College Junior 2012-07-10T21:07:17Z
Guys & Girls:
Mix of Everything! Of course, at Simmons there are no guys (at least in the undergraduate programs). When it comes to the girls, there are so many different types of people there - from sporty to artsy and everything in between!
College Junior 2012-06-19T17:56:27Z
Great, but High Cost – The dorms at Simmons are very nice and most are modern. The only complaint is that it is very expensive to live there. Being in Boston, you could probably find an off-campus apartment that is cheaper. One great thing about the dorms is that you can choose to live on special floors, such as the "Foodie Floor" for people who love to cook or the "Sports Floor". There is also a few substance-free floors and an entire wellness hall.
College Junior 2012-06-19T17:51:57Z
What I love about Simmons is that mostly every facility is very modern. The library is gorgeous, very new, and such a great study spot. The main campus building has an older structure but has been renovated nicely. The only place that isn't as modern as I would like it to be is the science building which they are working on updating.
College Junior 2012-06-19T17:48:53Z
There are many computers all over both campuses at Simmons College which makes it so easy to print something quickly or check your email. Sometimes the computers can be slow but this is usually not the case. Printing is very easy at Simmons, even from your own computer. A personal printer is definitely not needed, as money is given each semester for printing. A personal computer is always nice, but if you are looking to just use the school computers it would be easy to do so.
College Junior 2012-06-19T17:44:44Z
Simmons College is located in the heart of Boston. Therefore, there are unlimited restaurant options! If you want something cheap, you can go to McDonalds or Panera. If you wanted a nice sit down restaurant, there are plenty of those around as well such as the Longhorn Steakhouse.
College Junior 2012-06-19T17:42:39Z
Dining on the academic campus is great. There are plenty of options and the food is delicious! However, on the residence campus the dining is much different. The food is good, but most of the time the options are not put together very well to make a good dinner. For example, they would put out three different types of meat with very little vegetables, or vice versa.
College Junior 2012-06-13T22:09:50Z
Boston, That Is – Although there isn't any nightlife ON campus, Simmons is located in Boston, where you can find the best college nightlife experience at either schools nearby or clubs in the area.
College Junior 2012-06-13T22:06:01Z
Supportive and Helpful – Simmons gives women the opportunity to explore things for themselves and there are very little interventions on students unless they are the ones seeking help that they may need. Simmons is there to help guide their students and help them. They want students to take advantage of the help that's available to them.
College Junior 2012-06-13T22:00:12Z
Safe and Comfortable – Compared to other schools, I would not say that Simmons College has a drug problem. It's not what you would consider the "party school," and there are no parties or drugs on campus. If people do choose to go to parties or use drugs or alcohol, it's done off campus. Simmons is a very safe and comfortable environment.
College Junior 2012-05-17T03:05:10Z
Don't Own a Car – I do not park on campus, because Simmons College is located in the middle of Boston, therefore I do not need a car.
College Junior 2012-05-17T03:03:54Z
Great Faculty! The faculty at Simmons College are very knowledgable and have a very high interest in helping their students succeed.
College Junior 2012-05-02T20:09:22Z
Apparently we had a mild winter this year...it got into the teens during the day at the coldest and it's currently may and it's still hovering in the 50s. The fall, however, was spectacular. Very warm.
College Junior 2012-05-02T20:06:21Z
Great for Nursing and Gender Studies – All of the health science programs here are great. The gender studies department is also quite good. All of the other areas are adequate to above average, with more creative majors either not offered or seriously lacking. I want to study art, but there are only a few classes offered at very irregular intervals from semester to semester. There's no photography major not a creative writing major. If you think you may end doing something creative, I would recommend going elsewhere.
College Junior 2012-05-02T20:02:35Z
Not Diverse – Coming from Atlanta, I was shocked to discover that many of the students here are from rural, primarily white parts of new england and felt that moving to boston was a 'culture shock' because of the diversity. This blew me away, because Boston is probably one of the whitest placed I've ever been. There are a lot of white people running around who are so afraid of BEING racist that they in turn ARE racist.
College Junior 2012-05-02T20:00:25Z
Sketchy and Pricey – Boston is very expensive. While it isn't hard to find a place to live, it IS hard to find a place to live that's affordable. Most Simmons students live in the Mission Hill area, which is a not-so-nice part of town. But Boston overall isn't THAT dangerous as far as cities go, so it's livable. Just don't expect to live in a nice apartment for less that 1200 dollars a month.
