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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful, the library is everything a library should be, and the study spaces are comfortable and plentiful. I can't really complain about the facilities.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The libraries at Rochester are amazing. Rush Rhees offers many places to study by yourself or with friends. The athletic center is always clean and has excellent equipment to help the students keep healthy.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The more I study here, the more flaws I find in the school. It just feels like what the school says the student tuition is paying for doesn't seem worth our money. The programs don't seem to be improving every year and the school is too strict on minor rules that just prohibit student growth and learning more than it supports it.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I just visited RIT's campus...and UR does not compare. UR's lacking the modern look of RIT but it doesn't have that old school charm of Ivy Leagues either. it's like a weird mix-up and it's really not as glamorous as I thought it was - besides the Rush Rhees Library tower.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The facilities are great. All the buildings look new and clean.


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The gym is one of the favorite, and most highly-praised, facilities on campus. It was completely overhauled a few years ago, and now it sparkles with two levels of machines and brand new locker areas, as well as all the other workout amenities. The library, too, is billed as one of the nicest buildings on campus, almost nice enough to make studying a pleasant experience. Combined with the stately academic buildings and red-brick dorms, UR is an aesthetically-pleasing place to live.

There aren't many negatives about most of the facilities at UR. The buildings are functional and eye-pleasing, and large lecture halls manage to fit, self-contained, into the buildings. The student union, however, is oddly constructed in the contemporary IM Pei-designed style of glass and weird angles, and thus not at all practical. It does not really do the job of uniting the students as much as one would see at other schools. People hang out in the coffee shop, but other than meetings, not many student-initiated activities go on there. Perhaps it's the uninviting design of the interior or the lack of lounges and comfortable areas. Whichever the case, the student union falls short of its potential. As the one weakness in a collection of otherwise first-rate facilities, though, UR averages out pretty well.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
600 acres
Student Centers
Todd Union/Wilson Commons
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Carlson Science Library
  • Rush Rhees Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Common Grounds
  • Gleason Library
  • ITS Center
  • The Pit
  • Starbucks
Bar on Campus
At the Meliora Restaurant
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Connections in Rush Rhees
  • Pure Vida in Goergen BME building
  • Starbucks in Wilson Commons
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are shown in Hoyt Auditorium on the weekends and periodically during the week. They're either free or extremely cheap.
School Slang
  • The Cart: Cart outside the ITS Center that sells snacks.
  • CAS: College of Arts and Science, the freshman writing course.
  • CLARC: What everyone still calls the ITS Center.
  • CS: Computer Science.
  • D-Forth: Danforth Dining Center, in Susan B. Anthony.
  • GLC: Pronounced "glick," the Graduate Living Center.
  • Ho-Cro: The Hoeing Crosby dorm area.
  • Ho-Town: Hoeing Hall.
  • Hoyt: The auditorium where lots of classes are held that is not exactly in any building.
  • Hutch: Hutchison Hall, the science building.
  • Hylan: The math building next to Hutchison, not labeled.
  • LJ: Lovejoy Hall.
  • The Mel: The dining area, not to be confused with Meliora Hall, or Meliora, the school slogan.
  • The Old Gym: Spurrier Fieldhouse, where the old athletic center was.
  • Phase: The old name of Hill Court, mostly senior dorms.
  • The Pit: Dining area in Wilson Commons.
  • The Quad: Main academic quad.
  • The Res Quad: Residential Quad, freshmen and upper-class dorms.
  • Res Quad: The Residential Quad with freshman and upperclassmen dorms.
  • Rochacha: You don't have to know this, but it's what people call Rochester.
  • RRL, Nipple of Knowledge: the Rush Rhees Tower, or just the library.
  • Sue B.: Susan B. Anthony Dorm.
  • Towers: Both Anderson and Wilder.
  • Boar's Head Dinner: Boar's Head is the annual dinner that has been held since 1934 where students gather for a traditional medieval times dinner, served by the student choir (they sing to announce each course) and humorous speeches by faculty in costume. Other performances include the Strong Jugglers whose act includes fire and glowing rings and a cappella groups.
  • Convocation: Tents are set up on the Quad with lunch and speeches to welcome students back and kick off the beginning of the academic year. Notable professors are also presented with achievement awards.
