University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus
University of Rochester campus

From the School

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private research universities. Rochester offers an innovative curriculum that allows students to take a leadership role in their own education.

Founded in 1850, the University of Rochester is one of 63 member schools of the eminent Association of American Universities. It is also one of the eight members of the University Athletic Association, a consortium of national research institutions that share a unique approach to academics and athletics.

Rochester's moderate size and the range of its academic and research programs allow for both individual attention and uncommon flexibility in designing undergraduate studies.


From The School

The University of Rochester seeks to admit students who will take advantage of its resources, be strongly motivated to do their best, and contribute to the life of the University community. An applicant's character, extracurricular activities, job experience, academic accomplishments, and career goals are considered. The University accepts the Common Application and the Universal College Application.

Admission to the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering is based on a holistic review process that includes a test-flexible philosophy. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures incorporate a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records. A wide variety of test results can fulfill this requirement.

The recommended application filing date for freshman applicants is January 5 for fall admission and October 1 for spring. An early decision plan is available. The deadline for Early Decision applications is November 1; applicants are notified in December.

The University welcomes applications from transfer students for either semester. The application deadline is March 15 for the fall semester, and October 1 for spring enrollment.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33


Early Decision
November 1

January 5

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

The Rochester Curriculum is driven by students. There are no required subjects. Undergraduates take responsibility and build their education out of their own interests, goals, and aspirations. At Rochester, students are invited to learn what they love. The unique curriculum allows undergraduates to choose their major from among the three branches of learning natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities and take a cluster of three related courses in each of the other two.

Rochester's distinctive Quest courses offer freshmen the benefits of small classes, mentorship and collaboration, and the opportunity to conduct original research. Students learn the value and skills of independent study through Quest courses, a lesson that serves them both during their undergraduate careers and after.

Through the "Take Five" Scholars Program, selected students may undertake a tuition-free fifth year so that they may pursue their diverse interests.

Exceptional undergraduates interested in studying medicine, engineering, or education may pursue one of the following Combined-Admission Programs (CAPs), which guarantee admission to professional or graduate school upon successful completion of undergraduate studies:
Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS), an eight-year BA/BS–MD program. Admitted students enter the University with a guarantee of admission to the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR), a five-year BS-MS program. Admitted students enter the University with assurance of admission into one of seven engineering master's programs at the Hajim School of Engineering.
Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE), a five-year BA/BS–MS program. Admitted students enter the University with a guarantee of admission to the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education.

Dual Degree Programs combine a bachelor's degree with a second bachelor's degree in music or nursing. While attending the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, students pursue a bachelor's degree of their choice while also pursuing a bachelor's degree at the Eastman School of Music or at the School of Nursing. The fact that Eastman is a school within the University of Rochester makes the Dual Degree at Eastman program an exceptional opportunity. Additionally, the partnership between the College and the School of Nursing makes the Dual Degree in Nursing a unique undergraduate experience and exceptional career preparation.

Rochester students may take advantage of full-year and semester-long opportunities for study abroad; summer and winter trips are also available. In all, Rochester offers more than 60 study abroad programs. Destinations include Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Internships are available in Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin, Bonn, and Madrid.

For those interested in an exciting and enlightening domestic field experience, the Department of Political Science directs the Washington Semester Program; this program allows selected undergraduates to participate actively in the national legislative process.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The University of Rochester offers Bachelor of Arts and/or Bachelor of Science programs through the College: available majors include African and African-American studies; American sign language; American studies; anthropology; archaeology, technology & historical structures; art history; bioethics; biological sciences (biology, biochemistry, cell & developmental biology, computational biology; ecology and evolutionary biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, or neuroscience); brain and cognitive sciences; business; chemistry; classics; comparative literature; creative writing; data science; digital media studies; East Asian studies; economics; English literature; environmental health; environmental science; environmental studies; epidemiology; film and media studies; financial economics; French; geological sciences; geomechanics; German; health, behavior & society; health policy; history; interdepartmental studies; international relations; Japanese; language, media & communications; linguistics; mathematics; mathematics-applied; mathematics-statistics; music; philosophy; physics; physics and astronomy; political science; psychology; public health; religion; Russian; Russian studies; Spanish; statistics; studio arts; theater; and women's studies.

The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers study in audio & music engineering; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; computer science; electrical and computer engineering; engineering and applied sciences; engineering science; mechanical engineering; optical engineering; and optics.

Rochester not only offers a Bachelor of Arts in music through the College, but also a Bachelor of Music degree through the Eastman School of Music; available majors include applied music, jazz studies and contemporary media, music composition, music education, and music theory. Private instruction through the Eastman School is available to students in the College.

