Reunion FAQ

Our most commonly asked questions are answered below.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement at 800-831-4284.

Registration

Will I receive a registration confirmation?
Yes. If you register online, you will receive an email confirmation. If you register by mail or phone, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address that you have specified. We will also send you a confirmation email a few days before Reunion with logistics and any other updates.
 
What if I have special dietary concerns?
Please note these restrictions on your registration form. You may also call 800-831-4284 and we will indicate this information on your registration file.
 
When will I receive my Boston Pops, museum tours, etc. tickets?
Tickets will be provided to you when you check in at Reunion.
 
Can I choose who I sit with at the Pops?
Yes, during the registration process you may give seating requests or call 800-831-4284
We will do our best to accommodate requests.

Payments and Refunds

Do I include payment for my Saturday night class event in my overall registration payment or make out a separate check?
Please include the payment for your Saturday night class event in your overall registration payment.
 
One check for your payment is payable to: Simmons University
 
Are credit card payments accepted?
Yes - Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are all accepted.
 
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
If you need to change or cancel your registration, please call 800-831-4284. Please note: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tickets and Boston Pops tickets are non-refundable. We are unable to process any refunds for cancellations made after May 24, 2019.

Arrival and Parking

Where should I go when I arrive at Simmons?
Check in will be located in the lobby of the Management and Academic Building, located on the Academic Campus.

Check in Hours:
Thursday, May 30, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 31  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

May I check in earlier than the official check in period? Unfortunately no.
If you are staying on campus, shuttle buses will take you directly to the Residence Campus to check into your dorm room. If you will be arriving outside of these hours, you must notify the Reunion staff by calling 800-831-4284.

Where can I park on campus?
Parking is available on the Academic Campus in the garage.
Parking Garage: The Simmons garage entrance is on Avenue Louis Pasteur.
If using GPS, use the address 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA. The garage entrance is located next to the Boston Latin School.

Is parking free?
Yes. You have unlimited access to the garage at no charge until Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Is handicapped parking available?
Yes. If you require handicapped parking, please include this in the "special requests" section of the registration form. Designated handicapped parking is marked in the garage.

Can I park at the Residence Campus?
No.There are no parking spaces on the Residence Campus.

Can I drop my luggage/hospitality suite items at the Residence Hall before parking my car in the garage?
No. Parking is not available at the Residence Campus. Please park on the Academic Campus in the garage and bring your belongings with you. Please use the shuttle bus from the Academic Campus to the Residence Campus.

Can I receive assistance with my luggage?
Staff members will be available to help with your luggage when you arrive at the Academic Campus. The shuttle bus will transport luggage between the Academic Campus and Residence Campus.


Housing

IMPORTANT: Once you check in at the Residence Campus, please read the information sheet they provide you carefully for specifics on your dorm room, security and building access for the weekend.

Where and when do I note a roommate request?
You will be able to note your roommate selection or neighbor preferences when you register. We will do our best to accommodate requests. Please note we assign housing on a first-come first-served basis.

What residence hall will I stay in?
We will confirm your dorm and room assignment upon your arrival.
 
To learn more information about each residence hall and its amenities, click here: http://www.simmons.edu/student-life/life-at-simmons/housing/residence-halls

Can I change my room assignment?
Only if there is something wrong with your room assignment upon arrival.The staff on the Residence Hall can assist you.

What time is check out on Sunday for dorms?
Check out is Sunday before 11:00 a.m. We ask that you adhere to, and be respectful of this time. Bus service to the Academic Campus ends at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

What is provided in each room? What do I need to bring?
Continental breakfast is included each morning at Bartol. Each room is supplied with fresh linens, a pillow, a light blanket, a small towel, a bathroom cup, and a face cloth. You may bring additional blankets or towels if you wish. All residence halls have overhead lighting.

Are children allowed in the residence halls?
The Residence Halls are a “festive” atmosphere, especially in the evenings, which may not be appropriate for children. If you are planning for your children to stay in the Residence Halls with you, please call 800-831-4284 to discuss guidelines and possible accommodations.

Is childcare offered over Reunion weekend? No.

Is it possible for my spouse/guest to have one room?
Yes - most rooms contain two single beds. To request a roommate, place your guest’s name in the roommate section of the registration form, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Are there single rooms available?
Yes, there are a limited number of single rooms in the dorms. If you prefer a single room, please list this on the registration form under "special requests". We will do our best to accommodate all special requests.

Are there separate bathroom facilities in the residence halls for men?
No. Evans Hall has ensuite bathrooms, and the other residence halls have shared bathrooms available on each floor. All bathrooms are unisex for the weekend. There will be signs to let you know if the bathroom is occupied by a man, woman or vacant. Please alter the door sign accordingly during the weekend.

Is there air conditioning?
Residence halls are air conditioned. The temperature is controlled centrally and no temperature adjustments are able to be made in each room except for “off” or “on”. The windows do open. There are a limited number of fans available for use. A fan can be requested from the Residence Hall staff. Please consult your Residence Hall information sheet for details.

I am a person with a physical disability - can I have a first floor room?
Yes, please include this request in the "special requests" section on the registration form.

Which of the dorms have elevators?
Evans, Smith and Arnold Halls all have elevators. While the dorms have elevators that are fully accessible, please let us know if you have any requests or concerns and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can I use the internet on campus?
Wi-fi is complimentary all weekend on both the Residence Campus and Academic Campus by signing into the Simmons Wifi Network and entering your contact information when prompted. There will also be a limited amount of computers available for use on the Residence Campus.

Are there phones in the rooms? No.

Is there going to be security on the Residence Campus for the weekend?
Campus security will be present on the residence campus throughout the entire weekend. Contact numbers for security and the Residence Hall staff will be listed on the information sheet when you check into your dorm. Any immediate emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

What happens if I lose my key?
There will be someone on call during Reunion to assist you. This detailed information will be provided at check in. Please note that there is a $50 fee for lost keys.

