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Honestly, this school has the worst career center

Feb 17 2014Economics
Honestly, this school has the worst career center one can ever imagine. Please do not compare it with career centers of other colleges in the same tier. Otherwise the brutal reality could instantly make you feel like your enrolling is a joke. Most students here received generous finance packages. But the loan can still crush you if you could hardly build a solid career after your graduation.

If you still have doubts,i would suggest you to take a closer look at the career center's webpage.Look at those famous and amazing corporate partners like.......the Kaplan! and the City Year! Good luck with 'follow your heart' or 'stuck in debts after the graduation'!!!

1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Perceived Campus Safety: A, Surrounding City: F

Do NOT go to this school

Jul 25 2013Engineering Department
Do NOT go to this school. You can find the same level of education or even better at even a good state university. The University of Rochester sucks out and steals all your money and your family's money. This school is far too expensive, and students pay for more than what they are getting. This school's board has a business mindset and their priority is earning more money. Tuition will increase by at least $1000 every year and there are several "hidden fees" that you will come by in your 4 years here. Even if you look at something as simple as the dining plans, you will see that you are getting cheated. I am not saying this is a bad school. But if you are relying on loans or your family is working very hard to send you here, you may want to reconsider. One other thing -- this university prepares you well for graduate school. However, if you are trying to get job after you graduate, HALF of the graduating class finds it VERY difficult to actually find something when they receive their diplomas..
4th Year Female -- Class 2013
Useful Schoolwork: A, Surrounding City: C+

Good things: UR caters well to those who

Feb 04 2014Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
Good things: UR caters well to those who are sure of what they want to do. If you want to go to graduate school and you are 100% sure, then this is a great place to be, especially for science. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in scientific research, and most faculty I have met are very friendly and willing to talk to you even if you don't take their class. Another great thing about UR is that there is a lot of academic freedom. I declared/started a minor junior year and I was able to fit it in. Also you can create your own major, which I recommend to anyone who is interested in multidisciplinary fields, or isn't sure what they want to pursue (or are torn between two things). While UR is known to be strong in sciences, it's good for humanities as well. I know people who have gotten into prestigious law schools (Duke, Harvard) and graduate schools for humanities.

Not-so-great things/things you should be aware of:
I was in a small major and people tended to form cliques while studying, and weren't very collaborative (this was not the case for biomed or comp sci departments). Intro/premed classes were a chore. Also, you will not be handed the tools to get a good experience here - you have to find the tools. You REALLY need to be proactive to get things done. It isn't like HYP where you can go into a database and have a list of a million alumni, or internships that are begging to take you. It's not like you can just send a resume and this brand will speak for itself to employers.

People know this is a good school. But there are plenty of "good schools." Unless you're at an outstanding school you will have to work your butt off to find internships and network, especially if you're not in the sciences or aren't thinking about graduate school. There are still people here who work for places like JP Morgan, or PwC, but there aren't many Mckinseys or Bains.

Bottom line: It's what you make of it. If you want a place that offers academic freedom with a strong science program/pre-professional focus then this is the place for you. If you're interested more in joining the corporate world, still consider it (it's still a good brand!), but don't make it your #1 choice. One last thought: Location, location, location. Being near a major city helps because there are many top companies there, and you can do an internship over the year. This is not the case for Rochester. The only place to do an internship is at Strong Memorial Hospital. If you want brand name companies, you won't find them here. But if you're going to graduate school, this shouldn't be a concern.

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
University Resource Use: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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