University of Rochester Reviews

  • 17 Reviews
  • Rochester (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $53,909
71% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/27/2019
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"You will get a solid education in music with plenty of background in history, theory, and performance. The history requirements provide breadth and depth of knowledge of music from antiquity, through the baroque and classical periods, and also romantic and contemporary. The music theory requirements also prepare you well for your career. You start off learning counterpoint using Johann Fux's textbook, the same textbook that Mozart and Beethoven used! I know a lot of students who passed out of graduate school theory requirements after simply completing the undergraduate theory curriculum at Eastman. The performance venues are awesome. You get to perform in state-of-the-art concert and recital halls, and get a lot of specialized attention from faculty. The classroom sizes are very small, with some classes having only 10-15 students. You can also take secondary instrument lessons with faculty. If you are interested in doing summer music festivals, a lot of auditions for these are held at Eastman, so no worries about traveling far for some of these auditions. And if you want to do extra recitals that aren't required for your degree in order to get additional experience performing repertoire, you can sign up to use one of the recital halls and have a private recital for friends and family. The faculty are very supportive here. And the food on campus is excellent. There are fun things to do in town, such as go to the Little Theatre, grab coffee with friends at Java's, and visit the George Eastman House. And another benefit: Eastman is a school of the University of Rochester, so you can also take classes on the River Campus in other subjects besides music. This can be beneficial if you want to broaden your undergraduate education and also pursue a double major or minor in a different field. I know plenty of students who went on to graduate school in other fields and their additional coursework at the River Campus gave them the background they needed to do this."
Michael Butler
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2019
  • Degree: Film Production
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"The University of Rochester is a well-renowned, selective school. I felt very proud when I was accepted into this university. While it is more known for it's fantastic programs in the field of medicine, I was still very impressed with my studies related to the humanities. I will never forget the amazing brains of some of my professors during this time. They definitely have some brilliant minds teaching at the U of R."
Chee Kong
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2018
  • Degree: Chemistry
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"University of Rochester is a great institution if you intend to pursue a pre-medical track. All the science courses are extremely rigorous, and will therefore train and prepare you for medical school. In terms of Chemistry, the department is very well-known in the science world, and many of my peers ended up attending top PhD programs (Harvard, UChicago, and more) post graduation. The Economics program is also very strong and well-known in the field."
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2017
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Specifically in regards to the Music program on campus (NOT the Eastman School of Music, which is a separate institution under UR) The curriculum is more academically centered (being a B.A. Degree as opposed to a B.M. ) However the quality of the classes in Theory, History and Musicianship/Aural Skills are excellent, in particular the History and Theory, which do much to prepare students for graduate level entrance exams. Class sizes are generally around 20 or less, and professors are very approachable and are willing and eager to help students. There is also a decent variety of music elective courses (world music, jazz history, popular music studies) for a particular track you may decide on, in addition to collaboration with the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for a new B.S. in Audio-Music Engineering. However in terms of performance groups, there are not any music major ensembles at the UR, which may be a problem for those who are seeking to go into music graduate programs in performance. In addition, there are no required recitals (though there are juries each year as a requirement for lessons, which are usually taken with graduate students at Eastman), though students have the option of performing a recital if they choose. Overall, the Music Program at the University of Rochester may not be the best place for a performance degree, but for academic fields in music (musicology, history, theory, etc) and for popular music studies, as well as music engineering, UR provides a competitive program for undergraduates."
Rennie Cotner
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My experience at the Eastman School of Music has been absolutely amazing. I feel more than prepared to go on to my career as an orchestral performer, as Eastman held me to to the highest standard each and every day. My network is wide and varied, and wherever I end up I know I will be prepared to be successful."
Toni Iyoha
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"I would have to say that the University of Rochester's history program is definitely underestimated! I could feel my professors passion, and ultimately that is what made me so happy with my degree and my education! I think that overall the school is not diverse and that is the only thing that made me feel unhappy. Being biracial, I felt like I always stood out in my classes and amongst my peers, and often my point of view was lost or ignored."
Brooke Brehm
  • Reviewed: 11/25/2016
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"The college and degree program had a rigorous course load and I feel that I gained more knowledge in it than I would have in other programs. I do wish that there was more focus on performance in the music program and that there were more opportunities for performance. I also wish there were more preparations made for careers other than in academia and education. Not everyone wants to have to go to grad school. The career center also doesn't help very much with non-STEM majors."
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2016
  • Degree: Biology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"There is so much to love about the University of Rochester. For starters, the possibility to be involved in research is omnipresent, and the school will either fund you or help you find funding (i.e., deKiewiet fellowship, REACH funding, Take Five Scholars Program) . I participated in research in English and pedagogy, behavioral and mental health, and basic and translational science. Moreover, the school has a great class size. Whenever I speak to high school students, I emphasize the importance of a class size that 'fits' for you. I liked that I was able to make connections with mentors and advisers at the University of Rochester because each year, at Mel weekend, I come back to see the school again but I stay to reconnect with those professors that inspire me. Finally, the university, an academic powerhouse, is located between a cultural center and the great outdoors. The University of Rochester propelled me to be ready for my future career, and the diversity at the school - with regard to research, student population, and location, as well as the open curriculum - prepared me for the diversity of life experiences I will encounter in my future."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Physics
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"The quality of my degree is equivalent to any of the ivy schools."
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"A great school especially if you are looking to pursue a degree in engineering or the sciences. The majority of the faculty and staff are warm and are there because they love to teach and genuinely want you to learn. As for the student body, competiveness was an issue especially for those who were pre-med."