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University of Rochester


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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.

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

I would definitely advise parents not to pressure their children to tour more than three schools in their college search- I t...

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

I would definitely advise parents not to pressure their children to tour more than three schools in their college search- I think that looking at ten schools myself, I am able to say that it was really far too many... and quite overwhelming, to say the least! I was told that the college a student gets into can and will eventually become the school that they always really wanted in the end, and I find that to be a beautiful truth that I myself encountered in coming to the University of Rochester. I think also that parents should really encourage their child to explore where their curiosities take them, and not place so much emphasis on being practical in what one studies. People my age are pressured to grow up far too fast for my tastes, and are often steered away from taking courses that challenge the way they've always been taught to think about themselves and the world in which they live. Learning how to think critically about our world is paramount in our college education, and I think that there will always be enough time to find a career in years down the road.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Students who enjoy a rather small campus would enjoy this place. Many students will for the most part all know one another and if you don't like getting lost in the crowd this might be a good option to look into. The schlly.

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

Make sure they really do good in school. Personally the first year is going to look like you don't really need to do as much ...

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

Make sure they really do good in school. Personally the first year is going to look like you don't really need to do as much work because you got into the school. No, stay 110% focused. One key in my college life is money, try to save money now and keep in good contact with your money offices on campus and do try to build and wonderful bond with counselors, they do have miracles up there sleves. Oh yes, GOOD LUCK!

What's unique about your campus?

I'd have to say that the learning enviroment and as well as the social life of campus is a great place to want to learn. Over the past couple of years I've learned to bascially learn how to live on my own. The facultiy at the school are very considerate and most do have the drive to want to teach the material.

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

Money is really a key factor. I've been struggling since the time I set foot on this campus and the Bursar and Financial Aid office haven't really been there to be a huge help. If more help could have been there for me, this school would have been just too perfect.

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