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Study at University of Rochester

The University of Rochester, or UR, is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational, research university located in Rochester, New York. It was established in 1850. The U. S. News and World Report (2008 edition) ranked the University of Rochester 35th in the entire nation in their popular National University Rankings. The university confers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees through the following academic division:

  • Eastman School of Music
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • Simon School of Business
  • Warner School of Education
UR’s official mascot is the Yellowjacket. The university’s sports teams compete in the NCAA s Division III.

Profile of University of Rochester

University of Rochester is located in Rochester, NY (a medium-sized city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by University of Rochester is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. University of Rochester is known for its programs in mathematics, science, and music.

University of Rochester Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. University of Rochester admitted just 40% of applicants in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 600. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 630 and 720. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. University of Rochester has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

University of Rochester had 9,334 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. University of Rochester offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. University of Rochester values student athletics, and belongs to the University Athletic Association.

University of Rochester Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Science433biology, physics, chemistry, optics, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, genetics, . . .
Liberal Arts407 economics, political science, English, history, social studies, anthropology, linguistics, Spanish language, . . .
Business and Management277 business management
Music201 music performance, music theory and composition, music, jazz, musicology, various music studies, conducting, piano, . . .
Medicine182medicine, advanced general dentistry, public health, neuroscience, orthodontology, pediatric dentristry, advanced dentistry, prosthodontics, . . .
Therapy and Counseling175psychology, experimental psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, social psychology, child psychology
Engineering170electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, engineering, geological engineering, engineering science
Nursing and Emergency Medicine160registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, nursing science, neonatal nursing, critical care nursing, . . .
Education and Teaching142educational admin and supervision, student counseling, music teaching, curriculum and instruction, social studies teaching, English teaching, education, reading teaching, . . .
Mathematics62 mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics and statistics
Computer Science and Engineering 36computer science
Religion and Philosophy 35philosophy, religion, religious music
Medical Adminstration18 health care facilities management
Drama and Performing Arts 12various performing arts
Fine Arts10fine arts, art history and criticism
Photography and Commercial Art 8film studies
Conservation and Resource Management 5environmental studies, environmental science
Medical Support and Technology2health service and sciences

Contact: University of Rochester

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY 14627-0011

General Phone: (585) 275-2121


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