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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If there's one thing I can say is that the best shot you have at discovering Rochester's decent nightlife is by knowing upperclassmen. So find them, freshmen! Find them! But more generally, most people just attend on-campus or very close off-campus. Rochester parties, honestly, aren't that great but if you're considering this school, it means you're a nerd and you don't know any better.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The freshman euphoria is definitely a thing: the beginning of a semester will be great and filled with amazingly clever and well thought out parties, and there's a good chance you'll have a blast. But after a few weeks (sometimes only days), people realize that they're actually students and need to do well in school. From there, parties kinda die out; less people show up; the people throwing parties don't even put effort into them; if you're part of 75-80% of student body who's not in a frat or sorority, you'll just painfully end the semester having intimate get-togethers with friends, play silly drinking games, and occasionally go to a lame frat party. It's honestly not as morbid as I make it sound, but you get the idea.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here vary by major, but classes are challenging regardless. I expected school to be a walk in the park, considering that my SAT and GPA were above average, but, boy was I wrong! Students are ducks, looking calm on the surface but frantically paddling below. It's actually kinda annoying when people pretend to be on top of everything, when we're all stressed in some way (some more than others of course). But manage your time well and you'll be just fine.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, the school could use a bit more underrepresented minorities. There's an overwhelmingly homogenous way of thinking across campus and people's beliefs are not challenged often enough, in my opinion. There are a couple different ethnic groups--enough so the average student from a predominantly white background would think that they're exposed to "so much diversity"--but different races don't interact much, except when briefly talking during orientation and the occasional interracial friends walking around on campus. It's probably just de facto segregation because naturally, people want to be with others of same interest, and sadly most often than not, similarity of interest comes with similarity of race, sexual orientation, and/or background. Most students don't seem to acknowledge that both the majority and the minority can benefit from more diversity, but that's a whole different debate...

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Beware, if you come from great wealth and luxury, you'll come short of being impressed. Compared to other colleges though, Rochester dorms are pretty sweet. They are centralized to pretty much everything you want in life. You have to walk, on average, 10 min to get to classes and dinning halls (unless you live in Sue B, in which case the dinning hall is inside your dorm complex). For freshmen, rooms are bigger than the average college; there are almost no forced triple rooms and occasionally you can get a single; communal bathrooms could be cleaner but that comes with the people, not the building itself; but if you ask me, it doesn't get any better than this. It's a college, not a five star hotel.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everybody at the university takes great pride in our nationally recognized squash players and our quidditch team. lol. Seriously though, no one really cares about sports here, except those who partake in the varsity/club sport itself. The bleachers at our football games are pretty depressing to look at, but that could just be because the school paper proudly displayed at some point, "Football team wins three games in a row for the 1st time since the 90s". Other than that, the facilities for exercise (aka the gym) are very good! There's an indoor track and stuff...

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is quite something here at Rochester! It's doesn't overwhelm the campus atmosphere, but if you hang out with a certain group of people, it's hard not to notice. Sororities consist of mixers (parties) and occasional fundraisers with their affiliated charity to give the illusion of good, selfless women. To be fair, most actually care about the charity events, but it's never a girl's primary motivation to join. Fraternities are kinda weird. They constantly diss one another's fraternity but any non-greek doesn't really understand what the big deal is. They throw open parties every once in a while though...

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: From what I know, this campus is very safe. The moment you cross the pedestrian bridge to go off campus, however, be aware of your surroundings and hope you're not at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety and UHS are always close and ready to help. Public safety is a bit too ready to shut anything down and write students up. I feel safe on campus but you just have to be careful about leaving campus which directions you should and shouldn't go.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The amount of courses offered and the freedom given to each student is incredible. The cluster system is something that I adore about this school and makes me to happy to be here. Class sizes very differently depending on the course and the professors for the most part are great.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The degree (especially in medicine) from a school like Rochester is great. The school has great options for internships and job opportunities.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are old community bath with pretty small rooms. There aren't private bathrooms in any dorm with the exception of handicap or special exceptions. We are all spending way too much money to live in these dumps where you can get a great apartment close to campus and save 5-10 grand a year.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life definitely gives the average nerd the opportunity to go out and have some fun. Frats are always throwing parties and you typically have to know someone or be in Greek or athletics to be let in immediately.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Rochester is a pretty nerdy school so athletics are not of great importance to regular day students. Being an athlete is an incredible experience and there is so much support from every sports team.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school offers incredible opportunities especially if you are majoring in medicine! The school is extremely expensive but the freedom with no required general education classes and clusters is superb. I am extremely happy here but if you are interested be prepared for some cold weather.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public safety is a great feature, but I don't think they are called upon often. You have to be careful in certain areas of campus. AKA don't go walking down the trails that lead away from campus after dark. Especially don't do that if you're alone.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Your experience can be hit or miss. Many professors want to see you succeed but they won't hold your hand through the process. Sometimes, if you mess up, they will be forgiving. However, I have had one very strict professor who everyone in my class was afraid of. She was brilliant and knew her topic, but she wasn't friendly and didn't seem to care about her students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's perfect if you're in the sciences, but if you're in the humanities or social sciences, it's hard to find a job regardless of where you got your degree.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms, especially Susan B. Anthony, are pretty nice alternatives to having to find your own apartment off-campus.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't really have an opinion either way. Fraternity parties are gross, as I'm sure is true at other universities, but that's not a deal-breaker when you want to attend as a freshman.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletes can be really serious about their sports, but students in general don't bother to attend the games.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The programs are all excellent and, as a history major, the individualized attention can be excellent.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are terrific! The Rochester curriculum is unique, with its lack of gen-ed requirements and freedom to craft your schedule to your desire. The registration process does need some renovation, but the school is working on updating the process. Prepare to study. The workload is intense, and you'll barely pass if you don't work for it. The libraries are beautiful and worth it all.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: I am not white. Coming from New York City, Rochester is as white as Tom Cruise's bleached teeth. Though the school brags about its diversity, for those acclimated to extremely diverse situations, it feels like there is none. 20% of the student body comprises of international students, yes. Additionally, my non-POC, suburban raised friends tell me they've never been surrounded by so many different people before. In that sense, the school is extremely diverse. If you're a minority student, however, you will definitely notice the lack of diversity.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You won't see drugs and alcohol openly visible unless you're at a party. Students drink a lot, but mainly for party purposes. Peer pressure isn't much, and it depends on how easily influenced you are. The school has taken a "we know you're going to underage drink but here's how to do it safely" stance on the whole thing (smart, as abstinence only expectations would be stupid), but it is definitely best overall not to get caught drinking if you're underage because you will be written up if not careful.

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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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