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Laura
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about the U of R I would say is the student body. They are some of the most interesting people you will ever ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about the U of R I would say is the student body. They are some of the most interesting people you will ever meet and though the U of R does not focus on "well-roundedness" (with one required course, Freshman writing) they generally are knowledgeable about a lot of different areas and will spark some interesting conversations. Also, the cluster system is great. Short explanation: there are three areas of learning, the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, you major in one and cluster (take three related courses) in the other two. I am a physics and astronomy major (natural sci) with clusters in Hinduism (humanity) and Anthropology (social sci). The cluster system allows you to take classes you enjoy, and still learn a lot about them. If you never want to take math again, you don't have to, for me it was history. The biggest complaint is parking, frankly their assholes, if you pull up next to your dorm and leave your car their with the flashers on and run in to get something by the time you are out theirs a $50 ticket on your car. Usually if its your first time they'll let you off but after that you're on your own. Also, it's like $300 per semester to park your car in a lot that is like a mile away from your dorm. IMO don't bring a car, there are buses they can get you most anywhere and other people with cars or Zipcars to rent, you don't need it

Describe the students at your school.

The U of R has some of the most attractive women I have ever seen, along with the men. Most people are open to all sorts of differences, I've only ever encountered one overtly zealous conservative Christian in my time here, she was a sweet heart but I knew she was probably not cool with some of my friends sexual preferences. Lots of different types of students interact, the only issues I've faced is some economic gaps many people here are from very wealthy families (Westchester, northern Jersey, Philly areas) and being from your typical middle class family its strange to me to hear of students getting $300 a month allowances (for what? who knows?) and not having to work. I think its a great experience to be friends with and interact with these people, for both of us, so we can see what different people live like in the world but some times I feel left out or resentful.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

1) It is cold, December through March, no denying that. On the plus side, it makes you study more. Also, its not too bad if you prepare yourself well: layers, a good wind-breaking winter coat, boots, gloves, you'll be all set. 2) I'd like to say we work hard and party harder. If you want to study all the time you can, if you want to party all the time you also can do that, everyone finds their own balance that suits them. 3) Though many of us are science/engineering majors and would proudly sport the title of nerd, we are definitely the coolest nerds you will ever meet. I'm a physics and astronomy major and a TI (classifying me as a class A nerd) who is also a DJ and has a passion for people watching (some call it anthropology). Just come to campus and talk to some people and you will see that we are nerdy enough to be good at what we do but are people savvy enough to talk to you about what we do and love.

What are the academics like at your school?

I took a class called "Storytelling in the Indian Tradition" and we read folk tales and fairy tales from all different religions and cultures in India and wrote two papers about them. It was amazing, the professor was amazing (Brooks) and it inspired my cluster in Hinduism. On the topic of class sizes it depends on your major, if you're a bio major you'll have 200+ student classes until about your second semester sophomore year, if you're a Physics and Astronomy major like myself, you'll rarely have a class thats above 40 students unless its a math class. My intro astro class was 11 students(4 were girls) and the second level was 5 students (4 were girls). I love the U of R because I don't feel like they are training me to become just another cog in the machine of the working world, they truly want you to use this time as time for yourself to learn what you want to learn for the sake of learning and joy of knowledge. Though at the same time I do feel as if I will be able to get a job when I graduate or find a grad school. Theres a great career center that helped me apply to REU programs and made over my resume.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Steven Colbert is coming this fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20% of students are involved with Greek life.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

1) It's cold. 2) They study all the time. 3)They are all science nerds.

Brittany
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester's campus is absolutely gorgeous. There are a ton of things to do both on and off campus. The university is the pe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester's campus is absolutely gorgeous. There are a ton of things to do both on and off campus. The university is the perfect size, not too small and not too big. It is very easy to get invovled and truly makes the college experience even better. Everyone is very friendly and you do not just feel like a number at the University of Rochester.

