From the School

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.

Overall

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, Coalition 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.


Overview

Applicants
17,932
Acceptance Rate
34%
Average HS GPA
3.80

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 710

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 780

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

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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From The School


Academic Programs


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; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures; Art History; Bioethics; Biological Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Computational Biology; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, or Neuroscience); Brain & Cognitive Sciences; British & American Literature; Business (Accounting; Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance; Marketing); Chemistry; Classics; Comparative Literature; Creative Expression & Performance; Creative Writing; Dance Studies; Data Science; Digital Media Studies; East Asian Studies; Economics; English; Environmental Health; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Film & Media Studies; Financial Economics; French; Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; Geological Sciences; Geomechanics; German; Health Policy; Health, Behavior & Society; History; Interdepartmental Studies; International Relations; Japanese; Language, Media & Communications; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematics & Statistics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Physics & Astronomy; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Russian; Russian Studies; Spanish; Statistics; Studio Arts; and Theater.

The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers study in Audio & Music Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Engineering & 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 & 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, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Leadership, Literary Translation Studies, Mathematical Modeling in Political Science and Economics, Medphysics, Polish & Central European Studies, and Stage Management. These programs complement traditional majors.

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; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures; Art History; Bioethics; Biological Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Computational Biology; Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, or Neuroscience); Brain & Cognitive Sciences; British & American Literature; Business (Accounting; Entrepreneurship, Finance; General Management, Marketing); Chemistry; Classics; Comparative Literature; Creative Writing; Dance; Data Science; Digital Media Studies; East Asian Studies; Economics; English; Environmental Health; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Film & Media Studies; Financial Economics; French; Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; Geological Sciences; Geomechanics; German; Health Policy; Health, Behavior & Society; History; Interdepartmental Studies; International Relations; Japanese; Language, Media & Communications; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mathematics & Statistics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Physics & Astronomy; Political Science; Psychology; Religion; Russian; Russian Studies; Spanish; Statistics; Studio Arts; and Theater.

The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers study in Audio & Music Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Engineering & 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 & 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, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Leadership, Literary Translation Studies, Mathematical Modeling in Political Science and Economics, Medphysics, Polish & Central European Studies, and Stage Management. These programs complement traditional majors.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
840
with Terminal Degree
684


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Majors

  • 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

  • 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 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

Tucked away in upstate New York, the University of Rochester provides students with "endless...opportunities to take advanced classes, research with teachers, study abroad, and explore every interest you may have." Undergrads love that the university maintains "an open curriculum" which "allows students to pursue multiple academic interests." And they greatly appreciate that Rochester has "strong" programs in the arts as well as "engineering and science." Even better, "the University of Rochester 's association with the University of Rochester Medical School (URMC) provides excellent opportunities to help prepare for medical school." No matter what a student chooses to study, this is certainly not a place for slackers. We've been cautioned that classes require "a good amount of work" and demand a "higher level of thinking." Fortunately, students are guided by "incredible" professors who are "knowledgeable" and often conducting "cutting-edge research in their respective fields." They also tend to be "very passionate about what they teach." And while they "will not coddle" you, it's quite evident that they "want [to see students] succeed." Best of all, "they go out of their way to make sure the students can get any opportunities they want." And most "take time to develop personal relationships with students."

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
74%
Graduate in 5 years
85%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

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)
$51,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$101,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$111,000

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
33%


Students Say

University of Rochester students do pretty well for themselves. Indeed, according to PayScale.com, the average starting salary for these grads is $49,400. 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.

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


The estimated cost of attendance for the 2017-18 academic year is $ 52,020 for tuition and fees; $15,398 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 enrollment.rochester.edu.


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
$40,873

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,246

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,706

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,742

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$51,090
Required Fees
$930
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
$15,398
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 Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School


Students come from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. Most undergraduates live on campus for all four years of their college experience. With more than 270 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
6,304
Foreign Countries Represented
114

Demographics

10.91%
Asian
5.14%
African-American
6.84%
Hispanic
47.90%
Caucasian
7.42%
Unknown
18.30%
International

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

Students Say

The University of Rochester manages to assemble a "well-rounded" student body of "endearingly nerdy" students, united in their "passion for learning." Roaming across campus, it feels as though "everyone is genuinely happy to go to class and learn and that makes it really exciting to be a student here." Thankfully, while they are "eager to do well," undergrads here are "not cutthroat academically." A student happily reports that "our school colors are blue and yellow, which is fitting since this is definitely a Ravenclaw-Hufflepuff school." Students also share that while their peers are "generally liberal," "there is a strong current of political apathy." And by and large, undergrads find Rochester to be fairly "diverse." Indeed, you'll discover all types here "from sorority girls to band geeks to pre-meds to drama people." Of course, thanks to Rochester 's Eastman School of Music, there's both "a lot of musical talent and appreciation for musical talent" on campus. Most importantly, "It's a very respectful community; everyone looks out for each other and makes sure everyone is safe." Finally, in general, there's "a wide range of interests and personalities." Indeed, "it would be very difficult to find an interest or aspect about someone that absolutely no other person on campus would share."

Overview

From The School


Location


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 6,400 undergraduates and 4,800 graduate students attend the University of Rochester. Ninety 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, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, the Institute of Optics, and the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Additional campus facilities include a virtual reality lab, observatory, and an 11,000 square-foot athletic center.


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

We're not going to mince words; students at University of Rochester do "spend plenty of [time] studying." Nevertheless, there's tons of fun to be had outside of the classroom or the library. To begin with, students can participate in hundreds of clubs. For example, individuals who like being active can play a number of "varsity, club, and intramural sports," join the "competent Quidditch team" or undertake "kickboxing, archery [and] martial arts" among others. Additionally, "there are also ethnic groups that often blur with performance groups like a Pan-African society, a Taiwanese Student Association, Korean Percussion Group, and Celtic Dance." And for those concerned about the social scene "Greek life is available and accessible [if you wish] to rush." Fortunately, while frat parties are definitely "popular," they don't necessarily dominate campus life. As one undergrad assures us, "I'm not a partier and have never had problems with that." Lastly, when students need a brief respite from campus life, "College Town is just a ten-minute walk off campus." We've been informed that "there are some really fun little stores there to check out." And, if that doesn't prove satisfactory, "on Saturdays, a bus takes you to the Marketplace Mall to do some shopping."

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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

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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