College Junior 2013-08-23T00:29:47Z
The academics at the school it self offers english and art history. The other requirements are taught at tufts university. As an SMFA student it's almost as though you attend two schools: Tufts university and School of the Museum of Fine Arts. That option allows one to pursue an art practice and even a major or minor in an academic field. The only downfall is that tufts campus is far from SMFA campus, but SMFA provides a shuttle to the campus, so that helps. The facilities are well equipped with a Mac lab and library.
College Junior 2013-08-23T00:22:48Z
The people in the financial aid office are helpful and friendly and have made exceptions with late payments, i'm grateful for that. However, the aid i've received hasn't helped significantly. I'm still struggling to make payments and the payments are large each month, it would help if they could be smaller and more frequent.
College Junior 2013-08-22T23:52:26Z
There's not much parking available, most space require you to be a Massachusetts resident, or one needs to pay for a space in a lot. It's really not necessary to have a car in Boston, public transportation is simpler. Unless, you're commuting I wouldn't recommend driving.
College Senior 2013-06-20T03:10:56Z
there is none whatsoever. Go to Tufts if you want that.
College Senior 2013-06-20T03:09:54Z
They give you money at first but by your final year you have very little aid.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T04:19:16Z
Housing is off-campus. You'll have to find an apartment anywhere in the neighborhoods of Boston. But there is the subway and public buses. However, the atmosphere in public transportation is not always pleasant, and expect some delays when the weather gets bad.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T04:17:36Z
Since I'm from Los Angeles, California, the weather in Boston kind of sucks. The winter is really long and the snow just makes commuting to school really difficult. I also don't like rain, so when it rains, it just makes my day/commute worse. The weather in Boston is very unpredictable. It can be bright and sunny one day, and freezing and windy the next Take advantage of the warm, sunny days by going outside.
College Sophomore 2013-05-23T04:07:41Z
Because it's a small private school, they don't provide much financial aid. It was so bad for my family that I had to take a leave of absence for the second semester of my freshman year. They're sort of stingy with their money.
College Senior 2013-03-13T23:28:19Z
I gave it a C, mostly because this question is really about where you stand on the issue. Practically everyone here smokes cigarettes, and you'll see the cloud wafting out from the front commons as you walk by. Mixed with the cigarettes you'll see plenty of joints being passed without reservation. Teachers are mostly lenient about smoke breaks, and students walk to the park to smoke marijuana over lunch break. You'll occasionally have critiques where teachers allow students to bring in wine/booze. Final review boards often have alcohol present. There is plenty of off-campus drug-usage, but thats not really the responsibility of the school. SMFA offers on-site drug/alcohol counseling.
College Senior 2013-03-13T23:21:38Z
I give SMFA major props for its commitment to acceptance in many categories. There are many international students here and a decent amount of racial/ethnic diversity. The school is completely accepting of all sexual orientations and alternative lifestyles are celebrated. I'm docking points here for two reasons: 1. There isn't a large amount of economic diversity, as this school is wicked expensive, and because it is a private institution it offers measly grants and scholarships. 2. While the progressive/alternative/liberal is championed here, someone with more conservative values would really be outcasted in many ways.
College Senior 2013-03-13T23:12:15Z
If you are wealthy or have some way of paying $1700+/month for a studio, you can have a nice place to yourself in nice neighborhoods near school. Looking to pay less than $1200? That will get you a tiny box or maybe something rat-infested in a bad neighborhood. Even with roommates, renting here is extremely costly. Realtors will try to lock you into "split" apartments which usually just means someone rooms in the living room with a partition or curtain. Parking is virtually impossible in most neighborhoods, so if you have a car, expect to pay $100
+/month for a private spot or just pay oodles for all the tickets you will acquire. Because Boston is such a college-centered town, there is a mad rush to get into apartments on Sept. 1st. I recommend starting your search far earlier than you feel you need to, look for Aug. 1st or other dates to move in if possible, and plan ahead for the pandemonium that is Boston's move-in day!
College Senior 2013-03-13T23:01:40Z
The computers SMFA has in the MacLab are modern, but there are too few of them. The internet is usually painfully slow, so that teachers wanting to show videos in class often cannot even do so. More scanners/printers/copiers are needed for the amount of students here as well.
