University of Rochester

University of Rochester


The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is one of the nation’s leading private, co-educational, nonsectarian universities. Located near downtown Rochester, the campus offers a balance between urban access and spacious comfort, thus creating a comfortable and unique learning environment. This environment no doubt contributes in part to the academic reputation of the institution. The university’s 6,300 undergraduate students enjoy a well-rounded college experience, and 96 percent of freshmen return for their sophomore year. In maximizing retention and success among all community members, the University of Rochester offers a breadth of services targeted to the specific needs of minority and first-generation students.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

STEP serves students enrolled in high school grades eight through twelve. In particular, participants come either from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or from groups that are historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions. The program works to raise participants’ interest in the aforementioned fields, thereby encouraging them to join the professional workforce in medicine and the health care professions. Learn more about Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

Pre-College Summer Experience National Hispanic Institute (NHI) Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session

The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session is designed for students with college and leadership potential. Students learn to see themselves as leaders and then learn how to become leaders within the context of electoral politics. Participants create their own government, write and pass legislation and collaborate to support community prosperity.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Multicultural Visit Program

University of Rochester's Multicultural Visitation Program brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level. Admission to MVP is a competitive process that will consider your academic and personal qualities. Travel assistance is available; be sure to apply on time. Highlights include living and dining on campus, staying in a residence hall with a student host, participating in discussions with current students about the college experience and learning about the many opportunities available for undergraduates. Learn more about Multicultural Visit Program

Special Admissions Policy Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) & Early Connection Opportunity (ECO)

The University of Rochester’s HEOP and ECO programs are designed to serve students of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. HEOP addresses the specific needs of students who have had economic or educational challenges in high school. For eligible students, the program provides a strong support network, academic advising, personal counseling and substantial financial assistance. Meanwhile, ECO is designed to help students positively and appropriately establish themselves within the academic setting. The program prepares students for classes, informs them about services and introduces them to social life on campus.

Scholars & Leadership McNair Program

The objective of the McNair Program is to increase the numbers of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented undergraduates who pursue doctoral degrees and go on to careers in research and teaching at the university level. The program prepares students for the rigors of graduate study by providing the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students accepted to the program attend a series of colloquia, receive training for the Graduate Record Exam and are trained to present the results of their research at university-sponsored and national academic conferences. Learn more about McNair Program

Student Diversity

  • 6,304
  • 50/50
  • 21%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 48%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 18%

Student Success

  • 96%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 88%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 90%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 606
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Psychology, Financial Economics, Economics, Biomedical Engineering, Business

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Black Students' Union, Chinese Students' Association, Filipino American Students' Association, Korean American Students' Association, Pan-African Students' Association, Spanish and Latino Students' Association, Student Assoc. for the Dev. of Arab Cultural Awareness, Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness.


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,260
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $882
    Required Fees
  • $14,890
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $91,807,106
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $43,871
    Average aid package
  • $31,333
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 21%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 51%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 98%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 16,980
    # of applicants
  • 34%
  • 3.80
    Average HS GPA
  • 31
    ACT Composite
  • 600—710
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 640—750
    SAT Math
  • 610—710
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/05
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date