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.
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: 6,390 undergraduates; 50% male, 50% female; 17% are historically underrepresented minority students; 27% are international.
Faculty: 606 full-time faculty members; 97% of full-time teaching faculty hold terminal degrees in their relevant disciplines; more than 95% of undergraduate course instruction is from tenure-track faculty members.
Areas of Study
For a complete list of majors, minors, and certificates,
• African & African-American Studies
• American Sign Language
• American Studies
• Applied Mathematics
• Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures
• Art History
• Audio & Music Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Brain & Cognitive Sciences
• British & American Literature
• Business Analytics
• Cell & Developmental Biology
• Chemical Engineering
• Comparative Literature
• Computational Biology
• Computer Science
• Creative Expression & Performance
• Creative Writing
• Dance Studies
• Data Science
• Digital Media Studies
• East Asian Studies
• Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
• Electrical & Computer Engineering
• Engineering & Applied Sciences
• Engineering Science
• Environmental Health
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Film & Media Studies
• Financial Economics
• Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies
• Geological Sciences
• Health Policy
• Health, Behavior & Society
• Interdepartmental Studies
• International Relations
• Language, Media & Communication
• Mathematics & Statistics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Molecular Genetics
• Optical Engineering
• Physics & Astronomy
• Political Science
• Russian Studies
• Studio Arts
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.
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. As a Rochester student—even as a freshman—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. More than 75% of students are involved in research.
The University is a community where more than 80% of undergraduates live on 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 College Center for Advising Services, the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Minority Student Affairs, and the International Services Office.
Undergraduates receive extraordinarily strong education in their chosen fields. Additionally, Rochester offers many options beyond traditional course work. Opportunities that allow our students to explore their individual interests further include Professional Degree Programs, Dual Degree Programs, Research and Innovation Grants, Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year, Take Five Scholars Program, private lessons at the Eastman School of Music, study abroad, and undergraduate research.
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. There are no minimum requirements for admission. Each student’s application is reviewed using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. The typical Rochester student ranks in the top 10% of his or her high school class, has taken two to seven AP or IB courses, has maintained a median academic unweighted GPA of 3.8, and has submitted an SAT score between 1900–2200 or an ACT score between 29–33.