Rochester, NY
University of Rochester


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ethan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

great college town, greek life is the saving grace but it dying out, you have to search hard to find cool people but they are...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

great college town, greek life is the saving grace but it dying out, you have to search hard to find cool people but they are definitely out there

Describe the students at your school.

not very diverse, somewhat wealthy, a lot of up state new yorkers, very different types of people

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a little small for my taste, but very homey campus

What are the academics like at your school?

very very hard workers, classes not that hard

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

greek life is big (i'm in a frat), dorms are not party-able, bar parties are big (about 1 a week), there's a bunch of dating drama

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

rochester students are stereotyped as ugly in general

Holly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, it's probably one of the best schools that one can imagine to attend in a lifetime. The size is about just right...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

In general, it's probably one of the best schools that one can imagine to attend in a lifetime. The size is about just right, and we are a very good college community. However, the big problem with prestigeous schools like Rochester, is that that administration tend to take name and prestige over the students. Sometimes I feel that the administration is more focused on keeping the school's name and repulation than actually caring about the students. They're more concerned about having no bumps in the system, having everything running perfectly, and wiping out any possibility of "interrupting" the school's perfection than what the students really need. Big-name schools often give me the feeling that they tend to forget that it's us paying them to go here, and not the other way around, and that no matter how top-notch the school is, it's still an educational system, not a bureaucratic business.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

In general and to a large extent, no. It might apply to only a very small percentage of certain parts of the school population.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics of Rochester is definitely among the strongest one could imagine. All the professors are great, and the classes are all mostly enjoyable. The classes are very challenging of course, and the work loads can sometimes be overwhelming. But the school is good at training students to prepare for their future careers in the real world, and the competitions definitely give enough people motivation. Rochester is a school composed mostly of intelligent, serious students who take studying very seriously, and our training often goes beyond what's required of our fields.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everybody is a geek/nerd who works too hard, studies all the time, and doesn't do anything for fun. That we're all straight-A students, graduated at the top of our classes, and have IQs off the charts. That we're all science people who are boring.

Tim
Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I wouldn't say that we are nerdy, but paying $47,000 a year, we are serious about studies. We do use tunnels, but when the we...

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I wouldn't say that we are nerdy, but paying $47,000 a year, we are serious about studies. We do use tunnels, but when the weather is nice, EVERYONE is outside.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

We're Nerdy. We live like moles in tunnels

Emily
What is your overall opinion of this school?

NO REQUIRED COURSES, the university programme does NOT get in the way of your education and interests. Very nice campus, goo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

NO REQUIRED COURSES, the university programme does NOT get in the way of your education and interests. Very nice campus, good community feel - not too few or too many students. I spend my weekdays in the library because I am one of the many pre-med students and my weekends on the frat quad partying. Not a lot of sporting school pride until one of our teams start doing well, like the men's basketball team this year- then the whole school is out to support them. However, everyone at Rochester is very proud to be there.

Describe the students at your school.

Very open-minded student body, usually from a high socio-economic background. Every person on campus can find someone to relate to as we have all shades and sorts of people. Most students are from high class areas such as the Mainline, PA or Newton, MA. Students are very politically aware and open-minded.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For about half the student body these stereotypes are accurate, but everyone can find their niche somewhere on campus through the wide array of extracurriculars Rochester has to offer.

What are the academics like at your school?

I am pre-med, majoring in either French or Biology. Very time consuming but definitely worth it given Rochester's outstanding science/math reputation. There are also a lot of research/intern opportunities in the labs and at Strong Hospital which is located next to campus. There is only one requirement- a writing class which you get to choose from a wide array of intersting subjects.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Students leave the dorm doors open as the campus has a very neighbourly and safe feeling. Athletic events are very popular as soon as a team starts to do well, and the d3 teams are all ranked as some of the best in the country. Study hard through the week, relax on the weekend days and party hard at night. Off campus there are nearby malls, movie theatres, restaurants, all easy to get to by the school's shuttle bus system.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