  • Dandelion Day: Nicknamed D-Day, this is the all-time favorite tradition at UR. Held on spring weekend when classes end, an all-out fiesta will ensue on the main quad in front of Wilson Commons, the student union. Security is lax on this day, and students are allowed to be on the Quad with alcohol pretty much without a second glance. There are rides, games, and a band each year. Everyone mingles on the Quad and has a good time. Deans may also be spotted walking around during the day, as well, joining in the festivities and keeping an eye on everyone.
  • D-Day: This is a huge party on the last weekend before spring exams. Lots of drinking goes on all around campus.
  • Meliora Weekend: The largest celebration on campus, this fall event includes alumni reunions, Parents Weekend, Homecoming, and the Stonehurst Regatta. Parents, students, and alumni descend onto the campus, increasing campus population by thousands. Celebrities, graduates, and national figures fill the weekend with speeches and presentations. The crew's regatta brings the three-day fĂȘte to a close.
  • Painting the Tunnels: The tunnels are well used in the winters when no one wants to spend much time outside. The tunnels connect students in heated, lighted walkways to the main academic quad and the student union. As a tradition, one hallway is painted by student groups or fraternities and sororities to advertise activities and current events throughout the year. Everyone should take part in the painting of the tunnel at least once in his or her undergraduate career.
  • Sam's Garbage Plate Run: This is a charity event in which teams of three split up to run to Nick Tahou's, eat a garbage plate, and run back. Some try to Iron Man it and do it alone.
  • Traying Behind Sue B.: Rochester is definitely known for its fierce winters, and this is one way to make the snow fun. It is UR tradition to take a tray from one of the dining halls and use it to go sledding on the steep hill behind Susan B. Anthony Halls in the winter.
  • Viennese Ball: The student union, Wilson Commons, is transformed for a night into an elegant ballroom where students dress in formal wear and waltz the night away, accompanied by the University Chamber Orchestra.
  • Wilson Day: This is a day during Orientation where students are sent off with people from their hall to do various community service activities in the surrounding area. Some projects may include re-painting buildings, outside maintenance, or clerical work, but mainly manual labor activities. The program is meant to allow students to participate in community service activities but also to bond with hall-mates while out doing their Good Samaritan civic duty.
  • Winter Carnival: To celebrate what Rochester does best, the winter, this carnival is a day filled with student performances, free food, and a comedian or musical show. It occurs at the beginning of the second semester to give students a pick-me-up as they head into another round of classes.
Urban Legends
  • If a student walks under the clock in Dandelion Square, he or she will not graduate from Rochester.
  • The ghost of a man who fell into the concrete foundation of the library when it was being constructed, whose body was never found, still haunts the stacks and asks people for directions out of the library.
  • The Olsen twins were going to attend UR, as was Kevin Costner's daughter.
  • The statue of the first president of the University stands on the Residential Quad facing the library, and if he does not have his gaze on the library at all times, it will crumble and fall. The student union in front of it has a glass section.
  • Tuition goes up each year to fund President Jackson's private houses and investments.
Favorite Things To Do
Movies on the weekend, Frat parties, pull all nighters in the library Students can hang out at Starbucks, check out the art gallery in the basement of Rush Rhees, or just sit and people-watch at the Pit.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The following is a partial list of student organizations at the University of Rochester.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 41 responses

  • 22% Meliora Weekend
  • 17% D-Day
  • 11% Wilson Day
  • 11% Dandelion Day
  • 9% Painting the Tunnels
  • 9% Winter Carnival
  • 6% Vagina Monologues
  • 3% Boar's Head Dinner
  • 3% Viennese Ball
  • 2% Sam's Garbage Plate Run
  • 2% Convocation
  • 2% Traying Behind Sue B.
  • 1% Holiday Sing
  • 1% Blue and Yellow Intrasquad Meet
  • 1% Going to A Cappella Concerts
  • 1% Football Games
  • 1% Relay for Life

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 93 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 19% Eat, sit outside when rarely sunny
  • 16% Eat
  • 16% Hang out in the library....
  • 12% Studying in front of a big window (there's tons)
  • 12% Student activities
  • 11% Walk around campus
  • 5% Take photos!
  • 4% Med Center Food
  • 2% Concerts at Eastman
  • 2% Meet up with friends
  • 1% Football

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 48 responses

  • 29% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 54% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 15% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 90 responses

  • 37% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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