– Location: Rochester, New York
– Established: 1850
– Students: 5,000 Undergraduate Students / 4,200 Graduate Students
– Annual Tuition: $41,000
– Room, & Board (Comprehensive): $11,200
– Academic Calendar: Semester
– School Website: www.rochester.edu
– Admissions: enrollment.rochester.edu/admissions/
Established in 1850 in the city of Rochester, New York, and known as one of the “New Ivies” the University of Rochester is a top-tier, nonsectarian research university that — in addition to producing a dizzying number of Nobel Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, as well as Pulitzer Prize winners in a wide ranging swath of academic fields — is home to the world renowned Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester Medical Center, and Memorial Art Gallery (which houses immense masterworks by the likes of Cézanne, Matisse, and Homer). In academic terms, the University of Rochester has garnered an astounding amount of recognition including a number one ranking in music graduate programs from Kaplan’s for the Eastman School of Music and top 20 placements for US News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” in political science, economics, finance, and medical primary care amongst others.
As with most upper-echelon academic institutions, UR is host to challenging, complex, and invigorating course and research work. Any stress or tension is eased by the fact that the student body and faculty tends to be highly independent, intelligent, and ambitious but also eager to collaborate or lend assistance, elevating the atmosphere at the University of Rochester to even greater heights. The University of Rochester is home to six distinct colleges and schools including the aforementioned Eastman School of Music, the Simon Graduate School of Business, and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.
The University of Rochester is comprised of six distinct campuses spread throughout the general vicinity: the River Campus, the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Eastman School of Music, the South Campus, and the Memorial Art Gallery. The aptly named River Campus is situated in a bend of the gorgeous Genese River, stretches across roughly 160 acres of land, and is the central hub for academic studies at UR. Landmarks and points of interest abound on the River Campus like the spectacular Rush Rhees Library which features absolutely stunning architectural features culled from the Greek Revival architectural movement (as well as housing the Hopeman Memorial Carillon which hangs in the tower) and the Wilson Commons, an astonishing modernist structure which incorporates a six-story glass atrium designed by the legendary architect I.M. Pei. There are an incredible amount of landmarks on the River Campus with other points of interest including but not relegated to the Interfaith Chapel (the complex, extensive, and eye-popping stained glass work ranks the Chapel as one of the largest glass constructions of its kind globally), the state of the art Goergen Athletic Center, and the immense Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics.
The Eastman School of Music is located downtown and can be easily reached via the university sponsored free transportation system of various buses and shuttles. The stunning Eastman Theatre and Sibley Music Library are a part of the music conservatory and must be seen in person to fully absorb their beauty.The South Campus features the Labratory for Laser Energetics which contains the world’s largest direct drive laser facility — the OMEGA laser.
Curriculum and Majors
Eschewing the traditional, staid approach to undergraduate academics, the University of Rochester has instead implemented what is known as the Rochester Curriculum which has no required subjects. Instead, students are allowed the freedom to construct and chart their own academic path to their exact specifications. Students choose a major out of three overarching categories — humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences — and then must complete three or more related courses in the divisions outside of their specific major. It is a completely liberating approach that allows students the flexibility to truly pursue their academic goals while also providing the kind of complexity and depth that encourages the development of critical thinking skills, exploration, management, and responsible planning. Taking into account that UR features roughly 200 majors, the possibilities to tailor your curriculum to your individual needs is seemingly limitless. Another in the many unique features at the University of Rochester is their Take Five Scholars Program which provides an additional year of study free of charge for those who qualify to expand and broaden the depth of their knowledge by pursuing other fields of interest outside of their chosen major.
- Archaeology, Technology, & Historical Structures
- Cell & Developmental Biology
- Molecular Genetics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Brain & Cognitive Sciences
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Financial Economics
- Engineering & Applied Sciences
- Film & Media Studies
- International Relations
- Applied Mathematics
- Optical Engineering
- Physics & Astronomy
- Digital Media Studies
- Health, Behavior, & Society
- Women’s Studies
The University of Rochester features an incredible amount of Ph.D. level programs, with many of them receiving top twenty accolades from the likes of Forbes, US News & World Report, and Newsweek. The vaunted graduate programs at UR include the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Simon Graduate School of Business.
- Business Administration (M.B.A., Ph.D.)
- Education (M.S., M.A.T., Ph.D.)
- Brain & Cognitive Sciences (Ph.D.)
- Chemistry (Ph.D.)
- Economics (Ph.D.)
- History (M.A., Ph.D.)
- Linguistics (M.A.)
- Mathematics (Ph.D.)
- Political Science (Ph.D.)
- Optics (Ph.D.)
- Music Composition ( M.A., Ph.D.)
- Dental Sciences (M.S.)
- Pharmacology (Ph.D.)
- Toxicology (M.S., Ph.D.)
- Pathology (Ph.D.)
Admission, Tuition, and Scholarships
Gaining admissions to the highly selective University of Rochester is not a simple proposition and the process has become increasingly competitive for new applicants — the average acceptance rate for entry hovers around 33% with the average SAT score falling in the 95th percentile of prospective students. The deadline for incoming applicants is January 15.
Undergraduate Student Tuition: $41,000
Room & Board: $11,200
Graduate Student Tuition: $37,000 – $53,400
The University of Rochester has an extensive amount of both merit and need based scholarships available for prospective, current, and graduate students. The list changes frequently and current information regarding scholarship availability can be found by contacting U of R’s Admissions Department. Outside scholarships are also available.
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Rochester, New York 14627
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