YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 1358 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

{{ error }}
close
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've met some great professors and made amazing personal contacts while here.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've made connections that would be hard to make elsewhere, the networking opportunities have been rewarding.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The surrounding area off of campus, the River Campus, can be questionable in the early evening or at dark. Would not recommend going into the 19th Ward or nearby parks after dark.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshmen housing buildings are quite dated, and in need of a renovation, but are overall not too bad

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There isn't a large divide between Greeks/non-Greeks, and most students seem appreciative of their contribution to the social scene

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the school and all of the opportunities and connections it has afforded me, however, the cost is quite steep and may soon necessitate a transfer.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had a bit of a tough time because I didn't have any clear direction my freshman year so I was not fully invested in many of the classes I took, however I think that overall the professors are very research focused and experts on the material they teach, they can be a bit standoffish and self absorbed in hard science departments but overall I felt that they were effective and I personally excelled in most classes. One thing I really like is that most professors really push students to be intellectually independent which I believe to be a very positive force for academic development as well as helps to separate the good thinkers from the students who only rote memorize great swaths of text. I had one professor who was really not that great but other than that I found most of them to be effective and the classes helpful and interesting.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: To be perfectly honest I'm no expert on the issue since I'm only a freshman and haven't looked very far into my future on the career front, however many of my friends secured summer internships on campus right out of their freshman year, and I know that the school has very close ties with Bausch and Lomb and other large corporations making our engineers very likely to secure a job out of college. We have several top tier departments nationally and everyone whom I've talked to has said that a U of R degree is worth a lot and only increasing in value.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is expensive, and the facilities aren't all that great. They're not bad by any stretch but definitely do not seem worth what you have to pay for them. That aside I felt that the social aspects of my dorm were fantastic and I loved many of the people on my freshman hall, including my RA who has become one of my best friends at school. I lived in a dorm which had a dining hall and a grocery store right beneath it and that was incredibly convenient during the long and cold Rochester winters. Overall I can't really complain too much besides that the cost is way too steep.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: My main gripe is that you need a student ID from the University to get into most of the open parties, I have a girlfriend who goes to a different school so this was a pretty big inconvenience for me and some of the frats are pretty douchey and cliquey. However I have friends in lots of different fraternities and there are definitely lots of options when it comes to pledging some of them are filled with very community based down to earth guys that don't just party and do lots of other things for the campus and community. Overall there are options and you just kind of need to figure out where you fit in

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't pay a huge amount of attention to our athletics but for the most part they seem good. Our squash team is one of the best in the country and tennis is pretty decent from what I hear. Our workout facilities are very nice, they're clean and have a variety of options for weight lifting and cardio as well as sports you can play on different courts in the athletic building, I wish I had taken better advantage of them personally, but they're very nice. Club sports also seem pretty popular I was on the fencing team for a bit and found it very enjoyable, quidditch is also huge and honestly a lot more exhausting than I would've imagined. If you're looking for a school that lives and breathes sports and packs stadiums at events U of R is probably not the place for you, but we have very nice facilities with pretty good division 3 teams that all have good followings.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors can be a little standoffish in some of the science fields but overall are good teachers and helpful to my success so far. Most of the people are very friendly and driven. There are a lot of opportunities for extracurricular activities and overall it's a pretty great school.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Other than with political views, the campus is extremely diverse. If you so much as utter Trump's name, you'll start an immediate conversation with about 15 people around you. However, nobody takes issue with LGBTQ persons, and I've met several openly gay students who are very vocal about their sexuality and haven't ever been harassed. That said, every once and a while you'll get your stereotypical southern conservative who may be racially biassed online. Yik Yak was banned on campus for this reason. Other than that, I haven't heard of any incidents of tension due to ethnicity or sexuality. I'm a CIS straight white male though, so what do I know. White privilege and all - we are still in America.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty good, relatively speaking, but certainly not amazing. Most colleges have worse issues with drugs and alcohol than U of R. Alcohol consumption is mostly contained within Greek housing and anybody outside Greek life can join in. Underage drinking... literally nothing is done about it, period. I have heard the same from friends at several universities though. Most students (a student run presentation said 60%, I think it's higher) drink maybe every week or two at least. Personally I choose not to drink, and nobody will ostracise you for being a teetotaler like myself. Pot is also there for those who want it, although campus security actually does seem to give a crap about it unlike alcohol. I heard of at least two incidents of campus security cracking down on pot on campus last year. Anything other than pot and alcohol is rarely heard of on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, professors are great. Sure everyone has some good, some not so much. But professors who aren't good at teaching are still usually top of their field types, and you can hear complaints for miles to help avoid those (plus, you know RateMyProfessors). Class sizes are greatly varied, but of course when I'm a junior and senior they will be smaller than my required class freshman year lectures of 200+ students. My biggest major-specific class thus far was like 125 students. My main complaints are the online tools we need to use can be pretty terrible sometimes. The school goes out of its way to utilize Blackboard and this can make some things a pain. Otherwise, all is well. Panopto allows us to view recorded lectures from larger classes and most professors upload class notes to Blackboard.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am probably going to accrue about 100 grand in debt from attending this school since my family can "afford" to pay for about 75% of the tuition. However, going into an engineering profession with a U of R degree, I'm practically assured a starting salary of over $65K (average starting salary with BS in engineering), and I took some econ courses in highschool so I have already planned ahead a bit. I'm certain I can comfortably cover those loans thanks to the respect a U of R engineering degree earns, and I can likely do so in under 9 years.

