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Princeton Review Names Simmons College Among "The Best 376 Colleges" in the Nation for 2012

BOSTON (August 2, 2011) — Simmons College has been named one of the nation's "Best 376 Colleges" in The Princeton Review's newly published 2012 college guidebook. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book.

Inclusion in the "Best 376 Colleges" guide is based on surveys of 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) at the 376 schools in the book during the 2010-11 and/or previous two academic years. The 80-question survey asked students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves.

Of Simmons's undergraduate women's college, The Princeton Review guidebook cited the college as an institution that equips students with the "tools and confidence to succeed in the real world." The guidebook  said that across academic programs there is a particular focus on "experiential learning and leadership" and a curriculum that "excels at educating women for positions of power and principled leadership." Students noted that there are opportunities to conduct scientific research as early as freshman year, as well as the benefits of small, discussion-based classes that challenge students to put forth their best academic efforts. Students said: "Resources are wonderful here, from the career education center, to the writing center to the technology center."

Also, the school's location was considered a major incentive, because the college "takes advantage of its Boston location through class trips, job placement, and internship opportunities."

Editors of The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, said the schools were recommended in their guidebook not only because of their "great academics" but also the strength of their diverse program offerings and campus culture. For more information, visit

Simmons College is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, education, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.