From the School

Nazareth College is for serious students who crave transformative change. Nazareth students cherish challenges that further their intellectual and career development in a way that is personally meaningful and globally minded. Nazareth offers an unusually broad array of high-caliber academics for a small college. The College's more than 60 majors include education; math and sciences; business and management; visual arts, music, theatre, foreign languages, and other humanities; and a diverse range of health and human service programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, art therapy, and music therapy.

Founded in 1924 as a Catholic women's college, Nazareth has been coeducational and independent since the 1970s. This suburban campus near Rochester, N.Y. has 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. A 10-to-1 student-faculty ratio and small classes enable the personal attention and friendliness that are part of Nazareth's culture. Nazareth professors are committed to excellence in teaching and to being accessible. For more:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 590
SAT Math
490 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 27


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

February 1

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From The School

Nazareth prepares students not just for one job, but for your life's work through diverse, high-quality courses and experiences.

Liberal arts courses are about a third of a college student's investment in time and money, and Nazareth's approach is to make that part as valuable and rewarding as the classes in your major. The College's uncommon core curriculum gives you the tools, experience, guidance, and support to be the architect of your education, your career, and your future. This approach also makes Nazareth a good fit for students who are still exploring which major they'll select, providing a foundation of engaging classes and experiential learning while students also get help from professors, academic advisors, and tools such as assessments to find their path.

All students choose courses across a liberal arts menu to build knowledge, pursue interests, and develop the skills most sought by employers problem solving, critical thinking, and exceptional communication. Along the way, students learn how to analyze deep questions in different disciplines and then explore a question of their choosing through three courses they select. Nazareth's general education curriculum requires experiential learning in the form of credit-based internships, co-curricular service, fieldwork, research, or leadership roles. The hands-on experiences directly challenge and reinforce coursework, connect students with career contacts and employers, and/or help students better understand themselves, the broader world, and current issues. Nazareth's Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Center for International Education, and Center for Spirituality support students in this work. Nazareth was one of five colleges nationwide named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Professors help students integrate the full experience, so that you leave college with the knowledge, adaptable skills, and comfort with complexity that you'll need to be successful in today's constantly changing world. More about the core: Among the Class of 2012 for whom information was available 12 to 18 months after graduation, 99.5 percent were employed or continuing their education.

Students Say

Nazareth is a small private college with a range of professional undergraduate majors not usually offered by liberal arts schools—many students note that the physical therapy program was what drew them to the college. The music education and health sciences majors receive particularly high praise, with some students calling out art, history, and psychology as well. The small class sizes— cited by many students as one of the best things about Nazareth—allow for “very close relationships with our professors” and “most professors try to make class as interactive as possible,” though “of course like [at] any other school you may end up with a sub par teacher.” The vast majority “take an interest in getting to know their students and are very open to helping students outside of the classroom,” and “most are very easy to communicate and collaborate with, especially if [a student is] interested in research.” Particularly in upper-level courses, “professors have the students’ best interests in mind and always teach their classes with passion.” Classes are mixed between lectures and discussions, depending on course of study, and students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships during their undergraduate studies.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Jack Allocco
Emmy Award Winning Composer

Michael Park
Broadway/TV Actor

Jeff Van Gundy
TNT Basketball Analyst


From The School

Nazareth seeks students who are ready for academic rigor and excited by the chance to learn, grow, and make their mark on the world. That's why the College recommends that applicants complete a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in high school that includes English, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language. Admissions decisions are primarily based on academic achievement. In addition, there are audition requirements for the music and theatre programs and portfolio requirements for art majors. Co-curricular activities are also considered. A campus tour and interview are highly recommended but not required. Information sessions and campus tours are available Mondays through Saturdays.