Describe the students at your school.

Rochester is actually quite diverse and truly everyone is accepted. I don't think anyone would feel out of place; people at Rochester are very down to earth.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yes and no. It is hard, but if you work hard and do your best it is definitely doable. Also one of the great things is balance of studying and having fun; at Rochester we truly have the perfect balance.

What are the academics like at your school?

The curriculum at Rochester is what makes this university so unique. Having no required, general education classes is great! At Rochester it truly is about opportunity and exploring things for yourself.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There really is an endless amount of activities/clubs to join or participate in. There is always something going on on campus. Athletic events are fairly popular, espescially our men's basketball, however theater, speaker, and entertainment are just as prevalent and popular on campus.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That it is an extremely hard school and all we do is study.

Jenn
Describe the students at your school.

The Rochester student body is like a gigantic family. You have your best friends who are like your immediate family, your acq...

Describe the students at your school.

The Rochester student body is like a gigantic family. You have your best friends who are like your immediate family, your acquaintances who are like the cousins you see during the holidays, and the people you walk by everyday and have no idea who they are. Those people are like your great uncle twice removed who lives across the country; you've never met him but you would do anything for him, because he's family.

What are the academics like at your school?

Toward the middle of Spring semester I went to my British Literature professor and confessed that I was completely lost in the class and basically had no idea what was going on. She sat down with me once a week and we went over the material, and after a while I started getting higher marks and actually participating in class. Going above and beyond for their students is typical for Rochester professors.

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

FOOD SUCKS!!! Students are awesome. There seems to be somewhat of a lack of school pride in our athletic programs. Students a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

FOOD SUCKS!!! Students are awesome. There seems to be somewhat of a lack of school pride in our athletic programs. Students and people are amazing, they are the main reason I love the school so much, without the people that Rochester seems to accept and those that enroll, the school would not be that good. The students work very hard, and party harder :). The school and surrounding back end of the University is very decent and beautiful in the spring which unfortunately is like only the last 5 weeks of school if that, the city of Rochester, is depressing and pitiful, especially coming from a city like NYC. Without a car, and the right people, you might want to transfer your first semester, or worse! However, stick out the tough winter and harsh first semester, and many would agree, that UR grows on you, and once the year is over, you'll realize how great of time you really are having and how much you can't wait for the upcoming year. Its great!...Not everyday, week, month or even year will be glamorous, exciting and completely, insanely fun, but the rewards are far greater when you get over the humps and truly experience a good time with some people who can undoubtedly become your friends for life, with a top tier degree.

Describe the students at your school.

Most people at UR are very open to different types of people and interactions with those, not of the same "kind" are very common. However, there does seem to be a division between minority groups, and the different majorities of the campus as units, not as individuals. There are numerous individuals who branch out and make diversity at UR positive and unique of an experience, but a small percentage, are closed minded ans stick to people of their own, racial, within, socio-economic, religious etc, groups. I think college is taking a step outside of our comfort zone,a and exploring and appreciating the world around you wherever, you may attend.Most people @ UR follow the same idea or something like that, but there is a small percentage that still are living in the past so to speak.

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

College is about finding yourself. UR definitely helps that process, although not the biggest or craziest of places. UR is a very great place, but its not for everyone and that is ok. If you find out its not for you, move on. But one thing or suggestion to anyone considering UR or any college,, is if possible, stick out at least a year, you wont believe what a different a year makes. HAVE FUN, I'M HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE., YOU SHOULD TOO

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Mostly True. Somewhat True. School is, most students not really. TRUE TRUE Mostly/Somewhat True, majors dictate certain requirements and for engineer students FALSE TRUE TRUE

