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Simmons College

Total Grad Surveys 10
Females 9
Males 1
Avg years at University 1.6
Research Quality D+ (3.5)
Research Availability C (4.2)
Research Funding D- (1.3)
Graduate Politics C (4.6)
Not Errand Runners C- (3.6)
Degree Completion C+ (5.3)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] D+ (3.2)
Sufficient Pay D- (1.9)
Competitiveness D+ (3.1)
Education Quality D (2.6)
Faculty Accessibility D+ (3.1)
Useful Research D- (1.7)
"Individual" treatment D (2.6)
Friendliness D+ (3.4)
Safety B- (6.4)
Campus Beauty C+ (5.6)
Campus Maintenance B+ (7.8)
University Spending F (1.0)
Extracurriculars D+ (3.2)
Scholastic Success D (2.2)
Surrounding City A- (8.4)
Social Life/ Environment D (2.5)
University SpendingF
Surrounding CityA-
It is an awfulJun 15 2017Nursing
It is an awful place to someone that had spent over two years there. They just kick you out and ruin lives and households They are the absolute money maker for on line. They just announced their main squeeze as taking another job . Yes you are right she was fired.
Do not go hereFeb 27 2017Social Work
Do not go here the placement team sucks. The level of quality is crap. Dont waste your money they dont care about you just your money.
ONLINE PROGRAM - if you have the choiceAug 11 2016Social Work
ONLINE PROGRAM - if you have the choice to go somewhere else, do it. Tuition increases have not increased the quality of the courses or the faculty. I was lucky enough to take most of the courses with the course designer - I pity the people that have to wade through all the asynch with a professor that can't make sense of it either. You don't have choice. I have no clue how most of the students make it in - oh wait - they just want money. Once they have you, they don't care about you. Don't believe any of it. And please, do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. They may be the oldest school of social work, but in this case, schools are not like fine wine - rather rotten eggs.
May 17 2016Social Work
Social Work online,If you can go to another online MSW? Do it.
I'm an online studentApr 18 2016Social Work
I'm an online student. Student support is TERRIBLE. They are extremely vague in their answers to your questions. My academic advisor suggested that I transfer when I expressed criticism of the program. They speak condescendingly, and field placement advisors do not have the intellectual capacity to solve simple problems. They don't even know what they're doing half the time. There are arbitrary rules without explanation.Now for the professors. Horrible. Some of them make up for their lack of knowledge by giving you grades you didn't have to work for. You will not find a top notch professor here because they know this program is worthless. The professors are probably getting pathetic salaries, because they sure aren't putting in the work to earn anything. Synchronous sessions are a joke. You sit around talking about your opinion, some students suck up to the teacher big time without adding anything to the conversation. "I learned so much from this weeks work!" Gag.
This is a money making machineNov 19 2015Nursing
This is a money making machine. They spend a lot of money on talent on the front end which is their salespeople who get you to take the plunge. They promise a lot of support but it didn't pan out for me. I am not saying that the classes aren't good but if you are looking for a human experience with real support and guidance, and a faculty that means what they say and follows through. THIS IS NOT FOR YOU. You are a number here. Period. I can't even say a paying customer. Because there is no customer service or support. You just pay and negotiate your own way and GOOD LUCK. Do not listen to what they said they will do to support you. Figure out what to do to survive and do it. THey don't support you, they will not be available to you, and that bridge program support is just bullshit. They don't call or follow through. You are on your own.
Aug 24 2015Other
This is not a department that knows how to work with students with learning disabilities.
Research Topic(s): n/a
I entered into this program as someone whoMay 17 2015Social Work
I entered into this program as someone who has been out of college for over 13 years. I am participating in the online program because of the flexibility it offers, in addition to the quality education. When I first started in the program, I wondered how it was that some of the students were going to be successful if they couldn't even speak or write well. As the program has continued, those students have been weeded out. I have had no issues with turning in assignments on time, or doing the work that is required. You get out of the online program what you put in. If you read the texts, do the online material, and participate in class you will do well - and you WILL learn. I have definitely been able to apply what I have been learning in my clinical internship. There have been some teachers that have caused me to roll my eyes, but I still learned something. For my undergrad I attended a well respected brick and mortar and had obnoxious teachers - that's life. Again, you will get out of this what you put in. The online school requires a student that is willing to work hard, keep track of their assignments, speak up when they don't understand and be invested.
To whom it may concern,Dec 23 2014Social Work
To whom it may concern,Simmons College Graduate Program of Social Work is one of the longest standing, well respected social work program in the country. I began the online MSW program in September of this year with a great deal of hope. As the Semester went on I continued to do well and going into my final week of class I had an ?A? in SWO401 and ?B? in SWO411. I took my studies seriously and was looking forward into continuing my studies with Simmons. However, due to unclear deadlines and poor communication among the faculty I received a failing grade for both of my final papers. One is of course given a syllabus for each class but deadlines were constantly being changed and I would have 3 different due dates for one assignment. Many students, including myself, were unable to turn their midterm/final papers due to the college not sticking to the syllabus. The course work is a joke and certainly not graduate level work. I am sad I wasted money, time, and energy on this poor excuse of program.
I will say at the outset that theDec 20 2011Other
I will say at the outset that the archives classes are useful. Most of them teach skills that my prior experience has also shown to be of some importance.