The College offers certificate programs in actuarial studies, Asian studies, biophysics, biotechnology, leadership, literary translation studies, mathematical modeling in political science and economics medphysics, Polish and Central European studies, and stage management. These programs complement traditional majors.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

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


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics, General
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Marketing

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Optics/Optical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Students Say

The University of Rochester is a top tier research university comprising more than two hundred majors, two thousand faculty, and instructional staff, and “a wealth and myriad of opportunity.” “If you want to be successful, you have the chance to do it here,” says a student. The flexibility with majors and the ability to pick and choose classes “without being forced to complete gen eds in subjects that you’re not interested in” is a huge boon in “shaping everyone to be a Renaissance man.” It allows the student “to personalize their experience while mandating that they receive exposure to the different ways of thinking present in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.”
The courses at U of R are “hard but rewarding,” and each professor has his or her own teaching style, bringing all the material being taught to life. The “passionate and compassionate alike” teachers “are there to help and want you to succeed, but you still have to work hard to get a good grade”; luckily, the “enormous” administrator to student ratio means plenty of accessibility for students. Still, many students are no stranger to lectures and agree that “small classes are always better than large.”
One of the greatest benefits of U of R is that it “offers world class research opportunities to passionate students at any level.” Everyone is very serious about their major--“taking difficult course loads is extremely common”—and “Rochester is populated with students who would turn the library into a social spot.”


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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Stephen Chu
Former Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

Susan Hockenfield
Former Provost at Yale, President of MIT

Galway Kinnell
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and MacArthur Fellow

Arthur Krornberg
Nobel laureate in medicine

Barry Meyer
Chairman/CEO of Warner Brothers

Cathy Minehan
President/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Bosto

David Satcher
Former U.S. Surgeon General

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

University of Rochester students do pretty well for themselves. Indeed, according to, the average starting salary for these grads is $48,800. And how do these undergrads land such lucrative jobs? Why, through an excellent career services office! Rochester’s Career & Internship Center sponsors weekly seminars that cover everything from finding internships to discussions of networking techniques and tips. The office also offers specialized boot camps for targeted career areas. For example, students may attend boot camps based around non-profit jobs or ones centered upon engineering and applied sciences. And, of course, we’d be remiss if we neglected to mention that the center also hosts several career fairs throughout the year. Students can connect with companies such as Apple, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Wegmans Food Markets and Teach for America.

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The estimated cost of attendance for the 2015-16 academic year is $48,290 for tuition and fees; $14,364 for room and board; and $2,690 for books, supplies, and other expenses.

Financial Aid

Academic merit scholarships, loans, grants, tuition payment plans, and part-time jobs all contribute to the University of Rochester's strong financial assistance program. Those applying for financial aid should submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE application.

Merit scholarships are awarded to eligible incoming undergraduate students. Candidates are considered based upon their application for admissions, reviewing academic performance, involvement, and leadership. Although separate applications are not required, students should be aware of earlier deadlines that may apply. Merit scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need. Information on specific scholarship programs is available at


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Tuition at this private university will cost undergraduates $46,150. On top of that, on-campus room and board runs approximately $13,708. Students will face an additional $810 in required fees. And the university advises setting aside another $1,290 for books and miscellaneous supplies. Finally, undergrads commuting from offcampus should expect to spend roughly $300 for transportation.

Bang For Your Buck

Though a private university, Rochester strives to ensure that it’s still affordable for qualified and capable students. These efforts are definitely appreciated and many an undergrad remarked that they chose UR because they received a “great financial aid [package].” In fact, 82 percent of the students here are receiving some form of need-based aid. And the average package is roughly $38,021. That includes a combination of loans, grants, scholarships and workstudy. For undergrads wary about going into debt, be assured that Rochester does provide a variety of merit-based scholarships ranging anywhere from $2,000 per year to covering the full cost of tuition.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With more than 250 student organizations, ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic, students at Rochester can easily find communities of friends who share their interests and passions. When it's time for recreation, Rochester students flock to the Goergen Athletic Center. The Center includes an 11,000 square-foot fitness facility; an indoor track and activity field; a swimming pool and diving well; numerous courts for basketball, indoor tennis, racquetball, squash, and volleyball; a state-of-the-art athletic training facility; and the Palestra, home for 23 Division III varsity teams and host to various campus events.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


51% female
49% male
59% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

This “close community of highly driven individuals” is “nerdy yet social” and “very friendly.” “We are here because we want to be here, not because anyone is making us study here,” says a student. Or, as another student describes the population: “Frat boys, science nerds, grad students and musicians all complaining about the snow.” While all students are pretty “motivated and naturally hard-working,” they also “know how to be laid back and relaxed when socializing.” A percentage of students “party pretty hard,” while others “spend more time pursuing their interests, watching movies together, [and] going to Lake Ontario.” Students “are not cliquey” and it’s quite easy to make friends involved in different organizations and across different areas of academics.


