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The University of Rochester offers a tight knit community experience on a 'personal scale' that nourishes students' social and academic interests, while remaining one of the top tier research universities in the US. Situated in Rochester, New York, the university has a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity and sustainability, exemplifying its motto: Meliora — "ever better".

In New York, Wisconsin and Oregon we offer the GO: Rochester program. Students on this program get a Conditional Letter of Acceptance from Rochester. On achieving a certain amount of credits over the first two semesters with us, students can transfer to and major from Rochester

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Key Facts


  • #47 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #38 in Business programs
  • #74 in Best Undergraduate Engineering programs
  • #26 in Economics
  • #56 in Computer Science

Year founded

  • 1857

School type

  • Private, Research University

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 6,570

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 5,469

Student-faculty ratio

  • 9:1

Acceptance rate

  • 41%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1370 and 1520 / ACT 31 – 35

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.8

International student population

  • 25%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 3.53 – 3.9

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 93% employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $61,776

Popular majors

  • Biology/ Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $63,150/$11,332
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Eastman School of Music, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Medical Center.

  • University of Rochester is one of the most green and sustainable campuses in the US providing locally sourced foods, zero waste facilities and solar recycling compactors
  • UR’s campus is home to two of the world’s most powerful lasers as part of the Omega Laser Center
  • Although Western New York and Rochester are well known for their snowy winters, UR’s campus has tunnels connecting campus buildings that shield community members during harsh weather
  • UR students do not take traditional general education coursework, but instead choose several 'clusters' that meet their unique interests
  • Famous alumni include Ron Carter, world renowned jazz double bassist, composer and arranger; Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics winner and former US Secretary of Energy; Richard Thaler, 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize recipient in Economic Sciences, known as the father of Behavioral Economics
Kings alumni at University of Rochester

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