2013-14 year, seniors can't live off-campus. The tri-dorms', freshman dorms, rooms are pretty small, but if you get the right ones you have big rooms. Room in Hill House are really big, and Pibly is the best.
College Freshman 2013-09-24T02:48:26Z
Really only Baba Louie's and Gypsy Joynt are good, the rest are pretty weird. No delivery from pizza/Chinese restaurants past 10pm which sucks.
College Senior 2013-07-19T18:22:18Z
Simon's Rock is special because it is an early college program. Students come here because they are motivated to take charge of their own learning. The student body is small, which means that classes are very personal (no big lecture halls) and one on one time with professors is common. One of my favorite aspects about this school is that almost all of its classes are conducted in a discussion-style format, and that professors are very eager to engage with students. If you simply make time to stop by their office, most professors will meet with you for extended periods and genuinely care about your well being.
College Senior 2013-07-19T18:16:35Z
Simon's Rock embraces diversity of sexual orientations, and welcomes a variety of students from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities. The campus is liberal to a fault in terms of politics; not very accepting of more conservative viewpoints. Simon's Rock students also tend to be atheist/agnostic and can be somewhat disparaging of religious belief.
College Senior 2013-07-19T18:12:42Z
Access to a wonderful athletic center facility is a big plus. Study spaces are limited to the library and the student union. Lots of green space and outdoor hangout areas.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T17:06:20Z
Good compared to most colleges, lots of variety especially for vegetarians.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T17:03:11Z
Guys & Girls:
There are way more pretty girls than good looking guys, but if crazy/artsy/outrageous is your style, you'll find someone. People dress pretty weird, and there is a fair amount of dating, but rumors spread like wildfire because of the small size of the school. Everybody knows everybody's business.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T17:00:26Z
Financial aid is rather easy to get (because if the steep tuition/rates) just make sure you get your forms in on time or else you're out of luck. But if you really can't afford the school, let them know and they will try to work out some more aid.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T16:58:42Z
The academics are wonderful. There's always one or two teachers that aren't as good as the rest, but the classes are challenging, the staff is present and invested and helpful.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T16:53:34Z
Health & Safety:
There are HARDLY any violent incidents on campus and they are treated very severely. I feel safe (as a young woman) walking all over campus in the middle of the night. There are drinking and drug problems on campus, but if you make yourself known as someone who "doesn't do that stuff" nobody will bother you.
College Sophomore 2013-05-01T16:46:37Z
The off-campus housing isn't terribly expensive, but it is hard to find, and most students are too young to rent by themselves. Only seniors are allowed to live off-campus, BTW.
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T17:25:23Z
Very aesthetically pleasing campus, small community of friends,
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T17:21:49Z
The small community provides the students with intimate connections to faculty and peers during class discussions. There are many volunteer opportunities if you are willing to search for them.
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T17:17:16Z
Health & Safety:
I feel very safe at Simon's Rock. It is a small campus with a small, reliable community.
College Sophomore 2013-03-10T07:13:19Z
Really great food, hard to reach unless you have a car, which freshmen can't. Also pretty expensive.
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