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Overall its a great school -- great professors,Quite BrightPsychology
Overall its a great school -- great professors, beautiful campus, decent food, everything you could want, but academically, its extremely challenging and the pressure to do well and compete with other students is absurd. Studying will take up most of your time, and more than likely YOU WILL NOT HAVE MUCH OF A SOCIAL LIFE. The majority of students here are friendly though but after a while you'll realize that many are just fake. There's a lot of stress here that never seems to go away and it's easy to get depressed. Drinking is pretty big, but there's few frat parties. Most people just get a bottle of vodka, even though beer is the only thing allowed here. The financial assistance is good but there's a lot of cheaper schools to go to. If you get stuck footing the bill you'll quickly learn that the tuition costs and fees are way too high and will probably start to resent the amazingly high number of spoiled brats that run around with mommy and daddy's credit card buying everything they want. As for my advice to succeeding here, you have to be willing to put school first and give up on having a social life, but if you want to be happy you have to find your own balance of staying sane and earning decent grades. Most importantly, DO NOT GET BEHIND because it's extremely hard to get caught back up. The reality is that you will probably have to study each and every day and if you can accept that then you'll love it here.
1st Year Female -- Class 2006
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Social Life: C
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The U of R can be extremely rewardingAnthropology
The U of R can be extremely rewarding academically, but as several of the reviews below noted, there are several pitfalls. As several reviewers noted, the sense of some students being bummed thanks to having missed the Ivies is palpable. Also notable is the difference between in-state and out-of-state students. Generally, those who came from farther away have more energy for their studies and the school, whereas students from nearby often treat UR as just some place to go to school. Ditto for people for whom UR was a top choice as opposed to those who used it as a safety school. Perhaps the most irritating thing one encounters during their years in Rochester is the pervasive negativity. So UR is not an Ivy league school, so you're not in NYC anymore, GET OVER IT!!! The place will only be as fun as some people expect if those people create the framework for the school to be fun.Anyway, it's hard to go wrong here academically. Just don't try to study something that's not really offered (not as much of a no-brainer as some might think). If you go to grad school elsewhere after UR you will be pleasantly surpised at how well you are prepared in contrast to your fellow students. No place may do as good a job in preparing future grad students--30% of rochester grads eventually earn Ph.D's, 12% get MD's and 10% get law degrees--to say nothing of those who earn other grad degrees. All in all, highly recommended
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Anyone who has ever gone to the UQuite BrightMath
Anyone who has ever gone to the U of R will tell you that it is one tough school, and that outside of NY, no one has ever heard of it. While this has proven to be mostly true, don't let this deter you. The professors are mostly great, and there are a ton of opportunities to take advantage of. However, a word of warning to students interested in the humanities: the future does not look very bright for any subject area outside of Religion and Classics. Socially, it's a little lacking, but it's not very hard to find a group of people to relate to.
4th Year Female -- Class 2001
Education Quality: A-, University Resource Use: F
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