Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
5,512
Tuition
$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1064 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's not extremely diverse, but I think it seems decently diverse. There are students from all over the world!

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: From what I know, merit aid is decent and financial aid is average.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is fine. Freshman dorms are generally large, though they vary. There are a decent number of options for upperclassmen living.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's pretty much easy to do what you want. If you want to drink, you can. If you don't, you may run into some pressure, especially in Greek Life, but in general people won't care all that much. And, as with any place, it depends on who you hang out with!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: You hear a lot about Rochester winters, and how classes are NEVER canceled, and how much it sucks. That's all sort of true, but there are tunnels among many buildings, and usually you won't have to walk more than 3-5 minutes outside. I'm usually warm enough inside, and if you have good enough warm clothes, you should be okay when you do go outside.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I wouldn't come here for the city, but it's good enough.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Usually, you CAN get what you need on campus, and if not, there are options (for free) within the school buses. However, these are relatively limited.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have first-hand experience, but I hear mostly okay things.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: People have an easy time doing what they want to do. Rules are mostly up to RAs to uphold.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We hear about off-campus crime a fair amount, and there have been incidents on campus, but in general the campus feels very safe.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I have never had a problem, just don't cause trouble for anyone and they won't cause any trouble for you.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I paid very little out of pocket, take the time out to look for scholarships.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I love the music, the summer is the best with so many festivals, there are tons of unique opportunities to take part in.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's alright, they have gotten a lot better since I lived there, it's always nice having your friends so close by.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The surrounding area is bad, but only when the weather is nice. They try their best and it is easy enough to avoid trouble if you take the right measures so having a bad run in is totally avoidable.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Computers: It's easy enough to find free printing, I don't even bring my laptop on campus, I can always find a computer to work on and my back has thanked me.

4 College Senior

Academics: A lot of international students, a lot of theory and practical skills, great faculty with lots of different opinions. Very research focused.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Better than most schools, the weather is a big reason for drinking (it's cold!)

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I prefer the downtown music/ club scene. The electronic is not great and the school does not choose great artists but if you like jam bands then upstate New York in general is great. Transportation is very reliable, the area is safe, going out is very reliable, and post party food is wonderful.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The area next to the school is sketchy but has a great student community and is very affordable. I currently live downtown and have sacrificed proximity for safety and improved social environment/ food/ shopping/ music.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Financial Econ teaches a lot of theory and a lot of practical skills, I am going to law school next year and hope to get into hospital administration and international business with the dream of bringing advanced and affordable healthcare to 3rd World nations such as my home country of Morocco. If I could do it over again I would take more music/ philosophy classes instead of pre- med ones. Concerns are the same as anyone's: will I love what I do.

5 College Senior

Majors: Only required class, that's enough said. There are so many options to explore and choose your own academic path.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: The strength of Greek life fluctuates as there the turnover is obviously high and the school takes a hands on approach to Greek Life. Fraternities need to be more organized, Sororities are too organized.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: definitely diverse; whether all accepting....

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: better if youre part of a group though

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Dave Levy
Hometown
Randolph, NJ
Major
History and International Relations
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Students are enamored with the school and overlook its faults-they are faults common to many universities and are easily balanced out by its many excellent qualities. The strong suits of academics and atmosphere make UR a perfect fit for a lot of people. Some stumble into the school by chance and end up loving it, never imagining themselves anywhere else. Others, especially locals, know of UR's reputation and fully planned on enrolling. All agree, though, that the environment and the people are all one could ask for in a college.

Even if it takes a while to adjust and find your niche, once you do, you will easily fall in love with the school. Beyond the food and small inconveniences, UR comes out ahead for student approval. The student body as a whole is intelligent and ambitious, and the faculty are talented and welcoming. You will not find acts of sabotage or students scratching at each other's throats to get a better grade than someone else. UR students are independent and capable; the only competition is against yourself. You will learn things and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Rochester itself also provides an interesting melting pot, and if you look, you will never run out of places to go or things to do. It's not Boston or New York City, but it has its high points. The fall colors, that upstate accent, and the classic food joints will become endearing
once it is a part of your life. The weather can get you down, and the classes may seem unending and tough, but if you take a step back, you'll realize you're glad to go to UR and it has become home.

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