Education / Graduate Education / PhD Programs / Statistics / Faculty & Students / Student Perspectives / Studying at UR Studying at UR Why did you choose the University of Rochester? "UR is known for its strong program in (bio)statistics. In the interview weekend, I had chance to meet with students and faculty in the department. They were friendly, fun, and working on many different fascinating research projects." "I wanted a degree in statistics rather than a degree in biostatistics but still have exposure to biostatical applications and fields." "UR has a very positive atmosphere for graduate students to develop their research work. It is a very collaborative and friendly working environment." "I chose UR because they offer a statistics degree closely integrated with the medical center." "Our department is a part of the UR Medical Center, and students can apply their knowledge of statistics to a wide variety of applications. I like learning new things and interacting with investigators from different fields of science. I felt that the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology would give me this opportunity to fulfill both of my desires." "I chose UR because they do amazing research here." "Being from the area originally, I am familiar with the University of Rochester's fantastic reputation. After doing a bit of digging into the program, I found that several of the faculty members have very similar research interests to my own. This coupled with the proximity to home made it an easy decision." "Interview weekend! The school, city, and faculty in the department left a very positive impression on me, which was maintained as I began classes." "I wanted a statistics program with a focus on medical rather than business or economic applications, and I think that the UofR is the best place for such a program. Furthermore, the staff and faculty were incredibly helpful, giving excellent and thoughtful answers to any questions I had before I applied." "It's a great place to earn a solid theoretical background while having access to plenty of real data to do application and many outstanding scholars in other fields to collaborate." "I chose UR mostly because of the diverse research areas and collaborative research environment." "When I was comparing this school to some other schools, I liked how the department is structured and how the student workspaces are right alongside the faculty offices and everything is very collaborative and cohesive." "The support and community within the department I saw during the interview weekend convinced me UR was the right place for me." "I like that it has some traditional statistics rigor, but is within a medical center." "I didn’t want to close any doors. With the degree, you can work in finance or for a pharmaceutical company or pretty much any area." "I was looking for a challenge and this looked like a great environment to gain research experience." "I was impressed by the professors, small size of program, and opportunities for application." "I liked that at UR the training consists of teaching and consulting work, which ensures that I'll be well-equipped to enter into either industry or academia after graduation. I also came from a small undergrad program with an emphasis placed on collaboration among peers and I wanted that same experience in graduate school."