That said, if you can speak intelligibly, form an argument, manage a class discussion, and write coherently, this is not the program for you. Admittedly, many acquaintances in other MLS programs find their schools to be painfully simple, but I don't think I'm being too harsh if I say that I found the student body to be that way, too. Online discussions were painful -- students were generally unable to form coherent sentences, make a point, or defend an argument. The professors were somewhat better, but were largely impressed by the fact that a supposedly top-notch institution had hired them, and put on airs of actual scholars while being unable to properly punctuate their syllabi.

I will say that in the archives class, theory was granted as much class time as practical skills (arrangement and description, EAD, etc.), but in the general track programs (required, by the way), you'll be poorly served by every class except Reference. If you have a chance, take it with Rodriguez-Mori. He dumbs his class down because it's mostly first years, but he's actually brilliant. Really, though, if you went to a smart undergrad college, most of the classes will reduce you to tears of boredom and frustration. And the busy work -- oy vey!

Research Topic(s): n/a
This graduate program is a waste of timeDec 20 2011History/Histories (art history/etc.)
This graduate program is a waste of time if you have an undergrad degree in history- there are NO graduate only history courses offered. Professors and the department offer little guidance about conducting historical research, aside from a single historiography class which ought to be taught to undergrads- and is. I feel as if I've gotten stupider after my time here, and know that there is not a PhD program in the country that will view my time here as preparation for doctoral studies. Wish I'd known sooner.
Research Topic(s): Unnamed yet -- Women Missionaries and Perceptions of Gender and Femini
Currently an MSW studentJul 26 2011Social Work
Currently an MSW student. I matriculated to Simmons based largely on reputation for clinical social work; having been here for more than a year, I can honestly say that I have no idea how Simmons acquired this reputation. I have been thoroughly underwhelmed. Professors routinely phone it in, and the required classes are an expensive joke. I have earned straight A's so far, but have learned next to nothing. I came to graduate school after much thought with the expectation that I would learn the skills to be successful in a difficult field. Unfortunately, it has been a massive waste of time and money so far. While Simmons talks a good game in the info session, they show little commitment to actual teaching and learning. Simmons appears to be a sad, cynical exercise in filling seats to make the college money. If I could transfer to Salem State without screwing myself over, I absolutely would. I realize that I am devalueing my own degree by writing a negative review, but this opinion seems widely held by students and someone needs to be honest about it. Please think hard about going here; so far I have substantial debt and little to show for it.
Simmons is a fairFeb 17 2009School of Information
Simmons is a fair small college. The most disappointed me is the qualification of faculty at the GSLIS. Plus the staff members are not friendly. I will not recommend anyone to go to Simmons for an advance degree.
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