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Reviews 1227 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The chemistry department has great faculty that want to help you and give you the best education possible. Professors are easy to talk to and have a lot of internship and teaching assistant positions available.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: First semester, there are a lot of open parties at the fraternity houses that are a lot of fun. Second semester it can be a little boring on campus if you aren't in greek life, but there are always off-campus parties.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe when walking around campus, even when it's late at night.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Having our market on campus is one of the greatest things that most of my friends at other schools are constantly telling me they wish they had. Hillside is open until 3 am and has food tailored to what we want to buy. It has almost everything a grocery store has to offer. The only thing is that the food there is a bit expensive, but our meal plans really make it so that doesn't matter.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm a little biased because I'm in greek life, but I think it's a great thing. Fraternities live in nice houses on campus while sororities have special floors in some of the dorms.

I think the best thing about greeks here is that they aren't only friends with people in their own sorority or fraternity. Some of my best friends are non-greek and are affiliated with other chapters.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose U of R again in a heartbeat. I firmly believe that it has everything that a college can offer. The academics are challenging, but manageable especially because you are enrolled in classes that you actually want to take (instead of gen ed). Events are constantly going on around campus so that you can really always find something to do.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While U of R will definitely give you financial aid, they don't just hand out scholarships. You really have to deserve them.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I'm convinced that everyone who goes to this school is a good person. Everyone is genuinely nice and wants to help each other out.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: While underage drinking isn't encouraged on campus, it seems as though public safety and the administration is really only looking out for our safety as long as no harm is being done. They have policies like medical amnesty that allow us to get help without legal consequences if we drink too much. Public safety is also really only concerned with fraternity houses being over-capacity and are very nice if you respect them. In the dorms, unless you are blatantly walking down the hall with a bottle in your hand, you should be fine.

When it comes to academics, attendance is typically only paid attention to in the smaller, discussion based classes. It's your decision if you want to get what you are paying for or not in lectures.

Also, don't cheat. Academic honesty is a strong value we are expected to uphold.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Despite what a lot of people say about the sports being mediocre, we actually have some pretty great teams and some dedicated athletes. Games are a lot of fun to go to, especially when there is a big turn out (which does happen occasionally with the help of the spirit crews). If you are looking for a school where everything doesn't revolve around athletics, but you would enjoy going to games and having fun, this is a great place for you.

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4 College Junior

Majors: We have weird majors options, for sure, so at least there's that positive. People here seem to be able to study what they want to and major in more than one field, if they work hard enough.

4 College Junior

Majors: I've realized that everyone will reach that point where they're not 4.0 students because they just can't be good at everything they do. They will go into the field that they're good at. For me, that was BCS. I'm worried about jobs, definitely, but if it's something that I'm naturally better at than other subjects, then hopefully, there's a career out there that will fit my needs.


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Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
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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