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Princeton Review Names Simmons College among "The Best 371 Colleges" in the Nation for 2010

Students Cite Small Classes & Opportunities to Work Closely With Faculty

BOSTON (July 29, 2009) — Simmons College in Boston has been named one of the nation's "Best 371 Colleges" in the Princeton Review's newly published 2010 college guidebook, an honor held by 15 percent of four-year colleges in America.

The Princeton Review editors said the schools in their 2010 guidebook "The Best 371 Colleges" are considered "academically outstanding," but offer varying campus cultures and offering. Inclusion was based on the editors' survey of more than 122,000 students attending the colleges (about 329 per campus average). The 80-question survey asked students about the schools' academics, administration, campus life, and student body, and about the students themselves.

In their summary of Simmons's undergraduate women's college, the Princeton Review guidebook editors said its "excellent academics and Boston location make Simmons a worthy option." The editors gave Simmons a rating of 90 out of 99 for the third year in a row for its Green Rating, an assessment of the schools' environmental commitment. The college has implemented several programs in the past several years to integrate energy conservation into its facilities and operations, including the recent opening of the Simmons School of Management and Academic Building, which is Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The guidebook quoted Simmons students as saying that they get "a lot of opportunity to work closely with faculty," praising the college's "excellent facilities, including an amazing library and the large career resource department," and appreciating "small classes that allow great discussions, because those who want to participate have the opportunity to do so." Students also report that Simmons "classes are teaching-based, and life on campus revolves around schoolwork."

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally recognized university located in the heart of Boston.  It includes an undergraduate college for women, and graduate programs for women and men in management, social work, health sciences, and library and information science.