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University of Minnesota-Rochester Reviews

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  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 1 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    UMR is the perfect school for students who are sure they want to pursue a career in the health sciences, like to be challenged academically and intellectually, and like a small school with a community atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that prospective students visit UMR and talk to the faculty and current students. Seeing the campus is a major deciding factor. Also, if you are considering UMR, you should be sure that you want to go into a health-sciences field; if you're uncertain about that, UMR is not the school for you. It can be difficult for credits to transfer in and out because the courses are all integrated. If you are a transfer student, make sure you find out whether your credits will transfer before making your decision. Also, realize that the coursework is very rigorous, but you will get support from your professors if you take the time to seek help.

    Bang for the buck

    UMR isn't as expensive as a lot of private schools, but still offers the small class sizes that make many private colleges appealing. Furthermore, there are a lot of scholarship opportunities available if students are willing to fill out applications. The community offers a lot of help. I only have a couple of complaints about the financial situation at UMR. The laptop fee is a little excessive. Also, there are not really any cheap housing options. Other than that, I feel the prices are reasonable. Students get a small, private-school feel for a public-school price tag.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love UMR. The instructors are easy to get along with and are very willing to help. The courses are challenging and interesting. The people here are all very friendly. UMR is a really small school, so it has a great community feel. It’s very easy to form relationships with faculty members and other students. The campus is right by Mayo, which is excellent for volunteer or internship experience. Since the campus is in the middle of downtown Rochester, there are plenty of things to do nearby. UMR also sponsors some activities for the students, and there are a lot of clubs that students can join. It is a great school and I am very glad I decided to attend it.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at UMR are very helpful and extremely accessible. At least one professor per department has office and/or Just Ask hours weekly. The courses are rigorous, but the professors genuinely want to help the students learn. They challenge us, but give us the support we need as well. The online grading and feedback system for homework, quizzes, and exams make it very easy for students to assess their work and make the changes necessary to learn the material. There is not a lot of lecture in the classes; instead, we have a lot of class discussion, practice problems, and group work. This setup gets students really involved in the learning. Overall, the learning environment is well-balanced and extremely productive.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of clubs yet. It's because UMR is only on its third year, and students have not formed the clubs. Luckily, students are free to start their own and I hope to start an Acting Club.

    Great for these types of students

    UMR is the place to be for students looking at the medical field. Everything about UMR preaches medicine with an integrated and collaborated curriculum. Being in downtown Rochester, MN, students even have the chance to work with the Mayo Clinic!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you have been to the campus itself, you know that it is very unusual. It was built on leased space above a shopping mall. Even though the spacing is chaotic, it is expanding with the new addition of the 318 Commons.

    Bang for the buck

    It is well worth the money. Not only are you receive a top notch education, you are also gaining invaluable experience. Plus, the close friendly environment allows conforms to you. You have so many opportunities at UMR that you can make your own journey unique. UMR is relatively cheep around $20,00-25,000/year and half the cost of some private colleges.

    Food and Dining

    In downtown Rochester, MN, there are plenty of places to eat. With so many places, there comes a variety of flavors which melt in your mouth with pure succulency. There are also many ethnic foods too, like Chinese, Italian and more. Of course, you could chose to pack your lunch or make it yourself.

    Dorm Life

    Although I not be staying in the dorms, I really like their setup in the 318 Commons. They are an apartment style with lots of space. This makes it a little bit more comfortable and gives you the impression you are living on you own.

    Academic Rigor

    If you don't want a difficult school, don't come to UMR. Although classes are collaborated so students work together on assignments, that doesn't mean that it is easy. The integrated program has you working on all of the courses together. UMR hard program want to prepare students to face all the challenges in their paths.

    In three sentences

    The best way to describe the University of Minnesota, Rochester is UMR. U - an unparalleled experience unlike anything done before, M - medical derived to fit the fields of health care, and R- rigorous with an integrated collaborated curriculum.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great campus security in place. You can even get an security officer to walk you to your car late at night!

