University of Rochester

University of Rochester
OVERALL RATING rate this
3.3

50 TOTAL RATINGS

Academic Rigor 4.6 Diversity 3.9
Location 3.3 Party Scene 2.8
Professor Availability 4.0 Reputation 4.2
Safety 3.2 School Spirit 2.5
Student Body Hotness 2.7 Weather 2.3

COMMENTS

02/16/2013 by a user
The school is pretty good and the party scene is alright. The weather is not as bad as people make it seem and it snows frequently but very small amounts. Maybe once in a while there's a heavy snowfall but is rare. The only thing is that its cloudy about half the time. Professors are helpful overall, but some are not so great.
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02/13/2013 by a user
The U of R is truly a great place. Great academics, great athletics, and great study body. The party scene is nonexistent here along with the school spirit. You'll never see a full gym, or a full stadium for any of our athletic teams.
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02/12/2013 by a user
I could not dream of a better school. Friendliest students and professors who go out of their way to work with the students. Plenty of attractive people, and fun parties, especially because you'll run into people you know instead of a large group of strange trashed people.
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02/12/2013 by a user
This place definitely is diverse. This snow if fun, for the first week then the weather is miserable. The campus is gorgeous though. Seeing it from the 11th floor of Hylan, you can see the whole place. No lie, the whole campus. We're so small so if you're looking to not run into someone you dont like dont think about UR. The classes are kinda ridiculous but what can I say? We're almost a baby Ivy. Almost. Not quite though. The social scene is interesting, there are a ton of socially awkward people here, a ton. But if you're a nerd you'll find nerdy friends like every one else! All in all, its a decent place.
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02/12/2013 by a user
Without sounding like a broken record, the U of R truly is what you make of it. The opportunities for research and field experience are here and professors are generally receptive, though you have to be assertive and willing to constantly follow up with them to get one. Sports and greek life are keys to always having a party to go to on the weekends, and don't expect to find a party anywhere near campus until Friday night. Skies are notoriously gray here but when it's sunny and at all warm, everyone's outside savoring it on the quad. Known for academics and working hard in the classroom, I wish this school put more of an emphasis on the non-hard sciences, non-engineers. It seems, at least at the undergraduate level, that they're the only types you run into.
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02/12/2013 by a user
They're really good about alternative diets (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, etc.). They should really give us more free stuff for what we pay in 'activities fees'
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02/12/2013 by a user
I'm really happy with my decision to come to Rochester. If you're looking for a school that's all parties all the time, then it's probably not the place for you. However if you want a school where you'll get a good education and have fun on the weekends it's a good fit. The campus is beautiful, the weather is what it is, and the people I've gotten to know are amazing.
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02/12/2013 by a user
The University of Rochester is a great school and everything about it is great. The campus is beautiful and the curriculum is one of the best in the country.
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02/11/2013 by a user
This place is awful. You might not feel safe walking to class. It's right next to the ward. I don't know how people manage to have spirit here. I transferred from BU and everyone was extremely eager to help. Thats BOSTON. Research is all that gets me up in the morning. Basic rule: the professor hates you. Grad students hate you. There are a couple nice deans and faculty members. Thats it.

This place sucks. Crime everywhere, two feet of snow, and it switches in about a week from 90+ to 50. Randoms try to get into parties disturbingly frequently. RIT is far away so everything is isolated and terrible.

Diversity sucks. Weather sucks. Classes are pretty shitty and the professors are given to failing people for stupid reasons, though it could be worse. A ton of people cheat but that happens a lot.

We have something called roches
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02/11/2013 by a user
The University of Rochester is the school for you if you want to hole up in your dorm/library and study preMed until your eyes fall out of your head. If you're looking for a place to find sociable and amiable people - this might not be the place for you. Many people seem to be too caught up in their own lives to take that extra effort to be friendly and make the weak connections that grow into strong bonds.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Going to school at Rochester is what you make of it. If you want a rigorous academic experience then you'll get that here. If you want to party you'll have to look a little harder, but the scene is definitely there. If you have an open mind and are willing to put yourself out there socially you'll have a good time
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02/11/2013 by a user
It's hard to be excited about any of the topics of rating, we're mediocre at everything except probably reputation and academic rigor. School spirit, weather, location, hotness, party scene, and safety all suck. Diversity... well we're diverse on the outside, but how much integration is there really? That's it
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02/11/2013 by a user
It's a good place for people who go to college to learn, but its in a sketchy area and the weather is pretty bad. The campus is beautiful in the spring and fall though!
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02/11/2013 by a user
The university is very good for rigorous course work. The party scene depends on what weekend it is. It is diverse yet most diversity groups tend to stick together all of the time.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Administration killed the party scene at this school sadly. Used to be fun!

