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University of Rochester


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Recent Reviews

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

That some professors care more about their research than teaching.

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.

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

The name of the school does not matter. Choose a place that is the right size and has the kind of atmosphere that will best f...

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

The name of the school does not matter. Choose a place that is the right size and has the kind of atmosphere that will best fit you. The most important thing about college is having the best learning experience, not just in terms of academics.

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

The weather up here in Rochester isn't too great. But it really makes you appreciate those few sunny days.

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

Study hard during the week, party hard on the weekends.

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

Study hard during the week, party hard on the weekends.

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

Find the right school: Visit the campus and do an overnight stay with a student. If you want to know how the weather is year round, ask a student (not your tour guide). For a true experience with campus food, don't go on a parent's or tour heavy weekend. Go without any adults on a regular weekday. Try the popular dining hall at lunch time. Thats the best way to experience the average food quality and service. Talk to professors and department staff in areas you're interested in. Browse the enrolled student areas of the school's website, check out course listings and ask about availibility and size of classes. Talk to coaches/ team members of sports and clubs you are interested in. Never pick a college based on the tution posted. Make the most of the experience: Join clubs and use them to make friends. Speak up in discussion classes. Talk to your professors during office hours, they are paid to help you and often volunteer info you would never learn otherwise. (academic, career/internship) Do internships. Balance work and play. Explore the surrounding area, ask upperclassmen where to go. Use the free career search services.

What's unique about your campus?

Great social atmosphere

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

The college applicant should definitely visit the colleges through a visitation program and stay with a current student to re...

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

The college applicant should definitely visit the colleges through a visitation program and stay with a current student to really get a feel for the environment that they will be immersed for the next four years. Meet as many new people as you can within this time and make connections with everyone. By doing this you will understand whether the size of the school, the demographic of the students and the general air of the college is something that appeals to you. When attending school, a new student should remember that college is as described above, an experience. For most it will be the first time that they are away from home for an extended period of time and is an excellent opportunity for one to find out who they are. Most college campuses will have so many groups and events that can appeal to the most diverse set of interests and it will be really easy to find your niche. The key to really getting the most out of college is to make sure that you step out of that niche and put yourself in a position that will give you lasting and unique memories.

What's unique about your campus?

The opportunity to get involved with so many oncampus activities.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The cold weather, the inflexible meal plans, and the lack of an off-campus life.

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

To students: Selecting the right college is all about weighing your priorities. Be sure to consider a school's location, pre...

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

To students: Selecting the right college is all about weighing your priorities. Be sure to consider a school's location, prestige, currculum, cost, availaboility of social activities and organizations, and any other factors that are important to you. Be sure to visit the schools you are serious about before making your decision. Set up an interview to increase your chance of acceptance, financial aid, or just to learn more about the school. Be sure to consider the amount of stress you will be able to handle as some schools are much more difficult than others. Remember, find your balance. To parents: Encourage them to make the decision themselves while remaining supportive and involved in researching and visiting. Try not to put too much pressure on them, college is their independence and some people must learn through their own decisions. If they make the wrong choice there is always a way to reverse it. Don't become obsessed with the cost of college. If you can't afford to pay let them take out loans. Above all, be patient as they decide, and be willing to drive them to their top choices as visiting plays a major role in their decision.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone looking for an easy 4.0 GPA in sciences should look elsewhere, anyone looking for a party school should look elsewhere. U of R is a research institution and the classes are competetive even if the stuents show a general sense of companionship in the face of challenging coursework. Study hard, and reward yourself on the weekends.

What's unique about your campus?

Research opportunities at the Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital are vast. Anyone in the sciences should take advantage.

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

Start early and before you're bombarded with flyers evaluate the characteristics you consider most important. There are a ton...

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

Start early and before you're bombarded with flyers evaluate the characteristics you consider most important. There are a ton of schools and the only thing that really makes one better than another is how it satisfies those things on your list. At the same time remain flexible in your ideas and definitely visit the campus. Nothing really lets you know what being a student at the school is like without actually being a student, but being on campus lets you feel out the generaly comings and goings of student life.

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

quality of professors, presence of the school in the forefront of research(ex. neuroscience, optics, BME)

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