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are the driving force behind the University, and they are top notch. Students are very very involved in various academic activities and intellectual conversations all year long. The University recently won the Collegiate Quiz Bowl National Championship among other national achievements in academics over past years. But on a more, day to day level, UR students are very supportive and helpful of one another. We constantly are pushing each other to do better, while rarely ever putting anyone down. Its a very positive atmosphere, to have a bunch of young adults living some of their greatest years together striving for the same goals, with constant help and support wherever you turn, its very rewarding and mind boggling. However at times, you may want to kill yourself with the amount of work you will have, regardless of your major. It si all about time management. If you don't study enough, and enough is not HS enough its serious study time, one will either fail out due to apathy or in serious distress all semester, and will not take in the complete experience and opportunity at hand of being around such great people in college. However is one studies too much, one might want to throw themselves over the Genesse Bridge or completely unhappy with life, due to lack of social interactions. TIME MANAGEMENT..PROCRASTINATION WILL DESTROY YOU. I've been on both extremes of the spectrum and neither is fun at all. Once one develops that collegiate time management, the sky is the limit.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

THE BIGGEST THING ABOUT COLLEGE, your social life. Yeah, everyone goes to school to get a good education and graduate, but theres much more time than you think to do, SOMETHING other than study and go to classes. (MAKE SURE YOU GO TO YOUR CLASSES AND STUDY THOUGH). "You will learn so much more outside of the classroom, on day to day interactions with other people,than you will ever learn in a classroom while your in college". Humans are social beings, and college is one of the quintessential aspects of a young adults social life. Everyone likes to have fun, and everyone likes to have friends. Simply put, if you want to drink in college, You WILL drink much more than you ever thought you could or should. If you want to hook up with someone, play your cards right the opportunity is there. Mommy and Daddy are no longer around watching your every move. You want go to church and worship you can. Basically you can do anything you want to, just know that every action has a consequence whether good or bad. But if your in this University you already know that or will definitely find out soon enough, but we are all adults so have fun, take care of your business and enjoy the ride. Its time to see who you really are, and who you will shape out to be. COLLEGE IS GREAT, just find you niche, whether it be with a mate, a sport, a club, a group of friends, a combination of different things. Whatever, you find your niche' and you'll have the time of your life! FOR REAL

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

There are a lot of Jews. They are Cornell rejects. They are loaded with money. The weather is disgusting and gray all the time. Majority of the student is very nice kind people. Your free to take anything you want. Its a small research university with a lot of opportunities. Weather can make you depressed and nearly suicidal.

Diana
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Socially, Rochester has great potential. However, there is no college town, thus, there is no one area where students go to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Socially, Rochester has great potential. However, there is no college town, thus, there is no one area where students go to party and relax on the weekends. Social events sprawl all over campus, from the frat quad to the dangerous streets of the 19th Ward (don't go there alone, day or night). So, you and your friends will usually end up in the same place, cycling through the same people every weekend. Here are things I wish I had known about the social life: Go out a lot during freshman orientation, to several different places. Try the frat quad, try the frat in the 19th ward, and try to see if any of the sports teams are having parties. Meet lots of people and make lots of connections. Work hard on making closer ties with people that you get along well with. Don't get stuck in a social rut early on--it only gets increasingly harder to get out.

Describe the students at your school.

If one were to walk into the Douglas Dining Hall on a Tuesday evening, this is what they would likely find: A group of very tall and attractive guys sit leisurely around a large rectangular table. An aura of confidence (read: supersized ego) radiates off of them. Occasionally, a few attractive girls sift in and out of the group. This would be the basketball team. Four tables are pushed together to make one large table. Forty girls are seated together, all sporting shirts with their sorority's letters. It's a Alpha Delta Sigma Kappa dinner night. Sisters only. Several tables are pushed together to form one long table. At this makeshift banquet table sit thirty gaunt guys and girls, still dressed in their running attire. These people run cross country and track. They keep to themselves, in the loudest way possible. The guys make fun of the girls for eating too much. To the left is a round table, with all but one of its seven seats occupied. Six suite mates enjoy their meals as they go over plans for a party they are throwing in their common room. Two are greek-affiliated, one plays soccer, and the other three dance. Notebly, a occupants of these four table groups hail from various backgrounds. Many are white, and some are black, hispanic, asian, indian, or maybe something else. Some come from money, others are there on a scholarship or financial aid.

