The University of Rochester is one of the country's leading private research universities. It consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, medical, and other research. Along with this rigor, Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for undergraduate research, close work with faculty, and interdisciplinary study. The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to study what they love, allowing for both focus and flexibility. The University’s mission is to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better. Through individual endeavors and collaborative efforts, our students and faculty work toward this goal each day, improving themselves, each other, and our shared learning environment in the process.

The Rochester Curriculum

Rochester's approach to learning is unconventional. With the open curriculum, you'll arrive free to choose only the courses that interest you most, and graduate not just as a specialist, but as a forward thinker and leader in your field.


Consistently ranked as one of the nation's best universities, Rochester is recognized as an American Tier-1 research university where students and faculty team up across disciplines to challenge current conventions and theories. From day one, you'll work with other creative thinkers and find solutions to the world's problems.

Student Life

Rochester's students come from all 50 states and over 100 countries. You'll be part of a compact yet global population of students with surprising and unique interests, making life on campus exciting and close-knit.

Only at Rochester

Rochester offers a variety of programs designed to help you refine your interests and carve a potential career path. These include:

  • Professional Degree Programs in education, engineering, medicine, music, and nursing
  • Fifth years of study, tuition-free, through Take 5 and The e5 Program
  • Flexible study abroad programs around the world
  • Prestigious internships
  • Free lessons at the Eastman School of Music 

Financial Aid

We are committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all students who earn admission to the College. Financial need can be a contributing factor in our admissions decisions for most international applicants and a small percentage of our US applicants. The Financial Aid Office is available to help you and your family afford the investment of a Rochester education through a combination of different aid programs tailored to meet your calculated need.

First-year students receiving any financial aid: 85%

Application Deadlines

First Year
Early Decision: Nov 1
Early Decision II: Jan 5
Regular Decision: Dec 1* / Jan 5
Spring: Nov 1

Fall Term Priority Deadine: March 15*
Spring Term Priority Deadline: Oct 1*

Find more information on deadlines here.

*First year applications received prior to this date will be given the strongest consideration for admission and merit scholarships. Transfer applications are reviewed and considered on a rolling basis after priority deadline.

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