Rochester, NY
University of Rochester


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Rachel
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rochester is best known for its science and engineering programs. It has some of the top research facilities in the country. ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rochester is best known for its science and engineering programs. It has some of the top research facilities in the country. However, its liberal arts programs - though less well known - are also very strong. Many people associate Rochester with harsh winters. While it is true that the winters are long and snowy, the winter weather is not much different than anywhere else in the northeast.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

A lot of time and energy goes into choosing the "right college." How big is it? Where is it located? Is it a party school? Does it provide adequate financial aid? What are its rankings? These are some of the questions that parents and students consider, tossing and turning, wanting so much to make the right choice. Ultimately, a student's college experience is what he or she makes of it. Students succeed best when they are happy. My school was not my first choice. In fact, I was miserable most of my freshman year. I thought about transferring, but after talking to my advisor I realized that going to a different school was not going to make me any happier. What I needed was to find my place and to find my passion. I am now going into the second semester of my senior year, and I couldn't be more satisfied with where I ended up.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I'd known what a prominent role Greek life has on campus. The percentage of people directly involved with sororities and fraternities does not include people who go to their events.

Jazmine
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The Eastman School of Music is known for it's elite training of gifted and talented musicians.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The Eastman School of Music is known for it's elite training of gifted and talented musicians.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Research and preperation are the most important parts of finding the appropriate schools for a students needs. Start looking into schools about a year before starting college applications. In the months before applying the schools you have chosen should be looked at more thoroughly and probably reduced according to your personal interests. Starting applications early also helps to reduce stress and to keep your head clear. To make the most of your college experience keep focused on what you're studying and keep a close group friends.

What's unique about your campus?

At this school you learn how to survive withing the music world as well as learning the best skills for the field.

Dustin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You need to visit the college in person, and already have an idea of what you want to major in (or something realistic for un...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You need to visit the college in person, and already have an idea of what you want to major in (or something realistic for undecided), in order to pick the school right for you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who can manage their time between schoolwork and extracurricular activites. Looking for parties on the weekends.

What's unique about your campus?

The amount of research for the size of the student population. It landed me my first internship.

Sarah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should visit the college, sit in on a class, meet with a couple professors, and stay the night in a dorm at every c...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should visit the college, sit in on a class, meet with a couple professors, and stay the night in a dorm at every college which they are seriously interested in attending. The size, location, and academic strengths of the college should cater to the student's personal preferences. A sad student is a poor student and a happy student tends to be more successful in school. Visting each school is important so that the student can get a feel of the dynamic of the campus. Asking questions is important. Are all the people outside or all in the library? Is there access to off-campus entertainment such as dining, outdoor activities, and music? Are students able to committ to a varsity team and still succeed academically? What kind of relationships do professors have with students? What opportunities does the college offer? The most important thing to remember is that the student is the customer and the school is running a business that is responsible for delivering a high quality education while also providing opportunities and lifestyles for maturing adults.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who knows what they are interested in and have a passion for it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who aren't committed to working for their education.

Ian
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is best known for the research professors and alumni who take major roles in society after they graduate.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is best known for the research professors and alumni who take major roles in society after they graduate.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing is that students can pick whatever classes they want to and aren't forced into classes they don't want to take.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's important to find the college that best fits what you want it to. There are plenty of schools out there that supply a range of ideals and curricula. You just have to find the one that best fits you. When you get to college be sure to make friends with everyone you meet including students, faculty, and other staff. Not only will you be happy with all the friends you've earned, but you will also benefit from those friends. Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know that will allow you to get places. There are probably plenty of things to do on an average college campus, so get involved! If someone asks you if you want to join something give it a quick thought. If you think there is any possibility that you might want to do it, sign up, you have nothing to lose and you will probably have lots of fun and meet people. By far the most important thing to remember at college is, after you're done studying, remember that there's life outside of your dorm room and you just have to open the door to get there.

Sylvia
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for being a small research university that comes up with really cool things. We came up with the HPV ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for being a small research university that comes up with really cool things. We came up with the HPV Vaccine, we have the best optics program in the United States, and one of the best Political Science programs in the world. We also have an amazing Religion program, and we can take classes at the Eastman School of Music, the best music conservatory in the country.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure that you take this choice seriously cuz you're stuck wherever you want to go for 4 years. Take your time, and you'll know when you visit the school whether or not it's right for you. Just make sure it IS right for you. Dont worry so much about rankings but rather how it feels to you.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is extremely social and NEEDS alot of different things to do every single weekend should consider going someone else. Also, someoe who does not want to take their academics seriously and just wants a degree instead of genuinely wanting ot learn should not come here. Anyone who is not intrinsically motivated to learn. Anyone who does not like the cold.

Greg
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were great. While most of my friends came from outside of my classes, I always felt a part of the class. My cla...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were great. While most of my friends came from outside of my classes, I always felt a part of the class. My classes were small enough that you knew everyone on a first name basis by about the third week, and often you got to know some better than others through project or similar research interests.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish there hab been more information about the clubs on campus. Once you arrived, getting information was relatively easy, but being able to have that information ahead of time would have been extremely helpful in planning out my first year.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your gut. Choose where your heart pulls you. Do not let distance or finances stand in the way. Sometimes, that means making a hard choice, but it will be worth it in the end. Explore. Colleges are full of options, both academically and extra-curricularly. Try new things and take the classes that interest you. Live! Make the most of your college career! Good luck!

Derek
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My recommendation when looking for the 'right college' would be to keep in mind that every university will have its pros and ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My recommendation when looking for the 'right college' would be to keep in mind that every university will have its pros and cons, and as a corollary, no amount of campus tours or brochures or internet reviews can let anyone know how well he or she willl individually enjoy any university. The best you can do is honestly evaluate your circumstances (financial, academic and otherwise), decide what you most value and what you most want to get out of a university, find the schools you think best suit your interests, and apply. Once you're in university, keep in mind that barring extenuating circumstances, almost no decision is final. There are a lot of big decisions one has to make during college and one's plans going in are almost definitely not going to be the same as one's plans going out. Changing majors, transferring and sabbaticals are all options during your time at university, as someone who has taken advantage of all three, I advise people to utilize those options to explore. Perhaps the most important thing is that at the end of your senior year, you can graduate with minimal regrets.

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