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

University of Rochester students are usually not attractive. If they are, they are either a jerk, taken, or psycho.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

They can be very accurate if you do not make active attempts early on to be social. A lot of times it depends on who lives on your freshman floor or hall. It is likely that you will become very close with these people. However, only two of the girls on my all-female freshman hall became friends with me. Other halls (especially coeds) were more outgoing, and I can see that they are still close friends to this day. "Why is Mary-Sue hanging out with the basketball team?" "Oh, they lived on the same freshman hall." Many people, especially girls, choose to join a Greek organization. It is often these organizations that set up parties and bar nights. However, there are many other organizations on campus that allow for social interaction as well. And yes, a lot of the time, people will say "I can't, I have to study."

What are the academics like at your school?

The Rochester name continues to gain more prestige each academic year. It is an excellent school. However, many of the professors do not seem involved with the students. Some are there to do research, and teaching takes the back burner for these professors. Students study quite often, especially those with hard majors (BME, Biology, Math, Poli Sci, Economics). As an Economics major, I did not study as much as I could of or should of. However, it is the easiest of the harder majors. All this studying results in a lot of library time. Usually, students go to the library in groups of two or more and camp out for a while with their books, food, etc. It's almost a social event, which almost makes library time fun. But not quite. The career center is a joke. After they helped me revise my resume and cover letter, I sent both to several companies, hoping I would score an internship for the summer. I only had one interview, during which my potential boss told me that the format of my resume was sloppy and needed work. As a college grad, I could not get an internship.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Since I've covered a lot of these topics in my other answers, I guess I will cover the dating scene. I made a big mistake. I went to the same college as my high school sweetheart. This can work out once in a great while--I've seen it work! However, as a result, I spent most of my freshman year sheltered and bored. So, if you do happen to be single, I can only give you advice about dating from your sophomore year onward. First, being single is usually a good thing in college. Unless you meet the perfect person that treats you the way you deserve to be treated, don't get into a relationship. That being said, do not be promiscuous either. UR is a smaller school than many, and word travels fast. You will probably end up hooking up with or dating so-and-so's ex, and you will probably run into so-and-so on campus more than you like. You will see your past hookups almost daily--or maybe not at all, depending on your schedule. Here's how hookups often happen. You are at a party, you're reallllly drunk, and you and a classmate from writing class end up dancing. You end up making out, you go back to the room...you get the picture. It might become more than a one-time thing, but probably not. Men at UR do not take girls on a lot of dates. If they do, it is probably because they needed a date to their frat formal.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Generally, Rochester, or UR if you will, is considered very academic. There are a plethora of science majors, and they study a lot. People don't go out a lot, and it is hard to make friends. Just tonight, I met a random person from another school who noted that going Greek was the only chance at a social life at UR.

Kelsey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would chage about Rochester is the "life" of the city directly around the campus. The university is practically ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One thing I would chage about Rochester is the "life" of the city directly around the campus. The university is practically an island... surrounding by a cemetery and the Genesee River. There are times when I really wish we could have a Park Ave atmosphere closer than a bus ride away.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is probably my favorite part about being a Rochester student. It's a big enough school where you don't know everyone, but small enough for you to have friends in common with every single student. And ALL the students are so full of life and such a riot... I Love it!

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics at Rochester are so versatile. This past semester I took a music class entirely on the Beatles while taking a class on the Crusades to fulfill my writing requirement... your choices are endless!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is always so much to do on friday and saturday nights... student preformances are probably the number one thing happening, and if that's not happening you will find something to do... whether it be hanging out with friends on or off campus or doing the stereotypical college party.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That all Rochester students are geeky book worms.