    Greek Life

    Currently no fraternities or sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    As a newer school, only about 4 years old, we do not have many clubs yet. The school is good about funding the students ideas for new clubs and creating new and innovative activities. We do have an intercultural club, take student trips, sport tournaments, a dance team, a ballroom team, a cooking club, music club, and student government clubs and positions. We are currently adding more clubs as we get more and more students every year.

    Great for these types of students

    Very focused, goal orientated students that are interested in health care and can balance a lot of schoolwork.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many of the students here participate in the annual flash mob!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for this school has risen especially if you are not from Minnesota. However it is still very low compared to other small campuses and much cheaper than the large ones. The education and amenities are worth the price. You pay for a private school education at a public school price.

    What to do for fun

    Most students here hold gatherings at their houses or at the dorms. You can catch a great meal, or a meal and a game like BARGO at Applebees. We are very active here so we frequent the Y a lot and go biking and rollerblading. We play games in the commons areas ranging from video games, to board games, and even large group games. You can go bowling, play laser tag, or take a trip to the house of bounce, etc. You may enjoy a trip to one of the lakes. Lastly, if you are 21 or older there are a few good bars/clubs here. The LOOP is stationed right under the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants and other various food venues here are amazing! Almost anything you like can be found here and not to far away from campus. There are a lot of family owned restaurants and smaller food chains that have great service, are well kept, and make great food and desserts that I had never tried until I came here. The places here range from cheap $5 meals to VERY expensive $40 or $50 dollar meals.

    Dorm Life

    Since the campus is small dorm life can be lacking in excitement at times. However, I find that the UMR campus is sort of like a big family so we usually find entertainment in each other. The dorms are very nice and spacious and they provide a lot of luxuries many campuses can not offer there students because of their size.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very focused in science in math leaning toward pre-medical and graduate students. The curriculum is quite rigorous especially if you do not usually do well in either subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared for a challenging experience because the curriculum is hard, being focused in health sciences, but know that help is easily attainable. Friends are easy to make here because of the smaller campus size and it actually seems like a real community. Do not attend if you have no interest in health whatsoever.

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota -Rochester truly lives up to its slogan, innovative, challenging, and professional. It delivers a great personalized educational experience in a comfortable setting. At the same time it offers students the chance to grow and explore the career that is right for them and gives them the tools to accomplish their goals.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I found it pretty safe. 318 commons has fob entry in the elevator and to each apartment.

    Great for these types of students

    motivated to pursue a career in medicine. Looking for something small for a easier transition from high school to college. Don't mind the cold and snow. Looking for a student body that becomes pretty close by the end of four years.

    Bang for the buck

    Aid is not amazing.

    Food and Dining

    I think students cook at home or there are plenty of restaurants to get food from.

    Dorm Life

    You get an apartment!

    Academic Rigor

    I will be attending in the fall so I don't have precise knowledge on the academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be decided on pursuing a career in medicine. Take advantage of all the opportunities offered.

    In three sentences

    The opportunities given to students who have an interest in the health field are amazing! The class size is small which will lead to smaller classroom sizes. Overall, the university is amazing!

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UMR contracted with a security company. Students can request escorts across campus or their car. Student housing is a controlled entry. Mayo clinic and St. Marry's hospital are close by so if you get stabbed or something, they are right there.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There are not many clubs or activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Only for students who are dedicated to the medical field. Students who are not looking for a college experience will fit in perfectly with UMR.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty fair, but aid is almost non-existent. Also on campus housing is ridiculously expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There is not a whole lot of things to do for fun. People go the nearby YMCA to workout and play volleyball.

    Food and Dining

    Because UMR is so small, there is not a cafeteria or meal plans. There are quite a few nearby restaurants though. Housing is apartment style equipped with a full kitchen, so students are on there own for food.

