College Sophomore 2013-11-24T02:07:24Z
People who severely violate rules usually get in trouble, which can involve academic probation, fines, or even expulsion from the school. The honor code with cheating is strictly enforced. Visitation in dorms is not too monitored. Underage drinking is possible, but is more difficult in first year dorms. Student aides make frequent rounds on campus and through dorms to make sure there is nothing out of the ordinary going on, like drug use, noise violations, or fire hazards.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T02:03:53Z
Parties usually take place on Friday and Saturday night on campus, and Thursday nights at clubs and bars downtown. The on campus parties happen on the frat quad, there are also several fraternities that have off campus housing and throw parties there, where they are less monitored by campus security, etc. The bar/club scene is not spectacular but is sufficient, relatively cheap, and usually fun. Underage nightlife is fun; most locales welcome 18-20 year olds with proper identification. Students can walk to both on and off campus parties, or take school transportation or rides from friends. The club/bar scene requires a car, school bus line, or taxi.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T02:00:14Z
I have my own laptop and only use school computers when work requires software that is free to use on them. There are several available computer labs for students in need, and they are fairly convenient and located in all libraries. It is not impossible to get by on campus without a laptop, but it is much easier. Owning a printer or having a friend who is willing to share is also handy, but printing is not too expensive unless the amount is large.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:57:56Z
On the surface, at least, there has been very little significant tension between political, religious, or race-based clubs and groups. Most students are very accepting of people whose backgrounds and lifestyles are different than them. There is intermingling of diverse students, but not a ton of it.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:55:49Z
All of the options within a decent walking distance of campus are not costly. They are convenient when the weather is nice, and several take student discounts (ex. Chipotle). By delving farther off campus and into the city of Rochester, the variety increases and sometimes the price does as well, and there are sometimes fewer discounts for college students. Aladdin's Greek cuisine, Pomodoro's (Italian restaurant), Cheesecake Factory, and several other food options (chain restaurants and independent locations) are great!
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:52:52Z
I have worked very hard to complete the financial aid process, and am nowhere near receiving the amount of aid I need without being in significant debt after graduating. I had to take out several expensive loans. My financial aid counselor is fairly clueless. The tuition is disgustingly expensive and the financial aid is nowhere near where it should be.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:51:10Z
It depends on what students are interested in and how willing they are to explore the city, but there are many dining options, music locales, nightclubs, museums, festivals, markets... the options go on. If students do not make the effort to leave campus, they are missing many great things about the city.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:49:24Z
Parking permits are expensive, and there are no guaranteed spots. Parking is not very close to dorms or classes.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:48:30Z
The campus is gorgeous, regardless of the weather. It is mainly old red brick and very attractive. There are many campus events during the week and on the weekends. Traditions include Meliora weekend, during which there are performances, visits from political and comedic guest speakers, and parents come to visit as well. There is also Boar's Head dinner.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:48:30Z
University of Rochester is the only school I looked into applying to that had such a flexible curriculum. There is a major/minor/clusters system, which consists of three categories: the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Whichever category a student's major falls into is covered; the other two must be studied in a "cluster," which is three courses which link together. This unique set up allows many students to double, triple, and even quadruple major without spending several extra years in college. Students can literally study everything they are interested in; it's a big bang for your buck. Even after four years of undergrad, driven and curious students can apply for the Take Five program, where students apply for an extra tuition-free year of studying courses outside of one's major, just for fun.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:42:57Z
Living on campus allows for so much more access to social life and resources. Dorms on the residential quad are half for freshman, and half for the rest of the students, and are fairly close to classes, the library, etc. Upperclassmen housing options are not too far either. The off campus housing options are either very nice, or inconveniently far away and isolated when the cold weather hits. The social atmosphere is excellent as a first year student, but may decrease once many students find their friend groups and make less of an effort to befriend their hall mates. The cost is not great. The new online housing lottery has glitches.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:39:48Z
There are two main dining halls, a plaza area with several fast food options, and a restaurant-style location that also has a grab-and-go option. There is not much variety but enough to get by. Flex dollars can be used on food and non-food items, and can also be utilized at designated off-campus locations, such as Chipotle.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:37:53Z
From September to mid-October, it is often fairly hot. From then to late November, it cools down and becomes rainy. From late November to mid April, it is often grey, frozen solid, windy, and slushy. The sun often comes out when the reading period for finals begins.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:36:37Z
Greek life is where almost all of the parties occur on the weekends, but the parties, with the exception of exclusive mixers, are open to all university students. Overall, I do not think Greek students are viewed in a negative light by non-Greeks. It is great to be involved in Greek life, but not necessary in order for one to have a social life. Fraternities have houses on a quad, while sororities, which arrived later, have designated floors in on-campus housing in which young women can choose to live if they prefer.
College Sophomore 2013-11-24T01:34:03Z
The bus lines are convenient and there are several times available to travel between off-campus housing and to frequent downtown Rochester. They only require students to swipe there ID card upon entering. Cars are extremely handy, however, because the buses can only transport you to so many locations.
College Student 2013-11-21T08:34:31Z
As a varsity athlete I'm able to take advantage of a lot of what the school's athletic facilities have to offer. Everything is free and available for all students. They have everything you need for all types of fitness.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:59:00Z
While it is nice to live on campus your first year, afterwards I do not feel that it is worth it, considering the money your paying, you can get a better space off campus for a cheaper price. However, it is worth it if you value the convenience of having everything done for you.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:54:57Z
The weather here SUCKS, be warned that you will go weeks at a time without seeing any sunlight whatsoever, and it does get depressing. Also, having to walk to class in a foot of snow is a pain, and UR will never cancel classes for ANYTHING.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:53:47Z
Ever since the UR administration has been cracking down, the parties here suck nowadays, and there are few good options. After freshman year, most students do not party anymore, unless they are in a fraternity or sorority.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:52:13Z
While I do feel that UR has a great student community, and great facilities, I would not come here again because of the outrageous cost, and the poor ROI(return of investment). Although going to school in a big city may be more expensive, more companies recruit in those universities, and thus it is easier to find a job post-graduation. On the other hand, if you are looking to go to graduate school right away, UR has an excellent reputation among other research universities, which makes this process easier for those students.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:49:55Z
UR is a very diverse and accepting place. The best part about UR is the community of students here.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:49:00Z
I don't have a car on campus, but I know several people who do. The parking here sucks, and it is very easy to get a ticket.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:48:12Z
There are a few options off campus, but mostly just fast food and cheap options. Food is not a strength of this city or university.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:47:13Z
Guys & Girls:
The dating scene at this school is bad, the best word to describe it. I know few people in relationships, but most I know of are with someone from outside of school. Otherwise, a good relationship is hard to come by, as people are focused on their studies.
College Sophomore 2013-11-12T17:45:18Z
Another strong point about UR is that they are very good about giving neccesary aid.
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