Simmons College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (41)
I did all my research before applying to this program. Even though it was very expensive, I was impressed with the classes. I had a horrible experience. I didn't continue after one semester and lost thousands of dollars. I'm not going to bash the school but here are some concerns; lack of support, inconsistencies among professors, some of the asynchronous lectures are horrible, the live classes are taken over by a few students who monopolize the class, (I felt invisible most of the time), if you have been out of school for a while take a writing course, there are a lot of writing assignments and no help, and if you work full time and have a family, this is a very demanding program with little guidance. I hope this helps in your decision;
I have had my ups and downs with this school. Out of the 2 placements I had to do one was great and one did not feel like a good fit. I do feel that they try and place people to place them instead of looking into what would be a good fit. That being said I did enjoy the classes and it fit my lifestyle. I was able to get married, have a baby and enjoy my life while in this program. It is hard work but worth it.
This entire program is a joke. You pay absurd amounts of money for unqualified instructors and video tutorials. I am in debt now for about 42k and have no degree thanks to Simmons not following their own field placement policies. I had to quit my job for field placement. Also wasn't aware that you can't transfer more than maybe 6-10 credits to a new program so you basically paid for nothing. Its a business through and through. Could you imagine if a retail business or airline pulled that? Half my instructors were brand new to teaching and to the mental health field and couldn't answer simple clinical based questions (esp regarding diagnosis and harm reduction models). More than a handful have had the bare minimum required client face time and I was told "what does the book say?" more than once when asking questions. The dean of the online MSW is on an ego trip and unless you kiss * * * you will be dismissed. After 20 years in this field I am not kissing up to anyone, so here I am with a 3.8 gpa and a dismissal on my record. Good luck.
Stay away! This is not the program that was sold to me. The faculty and administration are unhelpful. I was just told to study outdated material (guidelines have been updated since they recorded their material) because exams have not been updated in 4 years! We are not learning what we need to know for actual practice, we are learning outdated material and they don't care. Going into clinical I have been constantly corrected because the course content we learned is incorrect. It's crazy to think of all the time and money spent learning outdated material! The program is all self taught, which considering we have live classes each week is a joke...because I chose this program because I was told the live classes are just like the on campus classes. This was another lie because students who live local to Simmons who transferred out of this joke of a distance program said the on campus program is amazing and they are actually taught. They have a great marketing and sales team for sure because most of the current students (the ones who haven't drank the cool aid) are disillusioned...but we are stuck because the credits won't transfer to another program. I am doing well in my classes so this is not a review from a failing student. But the line "Simmons prepares us well" irks me every time someone says it because they are not preparing us at all, we are preparing ourselves. Be warned this school is extremely expensive and it it is not worth the extra money. Look into other choices and avoid this one.
Teach yourself, Find your own clinical sites and preceptors, Receive grades without knowing correct or incorrect answers on exams, You are monitored and recorded taking exams, Most expensive FNP program in the nation. Do not enter this program believing you will have less work to do than asynchronous programs; you have to write just as many discussion posts and papers as those programs in addition to recorded quizzes and exams. 2 positives about Simmons: everyone is admitted and financial aid is great so that you'll have more money to pay back.
The professors are not permitted to give reviews! There is too much information and we are teaching ourselves. The professors go over case studies ad nothing on the exams are taught in class!! We pay too much not to be taught. Many of us are transferring out of here!
This "college" is an utter disgrace to the Boston community. Boston, you have such a good reputation (school wise), but Simmons indeed destroys it. The administration is unorganized and acts as bullies towards students. They will manipulate situations to make you feel as if you were at fault when in reality it is their own. They are also incredibly lazy when it comes to field placements. They do not care where they place you, nor if you are a good match. If you apply, you will get in. This school is only here to suck the money out of your bank account. Not to mention, they are incredibly cruel and have given me plenty of panic attacks, along with a stress fracture in my hip due to my shaking from the anxiety. I would honestly take them to court and sue them, but I feel that this is the best way to prevent anyone from attending the university. Hey, Simmons, you claim to be so anti-racist and so anti-fascist, but you know what? You fit the bill. You are a complete disgrace to the caring, intellectual universities in this city. Also, if you enjoy Tumblr and all the radical liberals who believe they are wolves, angels, etc. you should attend. They do not facilitate an education; they promote a bubble of ignorance and shame. Oh yeah, and an angry, anxious environment. Sounds healthy, right? Don't attend. If you speak out, Simmons will tell you that you have a learning disability. Yes, in the social work school. I had straight A's. What a joke.
Utterly disappointed. I regret going there. Learning is completely self directed. Teachers are not allowed to make their own lesson plans or provide extra learning material to help clarify or focus learning. It's a cookie cutter school that does not care about the individual. I was struggling in a class and when I reached out to the teacher in emails and office hours I was continuously referred back to the syllabus and reading material. Often each course expects students to read over 100 pages a night in addition to clinical, written assignments, studying for exams, etc. SIMMONS claims to be a program that you can do while working and having a family and as long as you study at work and don't sleep, they aren't lying. Worst yet, clinical experience is EVERYTHING when it comes to learning. They say that you have faculty to help place you. Once you're admitted they tell you to use your connections to find your own clinical and it's a team effort to find a clinical placement. Some placement staff are good but most are horrible. My clinical placement staff sent me to the same site for all 4 semesters even though I informed them that the doctor took 4 students a day so I was only seeing 2-3 patients a day, that the doc was so busy there was zero learning or teaching going on, I saw almost zero women's health or pediatric cases and was sure I would become a horrible NP if I didn't get a wider range of patients and experience. I was told they couldn't find placement anywhere else because there are so many NP schools now so if I wanted to go somewhere else I'd have to look on my own. I even offered to take a semester off so the placement team could look around and hold a place for me 6 months out. They didn't want to bother. I feel I learned more about being an NP from RN school than SIMMONS. I have talked to several other classmates. There's various levels of distaste for SIMMONS but no one I've talk to gives it rave reviews. If simmons doesn't change, go somewhere else.
The question I eagerly asked was "What is your FNP exam pass rate?" (Either exam would have been fine.) The answer was- 100%. The question I SHOULD have asked was "How many who start, graduate?" BIG mistake. $10,000, my first anxiety attack (chest pain and all) and the worst 4 months of my life later, I am wiser. My GPA was 3.86 at the successful end of the first semester but I dropped early in the second semester before I was obligated for another $10,000. Unless you have an EXTREME passion for research and are into pain, BEWARE!! They started the pharm class exams utilizing snooper software that is stress inducing and point blank refused to give an example of a test question to be able to prepare.
While there will always be things that can be fixed this truly is a great program that does care about their students. Sometimes it is hard to see the end light amongst the angst of learning material but there is a method to the madness. While I am still in this program currently I truly feel I am getting an excellent education. Is the program hard and rigorous? Yes. Do people fail? Yes and this is not an uncommon occurrence no matter what university you attend if it is a truly challenging program. People did not all pass on the first try in my BSN program either. The education you receive as well as the classmates you meet are fantastic. I am happy with my choice of this program.