Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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Sick of commercialized blockbusters? Attend a local film festival!
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Q&A: Pre-College Programs
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Two
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Postgrad: Jamie Sokol ’05
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No Pasa Nada, Granada: A Journey Abroad (Pt I)
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And the Curtains Close…
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Come One, Come All: Rochester’s Eclectic Tastes
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The Pizza Effect
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Combined-Admission Programs Prepare Future Leaders
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High School Musical

Sick of commercialized blockbusters? Attend a local film festival!

Today, I saw at least 10 billboards for Sucker Punch and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son around Paris. I couldn’t help but think, “That’s quite a waste of ad space.” I admit that sometimes I go watch these types of ‘guilty pleasures’; however, it’s a shame that other films that are just as entertaining,[…]

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Q&A: Pre-College Programs

By Ursula Balent, Pre-College Programs Manager What pre-college summer programs does the University of Rochester offer? Rochester Scholars is designed for students entering grades 9-12 and offers one-, two-, and three-week noncredit courses. Taste of College allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in four-week courses and earn college credit. Students may choose to[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Two

We pay attention to rigor when we review your high school transcript. Your high school transcript is one of the most important documents in your application for admission. Strong grades (which don’t always include A’s, by the way) give admissions officers an idea of your ability to handle academic challenges, a key to success in[…]

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Postgrad: Jamie Sokol ’05

Jamie graduated in 2005 with a BA in Health and Society and a minor in Psychology. While at Rochester, she was an editor of the Campus Times and served as a research assistant at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. After graduation, she earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh.[…]

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No Pasa Nada, Granada: A Journey Abroad (Pt I)

Sara Shimmel is a junior from Lewiston, New York, working on a double major in political science and Spanish. She is a member of the Women’s Chorus and takes voice lessons at the Eastman School of Music. She is also a member of the UR Quidditch team. A Gold Level Senior skater, Sara takes advantage[…]

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And the Curtains Close…

So, that is it! Greece Olympia’s Once Upon A Mattress is over. It was a hard three months of rehearsals and work, but it definitely paid off. We were told by teachers, alumni, and the community that this production was the best that Olympia’s stage has ever seen. I personally just can’t believe it is[…]

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Come One, Come All: Rochester’s Eclectic Tastes

By Stephen Palermo, Publications Manager First things first—Rochester is not New York City, Chicago, or Boston. But much like those iconic megalopolises, it’s jam-packed with all the same stuff. The one thing many people coming to Rochester from outside the Flower City need to understand is that much of what is superficially offered in large[…]

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The Pizza Effect

Recently, after a tour of the Abbey (a monastery), my dad, a few friends, and I decided to drive by a pizzeria to grab something delicious. I got into the queue and eventually, it was my turn. “Hello, sir,” said the attendant, “what would you like?” “Em…. Can I please have a calzone and a[…]

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Combined-Admission Programs Prepare Future Leaders

By Justine Rumbel, Senior Admissions Counselor Recently, we welcomed 88 admitted students to campus who were finalists for one of three Combined-Admission Programs (CAPs). The CAPs programs assure admission into a University of Rochester graduate school in business, engineering, or education. Get ready for some acronyms: There’s Rochester Early Business Scholars (REBS), Graduate Engineering at[…]

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High School Musical

So, it’s that time: HELL WEEK. Also known as tech week or sleep week. But more appropriately…HELL. WEEK. Our showings of the school musical Once Upon a Mattress are this weekend: Thursday, Friday, and two on Saturday. So guess what this week consists of? Run-through after run-through with notes and touch-ups…pretty much anything that you[…]

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