Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

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The Lilac Festival
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Flower City
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“What kind of scholarship can I get?”
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No Pasa Nada, Granada: A Journey Abroad (Pt III)
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The Great Housing Debate
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On Making Mistakes
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Making High School Meaningful: Part Three
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No Pasa Nada, Granada: A Journey Abroad (Pt II)
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UR a Champion!
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SOC events at Rochester!

The Lilac Festival

Approximately a year and some months ago, no one ever thought the school year would be over so soon. From a freshman’s point of view, the year ahead looked very long, quite packed, and sometimes unpredictable. Classes. Assignments. Clubs. Friends. Foods. Places. Not-so-exciting moments. Meetings. Parties. Elections. Formals. Tours. The list goes on and on.[…]

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Flower City

The end of May here in Rochester was all about the Lilac Festival. This is when everyone goes to Highland Park and walks around looking at the beautiful flowers on the trail, and there are a lot of activities and events going on. I personally just went my first time this year with my best[…]

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“What kind of scholarship can I get?”

Soon, a new online Net Price Calculator will help families assemble an individual projection about financial assistance at UR. Meanwhile, mining this year’s data reveals some rules of thumb about how the mythical “average” admitted student succeeded in earning a scholarship this year. Warnings about interpreting these data: UR doesn’t use a final scholarship formula.[…]

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

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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The Great Housing Debate

Members of the Class of 2015: Your next major milestone will be getting your housing details squared away. Here, Christopher Bierasinski and Leah Squires, both members of the Admissions staff and Class of 2010 alumni, share their memories about their own freshman housing experiences and debate which hall reigns supreme. Christopher Bierasinski (CB): Susan B.[…]

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On Making Mistakes

People say that challenges inspire us. They make us grow. We learn about others and ourselves by overcoming obstacles—they are beautiful, in a way. But in the moment, it’s hard to overlook the fact that challenges suck. They really do. Headache-y, awkward, squirmy, anxiety-provoking, and sleep-reducing, obstacles rarely make us feel good when we encounter[…]

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Making High School Meaningful: Part Three

Find your cocurricular passions. Do the things that are important to you, not the things you think are important to an admissions office. At times I am asked, “Do you think this particular experience will be helpful for me to get into your university?” This question points to a student who is thinking through an[…]

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

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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UR a Champion!

By Tyler Socash ’09, Admissions Counselor Intramural sports are a quintessential cornerstone at most institutions of higher education. Aside from earning a bachelor’s degree, it is possible that the most significant achievement during your college years is winning an Intramural Championship. Nothing is more exciting than having eclectic groups of students from all facets of[…]

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