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My experience at the University has been pretty positive. Of course the food sucks and the weather is bad (from December to March; but campus is pretty small, so getting around isn't too bad). The academics are amazing and the freedom early on feels great. The people are friendly and open minded, albeit a bit weird, but you can definitely tell that many of us were borderline Ivy rejections (aka the only "Ivy" kids we have here were accepted to Cornell, but U of R gave them more money). The social life is...okay. Honestly though, you should come to college for an education and the social life should be a perk. That being said, there are parties every weekend or so (but you probably don't want to walk to parties in January anyway) and the school claims to be working on alternate social activities for weekend nights, other than the $2 movies at Hoyt (which are great!). You can definitely find something to do, and the school is small enough that you'll develop a close knit group pretty quickly. Overall, U of R is a pretty good school. Don't expect perfect; you're not going to find that anywhere. Make the most of your time here, and you'll enjoy it.