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University of Rochester


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Recent Reviews

Galina
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I am an open friendly intelectuall and creative person who enjoys my studies and the outdoors and live spiritually.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I am an open friendly intelectuall and creative person who enjoys my studies and the outdoors and live spiritually.

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

I would definitely advice students to visit the colleges or universities they apply to. Visitation allows the student to see how they respond to the campus envirnoment, the aura and atmosphere, the general feeling of the students and faculty on campus. I would also highly recommend that they tour the housing and the dining areas, the libraries, the labs/studios. Also while on the visitation, the students should inquire about the classes offered, especially those in the field they are interested in. Ask about the extracurricular activities and campus social life as well. Basically, I'd recommend that in visiting the students make the effort to get as much a feel for the University as they can. And for parents as well, so that they will know where there children are. Understand what they will become involved in, and the like.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who would like to pursue a very creative future such as a musician or artist because this University is very focused on more practical majors.

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

Make sure to research, research, research!!! You have to research a wide variety of schools to get a feel for what exactly yo...

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

Make sure to research, research, research!!! You have to research a wide variety of schools to get a feel for what exactly you want out of your college experience and you should narrow your choices down by size, location, academics, financial aid, social life, etc. Over night visits are also very helpful because you get a true feel for the school without any parents around and you can actually talk to current students and get their real opinion of the school. I would recommend that high school students apply to their top 8 colleges (make sure to put them in categories of: below your standards, just meet your standards, and exceed your standards) so that you have the option of choosing the perfect school for you.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is the fact that it is not very racially diverse. When you do see differing ethnic groups, they are all together in one bunch at all times.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the fact that it is a very academic and research-oriented school. The opportunities to prepare students for their career goals are numerous.

Timothy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its much snowier, has better research opportunities, and the campus is an awesome balance of quirky, intellectual and fun peo...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Its much snowier, has better research opportunities, and the campus is an awesome balance of quirky, intellectual and fun people. Also it was a better middle size, not a tiny liberal arts college, but small enough that you don't get lost in a sea of other students.

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

Even if a school looks good on paper, always go to campus and check it out if you can. Beyond any programs that a school can offer, the atmosphere of a campus can make or break a college experience. Each school has its own feel, and there were definitely some schools that I visited that I thought sounded good, but when I was walking around their campuses I couldn't picture myself being a part of it. They just didn't feel like home. As important as opportunities and programs are, if a school doesn't feel right, the student will probably be unhappy and it takes an incredibly dedicated student to overcome misery and still take advantage of the opportunities they went to the school for. College is often a student's first real chance to pursue their interests and is a time to explore new experiences and ideas, and make friends that could last a life-time. A college needs to feel like a second home and therein be a place that can foster growth and motivate a student to make the most of their time on campus.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

A recent change to the meal plan system makes me feel like UR is definitely getting the better end of the deal, or if not them then Aramark (the food provider) is. This is contained to just the meal plan system itself though, the food is decent enough (in my opinion, others were beg to differ), many students are just required to pay for more food than they can eat.

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

If you can, visit the school. You will find out more how you will interact with the students. If you can spend the night. ...

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

If you can, visit the school. You will find out more how you will interact with the students. If you can spend the night. If you feel a school is too far out of your reach, apply anyway and show why the school will benifit from your impact on campus. Do not let yourself get tied down as well. My own philosophy is to detach yourself a little from your family. College lets you explore your own personality, and do not pass that up. Finding the place to express yourself fully is tough, but the search is worth the reward. In the end just do what seems right for you, its your life no one else's.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Professors, study abroad, programs, awesome people, and freedom of learning

Jozal
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Rochester: the place to go for an overpriced experience of great professors, lots of snow/rain, a diverse, ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The University of Rochester: the place to go for an overpriced experience of great professors, lots of snow/rain, a diverse, generally friendly group of students, and awful food.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The administration is probably the worst thing. It is very difficult to get administrators to help you to solve a problem, whether it be about recycling, bus schedules, housing, or a personal problem. I have even had one academic advisor misinform me about a school policy and later lie about giving me that information. Overall, dealing with administrators is just frustrating.

