Rochester, NY
University of Rochester


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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 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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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