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How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Jan 10 2009
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
They say only 10% of college applicants go to their safety school; I am one of them. The U of R was a misfit on my list of prospective colleges, the only university among a long list of tiny, isolated New England liberal arts colleges. After being rejected by these maple syrup-and-snowshoe institutions, I matriculated to the University, planning on achieving a high GPA with an eye to transfer after my first year.

Well, that plan went to hell faster than Cheney in a bobsled.

I won't go into Admissions Office Pamphlet mode on you, so let me simply say that going to Rochester was one of the best decisions of my academic career. I'm on a first name basis with almost all of my TA's and professors, something you won't find at most other research universities. I've had a ridiculous amount of freedom in terms of class-choice, allowing me to double major in Poli Sci and Philosophy while never having to take a math course again (derive that, clowns!).

Speaking of Political Science…wow. The department here is unreal. If you're considering a major in political science, you have to apply to Rochester. They basically take a social science and kick in the research opportunities of a natural science. The professors are extremely dedicated to both their research and their classroom teaching- I don't know how they manage it.

I'm not going to bother about the social scene- in college, it's what you make of it. Whatever kind of person you are, you'll find your niche here- and expand out from it. The city's a little run down, yes, but you'll spend so much of your time on the gorgeous campus it won't matter. Oh- if you're not from above the Mason-Dixon line, bring some sweaters. It gets chilly.

Let me put it plainly- if you're interested in any of the following majors, come to Rochester: Economics, Political Science, Cognitive Science, anything involving Pre-Med (beware, it's hard), or International Relations. Go for anything else, too, but those are the standouts.

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