geeky math and science students

Nathan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The city of Rochester is relatively boring with a few decent bars, a few mediocre clubs, mediocre weather, and a lot of old i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The city of Rochester is relatively boring with a few decent bars, a few mediocre clubs, mediocre weather, and a lot of old industry like Kodak that's slowly dying. At the same time there are a lot of college students in the area and there some areas like Corn hill and park ave that have a college lively feel to them. Overall the area is fairly liberal politically but varies by school somewhat. U of R is very open minded though decidedly left in political persuasion. There are a lot of cool events on campus but they get old because there's not as much variety as there should be so by junior and senior year you usually start looking off campus to local bars, clubs, etc for entertainment. The music scene in rochester isn't that great although you do have national bands come through but tickets are expensive. School pride isn't that big, although there is a certain rich private school feel on campus-but only from a minority of students who are stuck up and uber-rich. Basketball is probably the biggest sport and the only one where there is a large attendance at games. Basically Rochester is only a school to go to if you're really serious academically and willing to work hard pursuing your field of study. The freedom is nice but you also have enough rope to hang yourself if you don't work hard and stay on top of things. The career center sucks so hopefully you're ambition and good about applying for internships and jobs on your own. It's a good school but only for the smart, hard working student who is ok with only having one or two nights free all week for a little relaxing.

Describe the students at your school.

Rochester is very open minded and liberal with a disproportionately large group of LGBTs on campus and a group of left wing and communist radicals called students for social justice- a group that has been very controversial and frequently marches around protesting something that nobody cares about. Most smart, hard working students would feel at home at Rochester, and at the same time Rochester also has a moderately sized greek life so you can also find students who like to party. However, don't be deceived because most of the students who party also work really really hard studying in their down time. Students are from all over the US and a few internationals. Most students come from middle to middle-upper class backgrounds and there is some social pressure to act and dress accordingly. Dining sucks, you'll want the smallest meal plan possible. Residential life isn't that great and a lot of students have been moving off campus by junior and senior year because on campus is too expensive and the meal plans suck. Rochester's a great school as long as you're willing to work really hard and not have much time for anything else.

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Rochester is a great school as long as you don't mind busting your ass in order to have a 3.5 The students who have much over a 3.5 or so usually are the ones that have little time for anything other than school work. Dining sucks, and on campus housing is over priced and not that great. However Rochester's reputation has been climbing and climbing and is doing well. There are a lot of interesting smart people at Rochester and only a few that you'll wonder how they go admitted. Greek life if significant around 40-50% overall and it's still a college campus. Even the majority of talented smart nerdy students learn to let loose and have fun and drink occasionally usually by junior and senior year which is good. It's very much a study hard, and occasionally party hard school. If you get in you won't go wrong going here, but it's a lot of peoples' safety as they apply to the Ivies.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Rochester is a research school but all that means is that can probably help with research if you want to. There tend to be a lot of project for the science majors. As far as the nerd stereotype, it's partly true but at the same time Greek life if pretty big and a lot of students believe in the study hard and party hard mentality. You definitely have to work really hard to do well because the top 15% of students do really study all the time. But if you're ok with maybe having a 3.5 or so then you can get away with studying during the week and having some fun most weekends depending what you enjoy. There are a ton of clubs and groups which is mostly good and you can probably find at least one that interests you; this is a good way to make friends.

What are the academics like at your school?