I got a TA position my freshman year which is very unusual, and have already gotten work over the summer in at least engineering related stuff, which is also hard to do as a freshman. I have heard some departments (especially ECE) pay very well for TAs, and that experience in generally great for a resume. I'm sure my prospects for the future will be far better since almost no companies take freshmen seriously, regardless of how awesome you were in high school. I also found the career center at U of R exceptionally helpful. They helped me get the job I had this summer just a week after visiting them a final time, and I went there two times prior for excellent resume advice.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I couldn't say I have heard of a single sexual assault problem during my whole freshman year. That said, I am very much not a party person, and it's my understanding that alcohol plays a huge role in sexual assault on campuses everywhere in the US, and UR certainly has alcohol prevalent on campus in Greek facilities.

Every student undergoes a mandatory online course on sexual assault. There is a 'red light/green light' talk about sexual consent given to all freshmen which is basically a meme on campus even among seniors (not because people don't take it seriously, just because it is intentionally comedic). I wouldn't say sexual assault is a big problem on our campus, but it is a problem on college campuses in the US in a general sense.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are quite a bit bigger than at most colleges. Other dorms I've heard are still larger than average. My freshman room was about double the size of my brother's freshman dorm at another school, both of us having a single roommate. Housing is not hard to get at all. My freshman floor was the absolute best. About two thirds of the floor was extremely social and great people who i'm sure I'll stay in touch with. I'm in a suite with 5 of those guys this coming semester.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I joined a fraternity which just started to try and help reform the Greek life on campus. Currently, basically every frat and sorority is a party house. Those that aren't you never hear about. The frat I joined is a social fraternity and are focussed on community service more than anything else. That said, I wouldn't say Greek life is exclusive - if you want to get a drink you can head to basically any frat on a given weekend. I don't drink and hate parties, but I hear more than enough, having had a dorm room right next to the frat quad and watching poor souls getting carted away in ambulances and stumbling home at odd hours behind thumping music.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am far from a sports person. That said, I have friends who are on various sports teams, especially Crew, and they seem to get all the equipment and support they could ever need. UR is far from great in better known sports, however, like football or basketball.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this school. It's super easy to get involved with clubs and other student groups. Everybody is welcoming and I have met all manner of people here. As an engineering student, classes can be tough, but that would be true for engineering anywhere. Most of my professors are awesome, and I'm free to skip class for those that aren't so it's NBD. I've done well in classes where I attend every single day, and those where I skip all but five days - I find the subject itself will determine my grade more than a professor. I have made so many great friends in just my first year, and look forward to all the rest.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: i hope its good i hear that its beneficial

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: i dont do greek life

3 College Freshman

Athletics: i don't go to the gym

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: amazing school ,teachers, staff, friends clubs

{{review.UserDisplayString}}

{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Photos More photos . . .

Rush Rhees Library
Rush Rhees Library
Rush Rhees Library Rush Rhees Library As seen from the Eastman Quad

Overall ExperienceWhat's this?

View student contributors

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.

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At University of Rochester

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
4
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!