College Sophomore 2013-02-14T23:39:02Z
Guys & Girls:
There are a wide variety of people within the school's community. SOme are pretty far out there, but there are so many opportunities to make friends and find your own niche.
College Sophomore 2013-02-14T23:35:52Z
Health & Safety:
SMFA is an extremely safe environment. Students are required to scan their ID's when entering and leaving the building. There is a nice sense of community within the school
College Sophomore 2013-02-14T23:32:33Z
Housing options were extremely limited if you were looking at dorms. It was also difficult to find apartments within a decent budget considering the school is in Boston. The school is somewhat helpful, but difficult to deal with during the process.
College Sophomore 2013-02-12T21:56:35Z
There really isn't majors here which kind of sucks if you want to only focus on one thing. However, learning new things has been really cool.
College Sophomore 2013-02-12T21:55:19Z
T runs constantly but shuts down at 12 which is kind of a bust, taxis get lost a lot but convienet at times.
College Sophomore 2013-02-12T21:50:19Z
They work well, sometimes the internet doesn't connect in the labs, but other than that I can't really complain.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-08T00:57:08Z
I received next to nothing compared to the cost of tuition, but that's not a huge surprise when attending private art school.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-08T00:54:55Z
Boston is great if you want academic/cultural fun stuff to do, but it's lacking in diversity.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-09T03:07:06Z
The best thing SMFA has going for it is it's partnership with TUFTS Universty. The folks over at SMFA are lucky to have this alliance and I would be surprised if it lasts in the future. As I have heard only complaints from tufts people about how smfa tarnishes the reputation of tufts.
PARENTS: Be very warry of this school!! The tuition is through the roof, and most of your money will go directly into the MFA. Thats right. SMFA could be compared to a fundraiser, in benefit of the MFA. This is why there is an almost 100% acceptance rate.
PROFESSORS: are for the most part, prideful, pretentious, and sny.They are all working artist who simply take the job for the money and facilities. (NOT BECAUSE THE WILL CARE ABOUT YOUR SON/DAUGHTER!!!) Perhaps the opposite, many will be jelous of any success anyone else has. I state this in all honesty and sincerly wish you to make the best decision with you hard earned savings.
THE FACILITIES: The facilities are decent for the most part. But There is a problem with ventilation that has lead to some major health concerns including lawsuits. These problems have not been properly fixed (only "patched" up by the resident "handiman" (think quazimodo). There is also a plethera of areas experiencing water leaks and growth of dangerous black mold.
STUDENT LIFE: The student body has a reputation of being extremely leftist but also very stand off-ish and unsocial. There are no dorms.
ADVISING/STUDENT AFFAIRS: Student affairs and advising have been decent in the past, but after the firing of some recent employees have gone down hill fast. These offices are more than aloof, certainly requiring very outgoing students to seek out any advice/ information, that process can be like pulling teeth in itself as advisors are very subdued and disinterested.
ALTERNATIVES: MASS ART is right down the street and for in-state students, only costs about 1/4 the price. In the art-world Mass-art has just as good or better of a reputation and has produced more successfull artists than SMFA (check wikipedia!)
Choosing a college is an extremely important decision, Financially and culturally, so don't devote you're life, energy, and hard earned money to an institution that cuts corners, and does not do its best to take care of it's students.
I make all these statements with sincere honesty and hope all Parents have real world information (not just advertising slogans from brochures and websites!) to make sure that they make the BEST possible decision for their child, and that students are provided a good environment to grow and flourish.
College Sophomore 2012-10-06T15:22:04Z
The restaurants are all away from the front of the school so if you don't know where to go you'll be lost. Other than that theres a lot of nice family owned places around and they're not so pricy either.
College Sophomore 2012-10-06T15:19:40Z
It's easy to find apartments here In Boston and as far as expenses go, the apartments won't be so cheap.
College Sophomore 2012-10-06T15:17:23Z
The scholarships helped a lot, they weren't hard to fill out and brought my tuition down to a fraction of a fraction of the full price
College Sophomore 2012-10-06T15:10:34Z
The Macs at school are relatively fast and so is the network, via wireless or wired
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