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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are extremely difficult and require a lot of work put into them. The professors teach decently and as a student you need to be on top of everything to do well. It teaches you to be responsible for what your grades are.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: You get what you sign up for. Just be prepared to work hard in a very competitive academic environment.

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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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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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4 College Junior

Academics: The curriculum in my program had both core/broad course offerings and very specific ones; I love the range and depth of the course listings. Registration was easy in conjunction with my advisor. It wasn't perfect, particularly when figuring out what constitutes part-time and full-time, but the staff members are always willing to help and explain things further. Study areas are great within LeChase; the library can get a little crowded at times but that is expected!

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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 82 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 56 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 56 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 66% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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