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schools like Rochester?

jellymanjellyman Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
Rochester seems like a perfect fit for me.

medium sized (about 9000 students)

awesome engineering and music program.
what really fascinates me is that they actually combine the engineering and the music program for students who are passionate about both of those fields.

"University of Rochester electrical engineer Mark Bocko has combined his passion for music with his passion for engineering, devising a way to digitally reproduce music in files 1,000 times smaller than an mp3! But along with this new type of compression, Bocko's team of engineers and musicians at Rochester's Eastman School of Music are also helping uncover some extraordinarily precise details about just how music is made. With support from the National Science Foundation, they have built a computer model of the clarinet, entirely from real world acoustical measurements taken from human musicians. Measuring such things as how hard the musician is blowing into the instrument and the pressure the musician applies to the reed, they have modeled the way music is made. Their work could evolve into a cool new tool for music teachers and help create more expressive, more emotional computer generated musical sounds. "


I'm still not a 100% sure that I want to go into engineering, but another thing about Rochester is that beside your major, they require you to complete a cluster of your other interests like music, so whatever my major be (whether it be enginnering or something else) I will be doing other stuff that I like. I feel like that will help me figure out what I really want to do, I think. They also offer free music lessons at the Eastman School of Music, which would be awesome for me.

They have acapella groups that compete at national level. Not that I HAVE to compete in that type of competition, but I REALLy want to be in some sort of a singing group.

It is ridiculously expensive though(60k a year), the reason why I probably can't go.

GPa : 3.89

My ACT scores:
math : 31
reading : 32
english : 27

AP scores
AP Chem: 5
AP History: 4

Just took my SAT, scores supposed to come this month.

So schools like Rochester that are affordable?
parents make a combined gross income of $50,000
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Replies to: schools like Rochester?

  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    Have you run the school's net price calculator to see how much FA you would get?
  • CreeklandCreekland Posts: 2,970Registered User Senior Member
    U Rochester is a 100% need school based upon the CSS Profile. It's worth an application if you like it. They could very easily offer you more than less expensive schools without as much need-based aid.

    Should note this comes with basic federal loans and work study, but just the basic - additional aid comes in grants.
  • FiftyFifty Posts: 121Registered User Junior Member
    In addition to need-based aid, Rochester offers merit scholarships.

    University of Rochester : Financial Aid

    The "Merit Estimator" link on that webpage shows the profiles of typical merit scholarship recipients.

    Please note that Rochester appreciates it if you visit campus and interview.
  • jellymanjellyman Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    thank you guys for your replies.
    I've already checked their merit scholarships, most I can get is about $15,000 a year, assuming I keep a GPA of 3.0 in college, which will be hard. I can't check for sure how much financial aid I can get until I do my FASFA, which is January, I think. And even with all the financial aid and scholarships it still comes down to about 30k a year. My parents can't pay for it. so any other schools like this one?
  • ExcavalierExcavalier Posts: 522Registered User Member
    I know that Johns Hopkins has a program similar to this but that's pretty damn expensive lol.

    I think I've also heard good things from UIllinois but don't quote me on that.
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    If your parents have a combined gross income of 50K then you should qualify for a decent amount of FA. Have you run any FA estimators such as:
    FinAid | Calculators | Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Financial Aid

    A good resource is Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges -
    Best Values in Private Colleges, 2012-13

    The least expensive way to study engineering is in your state university. Where do you live?
  • jellymanjellyman Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    I live in Alaska. University of Alaska Fairbanks would be the school I'd go to if I had to stay in state. I heard it has a decent engineering program, but the only music program it has is orchestra music. No type of contemporary and popular music at all. No singing groups that travels around, and definitely no program combining engineering and music. I'd have to stick with enginneering and engineering only, not much else I can do at UAF.
  • CreeklandCreekland Posts: 2,970Registered User Senior Member
    I'd still send in an app even if you don't think you'll get much. Never underestimate the possibility of geographical diversity that you might bring in since you're from Alaska. Plus, 30K seems really high if your folks make 50K unless they have a bit in investments. Did you run the calculator on their site?
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    Are you kidding me? Alaska? That makes you very valuable - lots of schools like to boast that they have incoming freshmen from all 50 states. Alaskans are hard to come by!
    Definitely apply to some schools that generous with FA and/or merit aid and see what happens.
  • jellymanjellyman Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    thank you guys I definitely will try that

    Still, back to original question: schools similar to rochester?
  • BeanTownGirlBeanTownGirl Posts: 2,725Registered User Senior Member
    Tufts, Union, Bucknell, Lafayette (too small?), CMU, Case Western, Lehigh?
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