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Very difficult course work but top notch academics.BrightBiology
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
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I like the structure of the Rochester curriculumQuite BrightPreMed and Medical
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"?
2nd Year Male -- Class 2012
Innovation: A, Social Life: D
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Rochester is for me, everything a school shouldQuite BrightMechanical Engineering
Rochester is for me, everything a school should be. Everyone here is friendly, as an incoming freshmen I feel welcomed by everyone, all the upperclassmen and professors are more than willing to bend over backwards to help you. On top of that we have great academic programs, professors are entertaining as well as knowledgeable, our extra curricular opportunities are amazing.
1st Year Male -- Class 2015
Scholastic Success: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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