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02/11/2013 by a user
I enjoy being at this school. From the academics to the party scene every thing is awesome just as long as you look for the right people to hang out with.
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02/11/2013 by a user
School needs better dining. The Blimpie should be Subway, Mexican grill should be Chipotle, etc. There should be more tunnels (like one from towers to campus) and better transportation.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Great, academically rigorous school. The weather's odd, partying on campus is subdued, and the food's iffy, but it's still an innovative, fun college.
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02/11/2013 by a user
If you want rigorous academics, this is the place. Classes will keep you busy, but if you manage to find some free time there is a party scene. Not large, but existent. Greek life will enhance your social life, but it's not necessary to have a good time. Rochester is a cool city, but with the campus location it's hard to access it without a car.
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02/11/2013 by a user
The campus is pretty, but there isn't really anything to do unless you have a car. Classes are rigorous and tough and I feel that a lot of students don't know how to chill once in a while!
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02/11/2013 by a user
U of R isn't really located in a "college town" so I find myself quite bored at times because there's no easy way to get off campus except on Saturdays. The school is quite dead at times, and there aren't many ways to relieve stress from the rigorous classes.
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02/11/2013 by a user
UofR is an awesome school - but the weather is super bipolar and there's not a whole lot to do off campus that's accessible to students without cars.
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02/11/2013 by a student
Your experience really depends on the people you meet and what you make of the environment you are given. There are parties if you care to find out about them, but not as many as most schools. The people are very friendly, but at the same time, it's not an overly attractive population and UR definitely has more than its share of weird kids. The food and meal plans could use improvement. Housing is decent.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Spirit:None.Professors are available.19th ward=scary. Ton of Asians.Northeastern weather.Classes can be tough.Talent is few and far between.Administration killing the frat quad and any social scene. Anyone remember the stabbing? all the burglaries off campus? real safe school
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02/11/2013 by a user
Social scene is basically non existent and what does remain is slowly dying. Outdated and poor quality housing. Awful dining services (food choices, food quality, food availability, meal plans available).
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02/11/2013 by a user
The campus itself is gorgeous but the surrounding area is sketchy. The weather can be pretty temperamental but it's easy to get used to. Parties are generally open to everyone and there are bar parties on Thursdays but for the best party life, joining greek life or a sports team is the way to go. Guys are generally more attractive than girls and there are a LOT of awkward people but they are all nice and helpful. When choosing dorms, always go for the coed because the all girls halls are very cliquey and not much happens. If you want a quiet hall with little social life, I suppose single sex halls might work for you.
Oh and you may find some classes to be unnecessarily hard but it is the same at any good private school so it isn't too bad.

The food gets old. quickly. They are changing the meal plans for next year though so that should make things better.