Nazareth is a test optional college. Approximately 75 percent of Nazareth applicants submit test scores, but there is no disadvantage for those who do not. The scores are helpful, but the College also realizes there are inequities in students' resources and high school offerings to prepare for the exams. Full admissions details:, or email, or call (585) 389-2860 or toll-free (800) 462-3944. The College offers merit-based awards for excellence in academics, art, music, and drama, as well as need-based aid. Students seeking aid complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Full cost and financial aid details:


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Notification Date
Feb 1

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Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

If the club you'd love to have doesn't exist, you can start one. Current campus clubs and organizations include Amnesty International; AMTAS music therapy club; Art Club; Art Therapy Club; Association of Social Work Students; Campus Activities Board; Center for Spirituality; Catholic Community; Chinese Club; Club Italianissimo; Colleges Against Cancer; Communications, Science, and Disorders Association; Dance Club; Diversity Council; Elbowroom literary magazine; French Club; German Club; Gerontology Club; Gleaner (student newspaper); Habitat for Humanity; Hillel (Jewish community); Inter-ethnic Nazareth Coalition; International Club; Intramurals & Recreation; Lambda Association; LASMA (Spanish); Math Club; Music Business; Muslim Student Association; National Association for Music Education; Naz Ultimate (Frisbee); Nazareth Commuter Association; No Parties (as in nonpartisan) Club; Nursing Club; Philosophy Club; Physical Therapy Club; Pre-Health Professionals Club; Protestant Christian Community; Psychology Club; Quidditch Club; Residence Hall Council; Science Club; Ski and Snowboard Club; Student Athlete Mentors; Student Occupational Therapy Association; Theatre League; Wishing Well (Harry Potter); WNAZ (radio station); and Zen Meditation Community. The Undergraduate Association provides student advocacy. For more:

Students Say

Nazareth has a low male-to-female ratio, and the typical student is “an upper middle class white girl,” but “there are also many international students and students from the inner city. There are cliques, but most people get along from all walks of life.” “They value education but also make time for social activities.” While many students are from New York, there is a visible international community on campus. Male students are generally described as either athletes or theater majors. Most students are involved in “at least one club, sport, job, or activity,” and anecdotally, “student athletes are almost a quarter of the student body…Every student finds their own little niche though,” because “there’s something for everyone here.” “Students are often close with those in their major and/or those they work with.” The vast majority are “friendly and easy-going,” and students are very clear that “the more you get involved the better your college experience will be.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



71% female
29% male
8% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time


From The School

Nazareth has a cozy setting with culture on more than 150 acres of expansive lawns, shady woodland groves, and landscaped gardens. Our climate-controlled tunnels make it easy to get around in the winter. Students get free tickets to world-class theatre, music, dance, and international entertainment at the Nazareth Arts Center. Cross-cultural events on campus include gourmet cooking classes and Italian meals in our Casa Italiana, frequent foreign films, Black History Month celebrations, foreign language conversation clubs, and talks by visiting overseas scholars.

Nazareth College is in the charming town of Pittsford, a short walk from specialty shops and restaurants in the village center as well as bike trails and boat rides along the Erie Canal. The campus is seven miles from Rochester, New York state's third-largest city, known for its universities, important inventions, and innovations in consumer products. Rochester is rich in culture and entertainment, including the internationally renowned George Eastman House/International Museum of Film and Photography and Strong National Museum of Play. Ski and snowboarding resorts are within an hour's drive. For more:

Students Say

Nazareth offers a host of activities on campus, but students enjoy the surrounding city of Rochester as well. On weekends, many off campus head to bars and “amazing restaurants” (a good thing, since the majority of students report that they’d love to see dining hall food improve). The school also arranges for discounted tickets and transportation to concerts and sporting events. On campus, there are “mixers” (dances), Hunger Games theme nights, laser tag, bingo, and comedians. Many clubs are service-oriented, and working out is popular. Students report that the school’s policies around alcohol and parties are strict and free “on-campus activities…cater to students who prefer alcohol and drugfree activities,” but that plenty of parties occur off-campus for those interested. Nazareth’s location makes it the rare school that keeps both residential and commuter students happy, with positive town-gown relations. Students also enjoy school-subsidized “inexpensive trips to…New York City or Montreal for the weekend.”