From The School


The University is located in Rochester, NY, the third largest urban area in the state. The region is home to over one million people. The 90-acre River Campus is situated just two miles south of downtown Rochester, along the Genesee River. The Medical Center, the South Campus, and the Mt. Hope Campus are located nearby. The University’s renowned Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery are a free 10-minute bus ride away in downtown Rochester.

Roughly 5,900 undergraduates and 4,800 graduate students attend the University of Rochester.

Eighty-six percent of undergraduates in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering live and take classes on the River Campus.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics houses the 60-beam OMEGA laser, the world's most powerful fusion laser. The Medical Center includes Strong Memorial Hospital, the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and the Golisano Children's Hospital. Resources in downtown Rochester include the Memorial Art Gallery, Eastman Theatre, and the Sibley Music Library the largest academic music library in North America. The River Campus is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, and the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Additional campus facilities include a virtual reality lab, optics institute, observatory, and an 11,000 square-foot athletic center.

Off-Campus Opportunities

With Lake Ontario on its northern border, and the scenic Finger Lakes to the south, Rochester has been rated among the most livable cities in the United States. Places Rated Almanac named Rochester the 6th best out of 343 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada. Rochester was ranked 8th among the best mid-sized metro area college towns in the U.S. by the American Institute for Economic Research. The area offers a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities through its museums, parks, orchestras, theater companies, and professional sports teams.

Student Organizations & Activities

With more than 250 student organizations, ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic, students at Rochester can easily find communities of friends who share their interests and passions. When it's time for recreation, Rochester students flock to the Goergen Athletic Center. The Center includes an 11,000 square-foot fitness facility; an indoor track and activity field; a swimming pool and diving well; numerous courts for basketball, indoor tennis, racquetball, squash, and volleyball; a state-of-the-art athletic training facility; and the Palestra, home for 23 Division III varsity teams and host to various campus events.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Rochester is budding with “a vibrant community of passionate, creative people and it’s really easy to be involved in it.” The school’s size gives it a “homey and close-knit feeling”: “enough people that you feel a part of it, and enough people so that there is always an opportunity to meet new people.” While Rochester does get a lot of snow, that just means “the school knows how to handle it (the sidewalks are plowed before it even finishes snowing).” The area surrounding the university itself (called the Ward) is not the most pleasant, but since more and more students are moving into the area of the Ward directly off the footbridge to campus, “the area is getting mildly safer.” There’s near-complete agreement among students that the “food is terrible.”
There are hundreds of student groups on campus, including “multiple a capella groups that perform on the weekends,” and students at U of R tend to be more “music-oriented kids as opposed to sports oriented” due in part to the school’s beloved Eastman School of Music. Greek life is a popular social channel, as are cheap weekend movies at Hoyt auditorium and your standard hallway and mall hangs.
Rochester is “really great about bringing entertainment to campus, so students never really need to leave if they don’t want to.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

6% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Yellowjackets)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Yellowjackets)
14 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rochester Institute of Technology
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
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

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Kim Crosby
Guest Relations Manager

Wilson Blvd.
PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Eastman Theater
Memorial Art Gallery
Rush Rhees Library
Interfaith Chapel
Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Niagara Falls
Int'l Museum of Photography and Film
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Susan B. Anthony House
Park Avenue Neighborhood

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday-Friday, some Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Contact coach directly.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact department.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night maximum stay; Mon-Thurs nights


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Rochester International Airport is 2 miles from campus. Taxis are available at the airport for the drive to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Rochester; their stations are close to municipal bus lines that serve the university's River Campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the east, take I-90 to Exit 46; then take I-390 N. to Exit 17. Turn left onto Scottsville Rd., bear right onto Elmwood Ave. and cross the Genesee River bridge. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. and proceed to the information booth for parking instructions and directions. From the south, take I-390 N. to Exit 17 and proceed as above. From the west, take the I-90 to Exit 47, then take I-490 E. to I-390 S. Leave I-390 at Exit 17 and proceed as above.

Local Accommodations

Rankings & Lists

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