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International Student's Perspective : UofR can be a

Dec 15 2001Undecided
International Student's Perspective : UofR can be a mean place. try telling people where you are from, and they gawk at you, like you're an alien. What the hell is that about? I'm not complaining though, I have a great set of friends here, and after the initial anxiety, it was all good. You have to deal with tough exams, tough weather and a pretty tough life, but on the other hand my experience with the faculty here has been wonderful. So as I so articulately mentioned before - its all good.

The verdict - if you manage to find a good bunch of friends - UofR's a good college, if you dont - seriously consider transferring...later.

1st Year Male -- Class 2005
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Friendliness: B-

Rochester was a great choice for me

May 23 2002Political Science
Rochester was a great choice for me. A very good opportunity to meet different types of people and academically very challenging. The work load/course work at Rochester definitely prepared me for Graduate School, which I thought was much easier, compared to academic requirements at Rochester. It is cold and sometimes feels smaller than it is. But for me it was a great choice. Oh, and even thought it sometimes does not feel like it when you are there, people in the world have heard of the University of Rochester (instead of confusing it w/ RPI, RIT or a Suny school) and it carries a pretty good reputation. In fact, during my graduate studies we often read articles/books written by the very same professors, I had at the UofR. That definitely puts one ahead of the curve!
Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Senior Analyst Preparedness: - Reputation: -

The weather here makes the school a terrible

Sep 22 2001Economics
The weather here makes the school a terrible place to be. WHen you go for months at a time without seeing sunlight (and I'm really not exaggerating), it can get you down. There is a gray cloud constantly covering the sky from around november to march or april. It makes everyone in a bad mood. Plus it snows like a mother. And classes are never ever cancelled because they are so good at getting around it. There's tunnels connecting buildings so you don't ever have to go out in the cold, bitter weather. Which means in the rare instance of the sun poking through, you usually miss it. Plus it gets to be so bitterly cold that on weekends, people really don't want to leave their room. So the social activities, parties, and whatever else pretty much end around november. But the first month or so can be great.

Another thing I hate is freshman housing, which they started this year. It's retarded, you never even meet freshman and I am sure they have trouble because of it.To say some good things, the school is very pretty, it has the look of a real college campus. And it is very challenging, so you will get a good education.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2003
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: F
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