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

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.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I just visited RIT's campus...and UR does not compare. UR's lacking the modern look of RIT but it doesn't have that old school charm of Ivy Leagues either. it's like a weird mix-up and it's really not as glamorous as I thought it was - besides the Rush Rhees Library tower.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The more I study here, the more flaws I find in the school. It just feels like what the school says the student tuition is paying for doesn't seem worth our money. The programs don't seem to be improving every year and the school is too strict on minor rules that just prohibit student growth and learning more than it supports it.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's so expensive here! The school's constantly asking for more money. It's like that bad parent who keeps burdening their kids who just want to get a good education and make something of themselves. And every year, the perks of coming here become less and less. But I guess if I didn't come here, I wouldn't have met certain interesting people who have changed my life. But then again, you can go to any college and there will be someone there that you meet that will change your life. I guess the best part of this school is...

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1 College Junior

Campus Dining: The prices of the meal plans are outrageous for the limited number of options offered! The food isn't cooked well and the options aren't all that healthy or diverse on a daily basis. The lines are crazy long. Seriously, you need a strategy to get fed because the lines are so long. Then, when eventually they swipe you in, you usually end up leaving because none of the food stations are ready, or the food is just inedible (burnt, funky tasting, etc).

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's nice when you need a lot of volunteers for an event or you want to gain support for a fundraiser. Frats and sororities are easy places to target. But the drunk scenes are so annoying and just unnecessary.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Not great sports involvement at school. Softball is good, but few other sports make the news. Horrible football.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: They don't pay you a lot, and most require work study because they don't have money to pay students without it. This made it really hard to find an internship or research experience because I didn't have work study but I was clearly qualified.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: If I could do it all over again, I'd major in engineering. You'll have a job right out of college for sure. Good engineering program at UR.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I thought it was bad in high school, but the guys here are cocky and stuck up, and they're not even that good looking. Or maybe that's the fraternity brothers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Crime across the bridge in the ward has gone up. It's definitely gotten worse in the past few years.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus my senior year. It was a lot cheaper than living on campus. However, living on campus was nice because you were close to classes.

2 College Senior

Athletics: We aren't a Division 1 college, and the athletics reflect that.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: The UofR has a lot of work to do.

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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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