Kendall
What is your overall opinion of this school?

UR is awesome because even though it's Division 3 for sports, all of the teams are amazing and compete at a very high level. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UR is awesome because even though it's Division 3 for sports, all of the teams are amazing and compete at a very high level. And there is a lot of school spirit.. lots of people support the teams. The school is a great size. I like that I can walk around and still see a lot of people I know, at bigger schools I would rarely have that. But also there are still many more people to meet, so it isn't like I know everyone. The city of Rochester is not as great as I thought it would be going into it, but I still do not know very much about it and I'm looking forward to doing so.

Describe the students at your school.

I don't really think any students would feel out of place at Rochester. There are all different types of people at the school and many different groups and programs to get everyone involved. I really hate the question about racial experiences because I just accept all people for who they are, no matter their race, religion, etc. As long as I get along with the person, its all good. And I get along with many of the people at UR. At the dining hall I don't really notice anyone besides my friends who I'm sitting with. We're always the loudest, most obnoxious ones, laughing so loud with everyone staring at us: we just like to have a good time. No one ever gives us dirty looks, but just looks and laughs cause we're always having a good time.

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

Do not choose a roommate, get assigned one randomly.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Yeah, even though I'm not really. But its cool cause everyone still knows how to party and have a good time.

What are the academics like at your school?

The classes at UR vary greatly. Most of my classes are lecture halls, and for them I sit way in the back and rarely participate. But for the few classes that are small for me, the teachers do know my name and I usually participate more than anyone else in those classes. I love my American Sign Language class because I have a lot of fun doing that and you really always need to be paying attention and participating. I hated Chemistry because there were about 400 people in the class and the professor read straight from his power point. I actually stopped going to that class and just going to the recitations because that is where we learned all of the math, and the math was the only thing on the tests. I wound up doing pretty well in the class so I'm glad I stopped wasting my time. A lot of UR students talk about classes outside of class, I am definitely not one of them; once I'm out of the class, I don't want to think about it until the next class. I also never talk to the teachers except my sign language teacher.. well I sign to him so. He was my favorite teacher and we signed a lot outside of class, I always enjoyed it. I actually only can think of a few jobs that I would like to do, and Rochester does not have the majors required for them, but Rochester will give me such a good education and is respected so much by people that I definitely want to stay. Also the fact that I may be able to create one of these majors really helps.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Usually the most popular events on campus are basketball games and fraternity parties. Our basketball program was ranked number one in the nation for D3 sports this year. Although our girls and boys teams had the exact same record this year, mostly everyone just shows up for the boys games, which is normal. I myself played on JV this year and went to pretty much all of the games that I could make- boys and girls. A lot of students leave their doors open in the halls; pretty much the only time I did though was to have dance parties with myself and blast the music. Pretty much everyone dates on campus, not so much dates but hooks up even if they really never did before. Its just such a chance to be free. Like if you want to go out and meet up with someone at 3 am on a Monday.. you can do it.. and you don't have to tell anyone where you're going. My closest friends are all from basketball or are a couple girls in my hall.. my roommate in particular. I didn't really like her much at first but now she's actually the best friend I've ever had. I'm going back to Rochester next weekend to visit her and stay with her. I would suggest rooming randomly and not with a friend or someone you met online. Everyone who got a roommate randomly wound up having a great time while the others usually had more problems. If I'm awake at 2 am on a Tuesday, it's probably because me and my roommate were going crazy and just talking all night. The biggest tradition each year is D-Day. It's basically a day where you wake up and start drinking. Pretty much everyone is passed out by like 4 pm. It's really awesome, but we actually almost lost it this year, but we got it back. People party pretty much only the weekends, although by the end of the year more people party during the week. Saturday nights you can still go out and not drink, there is always music and dancing so it would never really be weird. Off campus there are bar parties that are hosted by frats or sororities and you can get in over or under.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone is really nerdy and smart.