Overall, it is a pretty nerdy school and you will spend a lot of time on campus but if you want more social events and stuff, ther
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02/11/2013 by a user
I really do love the U of R. Sometimes it can feel a bit small, but other times it is nice running into so many people. I love the Greek Life aspect of the school, and find the courses challenging yet manageable.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Rochester is a diverse place for people from all places. The academics are definitely as hard as the Ivys, our sports aren't D1, but school spirit still exists! Greek life is prevalent and everyone finds their place here.
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02/11/2013 by a user
The experience is all what you make of it at this school. The work is very trying, but the grades and a degree (or two) from such a prestigious university in a wide variation of disciplines is well worth it. There are many opportunities to involve yourself with student groups on campus, and this is the easiest way to meet and stay in touch with people. The student body is very diverse, but many times it seems like there are many separate groups of diverse people, instead of one diverse student body. The social scene is what you make of it, but as long as you're open, friendly, and outgoing, it's easy to find things going on every weekend. The weather and school spirit could be better (but they're probably linked together on most of the time, especially in the winter).
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02/11/2013 by a user
Classes are really difficult, so if you're looking for a social life and all As, go elsewhere. Really really nice students and professors, as well as opportunities for jobs and research. Heavily biased towards science majors.
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02/11/2013 by a user
U of R is a great school. Some "minor" issues with the dorms and the food. The dorms are far than anything great for the tuition that we pay along with the food. The food is almost lethal.
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02/11/2013 by a user
This school has its benefits in terms of academics, you want academics? Come here! However, if you want to go somewhere where the administration cares about sports, where the party scene actually exists for those that are not greek, where the girls or guys are routinely attractive. Then this is not the place for you.
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02/11/2013 by a user
People come here for the academics. Everyone knows the weather sucks- but most students are inside studying all the time anyway! The food sucks, and the party scene is lacking if you're not on a team or in greek life. Regardless of the partying, food, and weather, it's nice knowing you're surrounded by motivated students and research opportunities. That cannot be said for a lot of other institutions.
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02/11/2013 by a user
This school is a great place if you're a hard working person. There are times however, when you will feel overwhelemed. If you know who to hang out with you'll have a great time but the weather here is awful.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Overall my biggest problem with the UofR is that the administration does things that negatively impact the current undergraduates and don't seen to care.
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02/11/2013 by a user
This school is okay. Diversity has become a recent issue. I think having more people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. I am white from Philly and people in general respond to you how you approach them.
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02/11/2013 by a user
U of R was my number one choice for college. They have top academic programs that really push you and a driven student body. They offer so many opportunities for undergraduate research and internships. It's located right next to the city (Rochester, Ny) but secluded enough you don't feel like you're in the middle of the city. There have been a few instances where kids leaving campus at night have had their safety compromised but on campus always feels super safe. The party scene and Greek life kinda sucks as does the sports and school spirit.
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02/11/2013 by a user
The experience is what you make it. Academics are amazing but you have to work very hard for your grades. As far as students, I have personally met some of the best people but I have also met some of the absolute worst. In terms of diversity, the school definitely does a good job maintaining good numbers, but does not do the best job in fostering and environment where people of diverse backgrounds actually interact. Student body is pretty cliquey and separated based on campus activities, sports teams and greek organization. In the end, you'll get a great education here, but it is up to you to make your own college experience.
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02/11/2013 by a user
It is really good academically but not much of a social scene. At all. The administration has really stiffened up their control on the fraternities and sororities limiting the parties making it boring.
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02/11/2013 by a user
The school has a great reputation and has some of the best academics in the country. Every student is extremely well-rounded and diverse. Also has some great new facilities.
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02/11/2013 by a user
This is an okay place to be. Campus is beautiful. Most problems involve students and dining. Food is tolerable but tiring. Students have a tendency to be very rude and ignorant in terms of normal interactions with people on a day to day. Overall, if you hang out with nice people, no matter who they are, where they come form or what race they are, you will have a great experience.
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02/11/2013 by a user
It is what you make of it. There's a lot of great opportunities but if you're complacent then you're going to be pissed off that you came here and going to wish you had transferred. On-campus safety is relatively pretty good, school spirit isn't, professors are available if you contact them, the weather sucks, classes are pretty rigorous, and the party scene is what you make of it. It shouldn't require this much work to have a good time but it takes some effort.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Being involved in Greek Life or athletics is the best way to find a normal social life at Rochester. There are ample opportunities to have a good time at Rochester if you have a good group of friends. It's all about what you make it, and if you can tolerate a lot of studying and some cold weather.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Very rigorous academically. When you find your social niche, you'll love it here but administration has been very strict with parties. Weather could be better but the summers here are great. The food is pretty terrible and so are the meal plans
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02/11/2013 by a user
UR is a great school if you are looking to focus on academics in a small, research-oriented environment. The campus is large enough that you are not constantly bombarded by the same people but small enough that you will see a familiar face in your class.
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02/11/2013 by a user
A very enriching environment, there's a place for everyone. Really great conversations that happen in the classrooms, with professors who are passionate and willing to go the extra mile.
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02/11/2013 by a user
The University is a very prestigious institution, most of the students chive for the programs available rather than a ” sweet college experience.” The degree, curriculum, and opportunities for research, graduate school, etc are incredible. Other than academics though, the school is not huge on posting nor is it filled with great looking people.
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02/11/2013 by a user
Good school, not the best city, found some great friends. The cemetery nearby is a great place for a walk. Food can get tiresome real quick. On campus upperclassmen housing is pretty nice in that they don't really give a crap what you're up to.
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02/11/2013 by a user
UofR has done a good job of improving the campus but there is still much more work to be done. Campus safety is a huge issue. Of course, most people agree that dining halls/meal options should improve considering how expensive the meal plan is.
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02/11/2013 by a user
if I could go back in time I would have transfered after freshmen year. the school is only about making money and do not care what experience student have.
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Book Stores 3.3
Dining - Other 4.0
Dining Halls 3.3
Dorms 5.0
Fitness & Gyms 2.0
Greek Life 5.0
Libraries 4.0
Museums & Galleries 4.3
Pizza Places 0.0
Pools 3.3
Stadiums & Arenas 4.0
Storage 0.0

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