Rochester is top notch academically and depending on the department there is some grade deflation actually. Poli Sci is known to be the major for probably a third of greeks because it's easy, but there are also greeks who are biomedical engineering majors too so it varies. 70% of students are very serious about school and work really hard during the week and maybe relax one day on the weekend. I've had countless intellectual discussions out of class but for the most part you're too busy studying. Most students are genuinely interested in learning things although some classes people just try to get by in. Education at Rochester is geared toward learning not getting a job and the career center isn't very helpful there so be prepared to do a lot of work to land a good job or internship.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There's something for everyone socially. There are about 200 clubs although maybe 40 of those are noticeable on campus. There is the greek life party scene that goes strong from thursday through saturday night(probably about 30% of the campus is involved in this on a regular basis). There are academic councils, there are sports-but nobody really comes to Rochester if being an athlete is important to them, it's more like students who really like a sport and maybe played a year or two in high school and decide to play in college because they like it. There are only a few traditions that happen each year like Yellowjacket weekend, Meliora weekend, Winterfest, and D-day. and the only games people go to are basketball although there has been increased attendance at games over the past few years. Most people study during the week and have one night to party during the weekend. Most of the social scene revolves around drinking after 10pm. Before that there are activities and events going on but it's still college. The difference is people just work really really really hard and then let loose like one night a week and drink really really really hard. Only strong, smart, tough students will survive the academic stress. About 10% of students transfer after the first year and a lot of students switch majors.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Rochester is stereotyped as being a research school which is somewhat true, but not like you probably envision. Rochester students are stereotyped as nerdy which is also overblown.

Sean
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester is a very unique city. It has a variety of things that you can do. There are clubs, bars, concert halls (classic an...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rochester is a very unique city. It has a variety of things that you can do. There are clubs, bars, concert halls (classic and rock), historical things, nature trails, and so on and so forth. Basically if you wanted to get off campus and do something you should be able to find something to do. It's not a tiny city so big things like bands and big name performances do stop by in the town. It's not huge so you don't really have to worry about traffic or driving hours on ends to get from one side of the city to the other. I personally thing it's a nice balance of city / suburb / and rural. UR is fairly self sufficient. We have our own bus system a mini-store to buy groceries and that sort of things and various programs on campus throughout there year to entertain yourself. UR is expanding quickly, but as of now there is no defined college town. However plans have been drawn up to expand UR by twice or three times its current size and will occupy a larger portion of the area. The biggest issue at Rochester that, truly, affects UR undergraduates is the meal plan system. It recently has been tweaked so that you choose your meal plan based on your current dormitory. They say the calculation is based on the number of people using a single kitchen in a wing of a dormitory and the higher the number the more likely you will be using campus dining rather than you cooking yourself. This fundamentally screws up many upperclassman (and freshman) who live dorms on the residential quad as well as those who live in the freshman dormitory (Susan B. Anthony). Upperclassman who have volunteered their services to the university serving as Residential advisers (they're actually paid), Freshman Fellows (basically they are on hall academic support, unpaid), and D'lions (Upperclassman that live in the freshman building and help keep hall spirit up / provide events to keep people entertained and engaged in the university and Rochester community, also unpaid) are screwed over because previously they would have had meal plans that were much cheaper due to their upperclassman status. But now they must use the most expensive meal plan on campus. Also, and ironically enough, the hospital food (which you can use campus currency with) is better than many of the campus sites. If you like sports, UR isn't a bad place to be either. Unless you like football. we do have a reputation for losing at that particular sport very frequently. One last thing about Rochester, that I guess you have to talk about when you're looking into colleges. That is, of course, Alcohol. If you want to drink there are plenty of opportunities to, and if you don't you don't really have to and there are just as many people who don't drink / party like that. So like the weather, it's what you choose that will affect whether or not you like the atmosphere about that.

Describe the students at your school.

Diverse. Let's just say that. You'll get a speech about it if you come here to visit from one of the dean's. He'll tell you all about the diverseness. Basically he picks the students with the most ridiculous background story and tells them to you. Usually it boils down to... # of people from various continents / nations That special person who has a company already That person who had no money but got 50 scholarships and now has a free ride # of people who do a particular sport...etc etc. It goes on. It's interesting though. Everyone is usually pretty nice to each other. Despite what seems to be a "liberal" education, it's pretty well balanced here and everyone for the most part is respectful. I say "liberal" because usually the big outbursts of protests tend to come from the left and not the right. Which, personally, bothers me just as much but it's a nice change from what I usually see on TV (maybe because I don't watch Fox news =P)

