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Recent Reviews

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

My advice to future college students is to explore all the things you never thought you could do or that you would not be goo...

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

My advice to future college students is to explore all the things you never thought you could do or that you would not be good at while in college. Do not be afraid to step outside the comfort zone and try new and exciting things. Also, get involved! Student leadership teaches you things you could never learn in the classroom. When looking for the right college, look for the one that will provide you with the most opportunities for future success. Never turn down a school you like because you think you cannot afford it! Chances are you will get the financial aid you need from school scholarships. No matter what, education is the most important asset to your future success. Therfore, you should take chances, make mistakes, but most importantly, love where you are and what you are doing!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Everyone can attend this school. Everyone here is very friendly and accepting. Low-income students may have a hard time though.

Leana
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

research and gorgeous campus

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

research and gorgeous campus

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

stay overnight on a thursday and friday. that way you get to sit in on classes on friday and get a feel for the academic life, and see what nightlife is like on friday night.

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

the lack of public transportation can be frustrating

Marlenny
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are extremely smart, hard-working and very well rounded.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are extremely smart, hard-working and very well rounded.

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

My advice would be to really explore as much as possible. VISIT is a MUST! It really does help narrow down your choices. Get to know the students that attend the schools that you are interested in and see how similar you feel they are to you. Interact with the campus as much as possible before you say yes. I noticed that to be a huge factor because if you feel completely out of place, it is hard to succeed when you have a mind full of negativity with the people that surround you. Once you're in the school of your choice, go ahead and explore what that school has to offer. There may be something for you to join and joining a group or club or team really helps balance your life. Do your research with the courses offered. Your intended major really MAY NOT be the one you actually pursue, as your interests may change from one day to the other. Lastly, be real to yourself and do not try to change for others. You really do find out who you really are and who others are in college, so get ready!

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

I wish I would have known that for this school a person needs to have as much experience from high school as possible, like having joined as most extracurricular activities as possible, taken advantage of all there is offered and that you kind of have to do it all yourself. I wish I would have been more independent during high school but of course it all depends on the way you were raised, but it helps in this school. Taking AP classes really is necessary and will help a lot.

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

University of Rochester is a competitve and difficult school to do well in.

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

University of Rochester is a competitve and difficult school to do well in.

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

A student can never know which college is the right one until he or she attends it. I had different expectations from the University of Rochester, but learned to adjust to the unexpected things. No college will feel right at first. It is all about learning to enjoy your environment and using your resources. Every college has something to give to a student. Of course it is important to go to a university or college that has a good program for your interest, but it will surprise you how much you can change after attending college. Your desired concentration can change within a year or even after taking just one class. Wherever you go, you will find something you like. You just have to explore and take everything the university or college offers you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who loves cold weather and is ready for a lot of competition. The person should also be open-minded and sociable.

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

Flexible curriculum, helpful administration

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

Flexible curriculum, helpful administration

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

Make sure you do your HOMEWORK on all the key facets: academic standards (both for entry and what is expected to admitted students), undergraduate size, location of campus, when the campus was established, whether or not there's Greek life, average class size statistics, and availability/prestige of their study abroad program.

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

How to better manage a heavy, demanding workload.

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

In regards to finding the right college you really need to sit down and make a list of what you want in a school. Things like...

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

In regards to finding the right college you really need to sit down and make a list of what you want in a school. Things like location, size, programs offered, division, etc can make a big difference. After you have made your list you should really research your schools. Go to the book store and read all of the college books and not just the popular ones like the Princenton Review. Read the books that give you student perspectives because those are the books that will help you find out if you can fit in or not. Also be open to different things. Just because going to Yale has been your dream since your were 4 doesn't mean there aren't other options. The Colleges That Change Lives is a great book that with lots of colleges that you may have never considered otherwise. To make the most of a college experience just be open to new things. You have four years to study so don't let a great opportunity pass you by because you "have to study." Take classes that aren't your strengths and interact with people you may not have in highschool. Always have fun.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Everyone takes studying so seriously. Sometimes I just want to go to a concert at our sister school, The Eastman School of Music and it's basically impossible to find someone because everyone wants to study instead.

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

The food really isn't that great. Also everyone is extrmely serious about thier academics.

Mario
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are incredibly multi-talented individuals - athletically, artistically, and intellectually - with strong opinio...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are incredibly multi-talented individuals - athletically, artistically, and intellectually - with strong opinions, varied interests, and real desires to learn.

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

The most important part of picking a college is finding the right "feel." This goes beyond academics, varsity sports, campus housing or location. It is an extremely personal decision and often comes down to reasons difficult to explain to parents or teachers. However, the key to making this decision properly is always the same: knowledge. Find out as much as you can about each of your college choices, and once you know your top two or three, find out even more. Call their admissions offices and shoot the breeze for a while. Ask for any recent publications they might have lying around, a course catalog perhaps. Look out for programs that let you speak directly to students, even if they're tour guides. Visit the campus if you have a chance, attend a class, talk to students in their dorms and away from prying ears. Learn more, more, and more, and don't ever be satisfied with what you know. It might be that one extra little thing that finally helps you make the right choice.

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

I love the academic program here, which allows me to select the classes I want to take without endangering my degree or my future career, and which allows me to really personalize my schedule.

Julia
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are driven, focused, passionate and intense.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are driven, focused, passionate and intense.

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

It is crucial to know what kind of environment you are comfortable in. The campus atmosphere and the people whith which you live and work will inevitably affect your performance in school. Even if you do not know what your academic goals are before entering college, make sure that you feel inspired by the college that you choose to attend.

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

Core curriculum requirements are very minimal.

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

Core curriculum requirements are very minimal.

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

College, like life, is what you make of it. Where you go is not nearly as important as what you do when you get there. However, to ensure that there are opportunities to do what you want after you arrive, pick a school that matches your personality and interests. Read as much as you can about student and academic life--and try to get past the barrage of statistics. Talk to current students as much as possible. If you are focused on academics and want a vibrant intellectual life, seek out school where students frequently have intellectual arguments and discussions outside of class. If you get excited about extracurricular activities, ask students if there are many students groups, and if it's easy to start new ones. If spending time in a coffee shop with a book or a friend is your ideal Saturday night, avoid schools where wild partying is the norm. If you aren't sure what you want to study, pick a school that offers many different majors. Once you get there, jump in with both feet and never look back. You will have the time of your life.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone looking for a bargain, looking for easy As, wanting to do pre-Law, wanting lots of opportunities in the visual arts, wanting a really big city or suburbia.

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

Think about how much debt you'll be in vs. how much your career will pay you.

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

Think about how much debt you'll be in vs. how much your career will pay you.

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

High crime area. Heavily focused on research/theory.

What's unique about your campus?

High quality professors. Good Library.

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