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

Choosing the right college is all about finding the school that is best suited to make your next four years the most enlightening, challenging, and fun that they can be. It is essential that you choose a college based on more than academics - investigate housing, food, facilities... As silly as those things may seem, they seriously effect the quality of your college experience. Remember, you are going to spend the next four years of your life at this school! Try to choose a one with as many qualities that you like as you possibly can. Be wary of sacrificing characteristics you like in order to go to a school with a better name. The name of the institution on your diploma really doesn't matter. What matters is what you achieve as an undergraduate, and you are far more likely to achieve greatness at a school you enjoy attending. And once you get to college, think of one word: balance. This is the key to a great experience. Party, play a sport, volunteer, study like mad, be lazy, but do all of these things in moderation. If you can do this, you are ready for the time of your life.

Paul
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a great school academically but it is bad socially

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It is a great school academically but it is bad socially

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

I would tell them that they need to follow their heart when it comes to picking out a school. I believe in order to follow your dreams or complete them, a person has to go with their feelings and gut instinct. I followed my heart when it came to coming to this school. I had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player and still do but most likely it won't happen so my second plan of action was to go to law school. This school provided me with both of those options because now I'm preparing to go to law school next fall term and I had the opportunity to play college baseball for four years. So whatever a student's dreams may be, that student should follow his passion because it will most likely make that student the happiest he/she could be.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is that there are very unattractive women.

Scott
Describe the students at your school.

They are curious, engaged, tend to be a bit shy, extremely intelligent and mostly white.

Describe the students at your school.

They are curious, engaged, tend to be a bit shy, extremely intelligent and mostly white.

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

Spend a day or two at the colleges you are considering and also consider the area around the campus. Be as engaged as you can, talk to professors and campus leaders, get involved, and explore your college community too.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is a toss up between social life and the imbalance between practical program funding (pre med, engineering) and funding for programs in the humanities, particularly the arts. It is difficult to feel satisfied with a studio program that is so underfunded, which has a building separate from the academic quad, and which is hardly frequented by the majority of the campus. Social life is also lacking, as the area around the university is usually dead, with little to do off campus at night, and very cold weather.

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

Choose a college based on what you think of it, and not what everyone else says about it

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

Choose a college based on what you think of it, and not what everyone else says about it

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

How to manage my time better, and how to study for different kinds of classes

What kind of person should attend this school?

someone who is academically focused but who knows when to take a break and just have fun

Dan
Describe the students at your school.

Some work hard while some hardly work.

Describe the students at your school.

Some work hard while some hardly work.

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

The best advice that I can give is to make sure that the student is honest to himself. There are so many different colleges and different types of people in the world, which make the process of selecting a college difficult. While it's a good idea to scour all options available, someone will find their niche almost anyway. Select a school based on "feeling" when you visit or the quality of academics in terms of what type of classes you'll end up taking and the professors who teach them. Once arriving at college, the college experience is what you make of it. Get started in some club, any club, right away. That will help to engage you in a social atmosphere and connect you more closely to the inner-workings of the university. Pick classes that you are actually interested in; don't select them by difficulty, you're only cheating yourself if you do so. Last but not least, do all of your work. You're paying thousands of dollars each yeat to teach you valuable acedemic (and life) skills--don't pass it up!

What's unique about your campus?

Class listings and curriculum.

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

I would advice students to pick colleges based on how well the school's profile matches their needs and wants. It is extremel...

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

I would advice students to pick colleges based on how well the school's profile matches their needs and wants. It is extremely important to look at what?s offered academically as well as the avenues available for academic fulfillment (ex. does the school have a rigorous core curriculum?). Class size as well as the professor to student ratio is very important, especially when it comes to introductory classes. A friendly, helpful, respectable faculty and student body is essential for students to feel academically and socially secure. And last but not least, closeness to home. No matter how great of a school a student attends, if the student is a family person, he/she will not enjoy his/her college experience if he/she is physically unable to go home at his/her leisure.

What's unique about your campus?

The freedom in the curriculum. It allows you to really explore different fields and still major in your area of interest.

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

That some professors care more about their research than teaching.

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