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It's nice here damn it! And it ain't some stupid college for 'em dumb folks. =P

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Rochester is not some SUNY school. It's the first thing I hear when I talk to people who aren't from around here. The education here, depending on field of study, rivals that of many of the top schools in the world. There are very few departments here that can't compete nationally with other departments. Besides that the opportunity for an undergraduate student to participate in research and other non-undergraduate level things is very high due to the UR's even more astounding graduate program. This generally applies to nearly all of the disciplines of science, music (we have the Eastman school of music one of the best music schools in the nation), political science, economics, business, African American studies, Women's studies, and so on and so forth... Many of us are Ivy rejects, however we are also people who don't like Ivy league schools because we suspect their status has gone to their head and their education isn't as great as they make it out to be. The weather in Rochester is what you make of it. If you like it to be sunny and warm all the time you might not like it. But when it is sunny here it's one of the best places to be. Heck when it is rainy it's one of the best places to be. The spring and the fall are the best times in Rochester. If you like to ski, there's a reasonable amount of snow here and in areas where there are ski slopes. Parking is a nightmare. That is very true. Not only do your chances of getting a slot are bad, you pay a stiff fine and are usually relegated to one of the farthest parking lot on...or possibly off campus.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics here are tough, but manageable. Again depending on your goals / major will greatly affect your experiences here. In the biological sciences it is a challenging experience with many opportunities to expand yourself beyond the courses. I say this because there are ample opportunities to work in a lab that suits your interests. The undergraduate department is very mixed in with the graduate departments both at the River campus (the main undergraduate campus) and at the UR Medical center and Strong memorial hospital (medical / biomedical research). Also when you enter your junior year (or earlier if you're special ;] ) you start taking classes that first year graduate students also take. The nature of the course changes from buying textbooks and memorizing all the details to looking at original papers and studying them in depth. You learn about how experiments are performed and how they have shaped the course of modern biological sciences. So the experience is really two fold, you get the academic knowledge of the results of the experiments but also the practical knowledge of how the experiments were done. Professors are usually trying to keep the class interesting and try to offer classes that are interesting to them and the student body. I actually am a double major in Economics and Microbiology + Immunology (that's actually one major), so I have taken a few classes that have bridged my interests. For example, Health Policies, which is an economics course geared at looking at the financial structure and economic consequences of the modern health care system. By the end of the course we had a discussion as to the benefits and costs of the current US health care system in comparison to other nations. On the biology side of things there are several new courses that are interesting such as "Biology of Aging" and "Biochemical differences between Male and Females." Now getting to know your professors is really up to you. A majority of the professors that I have met are really approachable and are genuinely trying to help you learn. Plus there's a plethora of additional academic support if it's needed. You'll probably hear this from the UR people, but the curriculum at UR isn't as rigid as most schools. The only real mandatory class is the freshman writing seminar, but with good enough English credentials you can usually opt out of it. The cluster system at UR is a way to allow students to try other courses to see if they have any interest in that area. There are three clusters to satisfy: Natural Science (Math..bio...chem...etc), Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, psychology...etc) and Humanities (Art, Music, Literature, etc) For example I am a Microbiology + Immunology major (satisfies my Natural science "cluster"), Economics major (satisfies my social science cluster). So I need a cluster in humanities. In my case I take music classes which continues my long standing musical interest. Good times.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Plenty of things to do. Interested in something? it's probably there. If you want to drink / party. Thursday - Saturday there's bound for something to happen. Just want to chill? We have two coffee places open at night a Starbucks and a smaller brand coffee place (the smaller one has fruit smoothies...starbucks does not...) Classical music buff? RPO has concerts usually every week. Internationally well known musicians come every year too (Yo-Yo Ma, Ishtak Perlman...etc) Metal? Well there's Waterstreet music hall and they cater to a variety of types of rock. They have a mash pit too if you're into that sort of thing. Plenty of varieties of food at varying prices / quality within 10 minutes from UR. Basically, despite the rumors, there are always things to do if you're willing to look a little bit. That and on a freshman hall, someone's bound to have a PS3 / Xbox360 / Wii if you're feeling lazy. Just make nice to them. Or....find the Rich kid who has the 60 inch plasma HDTV and make nice. =P (Trust me...there's always one...I should know...as a D'lion and Freshman Fellow on move in day we move in all the stuff for the freshman and a 60 inch TV is one of the heaviest things I had to carry.)