Campus Life

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Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Golden Flyers)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Golden Flyers)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: The purpose of Lambda is to provide the Nazareth community with information about human sexuality, and to provide support for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and their friends. This organization deals primarily with issues surrounding homosexuality and the awareness of alternative lifestyles.

Minority Support Groups: INC is a coalition among the inter-ethnic student body to strengthen relationships with all students of the Nazareth College community. INC represents Nazareth College's increasing diversity and reflects the development of inter-ethnic relations.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

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Email and Web Access Available

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Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Computer Program

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Sammy McClenton

Office of Admissions
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618-3790



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cabaret- informal dining/coffee house
Athletic Facilities
Shults Community Center
Colie's Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Erie Canal Path - Pittsford Village
Frontier Field
Geva and Eastman Theatres
4 Malls - surrounding suburbs
George Eastman House

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, select weekends

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10, 12, 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Summer and Fall designated dates

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Rochester International Airport is 10 miles from Nazareth College. The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is approximately an hour and a half from campus with the Buffalo Niagara International Airport about an hour from campus. Students and families also have access to Amtrak train station ,as well as, NYS Trailways and Greyhound Bus terminals, all located iaround Downtown Rochester's Midtown Plaza. Services from rental car companies, taxi's and limousine companies are available at any of these stations or terminals.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Rochester International Airport Leaving the airport, make a right hand turn onto Brooks Avenue. From Brooks Avenue, turn right onto the Interstate 390 South entrance. Where 390 splits, stay to the left and follow Interstate 590 North. Exit at Route 31 East (Monroe Avenue). Follow Route 31 to the Village of Pittsford (about 3 miles). Turn left at the village's Four Corners onto NY 96 North (East Avenue). Nazareth is about 1/2 mile down Route 96 on your left. From the West Take the New York State Thruway to exit 46. Take Interstate 390 North to Interstate 590 North. Exit at Route 31 East (Monroe Avenue). Follow Route 31 to the Village of Pittsford. Turn left at the village's Four Corners onto NY 96 North (East Avenue). Nazareth is about 1/2 mile down Route 96 on your left. From the East Take the New York State Thruway to exit 45. Take Interstate 490 West to NY 31 West (Pittsford-Palmyra Road). Follow Route 31 for about a mile and a half to the Village of Pittsford. Turn right at the village's Four Corners onto NY 96 North (East Avenue). Nazareth is about 1/2 mile down Route 96 on your left. From the North Take Interstate 590 South. From Interstate 590 South, take Interstate 490 East to Exit 25 (Fairport Road). Turn left, heading West on Fairport Road. At the second light, turn left on NY 96 South (East Avenue). Nazareth is about a mile down Route 96 on your right. Turn right at the North Campus Entrance. (Entrance without a traffic light). From the South Take Interstate 390 North to Interstate 590 North. Exit at Route 31 East (Monroe Avenue). Follow Route 31 to the Village of Pittsford. Turn left at the village's Four Corners onto NY 96 North (East Avenue). Nazareth is about 1/2 mile down Route 96 on your left. From Downtown Rochester Take Interstate 490 East to exit 25 (Fairport Road). Turn left, heading west on Fairport Road. At the second light, turn left onto Route 96/East Avenue. Nazareth is about a mile down Route 96/East Avenue on your right.

Local Accommodations
There are over 10 different lodging options, all within 10 miles of campus. The Hampton Inn-(Victor and Rochester locations), Residence Inn by Marriott, The Lodge at Woodcliff, Holiday Inn-Henrietta South, and the Microtel Inn-Victor are all within 6 miles of campus. The Delmonte Lodge is approximately a quarter of a mile away from campus, located minutes from the Erie Canal. If further information is needed about lodging in Rochester, please contact our office by phone or check us out on the web
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