BOSTON (August 5, 2010) — Simmons College has been named one of the nation's "Best 373 Colleges" in The Princeton Review's newly published 2011 college guidebook. Simmons College also was recognized as "Best in the Northeast", a distinction shared by only 218 universities, in The Princeton Review's "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" category.
Editors of The Princeton Review, a nationally known educations services company, said the schools were recommended in their guidebook not only because of their "great academics" but also recognizing the institutions' varied program offerings and campus cultures. Inclusion in the "Best 373 Colleges" guidebook was based primarily on a survey of more than 122,000 students (about 325 per campus) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors, to quality of the campus food — and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and campus life.
Of Simmons's undergraduate women's college, The Princeton Review guidebook said students are provided with "lots of opportunities to work closely with faculty and [to] interact with local Boston communities. " The school's location was a major incentive, as it gives students the opportunities to do internships/clinical placements at world-renowned hospitals that are in close proximity. Students also praised the school's "excellent facilities, including an amazing new library and a large career resource department." Students said, "small class sizes "allow great discussions, because those who want to participate have the opportunity to do so. "
The schools in The Princeton Review's "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" are rated in six categories. The scores are tallied based on institutional data obtained from the colleges in 2009-2010 and/or student survey data.
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 social work, health sciences, and library and information science. Simmons houses the first MBA program designed for women.
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