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-People think that Rochester is some sort of SUNY school and think the education is at the same level as SUNY schools. -We're all Ivy Rejects -Rochester's Weather is terrible -Parking is a nightmare

Travis
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The main thing that I would change would be the location of the school, it would be much more popular if the weather didnt bl...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The main thing that I would change would be the location of the school, it would be much more popular if the weather didnt blow. The school seemed large when I first got here but now that I am a senior, it seems as though I know or know of everyone. When ever I tell anyone that I go to the UofR all they ever have to say is that its cold/snowy there, no one really knows much more than that. The way that the campus is positioned makes it almost impossible to walk anywhere, other than to the hood or a graveyard, so getting food other than what is offered on campus is very hard unless you have a car, and even then if you have a car its most likely parked very far away, in one of the many distant unsecured parking areas. The rochester administation is generally disinterested in the student population other than those who get caught drinking in their dorms, and the UR security spends most of their energy dispatching of people having fun and not alot of time preventing students/faculty from being jumped on campus. I know personally I have experienced crime on campus when one of my friends got his computer stolen from his room by a non-student and the only reason that the kid didnt get away with it was not because of UR security but because I chased the theif down myself(he was rather fat and slow so this wasnt too difficult) and got him to give it back, turns out he had an outstanding warrent out for his arrest, safe...

Describe the students at your school.

The school is very divided, the black/hispanic population lives in GLC, the sorority girls in phase, the asians on the quad, and the athelets in towers. There are obviosly all different religions here like everywhere, and historically there is a large jewish population, esp from the NYC area. The same as the rich and the poor kids, there are both and people dont discriminate or anything, people are generally accepting and understanding. Most people would feel at home here unless the cold turns u off. Class wear depends on the weather, nice clothes when its nice, sweats in the winter. People typically eat with thier friends, so the notion of a "clique" is simply stupid, and a word used by someone who doesnt have friends, or anyone to eat with. People are as aware as they want to be, no more here than anywere else, well prob less than georgetown, princeton, but they arent stupid. I have no idea what kind of voters there are at U of R but its generally agreed that pres bush isnt doin much of anything productive.

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When u are considering this school you have to understand that its not a social school, its very quiet, and if thats what ur interested in great, but if u think that u would possibly want to party, this really isnt the school for u.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

This school is filled with people who are antisocial and generally dont do any socializing on friday/saturday night. The weather fucking sucks and its cold and snowy and WINDY all day everyday from nov-mar. The food on campus is flat out pathetic and incredibly unhealthy, the employees are miserable and very unfreindly, and the university makes no attempt to improve the quality or sevice. The sports here are terrible(im running out of synonyms for bad) the football team is the laughing stock of the school cuz they think they are the shit when they struggle to win 4 games a year, the only respectable team here is the mens basketball team, which was ranked #1, but failed to really make anything of the season.

What are the academics like at your school?

