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4 out of 5
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Degree: Optics/Optical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

The quality of my degree is equivalent to any of the ivy schools.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 1995

I was very happy to attend U of R, and still feel that my degree is valuable. There was a very definite benefit to the fact that it is a research institution. In my 3rd and 4th year of undergrad, I got a chance to work alongside graduate students, as well as do independent research in physics. If you avoid such situations, I think you can have a purely book and class learning experience, but if you want the research aspect, it's there and very motivated professors are available that enjoy mentoring students. The university also has a huge variety of excellent programs, so I got a Japanese language minor as well as my physics major. Plus I took music classes that had interaction with Eastman school of music programs and concerts as part of the course. I am hoping my own children will attend when they are old enough.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Cognitive Science
Graduation Year: 2013

Great research school. If you want to get research experience as an undergrad, U of R is a spectacular school. It also has a large variety of clubs, though personally I thought it was lacking in choir-type groups, and musicals (as in, theatrical stage performances featuring musical pieces). Lots of acting opportunities, lots of a capella opportunities. The Pep Band is a lot of fun and most of the sports teams really appreciate it. Generally I loved my experience there, especially having been a Take5 Scholar, which allowed me to stay for an extra semester (a whole school year is also possible) tuition free, and gave me the time to study abroad even though I didn't have the time the rest of my undergrad. Even the study abroad program was unique to U of R, a small intimate field archaeology class led by one of UofR's professors, where I got to actually get down in the dirt in Italy and carry out real archaeology on a real, ongoing archaeological dig. Incredible experience. Seriously unforgettable. Anyway, to sum it all up, I recommend UofR.

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3 out of 5
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Degree: Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Graduation Year: 2011

It's a good school for self-motivated, self-directed learners. If you like to study a lot and know what you want to study, go here. If you're looking for a collaborative learning environment where you feel supported and have access to professors, do not go here. The professors are better at researching that teaching, and they and the administration don't really care about making meaningful connections with the students. I didn't like this school, but if you are studious and self-directed, you probably will.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Graduation Year: 2011

It's a good school for self-motivated, self-directed learners. If you like to study a lot and know what you want to study, go here. If you're looking for a collaborative learning environment where you feel supported and have access to professors, do not go here. The professors are better at researching that teaching, and they and the administration don't really care about making meaningful connections with the students. I didn't like this school, but if you are studious and self-directed, you probably will.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012

Smaller school, not an Ivy League education, but still high quality.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 1985

Tell us about your college experience.

Excellent social experience. A medium size school was a good fit. It was a big change from living at home and going to high school, but not too overwhelming an environment.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

Yes, I think economic theory is important, although not worth getting into student loan debt for a degree that might be more theoretical than practical.

What advice can you offer other students?

Don't fall into the drug and alcohol scene in college. It is a waste of money and health, and at the end of the day, you will look childish instead of "cool." Be careful about taking on student debt unless you have a solid plan for how it will be paid back. Analyze how much your anticipated career will pay, what is the likelihood of finding a job in that field, and whether it will be enough in relation to the amount of student loans you might take.

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