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University of Rochester

One of the world’s leading research universities, Rochester has a long tradition of breaking boundaries—always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning. We transform ideas into enterprises that create value and make the world ever better.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Social Sciences (1)

About

History

About one year after the University was founded in 1850, Rochester adopted its beloved motto, Meliora–Latin for “ever better.” A few years later, the first campus was built on eight acres of dandelion-covered pasture. Today, our motto and our dandelion are ever present as tributes to our past and emblems of Rochester’s maverick spirit.

Education

Rochester’s undergraduate and graduate students pursue their academic goals in an environment designed to inspire, support, and empower them.

Our 200-plus programs of study run the gamut, from the traditional to the self-designed. In addition to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, we offer several dual degrees and certificates.

Research

Rochester researchers are scientists and scholars, inventors and conservators, artists and analysts. They know many of the best breakthroughs in knowledge and creativity occur by crossing boundaries.

Students and faculty collaborate using advanced technology to do leading-edge work in areas ranging from virtual reality to nanofabrication.

Career

The Greene Center provides students with the resources and tools needed to develop connections between their personal and professional aspirations, academic pursuits and co-curricular experiences including on-campus employment, research activities, and internships.

Students have access to one-on-one career exploration and industry advising appointments, peer advising through collaboration hours, graduate and professional school preparation, on and off-campus recruitment activities, internship funding for summer internships, programs and events, and alumni connections.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
166 4
2020
170 14
2019
184
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
-
2020
173 -10
2019
163
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
-
2019
151
2018
151
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
-
2020
125 -7
2019
118
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The International Services Office (ISO) provides services to international students, scholars, employees, and other visitors to the University of Rochester, as well as the departments that host and support them. We are responsible for issuing visa documents, advising on relevant immigration matters, and meeting U.S. reporting requirements.

The office also serves as an information resource to assist internationals in adjusting to the United States, the University, and the Rochester community. Explore this site for extensive resources on a wide range of topics and common questions from our international populations!

Housing services

Whether they live on campus or off, our students make Rochester their home. Campus accommodations include residence halls, sororities and fraternities, apartments, and townhouses.

Library services

The heart of any research university is its libraries. The University of Rochester’s libraries offer unique spaces and resources for inspiration, research, and collaboration.

River Campus Libraries includes six libraries and an extensive collection of online databases and journals, as well as the University Archives and the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation.

ICT services

SharePoint is a web-based tool that enables teams to collaborate using team sites, document publishing, blogs, wikis, and forums. It provides a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device and all major web browsers.

  • Computers and Technology
  • Computer Labs
  • Computer Sales
  • Printing
  • ResNet
  • University IT
  • Computer Music Center
  • Technology and Media Production

Medical services

The health, wellness, and safety of our community members is a top priority.

  • Health Service
  • Counseling Center
  • UHS Health Promotion Office
  • Mindful University Project
  • Well-U Employee Wellness
  • Public Safety

Student Life

Campus life

Located in western New York, Rochester is our namesake and our home. You’ll find the University’s main campus, the River Campus, and the Medical Center located about two miles south of downtown Rochester. The Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery are pillars of the arts scene and festival circuit in the city’s East End and Neighborhood of the Arts.

The 154-acre River Campus—the University’s main academic campus and the home of the River Campus Libraries—is located about two miles south of downtown Rochester by a bend in the Genesee River.

The Eastman School’s downtown campus anchors the city’s cultural district, known as the East End.

Sports facilities

The Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center is the center piece of the River Campus Sports Complex. The extensive renovation of the Athletic Center was inspired by the vision of the Board of Trustees Chairman Robert B. Goergen '60, adviser, friend, and generous donor to the University over many decades.

The Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex was made possible by the leadership, support, and generosity of Brian F. Prince, BS '86, MBA '89

Student clubs

River Campus Clubs

  • Campus Community Connection
  • Students’ Association
  • student government
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Wilson Commons Student Activities
Eastman School of Music Clubs
  • Eastman student ensembles
  • Student Association
  • Graduate Student Association
Graduate Student Organizations
  • Graduate Organizing Group
  • Simon Business School student clubs
  • Medical students clubs and groups
  • Student Nurse Assembly
  • Warner Graduate Student Association

Student Reviews

From perspective student
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Seems like a quality institution

University of Rochester: Religion
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The faculty in the Religion Department are engaging and dedicated to their students. Although it is a majority science and engineering school the humanities and social science courses are top notch. The city of Rochester is a city on the rise and each year it becomes more and more exciting to live and work in. I would recommend Univ. of Rochester to anyone and would...

Honest Review of my time in University of Rochester
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My university experience was overall good. The level of education is top tier. The system of workshops was really helpful and it was nice not to have to follow required courses in something you don't like. I loved that I could take classes in the Eastman School of Music as well. I did a cluster in Psychology which I loved. All the professors in the Psychology department...

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