I am a BME and my major is very competative and challenging, my major has approx 40 kids so the professors of my BME specific classes know my name but other than those classes im just another face in the crowd. My classes require a great deal of hw, more so than all other majors other than other engineers. So most of my time is spent doing homework, or labs, kids typically do the pretest cramming, not unusual, and unless I have something thats urgent, I typically dont really do anything productive. What 20 year old kid wants to talk about the shit that they spend all their time on during the week, when they have free time. Personally for the most part I dislike the other kids in my major, they are a bunch of brown nosers and are completly uncapable of socializing in a normal fashion, they seem to enjoy hanging out with the professors and faculty. Rochesters "cluster" system is essentially the only graduation requirement outside of your major, being an engineer I only have to take one cluster where as normal students have to do 2, but ,my cluster was spanish, and outside of my engineering classes and spanish, it has taken til my senior year to be able to even take a single class that was of my choosing. The schooling that I have done so far has really just taught me to learn how to deal with doing alot of meaningless shit at once, and dealing with stress involved, through what ever means needed.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Im in a fraternity, good bad whatever, the partying at U of R dissapears in the winter, no one wants to go out or do anything, when its nice out some people come out but mainly just friends of people in my fraternity. There is a no drinking games policy...no beirut/beer pong, but thats fairly loosly enforced, but on campus there is a ban on kegs, so that really limits the ability of a fraternity to provide alcohol, and attract party goers. Kids leave their rooms unlocked alot, and occasionally get stuff stolen. No one really goes to athletic events other then maybe basketball games, but then its just mainly the baseball/football team there and then some sorority girls. The school brings in some D list speakers who no one really goes to see, the arts program here is flat out pathetic espetially the preforming arts. Im nocturnal, so I stay up late all the time, I like to play video games and watch sports center late at night, often with my buddies. This past year the school decided to stop funding our only school wide event , d-day, citing some rediculous reasons, but really they just want us all to be robots. The fraternities on campus that dont completly comply to rules get in trouble and get removed, one of the 8 frats that had been there for atleast 100 years lost their charter last year and cant rejoin campus, the beginning of the end...

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they are all ugly and nerdy, its cold as shit and the food sucks, same with the sports. Being an engineer it seems like my college experience is significantly more difficult then the average student here (econ,poly-sci,psych), who can just float through their classes without much effort or involvement, and then the general classes that I take like chem/bio/physics are massive for such a small school, for example my biochem class last semester was approx 400-500 people, which is just crazy for a school of 4000, and being that large makes not only teaching the material but learning the material difficult.

ben
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, i am very pleased with my first year at rochester. it is just the right size (around 4500 or so i believe): its easy...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, i am very pleased with my first year at rochester. it is just the right size (around 4500 or so i believe): its easy to get around without being overwhelmed and i am constantly meeting new people, but its also easy to get settled down and find a niche. the best thing about rochester is the people. the average rochester student is generally friendly and not not cocky/egotistical or too shy. there isn't a whole lot of geographic diversity (most people are from new york and the northeast), but there are many different kinds of people to meet from various socioeconomic backgrounds, and they make living on campus a great experience. the school is also very "middle-of-the-road." by this i mean that its not really known for having just one characterization, the students aren't over the top in regard to personality/appearance/ideologies/etc, and the academics are great but the school isn't that well known outside of the state. the city of rochester isn't much of a college town, but there are some nice areas to live off campus and there are plenty of night time hot spots, but a lot goes on on campus and many upperclassmen choose to live on campus all 4 years. there might not be a whole lot of "school pride" as its normally thought of in terms of loud sporting events, but generally everyone at school is very proud of where they are and it shows with other events on campus.

Describe the students at your school.

there are plenty of student groups that represent different backgrounds and interests, but to be honest, i have not been involved in them so i can't really comment much, except for the fact that many of them are well-known/respected on campus. again, as i mentioned before, the student body is very "middle-of-the-road" : there is plenty of diversity on campus but many groups don't socialize with others (i am caucasian and have never been to an asian/black/hispanic group social event); there is a lot of financial diversity... the student body is not all snobby/rich like other schools, and you aren't able to tell who is or isn't because no one really acts like it.

