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Did you know Simmons scores a whopping A+ on "Local Atmosphere?" It's true!  Simmons is located right in the heart of Boston, which as the ranking states, opens up a sea of opportunity for students.

Check out what students on College Prowler have to say:

"It's Boston, the atmosphere rocks. Everyone goes everywhere, and everyone is friendly to one another. Since it's one of the largest college towns, there are other college students everywhere [ed. note: especially guys! ;)]. No matter where you are, you see them, and it's comforting to know that in such a big city, there are others in your position."

"Boston is by far the best college city ever. Within ten minutes, I can walk to seven other colleges. Simmons is two blocks from Fenway Park and tons of restaurants."

"Luckily, Simmons is located in the best city on earth--Boston... The other important population for Simmons students is the many young professionals who are often overseeing us in our internships and networking with us after college."

"Boston is the greatest college city ever! The Colleges of the Fenway line our road, with nearby Northeastern and BU. There are so many art museums, stores, cinemas, Fenway Park--everything imaginable!"

Continue reading Location, location, location.

Click here to watch an interesting video about whether or not the amount of contact you have with an admissions office affects their decision to admit you.

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As mentioned in the video, every school looks at this differently. So, I spoke directly with the counselors here to find out what they think.

Their response was unanimous: We want to hear from you!  Often!

The counselors love one-on-one time with every single student who applies.  It's not always about grades, or test scores, but more importantly it's about you, as an individual.  The more counselors know about you, the whole you, the better - it's the best way to determine if you're a good fit.

Continue reading Give us a holler.

I noticed many students are asking questions about the nursing program.  Some are only thinking about it, while others are fully committed to taking the plunge. Almost everyone is scared to death of organic chemistry.

But what's really on your mind is: how hard is it?

Continue reading Nursing... What? Like it's hard?.

What of what?

Maybe you've heard your admission counselor mention it a couple times, but didn't think too much of it.  Or, maybe you're already highlighting interesting classes in the course catalogue.  Either way, you can't graduate without completing the Modes of Inquiry.

Simmons specializes in preparing students for a career, not just a job.  But it's no secret that in this economy employers are looking for well-rounded grads with a range of specialities. This means there's high demand for employees who can not only do the job, but also can write, analyze, and maintain a global perspective.

Continue reading Modes of Inquiry.

As I mentioned in my last post, big envelopes (or those icky small ones) from college's are starting to arrive - especially if you've applied early decision. This is the time of year when mail carriers across the country are being stalked daily while students rush home after school to be the first to grab the mail. Most of you are waiting on that one fat envelope from your top choice, but of course, are only receiving responses from your 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th choice schools.

Oh, the agony!

But don't let that discourage you. There's a lot to be said for being accepted to any college - even your so-called safety.

So, since no one likes to wait around, here are a couple things you can do before your letter finally comes:

Continue reading Playing the waiting game.

The author of a recent post to The New York Times's  "The Choice" blog suggests everyone should stop broadcasting their acceptance to a college over a Facebook status.  She says:

"By announcing what college you got into, you are obnoxiously broadcasting personal information that probably only 20 of your Facebook friends actually care about. And then there's that girl in your physics class who was just rejected from the same college; she had finally stopped crying, but the tears started right back up when she saw your status. It's going to take another whole pint of Ben and Jerry's to dry the second round of tears."

We all know that updating your Facebook status is increasingly becoming a popular way, if not the way, we communicate with our friends.  And of course we all have to deal with some annoying status updaters including the Town Crier, the Self-Promoter, and the Sympathy-Baiter, to name a few.  Facebook is about spreading the news, for better or for worse.  I agree that maybe only 15 of my friends care about what I have to say. Similarly, I really couldn't care less that someone made a grilled cheese sandwich and is lounging on the couch.

But getting into college?!  That's a big deal!  You should be proud of your accomplishment - especially since applying to college is months of hard work. So in this case, I say Facebook bragging rights are a given. What better way to shout at the top of your lungs "I'm going to college!  And it's my first choice!" than with a status update?  Plus, I'm willing to bet Aunt June will care.

Some of you are starting to get your envelopes and I, too, have seen updates from students who are being accepted, rejected, or wait-listed from their top choices.  It's a stressful time, so when the relief comes from knowing, I suggest you go right ahead and sing your praises!

"... is attending Simmons College Class of 2014.  Go Sharks!"<

Heck, I'd even post the news to everyone's wall.

By the way, if you're considering Simmons in the fall then definitely check out the Class of 2014 Facebook group to ask questions and meet your future classmates!

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