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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.

The University's mission is to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better. Through individual endeavors and collaborative efforts, students and faculty work toward this goal each day, improving themselves, each other, and their shared learning environment in the process. The expectation is that each student will live up to the University's motto, "Meliora" (ever better), recognizing that they are future leaders in industry, education, and culture.

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Overview

Applicants
18,915
Acceptance Rate
31%
Average HS GPA
3.80

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
710 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 34

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Regular — January 5


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

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

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing.
  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics.
  • Public Health, General.
  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Computational Science.
  • 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/Video 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 private research university in western New York. The school’s programs are rigorous, but students appreciate the freedom to create their own paths. Rochester “does not require general education classes, but instead encourages students to pursue their passions through the cluster system,” which groups classes together in divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Engineering. While the programs offer flexibility, the academic requirements are demanding, but regardless of field of study, “tutoring services, [the] University Counseling Center, and staff [who] focus on creating a supportive environment” are always available. “Most people … spend all of their time studying,” says one student. But the intellectual efforts come with benefits: the combination of motivated peers and academics “makes … a better student and learner.” Faculty also play an important role here with professors who are “really knowledgeable and passionate” about what they’re teaching. One student comments that professors “keep material interesting, [are] approachable, and [are] very fair.” And class structures are varied so as to “incorporate design thinking” or to feature “more interactive problems.” Added benefits to that structure include “small class sizes and individual attention,” and “so many opportunities … [are] offered to students both inside and outside of class.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$58,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$110,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$61,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$121,400

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
32%


Students Say

University of Rochester students do pretty well for themselves. Indeed, according to PayScale.com, the average starting salary for these grads is $57,500. 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.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$49,515

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$44,662

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,655

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,553

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,040
Required Fees
$990
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,310

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,420
Transportation for Commuters
$300

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,938
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,535
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

11.18%
Asian
4.91%
African-American
7.10%
Hispanic
42.20%
Caucasian
4.90%
Unknown
26.72%
International

50% female
50% male
59% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

Diversity is key at UR, “both [in] background and academic interests.” As one student states, “In my class alone, 46 percent of us are international students.” Those different backgrounds branch into an even wider range of activities. “Some [students] are filmmakers, some are dancers, some love sailing, some love art. Everyone has their own passions,” another student describes. The variety is a benefit, with students claiming “the best thing about the UR community is that nobody can be put into a box.” Undergrads describe their peers as “charmingly nerdy” or “chill nerds” who are “very down to have interesting and academic conversations.” While most students are “academically focused” and “really care about what they do here,” they are for the most part “more collaborative than competitive.” “People range from passionate to apathetic, party animals to total nerds.” However, amidst all the diversity is a strong sense of camaraderie, and “everyone holds each other accountable in terms of pursuing their absolute best.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

University of Rochester is “very much an academically driven institution,” and course work is the top priority. But as one student says, “The weekend [is] when most people fill their days with different activities.” One such activity that many students rave about is movie night: “School movie nights are [the] best schoolprovided weekend activity.” Athletics are, of course, present, but as one student notes, “Rochester varsity sports are not very competitive, [however] … a lot of people … do club sports.” Other students mention weekend hikes, dance groups, plays and recitals. One thing to contend with at Rochester are the long winters; as some students put it, it’s “winter 90 percent of the time.” Both the school and students have adapted, and one student offers assurances that Rochester has “established a tunnel system which provides convenience.” Dining halls on campus also provide comfort, and anyone looking for a tasty bite to eat can rest easy: “There are a bunch of places to eat on campus.” Another way to socialize on campus is through Greek life, but even that is “not as fratty” as you’d expect. As for parties? “There is not a huge party scene on campus, but it’s there if you want it,” claims one Yellowjacket. Off-campus activities are plentiful, “if you have a car.” Otherwise, students rely on the shuttle system. Overall, “there is always something to do on the weekend for entertainment” if students need a study break.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
260
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
13

20% join a fraternity
26% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Yellowjackets)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Yellowjackets)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

79/99

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kim Crosby
Guest Relations Manager

Address
Wilson Blvd.
PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone
585-275-3221

Email
admit@admissions.rochester.edu

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
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5:00pm
585-275-3221

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday-Friday, some Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Contact coach directly.

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact department.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night maximum stay; Mon-Thurs nights

Transportation

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
http://enrollment.rochester.edu/visit/on-campus/#tab5


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