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Rochester is serious about academic freedom. Take a deep breath and read on, because here are just a few more of the many great academic opportunities available to our undergraduates.

List of Special Academic Opportunities

Take 5 Scholars Program
Sure, four years of college may seem like a lifetime now, but once you're deeply involved in your area of interest, you'll soon wonder how you can squeeze everything you want to learn into just four short years. And because Rochester encourages students to explore areas of interest rather than simply prepare for a job after graduation, the University offers the Take 5 Scholars program.
Take 5 scholars get a fifth year of tuition completely free, during which they can explore another department and challenge themselves in new and exciting ways. Since 1986, more than 800 students have been accepted into this prestigious and exciting program.

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KEY (Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year)
Qualified students may propose to devote as much as an entire academic year to internships, special projects, business plan development, research into various facets of entrepreneurship, or analysis of how culture and public policy influence entrepreneurial activity.

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Study Abroad
There may be no better way to get a valuable, global learning experience and have fun than to study abroad. Rochester has many sister cities located around the world, and each year hundreds of students travel overseas to live and study in a new culture. The experience provides an adventure, a challenge, and an experience you'll never forget.
Earn credits toward your degree, participate in an internship, and maybe even learn a foreign language in your choice of more than 70 countries. Juniors and seniors are eligible to study abroad at universities around the world. Choose the program that best suits your interests and course of study.

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Private Lessons at Eastman
University of Rochester's famous Eastman School of Music is not just for music majors. Any Rochester student may take private instrumental or vocal lessons at Eastman for academic credit (a basic audition to determine placement is required after you enroll).

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Today's employers are looking for more than just a college degree and an impressive GPA. Having experience in your field will give you an edge over other college students when applying for a job. Rochester encourages students to participate in an internship for valuable work experience and the possibility of college credit.
The University Career Center can assist you in finding and applying for an internship. Certain academic criteria must be met, and internships for class credit may require additional work.

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Senior Scholars
The Senior Scholar Program gives seniors the opportunity to fully devote their time and effort to a single project to culminate their college experience. If you qualify, you could spend your entire senior year working on a project that will draw on your college experience, University research, and your own interests. This project could be a scientific investigation, a research endeavor, or a work of art.
To be eligible for the program, you must satisfy all of your College requirements by the end of your junior year, except for credit hours and major. It's best to plan for the program early so you can arrange to complete your requirements for graduation. An application process, including a proposal for a senior project, must be completed and approved.

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2+2 Dual Admission Program
The 2+2 Dual Admission program is an innovative way for students to obtain an associate's degree at Monroe Community College here in Rochester with the guarantee of admission to the University of Rochester (provided certain academic standards are fulfilled) with full junior status. This program is designed for first-time, full-time students who know they want to transfer to the University of Rochester when they first are applying to MCC but who, for various reasons, decide to spend their first two years attaining their associate's degree.

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3-2 Programs
Earn your undergraduate and master's degrees in five years through Rochester's unique 3-2 programs. Your first three years are spent on your undergraduate degree, and the last two will fulfill the master's requirements. You typically apply as a sophomore, or you might contact the department for other early options.
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Fifth Year in Teaching
  • Human Development
  • Physics and Astronomy (and Medical Physics)
  • Public Health (MPH)
Urban Fellows
Students from Rochester and from Rochester-area colleges are encouraged to apply for paid summer fellowships sponsored by the University of Rochester and Leadership Rochester. Stipends of $2,000 are available for 2008 to fund these ten-week summer fellowships in the Rochester community. This program is made possible through grants from the Kauffman Foundation, the City of Rochester, and NY State Senator Joseph Robach.

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