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i am very happy with my choice of schools. sure, there are some things i'd like to change, but there is room for improvement at any school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

its probably accurate for probably about half of the student body, but i know a large number of counterexamples

What are the academics like at your school?

there is a great variety of large, medium, and small class sizes. i've taken some typical college intro classes in large lecture halls with 200 or so people, and i've also taken smaller lecture/discussion based classes with 30 people. both of them suit their purposes. while rochester is definitely known for the sciences, i am not a science major and have taken some great classes. my favorite class was a european history course; the professor was incredible, gave great lectures, assigned interesting readings, and kept the class captivated for the entire semester. there are some lacking departments (apparently our economics department is ranked highly, but the professors that i've had are very below average). i do really like the academic freedom at rochester, which you will probably hear about over and over if you are interested in rochester. when i came on to campus, i really didn't know what i wanted to study, and the great variety of classes and minimal requirements gave me the ability to try out many different subjects to see what i liked. depending on what major people have, they may be very driven and focused on getting a job (pre-med, engineers), but not everyone is like that at all.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

there are a great number of student groups on campus, and generally, most of students' social lives revolve around the groups that they are involved with. for the most part, though this is not entirely true, the most socially active people are those that are involved in greek life or those that are on a sports team. of course this is just a sweeping generalization and i have friends that love to go out as much as i do that are not involved in either of those groups. over the past few years, fraternity popularity has gone down for some reason (new membership went down significantly this past year compared to other years... it could be due to people finding other social avenues or just the types of people being admitted to rochester have changed over the years/gotten more competitive). the administration is definitely cracking down on fraternities, and i keep hearing stories about "how much better this event used to be before the administration started being so strict about it." i am a new fraternity member and i really enjoy it. it has helped me meet new people and is continually a source of fun. sorority popularity/numbers are still relatively high. greeks are not exclusive at all; many of my friends are not involved with greek life and it doesn't hold me back from making new friends outside of the frat house. if people "go out," its usually to the frat quad or to bar nights ("bar nights" take place at bars/clubs, are hosted by some campus organization, and are usually over/under. these are usually very popular and there is 1 or 2 per week during the week on a tuesday or thursday). the social life is not fantastic compared to other huge party schools, but if i wanted a huge party school, i wouldn't be at rochester in he first place. the social life is what you make of it, and i manage to have a good time just about all the time. one great thing about rochester that i really liked is that adjusting to college early freshman year was not as hard as it could have been because all of the freshman live in the same freshman-only buildings and the school makes an effort to force you to meet other people. my best friends are from my freshman floor and in the fraternity that i joined, and i spend a lot of time with both.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

nerdy, intense about academics, everyone is pre-med/in the sciences

Sarah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I find that the atmosphere here is cozy, but not cloistering. It's that "just right" size of 4,000-ish undergrads. There ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I find that the atmosphere here is cozy, but not cloistering. It's that "just right" size of 4,000-ish undergrads. There are lots of things to do on campus, and the city of Rochester itself is fun to explore. There are a lot of ethnic restaurants, Eastman Theatre (great concerts!), movies, and, of course, Wegmans. ;)

Describe the students at your school.

On the whole, I find that students here are kind, friendly, genuine, and down-to-earth. Students are intelligent and talented, but they lack the "elitist" attitude that people sometimes associate with top schools. It's so refreshing and it makes for a wonderful environment. You'll find people having both intellectual and goofy conversations - again, there's a really nicely-balanced vibe to the student body. People are genuinely interested in learning, and that makes for a great environement. There is a noticable LGBT presence on campus - not huge, but definitely there. Everyone I've met so far has been nothing but tolerant and supportive. People here typically come from a middle class/upper middle class background. There's a mix of everybody, though. Different racial/ethnic groups definitely interact with one another, though at times it does seem a bit segregated.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

1.) Somewhat true. Winters are long and it can get pretty cold, but it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Just bring warm clothes and you'll be fine! 2.) No. I find that while people here are studious, intellectually curious, and serious about academics, but they are also a well-balanced bunch and definitely don't shy away from fun.

What are the academics like at your school?