    Dorm Life

    On campus housing are apartment style. From the outside, they look really nice. However, they are not all that great. They are probably better than an actual dorm because you have more space, but don't let housing influence your decision. Living in apartments do not give you the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not that challenging and are taught at a slow pace. A lot of people here want to go to med school, but I don't think UMR will be the place that gets them into med school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and apply to at least 3 or 4 Universities. Don't make a whim decision. If you decide to go to UMR, you wont get a typical college experience. Make sure your ready to give that up.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The University of Minnesota even has personal security escorts to walk you to your car.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition isn't too much. but the dorms are.They are top of the line apartments and you do pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club and spend time with your friends!

    Food and Dining

    The University of Minnesota Rochester is in the heart of downtown. It is surrounded by fancy restaurants, but sometimes finding a cheaper meal can be hard.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone knows each other. It is fun to spend evenings in the lounge or out on the terrace.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but your instructors are always around to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is lots to do outside of classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota Rochester is an amazing school. The Chancellor takes time to meet every student. They work to create the education that is right for you.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 7

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The apartment is a part of our campus, so to get to the living areas in the apartment, you have to have a fob to go up and down the elevators to the living areas. I have seen many security cameras throughout the campus. Also, you can call a security guard to walk you from the parking ramp to the apartment complex if you feel scared or if its just dark out and you are alone.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities at UMR.

    Clubs and Activities

    UMR doesn't have sports teams like most colleges, but there is a ballroom dance team. There are various activities provided on the campus throughout the year.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Minnesota-Rochester if perfect for students that want a smaller setting with less people, it's kind of like being in high school, pertaining to the class sizes. It is also great for students that want to pursue a degree in health sciences, because that is all that UMR offers. Since it only offers a health sciences degree, all of the classes you take are necessary, you won't have any electives that don't apply to your degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our actual campus is unusual, compared to traditional college campuses. There are classrooms in the basement of the school's apartment complex. The rest of the classrooms are on the third and fourth floors at a small shopping mall. The sky-way from the apartment leads to the second floor of the shopping mall, all we have to do is go upstairs to class or to one of the Just Ask centers.

    Bang for the buck

    Another great thing about UMR is that they are conducting research while we receive our education. Higher education has left people with degrees, looking for a job and not able to find one. UMR is trying different things, like the classrooms, almost all of the classrooms consist of tables and chairs; no individual desks or humongous lecture halls. Unlike most colleges, we can easily interact with our professors on a regular basis at the Just Ask centers. At our college the professors care about teaching their students, not just their paycheck, like most other college campuses.

    What to do for fun

    We had the opportunity to see the movie Catching Fire for free, through UMR, all we had to do was pay a dollar to reserve a spot and we got our money back at the theater. There are a few movie theaters in Rochester, so my roommates and I have gone to a couple movies together. Also, the University provides other activities, the other night, there was mini golf in one of the classrooms. Our apartment floor has arranged a few potlucks and played games at them.

    Food and Dining

    Since we live in fully furnished apartments, we don't have a food plan or dining hall. Students have to cook for themselves or go out to eat if they can afford it. There are a few restaurants connected to our apartment so that is a plus.

    Dorm Life

    We don't actually live in dorms, the school had an apartment complex built, there are classes that are held in the basement level. The apartments are fully furnished with furniture, kitchen appliances, and laundry appliances. The only downsides are that it's expensive to rent here and the walls are kind of thin, so it's easy to hear people in other apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at UMR are very demanding, if students don't put time and effort into studying and doing homework, they aren't going to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you want to pursue a career in the health sciences, because that is all that is provided at the University of Minnesota-Rochester. If you decide you want to change your major outside of the health sciences, you would have to transfer to a different University of Minnesota campus, or a whole different college. The education here challenges the students and you only take courses that are applicable to the health sciences, so your electives serve a purpose.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Rochester (UMR) is the perfect campus for a student that is positive that he/she wants to pursue a degree in health sciences, at a small campus. I believe that UMR is better than a typical college campus, because the students can go directly to their professors and ask questions at a few different locations on the small campus, the kind of interaction we have with the professors at UMR isn't like most colleges in the United States. Also, there's a sky-way that connects the school apartment to the rest of the campus, so if you live at 318 Commons, you don't have to walk in various, unsuitable weather conditions.