Sandy
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester is the perfect size in the perfect town. Being in a school that has around 5,000 students insures that everywhere ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester is the perfect size in the perfect town. Being in a school that has around 5,000 students insures that everywhere you go is someone that you know and like but you are constantly meeting more and more people. Sure, the city of Rochester is not known for being a great American city, but it is full of clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, activities, and other options that are catered towards college students. You are able to get a campus feeling- spend time in Wilson Commons hanging out in Starbucks or one of the lounges, party on the frat quad, live in a dorm with tons of other kids always around and ready to meet new people, sit on one of the quads when it is warm out and people watch, read, or study- but the city is full of places to go when you get cabin fever. There are free buses to get anywhere in the city that you want to go. (We do have quite a long, snowy winter though!)

Describe the students at your school.

Our students are incredibly diverse. They vary in race, religion, economic status, where they are from, but also in their personalities. You have the girls who wear leggings, uggs, and big T-shirts with Tiffany jewelery to the girls in sports jerseys, jeans, and sneakers, to those in tie-dye T-shirts, ripped jeans, and Birkenstocks. What we all tend to have in common is that we are laid back. We all are intelligent and studious, but relaxed and enjoy having fun. You must be intelligent to fit in at Rochester and be chill and relaxed.

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

I honestly have loved my experience at the University of Rochester. I have made best friends, had an awesome time, joined great clubs, got published in the lit mag, and have of course learned a lot. The University isn't for everyone, so take a tour and then walk around a little bit. If you feel at home, then come. Ignore what people say about the weather or the city because it isn't as bad as people make it out to be. The city has everything a college student could need (except very good shopping. The malls are terrible. But I'm from northern Jersey where we have every store that you could possibly want and you could always venture into NYC if we don't) and the weather isn't that terrible. Snow is fun in college because you don't have to drive or shovel and you can make snowmen and forts instead of doing your work. Plus, we have a tunnel system so you don't have to venture into the cold too often. Like I said, take a tour and walk around. If you feel at home, come. If not, then that's ok. There is a school for everyone.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The students are laid back and enjoy going well in their classes, but the party scene is there and everyone knows how to have fun.

What are the academics like at your school?

I am a double major in English and Political Science. Our political science department is one of the best in the country and I have enjoyed every class I have taken so far. English is smaller, but still a great department as a whole. I did take one class in the English department that I hated. The professor was visiting and ultimately was not asked back though, so I am hoping that it was a fluke. In Rochester, we have an open curriculum, so you do not have to take any classes that you don't want to. We have a cluster program instead. You must take 3 classes that work together in 3 categories: Natural Sciences, Arts/Humanities, and Social Sciences. However, you major in one of these categories, so you end up taking classes in two of the categories. I am double majoring, so both my arts/humanities and social sciences clusters are covered by my majors and I only have to do a cluster in natural sciences. I think this is a better program than just having to take a class in science, a class in math, an art class, etc. because you truly learn about a subject instead of just taking "rocks for jocks." I would rather not have to take anything that I don't want to, though.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Everyone at Rochester is friendly and you can always find someone to hang out with. In dorms, the doors are always open and people always smile and want to meet new people. Anything you could want to do, we have a club for and if we don't, it is easy to make one. Athletics are not very popular to watch except for our basketball games because those teams are actually good! Guest speakers (like Bill Nye!!) are always well attended and so are our performance (theater, singing, dancing, etc.) groups. Every year we have various festivals like Yellow Jacket Weekend (carnival rides, free food, cool free stuff, bands, etc.), Meliora Weekend (homecoming, alumni, and parents weekend all in one), and Dandelion Day (carnival rides, bands, free food, and drinking starting at 8am). They are all lots of fun and great traditions. There are parties every week. The frat quad is usually open with free beer (at some schools you have to buy cups at parties or are charged an entrance fee, etc. but at our frat quad and off campus frats, the drinks, music, and fun are all free!) and bar parties at clubs for 18 and older are thrown by groups and sororities weekly. You can always take a bus or taxi out to a bar or club if you want. There are things to do if you don't want to party too. There are performances, guest speakers, big bands, $2 movies, and the city to go into (restaurants, college coffee cafes, the Eastman School of Music and all of their performances, the Museum of Play, concerts/events in the city, etc.)

