University of Rochester Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 80 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 11,209 (6,386 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 29% part-time, 71% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $38,943
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4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

University of Rochester, Warner School of Education was a great program for teaching candidates. They allowed you to select courses that would fulfill interests. The staff and mentor program was supportive throughout the process.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2017

I feel like this is the best program fit for me. I came from a large undergraduate university and appreciate the attentiveness of the faculty and their willingness to help in any way they can. I think the main con is that I live off campus and it is hard to meet other students that don't live on campus. This is a common problem for graduate school so I understand this challenge and go out of my way to participate in any event for students.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

The main advantages are the practicum opportunities available to clinical psychology students and support for first author publications. The main disadvantage is faculty accessibility, especially regarding department requirements.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The psychology department at the University of Rochester is great. For the most part, faculty take student concerns seriously and advocate for student needs. For example, while I was there, the stipend was increased by about $5,000, and the department began offering new opportunities and funding for conferences, training and research. However, as with all universities, there are some faculty members who have a reputation for not being good mentors, so I would make sure to get a feel for how other students perceive your potential mentor (especially their current/past students). In terms of cons, the University itself is run like a business. I believe the psychology department (CSP) is truly invested in its students and wants to make their experience enjoyable and valuable. However, the university mostly cares about the bottom line. It doesn't impact graduate students as much as undergrads, but one of the ways it impacts grad students is the health insurance, which is incredibly expensive for a student health insurance plan and isn't that great (it used to be but they keep increasing the deductibles and co-pays). Another con is that it can be hard to make friends outside of grad school as Rochester is a fairly small, close-knit city (if you're ever out with someone from Rochester, they WILL run into someone they know). That's great for people who grew up there, but it leaves the rest of us feeling a bit like outsiders. That being said, there are some really cool things about Rochester (the public market, cool local businesses, great summer festivals, etc.). You'll just probably do most of them with people from your department.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020

I am in the Translational Biomedical Science PhD program and in the IIMP track. My track requires two advisors and this can be both a pro and a con. The pro being that I have more than one advisor available to communicate with, yet I have more than one advisor to have to communicate with. The TBS program is not new, but the IIMP track is and so I am a first run student. Thus, I have a great director looking over me to ensure that the communications are open.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

The reason I applied to this program is the CoOp program they have for Optics. One goes to school for a semester then the school helps you find a position in industry where you work for a company for a year. After the year is over you return for one more semester and you obtain your degree. The downside is I feel only two semesters of courses is not as much material as I would like to study. But if you love to learn then one should go for a PhD.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2013

The department of English in the University of Rochester provides students with a variety of courses, from film studies to comic books. This does enrich students' knowledge beyond literature and language studies. However, as for career, I personally don't think the English department provided enough help for students to find jobs.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

The Eastman graduate program is a close-knit community with a lot of peer support. The faculty go out of their way to help students become successful, stretch their skills and abilities, and effectively prepare for the career world. The main thing that I think could be improved is the availability of the U of R shuttle system. The red-line shuttle is often not prompt and this causes problems when students need to get to classes/rehearsals on time.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2018

Support staff is amazing. Work load is intense. Professors are mainly nice and accessible w/ a few, notable exceptions Financial aid for PhD is very nice. Med school is across the street and we are able to take classes there.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2019

While I only just started, U of R has been great so far. Classes were harder than I expected, but professors and other students have been friendly. They give a lot of free reign for students to choose classes and research projects (department requirements are more like guidelines). Everyone seems interested in doing some sort of inter-department or inter-lab collaboration, which is exactly what I was looking for. Comparing with friends at other schools, we get a very good stipend for relatively little obligation (the required semesters of TAing) Some cons: dreary weather, small percentage are native English speakers, a big and depressing windowless shared office.
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