University of Rochester Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The quality of my degree is equivalent to any of the ivy schools.
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.
The University of Rochester provided me with an incredible academic and social experience that expanded my intellectual capacity in multiple realms. The University's dedication to research is reflected in the opportunities made available to students.
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.