College Junior 2012-05-02T19:56:25Z
Not Enough on Res Campus – The library at Simmons is BEAUTIFUL. Students from surrounding colleges come to use our library. It's three stories and full of computers. I rarely use the school's computers, but the computer lab never appears to be completely full. My only critique is that there should be more computers on the residence camps.
College Junior 2012-05-02T19:54:57Z
Good School, Not Perfect for Me – As a lesbian at Simmons, the queer community can get a little claustrophobic...but overall, the community is very accepting of the queer community and makes a great effort to address LGBT issues.
I'm transferring out of Simmons because I want to study Art and their creative departments are seriously lacking...I simply cannot do what I want at Simmons. However, I have learned a lot of great things from being here for the past year. There is a very strong work-hard-play-hard ethic here, which is really helpful to me. There are a lot of type-A and highly motivated types here, which I find a bit overwhelming at times but also helps me to get my stuff done.
College Junior 2012-05-02T19:49:19Z
Quite Lenient – Public Safety and Res Life would like students to believe that they have strict punishments for misbehaving students, but this simply isn't the case. While they do take rule breaking, such as underage drinking or illegal use of fire extinguishers (long story), seriously and they do well to scare the living s*** out of you if you're caught, you are usually let off will little more than a warning or academic probation.
College Junior 2012-05-02T19:46:13Z
Edible at Times – There are two main dining halls at Simmons, one on the residence campus and one on the academic campus. The one on the academic, or the fens, is pretty good. There's a wide variety of choices and most are not too bad. But Bartol, the dining hall on the residence campus, is downright awful. The food is very repetitive and often tasteless. I often walk into Bartol starving and see absolutely nothing that looks remotely appetizing. And even if it looks appetizing, 19 times out of 20 it isn't.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T22:18:58Z
The T Is Slow but It Is There – public transportation will get you almost anywhere in the city. No need for a car.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T22:16:43Z
I would say that simmons is pretty diverse. I transferred from a school in the deep south which was predominately white and the local community was pretty racist so I would say Boston is really diverse and tolerant and all walks of life are welcome.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-11T22:14:18Z
The library is great, the MGMT building is brand new and the Main college building is generally nice and renovated with only a few creepy classrooms and bathrooms. Since our library is so nice, students from neighboring colleges usually come in and use it which is such a pain since they don't pay to use our facilities. My grade C is because our science facilities are so horrible that it is embarrassing. Student tours only go to the nursing flow which was renovated and the chem floor got some new renovations due to health and safety hazards but it is overall pathetic. Since Simmons in the bio-medical mecca of the US and entire world, you would think that our science building wouldn't resemble a dungeon. For some reason, people in the management/business program need a multi-million dollar building to talk to each other but we can't run labs, experiments or even have proper demos because our labs are from the 1950's and don't meet safety requirements and they are broke. Awesome. Emmanuel has an amazing science center....just saying.
College Junior 2012-04-07T18:54:10Z
New England – There is typical New England weather here. This past year there was hardly ever any snow, and when it did snow, it went away pretty fast. It rains a lot though.
College Junior 2012-04-07T18:51:40Z
Well, because this is an all-woman's college no one parties on campus. That being said, there are tons of neighboring school and upperclassmen with apartments that it isn't hard to find a party if you know people. It is right down the road from Fenway Park so there are a ton of bars, and The House of Blues is a short walk away.
College Junior 2012-04-04T16:47:30Z
Unsure of a Grade – The school is very accepting of diversity and offers many events to celebrate diversity in general. I have not gotten a good feel for the percentage of students one way or another. Every event (regardless of it's purpose) has been inviting and welcoming and I have never heard or seen comments putting anyone down. Knowledge and awareness is promoted wholeheartedly. I think a lot has to do with the fact that the undergraduate program is a woman's college. I think a woman's college is less judgmental than a coed college normally is. The graduate programs are coed, but maybe it is because they are outnumbered, but the men are very courteous and respectful of the women around them. The teachers expect professionalism from everyone and treat you as a bright, thoughtful individual. I might be able to give a different grade as my year progresses (I am a spring semester starter) but for now I give Simmons an A.
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