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University of Rochester Admissions Information

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The University of Rochester's reputation as one of the nation's top research universities is a testament to its outstanding academic programs and committed faculty. With exposure to a research faculty, a number of Rochester undergraduates undertake advanced studies and enroll in graduate courses at one of Rochester's nationally ranked schools of engineering, music, medicine, business, and more. The University of Rochester is comprised of four campuses: River, South, Eastman School of Music, and Medical Center. Undergraduates live on the River campus, which is the school’s center of academic and social activity. Downtown Rochester is only two miles away from campus, ensuring a balance of academic and recreational experiences.

Underclassmen are required to live on-campus, though upperclassmen have the option to live off-campus. The University of Rochester offers more than 200 clubs which include a nationally-acclaimed a cappella group. Nearly a quarter of students are involved in Greek life. A traditional highlight for students at U of R is Dandelion Day–more commonly known as D-Day–which occurs annually just before the start of spring finals; it traditionally includes musical headliners and carnival games.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627-0251
Phone Number: (585) 275-2121  
Website: www.rochester.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club and Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,447  
Percent out-of-state: 53%  
Percent international: 9.36%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
New York Semester
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Urban Semester
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Voted a Best Northeastern College
  • A Pillow Fight occurs annually at the conclusion of the spring semester
  • Notable alumni include U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Academy Award winner for Best Visual Effects in Titanic Michael Kanfer

Admissions Information

The University of Rochester admits 39% of its applicants. When making decisions regarding whom to accept into the university, admissions officials comprehensively evaluate an applicant's academic record and extracurricular involvement. The committee specifies the importance placed on the demand of the applicant's high school curriculum, recommendations, and personal qualities.

Factors that are still crucial for admittance, but secondary, are GPA, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, talent, essay, and the interview. Rochester officials will also consider alumni relation, geographical residence, ethnicity, volunteer and work experience, whether an applicant is a first-generation college student, and the level of his or her interest in the university. The admissions committee greatly values initiative, creativity, leadership, and enthusiasm.

Admissions address: 300 Wilson Boulevard
Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627-0251
Phone number: (585) 275-3221  
Fax number: (585) 461-4595  
Admissions Website: https://enrollment.rochester.edu/  
Email: admit@admissions.rochester.edu  
Contact Person: Jonathan Burdick  
Number of first-year applications received: 12,805  
Percent of applicants admitted: 39%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized test scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT. Writing component will be used as a validity check for application essay.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2928  
ACT code: 2980  
Learn more about other Top Music schools:
University of Michigan   Northwestern   University of Colorado   Boston University  

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