There is such a refreshing amount of freedom in the curriculum at U of R. It truly goes by the philosophy of "Learn what you love; love what you learn." Even as a double-major, the requirements are so flexible that I've been able to explore many areas of interest outside of my majors. Class sizes really depend on the course. Humanities classes tend to be on the smaller side, as are the more upper-level classes. They're usually under 20 people. There are a bunch of bigger lecture courses, too, especially introductory science courses, which have over 100 people in them. So it really depends on what you're taking.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

It is what you make of it. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and plenty of things to do - just find something you're interested in and try it out! There's something for everybody.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

1.) Rochester winters are long and bitterly cold. 2.) Students study all the time.

Gene
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Whenever you tell someone – out of New York state – that you go to school in New York, they automatically assume that you mea...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Whenever you tell someone – out of New York state – that you go to school in New York, they automatically assume that you mean New York City. But that's something very distinct from going to school in Rochester, NY. The University of Rochester is a small enough school to wear you see many of the same faces all the time, but not so small that you have to remember everyone's name. For a student in Humanities or Social Science classes, this was amazing because classes were rarely larger than 20 students. In this way, some great relationships develop between classmates and professors alike. While the city itself is much smaller than the Big Apple, there are many hang-out spots and events to check out year round. (However, winter can have a big effect on how much you go out during those months of the year.) I think it was difficult for many of my classmates to realize this because the University is a landlocked campus – bordered on three sides by the Genessee River, the Strong Memorial Hospital and the historic Mt. Hope Cemetery (resting site for Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony). Recent (somewhat controversial) efforts are underway, however, to foster a more physical connection between the city and it's largest employer. It's the ideal place for those that want a balance between major urban area and college town.

Describe the students at your school.

As an underrepresented minority coming from a predominantly (some say "overwhelmingly") Hispanic community, it certainly was a culture shock arriving in Rochester. But, there are many of services available for students to integrate themselves with the rest of the community. Unfortunately, the lack of racial/socioeconomic diversity on the campus creates a sense amongst many "minorities" that they're not understood. (I was one of those.) But I always felt that it had more to do with the fact that many students lacked contact with students from different backgrounds. There was rarely a lack of interaction between different groups. Being that Rochester is a (very expensive) private university, there are plenty of stereotypical spoiled "rich kids," but many more liberal-minded individuals with which one can connect. This, in the end, helped tremedously.

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I love this place and my experiences there.

What are the academics like at your school?

As a humanities major (and frequent visitor to social science courses), the small class-sizes were one of the things I appreciated most about Rochester. Not only was it easy to develop relationships with fellow classmates, but (more importantly) with faculty as well. The professors are amazing resources, but only when they're available. And Rochester understand that part pretty well. I have to admit that coming from a high school that had fewer than average AP courses and college prep programs, it was initially difficult to adjust to the intensity with which many students approach their education at Rochester. But, fortunately, the competition is one that each individual engages in with her/himself. Even though people are very serious about their education, the administration and the school's curriculum encouraged the liberal arts education ideal – studying what one is most passionate about, and not necessarily what will bring future economic/social stability. Not to mention, the absence of "basics" or "core" courses was also a big incentive. The "cluster system" is not perfect, but I think it beats spending my first two years finishing core requirements before actually engaging in my field. I've been to professors' houses, drank with them, called (some of) them by their first names and used their letters of rec to get me into top grad school programs. Nothing was better than when I would meet a faculty member from a prospective graduate school and listen to their responses when I told them where I did my undergrad – "Oh, that's a really great school! You must know Professor _______."

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

At Rochester, people study hard and party even harder. Even if people were out all night, they're usually up early the next day getting over their hangover in Danforth with their books ready to head to the library. There are also plenty of groups and organizations that people are involved with that have nothing to do with academics or drinking. And it's fairly easy to create more with free support from the University. As for traditions, nothing is bigger than D-Day (Dandelion Day). This day is the definition of the "study hard, party harder" motto. On the last weekend before the end of classes, just as the April rains begin to depart Rochester, everyone heads out to celebrate the arrival of spring. The day's activities have been undergoing some reconsideration in the last few years, but the tradition will continue on in way or another.

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