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

I went into the school expecting nerdy, studious students and not much of a party scene. The students seemed very laid back.

Allison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Rochester, hands down, is the curriculum. That is the reason I came to the school. We get to study wha...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Rochester, hands down, is the curriculum. That is the reason I came to the school. We get to study what we love immediately and throughout our time at Rochester. I think this makes students love learning. It certainly made me love my time at Rochester, at least academically. My second-favorite quality of Rochester is the library. For a book lover like me, it truly is like a second best friend. I wish I had not had so much assigned reading so that I could have had more time to peruse the stacks.

Describe the students at your school.

For what most would label a "white" school, I feel that Rochester is reasonably diverse. Financially, many students are from wealthy backgrounds, but more students are supporting themselves than many people realize. What I love best is the fact that while many students may come from prosperous families, you would never know it to look at them. No popped collars, no prada bags--just plain, normal, jeans-wearing kids going to class in whatever feels comfortable.

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Senior Week rocks. Three cheers for busing seniors to and from events so there is no risk of drunk driving. Great planning on the part of the college, especially because 21+ students don't always want to be stuck on campus!

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

To an extent. There is a predominance of science and medical-driven students at UR. However, these students often branch out and/or change their majors, and many other departments are equally good, if not better.

What are the academics like at your school?

The smaller the classes, the better. I wish I had had more seminar classes, which was a sacrifice I made when I chose to come to a medium-sized school rather than a teensy-tinsy liberal arts school. However, the resources at Rochester are definitely good for its size, and I feel that the professors do their best even in lecture classes to give a personalized experience.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Sports teams are as close-knit as sororities. D-day is the biggest tradition of the year, so much so that even though the university tried to do away with it in 2008, the student organizations raised money and volunteer support to make it happen. From ballet to breakdancing to ocapella groups to improv comedy to juggling, students can get involved in pretty much any activity that interests them.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we're all pre-med and science-oriented.

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about rochester is the group of friends on the Music Interest Floor that I have made. to be honest things wer...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about rochester is the group of friends on the Music Interest Floor that I have made. to be honest things were looking pretty dreary as far as the social scene freshmen year (mind you im not the type to go to the frat quad; not that theres anything wrong with that kind of fun). fortunately my sophmore year i joined MIF (meaning i applied and was accepted to live on the floor designated to MIF) and its full of people who know how to have fun but dont take themselves too seriously; really its a wonderful community. rochester is just the right size for me but it keeps getting larger because each year a larger percent of people accepted to u of r decide to actually come here. hence a larger than expected freshmen class and a bit of a housing crisis ensues. lots of the freshmen as a result end up living in converted tripples and some even quads! however the school is building new dorms so maybe that wont be an issue. we have a lot of school pride but virtually no sports pride even though perhaps sports pride is a little on the rise. i never see the administration..

Describe the students at your school.

most rochester students are from ny or nj but there are certainly students from all over the us and otherwise. there arent really different tables at the dining halls but there is definitely a greek scene. the large frat/sororities presence on campus isnt a problem but it does exist. its not really where or who i spend my time with but that is really just a situational circumstance. i found my niche of friends that i am very happy with and thats all i can really say about the student body. i dont think any particular type of person would be out of place at rochester just b/c i think you can party if you want to or not or anywhere in between.

