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May 06 2014Chemistry
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School has one of the worst career centers. The counselors have no real experience and act more as a therapist than a helpful guide. The alumni network is also not very strong. Most students are very self driven and have goals for professional degrees after graduation. Much of the science faculty seem more interested in their research than helping the students. Name of the school is not that well recognized and paying the enormous tuition is not justified.
4th Year Female -- Class 2012
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Faculty Accessibility: A-, Individual Value: F
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Feb 17 2014Economics
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Honestly, this school has the worst career center one can ever imagine. Please do not compare it with career centers of other colleges in the same tier. Otherwise the brutal reality could instantly make you feel like your enrolling is a joke. Most students here received generous finance packages. But the loan can still crush you if you could hardly build a solid career after your graduation.

If you still have doubts,i would suggest you to take a closer look at the career center's webpage.Look at those famous and amazing corporate partners like.......the Kaplan! and the City Year! Good luck with 'follow your heart' or 'stuck in debts after the graduation'!!!

1st Year Male -- Class 2016
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Perceived Campus Safety: A, Surrounding City: F
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Feb 04 2014Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
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Good things: UR caters well to those who are sure of what they want to do. If you want to go to graduate school and you are 100% sure, then this is a great place to be, especially for science. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in scientific research, and most faculty I have met are very friendly and willing to talk to you even if you don't take their class. Another great thing about UR is that there is a lot of academic freedom. I declared/started a minor junior year and I was able to fit it in. Also you can create your own major, which I recommend to anyone who is interested in multidisciplinary fields, or isn't sure what they want to pursue (or are torn between two things). While UR is known to be strong in sciences, it's good for humanities as well. I know people who have gotten into prestigious law schools (Duke, Harvard) and graduate schools for humanities.

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I was in a small major and people tended to form cliques while studying, and weren't very collaborative (this was not the case for biomed or comp sci departments). Intro/premed classes were a chore. Also, you will not be handed the tools to get a good experience here - you have to find the tools. You REALLY need to be proactive to get things done. It isn't like HYP where you can go into a database and have a list of a million alumni, or internships that are begging to take you. It's not like you can just send a resume and this brand will speak for itself to employers.

People know this is a good school. But there are plenty of "good schools." Unless you're at an outstanding school you will have to work your butt off to find internships and network, especially if you're not in the sciences or aren't thinking about graduate school. There are still people here who work for places like JP Morgan, or PwC, but there aren't many Mckinseys or Bains.

Bottom line: It's what you make of it. If you want a place that offers academic freedom with a strong science program/pre-professional focus then this is the place for you. If you're interested more in joining the corporate world, still consider it (it's still a good brand!), but don't make it your #1 choice. One last thought: Location, location, location. Being near a major city helps because there are many top companies there, and you can do an internship over the year. This is not the case for Rochester. The only place to do an internship is at Strong Memorial Hospital. If you want brand name companies, you won't find them here. But if you're going to graduate school, this shouldn't be a concern.

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
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University Resource Use: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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