Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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Postmark January 1st
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An interviewing story…
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Why College Confidential Works
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UR Winter Wonderland
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Music at the University of Rochester is Not Limited to ESM
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You may think you’ve applied, but have you?
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Greek Life
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Going Home for Thanksgiving
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Does the President Really Play Frisbee on the Quad?
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Thanksgiving Break from an international glance

Postmark January 1st

With the application deadline for the Fall 2011 semester fast approaching, our operations staff is preparing for the last wave of materials to be received. Over the past couple of weeks, the mailman has gone from delivering one bag of mail to two. Our fax machine goes off a bit more frequently these days and[…]

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An interviewing story…

Having an admissions interview for the University of Rochester is one sure way of making your application stand out in the admissions process. It also helps place you among the top for merit based scholarship consideration. Some interviews are less than memorable, while others, the applicant and or the interviewer, will be talking about for[…]

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Why College Confidential Works

Last year I was asked to represent the University of Rochester on College Confidential, a website dedicated to the college search process.  It was explained to me that my primary responsibility would be to participate in the College Confidential discussion boards, a responsibility that I accepted somewhat reluctantly.  Like many of my colleagues, I feared[…]

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Music at the University of Rochester is Not Limited to ESM

By Mike Conklin You may be surprised to learn that I once had delusions of rock stardom.  At the impressionable age of 12, an impromptu performance in a playground parking lot was enough to convince me of the power of music and the appeal of a guy with a guitar.  I had to rock, and[…]

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You may think you’ve applied, but have you?

If you are applying for REMS, REBS, GEAR, or GRADE, have you… 1)  Submitted your entire application? (Common Application, Common Application Supplement, ninth–present grade transcript, counselor and teacher recommendations, and SAT and/or ACT scores) 2)  Completed the “Combined-Admission Programs 2010-2011” supplement? If any of these items are missing, you will not be considered an applicant[…]

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Greek Life

When I came to college I had my mind made up – I would NOT be participating in Greek life. I knew the stereotypes and beyond that, I knew what I had been told by many friends at large, public universities – Greek life was for those who had to buy their friends and wanted[…]

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Going Home for Thanksgiving

To think – I almost didn’t go home for the holiday…I didn’t book my train ticket until a week before because I was thinking about staying at school during the break, but that I did. So I wanted to share with you a breakdown of my week: Monday – Done with classes, awesome. Had a Senate meeting at 9PM,[…]

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Does the President Really Play Frisbee on the Quad?

One of my favorite conversations with a parent happened recently after an interview I conducted in a hotel.  The family had visited campus the month prior and had an excellent experience.  After I interview with students I always take time to answer parent’s questions (if they have any).  The father of this student was very[…]

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Thanksgiving Break from an international glance

By Tuesday evening, the school was emptied out, indicating Thanksgiving Day break but I could not feel anything because the emptying process happened when I was using my last bit of energy before break to finish assignments. On Wednesday morning I could count on one finger how many people I saw on my way to[…]

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