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$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: With a huge amount of options, Rochester is a top-notch school.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors, students, and resources make Rochester the best it is.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are great. Curriculum is open and based on a cluster system, meaning you have the freedom to choose preferred classes (or pick your poison, as the case may be).

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 30th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 43rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 102nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 157th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Hometown
Randolph, NJ
Major
History and International Relations
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
600
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
30
Total FT Faculty
2,297
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$109,465
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Graduation Rate
85%
Programs/Majors Offered
132
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 63%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 28%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • The College (Arts, Sciences, and Engineering)
  • Eastman School of Music
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Music Performance: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Art & Music Library
  • Gleason Library
  • Hawkins-Carlson Room
  • ITS
  • The New Stacks
  • Rush Rhees Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Do your work and reading.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to the TAs; they can help you and that's what they're there for.
  • Get to know at least two professors well for recommendations and because it will be valuable for you.
  • Go to class, especially if it's something that's challenging.
  • Join at least two clubs. You will meet upperclassmen and it can lead to many good opportunities.
  • Prepare far in advance for midterms.
  • Study three times as much as you did in high school.
Did You Know?
  • There are 3.3 million volumes contained in Rush Rhees Library, the dome that is the central point of campus.
  • For tradition, you never sing the second verse of "The Genesee," UR's school song.
  • A real boar's head is used as display at the annual Boar's Head traditional dinner-good photo op!
  • If you hear the word "clusters" a lot, you'll soon figure out what people are talking about. Clusters are groups of 12 credits (about three classes) within either the humanities, natural science, or social science. This is the only curriculum requirement at UR.
  • UR is one of the smallest schools in the country to carry out intensive research in multiple fields.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 44% Joseph C. Wilson - founder of Xerox
  • 17% Rush Rhees
  • 11% George Abbott - Broadway producer, director, playwright
  • 11% Avie Tevanian - senior vice president of Apple
  • 11% Deborah Jo Rupp - actress
  • 6% Steven Chu
  • 0% Michael Kanfer - Oscar-winning effects designer
  • 0% Galway Kinnell - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • 0% Robert Forster - Oscar-nominated film actor
  • 0% Myles Brand - former NCAA president

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 50 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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