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The best of Boston

The Greater Boston area is home to 4.5 million people, and with its rich culture and top ranked universities, it's no surprise that many people find themselves falling in love with the city. It truly has the best of everything!

We've compiled a list of the top 10 categories where Boston has consistently dominated in national rankings. See where Boston compares to other U.S. cities in Travel + Leisure's list of "America's Favorites Cities."

Best College Town

There are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge area. What sets Boston apart from most college towns is that while every college has its own identity, students collaborate and interact with the Boston college community as a whole. Need more convincing? Check out this short video tour of Boston.

Most Innovative

Boston ranked as the most innovative city in the world and is home to numerous startups and technology focused companies. At Simmons, innovative thinking is embraced across all majors, and the School of Management's entrepreneurship program is ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. It's no wonder this year's annual Simmons Leadership Conference is focused on "Innovation and Impact" of women leaders.

Historical Sites and Monuments

The city played a prominent role in the American Revolution and is rooted in history. You're almost always surrounded by historical sites, and you often forget when you're walking along the Freedom Trail or passing by Old South Meeting House.

Sports Crazed

The city is rich in sports tradition and Bostonians take pride in their title winning teams the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, who are headed to this year's Super Bowl!


With numerous educational and professional opportunities, Boston attracts a diverse group of intelligent individuals. The city offers great opportunities for networking, research, and collaboration.

Museums and Galleries

Boston was ranked one the most cultural cities in America and is home to world-renowned museums including; the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and the Museum of Science, to name a few. An added bonus of Simmons' location next door to the museums? Students have free access to the MFA and the Gardner with their student I.D.

Public Transportation

As frustrating as public transportation can sometimes be, Boston has a very strong public transit system offering bus, subway, train, and rental bike options-- with a bike rental station located on the Simmons campus!

City Pride

Bostonians take pride in their city and aren't afraid to wear memorabilia showing their dedication. The energy of the city is contagious and buildings are often decorated with banners to display their pride.

Athletic and Active

Bostonians are known for embracing a healthy lifestyle. It's typical to see people running in the Fens or biking around the city. Simmons is proud to be a NCAA Division III school and participates in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

Best Hospitals

Boston is internationally known for its top ranked hospitals including; Boston Children's Hospital, Mass General, Brigham and Women's, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The world-renowned Longwood Medical Center is located right around the block from Simmons, offering top-notch internship and clinical opportunities.

Posted by Amanda Voodre
Category: Exploring Boston
Topics: boston

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