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My experience at the University has been pretty

Feb 17 2013Computer Science
My experience at the University has been pretty positive. Of course the food sucks and the weather is bad (from December to March; but campus is pretty small, so getting around isn't too bad). The academics are amazing and the freedom early on feels great. The people are friendly and open minded, albeit a bit weird, but you can definitely tell that many of us were borderline Ivy rejections (aka the only "Ivy" kids we have here were accepted to Cornell, but U of R gave them more money).

The social life is...okay. Honestly though, you should come to college for an education and the social life should be a perk. That being said, there are parties every weekend or so (but you probably don't want to walk to parties in January anyway) and the school claims to be working on alternate social activities for weekend nights, other than the $2 movies at Hoyt (which are great!). You can definitely find something to do, and the school is small enough that you'll develop a close knit group pretty quickly.

Overall, U of R is a pretty good school. Don't expect perfect; you're not going to find that anywhere. Make the most of your time here, and you'll enjoy it.

1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B-

Very difficult course work but top notch academics

May 01 2012Biology
Very difficult course work but top notch academics. The social life is obscenely bad now that the university is hunting Greek life to extinction. As someone involved in the student government, I have seen first hand the wasted tuition dollars and poor use of funds. Truly, the school does not care about its students. We are all just more money in their pockets. The food is bad, the weather is bad, the social life is bad. That being said, you WILL graduate here with a top notch education and a clear path to the graduate school. Take advantage of the research opportunities if you come here. I highly recommend you stay as far away as possible from this damn place however. Don't be another number in their ledger. I've been involved in multiple organizations on campus including sports, student government, and Greek life. My two years here have been miserably ever since administration started a witch hunt into Greek life and treating half the school as second class citizens. No one should be barred from speaking with their friends for months. Avoid at all cost, unless you only care about academics and are okay spending 4 years burried in a book.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F

My experience at UR was positive

Jan 31 2013Chemical Engineering
My experience at UR was positive. There were tons of opportunities to work in professor's labs, which provided invaluable experience on the resume when looking for a job post-graduation. The intellectual quality of the student body was very high. The library system is excellent, and the professors in the chemical engineering department were for the most part very accessible and helpful. The food on campus really sucked. The athletic facilities are awesome, although there isn't enough space on the courts anymore for the increased student body. There are tons of extracurricular clubs to choose from, from academic chapters of professional groups (in our case, AIChE) to competitive sports clubs that travel to the quiddtich club. Rochester has a division 1 squash team, which is awesome, and we play against the best squash teams in the country. The squash courts are also awesome, so try to watch a D1 match and root on the jackets when a games are played at home. The university has been cracking down hard on greek life, so expect to do a lot more drinking in your rooms or over the bridge at off campus frats rather than on the frat quad. If you don't know what you want to study, the Rochester curriculum isn't very structured and allows you to take whatever you want. This can be a double-edged sword and might result in you taking some really bizarre classes but not help you pick a direction for your major...

I was accepted into a program in the chemical engineering dept. that allowed me to get my masters degree in chemical engineering in 5 years total with a steep tuition discount, which is great because in general the university costs way too much and the school keeps raising it's tuition by at least 4% every year. The weather in rochester sucks - it's not that it's necessarily too cold, but the wind is consistently blowing at 15mph and the sky is grey. The city of rochester is actually pretty cool and anyone that says otherwise is only saying that because they haven't ventured beyond the ivory towers. There are some great places downtown for a drink - Tap and Mallet and Old Toad are great. Park Avenue is beautiful. There are some incredibly good restaurants in Rochester. Dino BBQ is literally on a bridge overlooking a waterfall and has fantastic meats and sauces. Yummy Garden Hot Pot if you are freezing and need some traditional Chinese comfort food. Joe Bean Coffee Roasters on university ave for a unique brewing experience. Shiki, SEA for some righteous pho and fried squid, sinbad mediterranian, etc. Bring a car to campus and you'll change your mind...

It's all about what you make of it! Pick a major, some extracurriculars, study hard and have fun.

5th Year Male -- Class 2012
Extracurricular Activities: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B
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