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you work as if

Feb 14 2011Economics
you work as if you in a top 50 school but when it comes down to job applications you judged as a unheard of state school. for $50,000 a year you dont receive an experiance value equal to it/
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use: D+

While I appreciate the inarguable value of a

Nov 12 2010Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
While I appreciate the inarguable value of a U of R degree, I feel that overall this college's environment proved very disappointing for me. Upon transferring here last year from a state school, I started my U of R education with high hopes and motivation to enjoy my years here to the fullest. My experience since that point in time continuously disillusioned and disheartened me.

I immediately sought involvement in clubs and extracurricular activities, only to find that the club presence on campus was very half-hearted in comparison to my previous college- not to mention the fact that I couldn't attend any of the clubs I wanted, since most days I had class from early morning until late at night. While I greatly appreciate the opportunity this school gave me by allotting me a full scholarship (as there is no way I could afford to attend this school otherwise), I perceive myself as little more than a random number in a pre-med factory farm. As much as I work to get involved in campus life (I am currently co-president of a group on campus) and attain good grades, I ultimately remain unhappy with my college experience.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A-, Individual Value: F

The University of Rochester is a carefully constructed

Jan 31 2011Other
The University of Rochester is a carefully constructed ruse, devised to lure in potential students with promises of academic freedom and a vibrant campus life. The tours are geared around quite literally exaggerating almost every aspect of academic and social life at the school. Expect to drink and carouse with your friends behind closed doors with the music turned down, since security and the entire administration not only frown upon any kind of fun, but actively stomp it out when it crops up. The fraternity quad is dead, with security officers going into the houses regularly during parties; they even regulate how much beer an on-campus fraternity can have. I have been written up now a total of 8 times, for which I was guilty exactly once. The administrative and judicial system of the school is a hierarchy of petty bureaucrats who are really good at pretending to care about your problems, but then get you into trouble anyway. Should you end up in an administrative hearing, expect a negative outcome since such things are mere star chambers to keep up the illusion that the school actually cares about its students. I have had a great experience in my department (Classics), but that's because the school pretty much leaves us alone since we're not going to be going into any kind of weapons research or other such unethical projects the school is heavily invested in. I have taken classes outside the department and they are atrocious--to put it lightly. Expect professors with little or no interest in teaching whatsoever. If they speak English, consider yourself lucky. The "city" of Rochester is nothing other than a dead husk of what was once a vibrant commercial hub with large suburbs. The school is enclosed by a ghetto and a cemetery--apt representations of what Rochester is all about. The student body is pretty much homogeneous: relatively wealthy, preppy white kids who pretty much keep their heads down and do what they're told. They will all become exactly like their fathers. There are outliers, of course: there's a pretty large asian population that pretty much keeps to itself and there are blips on the radar in terms of real people. There are pot smokers and they're not hard to find. They're really the only kind of real people in this school. The weather is terrible: don't be fooled by the great weather in September, because it's all downhill from there. Sunlight and temperatures above freezing are rare luxuries after October. From the outside looking in, Rochester looks like a vibrant, dedicated student body with very rigorous academics located in an urban setting with no core curriculum. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Wrong. The administration, the academics, the student body, the city, the weather--all these things are pretty much terrible and should be avoided at all costs. Actually, just avoid the city of Rochester for the rest of your life, especially the university. Stay out while you still can.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Individual Value: F
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