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the dining services on campus sucks giant raging monkey butt. in fact it is getting worse by the year. i cant count the number of times i've been sick from campus food on two hands. the all you can eat dining hall has a number of colorful nicknames like "dansuck" and or just plain "disappointment" (its actually called danforth); as in "hey, its like 5:30, would you like to go get some disappointment with me?". personally i have sworn off of dickforth since the last time i was ill from eating salad there. also, it used to be that freshmen were forced into these huge dining plans that they never used and which force you to eat unhealthy food. however, now the meal plan is done by where you live which breaks down to being that all the freshmen still have the large meal plan and a large portion of upper classmen also are now forced to have that same meal plan. this has resulted in many people choosing to live off campus. the culprit is called the "club" all meal plans have a certain amount of "clubs" per semester and a dollar amount of declining per semester. with declining you can buy whatever you want for its dollar amount. with clubs you can buy a meal; but not just any meal... there are only a certain set of food things from each dining hall that you can get with a club and the selection is limited. your club options are as follows: 1 drink (soda fountain or milk) 1 side (bag of chips, sketchy/nasty apples or bananas, even sketchier carrots, 8 oz yogurt, fries, or soup) and a main thing which is pizza, hamburgers/grill stuff, sub sandwiches, fried things other nasty unhealthy stuff... so unless you like to eat milk, a puny yogurt and a sub sandwich everyday for every meal your kind of screwed (where is the water or juice or good veggies and fruit? healthy balanced main courses that arent gross vegan food? not to be found..). also the campus likes to serve carbs and cheese in about all the combinations i can think of and pass it off as a main dish (i wouldnt trust the beef anyways):pizza, quesadillas, breadsticks with cheese inside, roastbeef sandwiches with nacho cheese, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, other pasta with cheese, and more pizza. thats what i mostly subsist on as there really isnt too much else.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

its really not true at all. everybody told me before i got to rochester that i was going to be freezing especially because i'm from california but really its not that bad at all. in fact i have more positive memories of fun in the snow than horror stories of it being too cold all the time.

What are the academics like at your school?

Well, in my major (psych) it starts out that all your classes are huge but then as time goes on the get smaller and smaller. most of the psych department has at least a vague idea of who i am and maybe 4 professors know me personally due to me going to talk to them or having a smaller class with them. our psych department is really stellar as far as the professors that are on staff but less and less of them are actually teaching the undergrad courses now and theyre having their phd students do it which really isnt as good. what inspired me most was my 181 class. it was taught by Rich Ryan who is pretty much the awesomest man around and i learned a lot, had a good time and was inspired to continue doing psych. however... now a ta teaches it and its far less awesome.. in fact all accounts ive heard are that its boring. all that aside... rochester has a really good support system for serious psych students who want to get a phd after undergrad/ do research. you can work with a grad student as an ra your freshman year and the "honors degree" in psych has a course regiment that leads you into doing your own research one step at a time. you end up knowing the whats hows and whos of research and completing an experiment of your own. its great for networking and such. oh and the cluster system is awesome. no gen ed except for a singular writing class. and as long as you do at least 3 courses of your choosing in each of the three subject areas you have completed the req. like me.. i am a psych major (that takes care of the social sciences area) and music minor (that takes care of the humanities req) and i'm doing 3 classes of brain and cognitive science (that takes care of the hard sciences req) and thats all the gen ed i have to do. really the academic system and quality of education is rochester's biggest selling point. i love the way its set up and i love about 80% of my classes which is more than anyone could ask for.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

there are a lot of different groups and activities to get involved with and thats really the way that i have found the most friends. like i have said MIF is really my social life and friend group so i can only really speak of the floor that i live on. that being said, everyone on mif leaves their doors open and is in the lounges watching tv, hanging out, playing videogames or doing homework. we have lots of events and traditions through our organization that happen. theres never a boring weekend on MIF and there is always stuff to do or people to hang out with. however, other places people live do not seem to hold the same sense of community as mif especially living places that are not an interest house or a frat/sorority.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that its very cold and unlivable.

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