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 62 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. More than three quarters of last year's enrolled students ranked in the top tenth of their secondary school classes. The University accepts the Common Application or the Universal College Application. An electronic online application is available from the University’s Web site. 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. An interview is highly recommended.

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
600 - 700
SAT Math
640 - 760
SAT Writing
610 - 710
ACT Composite
29 - 33


Early Decision
November 1

January 5

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record

Character / Personal Qualities


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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. 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, 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 and developmental biology, ecology and evolutionary biology, microbiology, molecular genetics, or neuroscience); brain and cognitive sciences; business; chemistry; classics; comparative literature; creative writing; digital media studies; East Asian studies; economics; economics and business strategies; English; English literature; 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; Latin American studies; marketing; mathematics; mathematics-applied; mathematics-statistics; music; philosophy; physics; physics and astronomy; political science; psychology; religion; Russian; Russian studies; Spanish; statistics; studio arts; theatre; 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.

Students Say

The University of Rochester ’s “innovative core curriculum, where there are essentially no required classes,” is a strong draw for many students. This flexibility “is extremely rare and truly encourages personal exploration rather than conventional general education.” “Instead of the college telling us what we have to study…students must chart out their own academic paths.” Students agree this key difference ensures that “everyone is passionate about what they study because they get to choose every single class.” The classes students have to choose from are described as “top-notch.” As one student points out, “I definitely perceive the academics at University of Rochester as Ivy League caliber.” U of R is highly regarded as a “cutting-edge research university.” “There’s a spirit of intellectual curiosity and student camaraderie at the U of R.” Although the professors are highly praised for their “uniform brilliance,” among other qualities, some students feel that “their intellectual know-how does not always translate into strong teaching skills.” But most students focus on the strengths of their professors saying they “care about the subjects they teach and are constantly in the process of expanding knowledge in their fields. It is an honor to be influenced by and to influence such incredible minds.” Students are also quick to mention the strong musical influence at the school. This “awesome music scene” is due to the Eastman School of Music, which “brings many interesting and world-famous performers to our little city.” Of the many clubs on campus, the a cappella groups are “immensely popular” at U of R, with four different groups on campus that “easily sell out our biggest auditorium.”

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


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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

In 2014-15, tuition and fees cost $46,150; room and board averaged $13,708; and books, supplies, and other expenses averaged $2,600.

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


Financial Aid Rating
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

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 Methodoloy
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


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.

Students Say

Students at U of R strive to “be the best that you can be.” The school’s motto, “Meliora,” is a Latin word meaning “ever better” and may “sum up what U of R is all about.” As one student expounds, “Everyone on campus is doing something to change the world. This means that students are super involved in their own thing, but it also means that the school is supportive of you and how you wish to change the world.” This “genuine and extremely passionate” view of their school and themselves creates a strong bond and sense of “community” among students. “Everyone here really loves learning; it’s wonderful being at a place where everyone is a self-proclaimed nerd.” “A typical student here is someone who took honors classes in high school and lots of AP classes and did amazing.” “Most people here are also quirky, but in a friendly, cool way.” Students tend to put academics first, which may explain why although many students participate in sports, athletics do not rule the school. The plus side to being a Division III school is that “it is not impossible to join a sports team and actually get playing time.”

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


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 6,200 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.

Students Say

Although the University of Rochester has several hot selling points for undergraduates, the weather is not high on the list. One student described the typical student as “nerdy and normally freezing!” Locals don’t seem to complain though. They know that “being in western New York, we can get a lot of snow,” and so they just add an extra layer of clothes. For others, there is simply too much else going on to notice. The more than 200 clubs available on campus are very popular. Students are “extremely involved” and are “a part of at least two or three clubs. And [a part means] they are actively involved and may even be on the executive board.” Music, athletics, and studying in the library (which “is both a social and study place”) are popular ways to spend time. Many students enjoy “getting off campus to bowl, ice skate, or go to the mall.” Some students feel the school is “overly strict on fraternity parties as well as off-campus bar nights.” Other students appreciate that vigilance, “because our campus is not situated in the safest area of the city, it is necessary that security is strict.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

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

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


Green Rating

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.

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