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Transfer Profile

Dare to differ. At the University of Rochester, we do just that. And so do our students. The innovative Rochester Curriculum is driven by you. Personal choice and curiosity determine your future. 

The Rochester Curriculum is flexible and reflects the true hallmarks of university life and learning: curiosity, competence, and community. There are no required subjects. Based on your unique interests and goals, you build your own education and learn what you love. You select a major in one of the three great disciplines of learning—humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences—and take a cluster of three related courses in each of the other two. Depending on the course work you transfer from your previous institution, one or both clusters may already be fulfilled.

What makes Rochester different?
Your academic success is determined by more than courses or majors. During your college search process, remember this: many colleges are good, some are exceptional, but almost none offer you the freedom to create your own success. That freedom not only exists at the University of Rochester—it thrives.

Undergraduate research
As a Rochester student—even as a transfer—you’ll have the freedom to conduct collaborative research with your classmates and professors. Research is performed in all areas, from laser energetics to brain imaging to the works of Elizabethan dramatists. Our 10:1 student-faculty ratio allows for focused investigation and in-depth learning in every field. Over 75% of students are involved in research.

Student life
The University is a community where over 80% of undergraduates live on campus. Transfer students are welcome to join Rochester’s residential undergraduate population or can choose to live in student-friendly neighborhoods near campus. With more than 250 student organizations—ranging from cultural to political to religious to athletic—you’ll find communities of friends who share your interests and passions.

When it’s time for recreation, students flock to the Goergen Athletic Center. The Center includes an 11,000-sq. ft. fitness facility; an indoor track and activity field; a swimming pool and diving well; numerous courts for squash, racquetball, indoor tennis, basketball, and volleyball; a state-of-the-art athletic training facility; and the Palestra, home of 23 Division III varsity teams and host to various campus events.

City of Rochester
With Lake Ontario on its northern border, the scenic Finger Lakes to the south, and more than a million people, Rochester is rated among the most livable cities in the United States. The city of Rochester is a dynamic mix of culture, commerce, and history. Cultural and recreational opportunities include museums, parks, orchestras, planetariums, theater companies, and professional sports teams.

Supportive learning environment
Rochester students get the support they need—from faculty, staff, and one another. Counselors in the Career Center are available every step of the way, helping students articulate their goals, assisting with internship and job placements, and inspiring academic and career exploration. Information and support are also available from the Peer Mentors, the Center for Teaching and Excellence, the College Center for Advising Services, the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, and the International Services Office.

Admission requirements
Transfer students can enter in the fall or spring semester. Transfer applications are due by March 15 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring. 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.

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University of Rochester—At A Glance

Type of School: The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is a private, coeducational research university that occupies a 90-acre residential campus (River Campus) in Rochester, New York.

Enrollment: 6,304 undergraduates; 50% male, 50% female; 12% are historically underrepresented minority students; 18% are international.

Faculty: 606 full-time faculty members; 97% of full-time teaching faculty hold terminal degrees in their relevant disciplines; over 95% of undergraduate course instruction is from tenure-track faculty members.

Recent Rankings
U.S. News & World Report Best National Universities: 33rd

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges: 28th

• The Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges