Academics are one of the strong points at UR. Many students report that the professors are open and accessible as well as talented. Though it may be more difficult to have a personal relationship with the professor in a science class of 250 students, these large classes are uncommon and are balanced out by the many classes that seat 25 or less. Each professor has office hours, and many are willing to meet outside those hours. The workload is challenging, and students cannot coast through with ease, but the quality of teaching makes the work well worth it.
Many professors are highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable in their field of study. There are professors who are enjoyable to listen to for hours based on their amazing wealth of knowledge; many professors will also sign you into any class you'd like to take. The philosophy here is this: if you want to be in the class, you can be in the class. It's left up to you if you think you can handle it. The curriculum at UR is very open, and even as a freshman you'll have only one required class (which some test out of), so the students are free to enjoy any class offered. There is no math requirement and no language requirement, which makes many UR students happy. The flexibility and quality of the curriculum is unparalleled.