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| 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.
|Jan 31 2013|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| 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. |
|May 01 2012|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I like the structure of the Rochester curriculum (good amount of freedom, but not a free-for-all; wide selection compared to other universities), and the university is quite intensive academically. However, I feel that the atmosphere radiated by the student body could be described as...disappointed. Many students here were also accepted into other prestigious universities (or at least applied to them), and feel that Rochester is just something they settled for. Soooo many people complain about the weather, the surrounding city, the amount of work required to even get by in their courses, etc. Honestly, if you are planning on being a science major here, you better be brilliant, or have amazing access to external resources. I would say that for the amount of work and time I put into my classes, I am not satisfied by the results (but then again, one could argue that maybe it's just me). The intensity of the school is well above its perceived prestige, and I have had many people ask me if the U of R is a public or SUNY school- quite depressing actually. Why should I work this hard only to get mediocre results, and then potentially have an employer see me as second rate among the dozens of other applicants from schools with a "bigger name"? |
|Jan 14 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |