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The University of Rochester

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I love it here

Oct 06 2010Undecided
I love it here. After reading this website numerous times last year, I got the impression that this school would be boring: lame parties, no fun people, people who spend all their time studying, etc. Thankfully I was wrong. I have friends who go out every night of the weekend, friends who go out once, friends who don't go out at all. No matter what, you'll find the perfect balance for you.
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B

PROS

Sep 13 2010English
PROS
- excellent curriculum structure. there are almost no required courses so you can cater your coursework to your interests.

- excellent reputation
- despite being known for sciences, there are some excellent departments in social sciences and humanities (poly-sci, economics, english)

- there are graduate schools in medicine, business, education, etc that provide good connections
- excellent music program through Eastman
- campus is beautiful
- the school is large enough that you can meet a new person every day, but small enough that youll see someone you know as you walk to every class

- plenty of clubs to be a part of
- good balance of academics and athletics for those on varsity sports. for the most part, school and classes come first. there are very few students who got in on athletics alone.

- in general, everyone is smart!
- the career center will continue to assist you, even years after your graduation
- good alumni networking and events
- very, very cheap off-campus housing available
- excellent and beautiful library
- big study-abroad culture
- the big fraternity parties are very fun and open to anyone on campus
- diverse campus relative to other colleges in upstate/western NY
- it is easy to double major
- you can take extra classes each semester at no additional cost
- there is a take-5 program which allows you to stay on campus for a fifth year at no cost in order to pursue a one-year program of intellectual study

- nice new gym
- there are top-notch series on campus for visiting lecturers, writers, and researchers
- students are generally happy and they remain friends long after graduation. this is perhaps the simplest but most telling testament to the school.

- automatic scholarships for in-state residents and for students earning a minimum SAT score. (for those of you who have already been accepted but have not reached that score, pay money for a good course and tutor and take the SATs again. that investment will be well worth it if you can reach the minimum!)

CONS
- ohhh the weather
- there is not a strong academic advisor program. if you don't seek someone to guide you, it would be easy to haphazardly take random courses. even within your major, you need to seek help to make sure you are taking a strong foundation of courses.

- likewise, you need to steer your own course in terms of internships and jobs. no one will encourage you to seek these things, and you really need to do it on your own. don't forget how crucial internships are!

- socially it would be difficult if you are not in a fraternity/sorority or on an athletic team. unfortunately, they allow greek rush the first semester which means many students dont have the time to make non-greek friends before they are swept into greek life.

- there are not certain creative departments like communications or design that would be beneficial, especially for a second major.

- Rochester is fine, but it's not that big of a city. it might be beneficial to study in a bigger northeast city where there are more internships and jobs- the athletic program has lots of pros and cons. many of the coaches are sub-par, so be sure to check out your coach. squash and basketball are very good. soccer are baseball are decent. field hockey and track/field/crosscountry have weak coaches. football is a disaster- they are a huge drain on the budget, they do not perform well, and they provide some of the least intelligent students on campus.

4th Year Female -- Class 2003
Education Quality: A-, Surrounding City: C+

I love U of R

Jun 09 2010Chemistry
I love U of R. I feel as if a majority of these reviews are simply the (much) smaller percentage of campus who is unhappy with Rochester. For the most part, everyone I know loves where they are and contrary to seemingly popular belief, I know very few people who consider transferring. So to address and dispel pertinent beliefs:

The weather: Yes, it is not a warm school. But the students bundle up and get through it, and it is just another winter. Fall and spring are beautiful in Rochester and I believe, make it worth it. The gorgeous spring makes it hard to focus come exam time, but it's worth the while!

The academics: Undisputedly great academics. Great, easygoing professors; and have accessible office hours, for even the largest classes. Top-notch, bright professors who really do care about their teaching. For those who complain that U of R's reputation isn't as well known as other schools, I've never found this a problem, and actually found that lots of people have heard/ are impressed by U of R. The school seems science-oriented, but they have amazing political science and IR programs, as well as psychology, ASL and many other departments.

The social scene: Party life isn't like a big state school; alas, U of R is not a big state school. Personally, my decision to partake in Greek Life has been an excellent one and I know it's definitely helped socially. But I have many unaffiliated friends and they manage to be going out whenever they like. A social scene is definitely here; WINTER, spring, or fall.I love it here, and I would definitely not take everything on this site to heart. Take it all with a grain of salt; realize most of the comments are angry students looking to channel their frustration. Understandable, but it shouldn't determine your college choice. Better yet, come down and see for yourself!

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, University Resource Use: B-


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