Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
5,512
Tuition
$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1214 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a huge number of diverse, independent restaurants and cafes to choose from off-campus. The shuttles make it very easy to go downtown to the areas that are most popular for eating, such as East Ave., Park Ave., and the South Wedge. The RED service, which most students actually don't know about, gets you student discounts at many places, and some eateries even accept URos (campus cash) as payment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I am very happy with the dining options. I don't expect a college to offer super high-quality food and, based on what I've heard about my friends' schools, our food is better than average. However, freshmen automatically gravitate to the dining halls, which are generally unreliable for quality (super appetizing and delicious one night, even-the-cheese-pizza-doesn't-look-good bad the next). It's important to try out all of the places that take declining. The medical center has the best food.

The main reason my rating is 'okay' rather than 'great' is the price - meal plans are very expensive, and the all-declining dollars plan isn't dollar-for-dollar AND everything that can be bought with declining is hugely overpriced.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There aren't any real cliques, especially not visible ones like 'goths' vs 'preps.' Everyone seems chill and friendly with one another.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms and suites are great - except for Towers, which is in an isolated, extremely inconvenient corner of campus - but the lottery system is incredibly frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have liked all but one of my professors thus far. I was overwhelmed by the number of classes I was interested in when I looked through the course catalog before coming here, but many of the ones I was intrigued by haven't been offered in the three semesters that I have registered for.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen friends of mine live off campus, and all of them love it. However, I am pretty sure they did not find their housing situation through the school.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not let declared a major.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet declared my major.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, but my wallet was stolen in my first semester. It was turned in to the library that same night, stripped of cash and coins.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is relatively lenient when it comes to student drinking while providing people for each on-campus event to make sure the student's maintain safety, so it does not affect the social life negatively.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are several places you can eat on Campus and they all offer at least on vegetarian/vegan option each meal. The variety is good because there are different stations that food can be given. The best place for quick and easy meals is Douglas because the food is almost always prepared when you get there while the best place for a social dinner is Danforth because the seating is varied and everyone can have their own specific meals as there are a lot of differnet options from different stations available each day.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different people on campus. There are many students who are international so it provides a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and countries from people your own age. The students are all extremely intelligent but their own interests vary which provides a wide range of friends and discussions people can have.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off-campus yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The cost to live on campus is a little high, but being able to reach class easily and being close to friends and classmates make it worth it. There are many options on where to live, that provide different things students may need such as kitchenettes in their dorms or private bathrooms shared between roommates.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not officially declared my major and do not know the difficulty of the process fully yet.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not officially declared yet but all the classes I have taken have been for the programs of my majors and they are wonderful. The workload is easily manageable, even if overloading, and the professors enjoy teaching their subjects and make it easy to understand and ask for help. There are also several opportunities offered by the school to attend archaeological digs first hand or to study abroad on a site.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The libraries at Rochester are amazing. Rush Rhees offers many places to study by yourself or with friends. The athletic center is always clean and has excellent equipment to help the students keep healthy.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I felt very safe on campus because the school police were always around, especially at night, and the school provided several security numbers for everyone on campus, in case anything happened. Another safety measure was that the school offered amnesty for people hurt from drinking at parties, when other students called in, which I find very effective as it makes sure students feel safe in helping friends who are in danger of hurting themselves.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I do not really attend parties and so I can not really discuss the nightlife of the school.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My experience was very good. I had a complicated situation where I couldn't give parental information but I wasn't able to list as an independant but the financial aide advisors helped me work through and waived the information I couldn't provide to ensure I could get the help I needed for the cost of the school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The classes I attended were relatively small in size with the largest being 60 students and the smallest having about ten. This allowed for teachers to concentrate more on individual students and helped to be able to receive aid when needed without having to fight for time amongst a hundred other students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school offers many seminars on what to do after school.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining around my school offers many late night options that are perfect for students staying up to study for a test or work on a project. The food is varied enough that you never get bored with it and the cost is relatively low, allowing you to get a lot of food for a little price.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The dining on campus is good enough that most people don't go off-campus to get food, but there is the occasional Chipotle addict who dines out every night. If you do want to shake things up and go off-campus, we have college town right next door which has a great variety of restaurants, diners, and ice cream places to go that accept our URos (spending dollars).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The curriculum here is fantastic. You don't have to fulfill and gen. ed. classes outside of your major or cluster. It's also a pretty common thing to design your own major, minor or cluster.

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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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