Can I smoke in my room?
Absolutely not. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, and on both the residence and academic campuses. Simmons University is a smoke-free environment.

Will I have access to cooking facilities?
All residence halls have kitchens/lounges. Your class may have a reserved kitchen/lounge space, so please review the materials provided upon your arrival.

Will my room have a refrigerator?
No. Shared refrigerators are available in the dorm kitchens or lounges.

Will there be a place to store valuables?
Your most valuable items should be with you at all times, or left at home. Safes are not available.

Can I bring my pet?
No. Pets are not allowed in the residence halls, except registered service animals which need to be noted on the registration form.

Will I have access to the gym?
Yes.The gym will be open Friday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Getting Around

Does Simmons provide transportation from Logan Airport to campus?
No. Transportation is not provided by Simmons to or from Logan Airport.

Public Transportation:
Please check the MBTA website and use their trip planner at https://mbta.com/trip-planner.

MBTA: Take MBTA green line E train (Heath Street) to Museum of Fine Arts stop. Turn right onto Louis Prang Street. From here you can see Simmons green cupola. Walk past Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on left. Simmons University will be on left.

Bus Terminals: All buses arrive and depart from South Station Transportation Center, 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston. Take MBTA Red Line from South Station inbound to Park Street. At Park Street, take Green Line E train and follow directions above.

By Taxi or Rideshare (Uber, Lyft):
Please ask the driver to drop you off at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston. The entrance to the Simmons parking lot is located next to Boston Latin School. Look for the Simmons Reunion sign. When you turn into the driveway, you will reach the back of the Management and Academic Building, where Check in is located. 

Residence Campus Address: 54 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA

When and how often do the on-campus shuttles run? Where are the stops?
A shuttle bus will run continuously all during Reunion weekend between the parking lots of the School of Management Building and the Residence Campus on Pilgrim Road.



Class Events

What is my Class event?
Each Reunion class holds their own Saturday evening event held on or off campus. This is a special time for classmates to reconnect and celebrate their reunion with Simmons. Guests are welcome. Note: Not all events include a full dinner, so please review your folder carefully at check-in once you arrive on campus.

Where is my Class event on campus being held?
Class event locations will be included within your welcome folder once you check in.

Do I include payment for my Class Event in my overall registration payment or make out a separate check?
Please include the payment for your Class event in your overall registration payment.

Off-Campus Accommodations

Please note that only hotels noted with an * will honor a Simmons Discount.

Please contact hotels directly. Reunion transportation is not available to or from hotels.

The Verb Hotel

1271 Boylston Street (near Fenway Park)
www.theverbhotel.com


The Hotel Commonwealth

500 Commonwealth Avenue (Kenmore Square)
www.hotelcommonwealth.com


Hilton Boston Back Bay

40 Dalton Street (near the Prudential)
www.hilton.com


Sheraton Boston

39 Dalton Street (near the Prudential)
www.sheratonbostonhotel.com


The Eliot Hotel

370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Room Block until 5/1/2019
Call 617-267-1607
Mention "2019 Simmons Reunion"
Book Online

Price: Waiting for contract
May 31: 10 rooms
June 1 10 rooms

Contact person: Laura Vardon, 617-267-1607


The Inn at Longwood Medical

342 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Room Block until 5/4/2019
Call to reserve 1-800-468-2378
Mention "SCRE0531"
Book Online

Price: $219
May 30: 5 rooms
May 31: 15 rooms
June 1 15 rooms

Contact person: Christine Chartoff, 617-532-6225


Courtyard by Marriott, Brookline

40 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Room Block until 5/1/19
Call to Reserve 1-866-296-2296
Book Online

Price: $245 (+$10 for 2 Queens)
May 31: 10 rooms
June 1 10 rooms

Contact person: Erin Garven, 617-396-2016


Residence Inn Room

125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Block until 4/22/2019
Call 1-800-331-3131
Mention "2019 Simmons Reunion"
Book Online

Price: $309
May 31: 10 rooms
June 1 10 rooms

Contact person: Bryan Bourque, 617-936-2032

Who's Attending?

To see a searchable list of attendees, visit:

Search by name to find a specific individual, or search by class year to find all classmates who have registered thus far.

Why don’t I see my name on the page?
It takes 1-2 business days to update the attendee list after registrations are received and processed.


Making a Gift

How do I give to Simmons in honor of my Reunion?
Any gift to Simmons that you make during your Reunion year counts towards your class Reunion giving totals. The Reunion year is defined as the fiscal year in which your Reunion takes place. For Reunion 2019, this means gifts between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 will count toward your class giving totals.

Make your gift today  alumnet.simmons.edu/myreunion or by calling us at 800-831-4284. You may also make a gift during Reunion Weekend. Please ask at check in for more information.

How do I know that my gift will count towards my class totals?
You do not have to make any special notation in your gift in order for it to count. As long as the gift is made in your name, and the gift is made during the fiscal year in which your Reunion takes place, we will automatically connect it back to your class year.

Please note that while all gifts in Fiscal Year 2019 count, at Reunion we will celebrate the class giving totals and participation rates as of that date. So don’t wait until the end of the year – whether you plan to attend Reunion or not – make an impact by giving before Reunion starts on May 31.

I’m interested in other giving options.
Please click here to learn more about legacy and estate gifts, and click here to learn about a variety of giving options including matching gifts, giving through an IRA, Donor-Advised Funds, and more.

To learn more and discuss your options, please contact Cate McLaughlin, Assistant Vice President, Capital Giving at 617-521-2412 or catherine.mclaughlin2@simmons.edu.