Frequently Asked Questions

What programs do you offer?
  • The non-credit Rochester Scholars classes are offered for one-, two-, and three-week sessions over the summer for rising 9-12 grade students.
  • Eastman School of Music’s Summer Connection is a collaborative program that allows students to explore their academic interests and musical talents by attending a Rochester Scholars class on the University’s River Campus and an afternoon class at the Eastman Campus.
  • The three-week Intensive English Course provides rigorous and relevant classroom instruction in English language skills and American culture and history. Students also enroll in a Rochester Scholars course from a select academic area of interest to explore.
  • The credit-bearing four-week or six-week Taste of College program is open to students entering grades 11-12. In addition to an application, an interview is also required. If accepted, you may register for one class. If you have attended and successfully completed one Taste of College class, you may register for up to two classes the following semester. To view available courses, please visit
  • The Art of a Short Film Workshop takes advantage of all the wonderful recording technologies we have available to us while holding onto some core principles of storytelling. This intensive, full day, three-week workshop will attempt to recapture some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of movie-making and plunge you headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.
  • Hajim Pre-College Engineering Program integrates unique independence of the Rochester Curriculum with research, invention, and problem-solving skills. This three-week, full day program’s hands-on summer courses allow students to study biomedical engineering, optics, and audio and music engineering, using the resources of one of the nation’s top engineering schools.
  • Mini Medical School is a selective three-week, full day program open to juniors and seniors who have an interest in pursuing careers in medicine. This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning at local clinics. Students will have hands-on exposure to the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, providing a real taste of the medical school experience.
  • The Pre-College Programs’ summer study abroad programs to Africa and Samoa are open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These programs are challenging and transformative opportunities for students to gain real experiential training and knowledge in field research, anthropological skills, and service work. Both programs combine academics and adventure, preparing students for college while also working to bring sustainable and locally driven change to these countries.
When are the classes offered?
All classes are offered during the summer months of July and August. Our Taste of College classes are also offered through the University of Rochester fall and spring academic semesters.
I participated in the program last year. Do I need to reapply?
Yes. Please visit the Pre-College homepage to register online.
When will I be notified of an admissions decision?
Most admissions decisions are made on a rolling, space-available basis with the exceptions of the study abroad, Mini Medical School, and Hajim Engineering programs. Due to the selective nature of these programs, all applications are selected and reviewed after the advertised deadline.
Do you offer residential housing?
Yes, housing is available for all summer sessions.
Is there financial assistance?
A limited number of scholarships are available and will be awarded on the basis of financial need. Awards are primarily for tuition, and most scholarships only cover a portion of tuition expenses. Students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Awarded funds can only be used for the requested session and are nontransferable. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.
Will I get my first choice class selection?
Each class is subject to a minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of under-enrollment, the class will be cancelled. If your first choice class is full, you will be placed in your second choice, or be placed on a waiting list. We recommend registering early.
I have noticed some Rochester Scholars classes are offered as a one-week and two-week option; what is the difference?
A two-week course will elaborate further, delve deeper, and include more hands-on activities and an opportunity for group discussion into the topics introduced than in the shorter one-week course.
Will I receive college credit?
College credit is offered through our Taste of College Program.
How much homework do teachers assign, and are the classes hard?
The Rochester Scholars course curriculum includes fun, hands-on activities, with little to no homework and no grades. Taste of College students will be tackling college-level material. You will be challenged, but also encouraged in your learning experience by faculty. Professors will distribute a syllabus on the first day of class outlining the workload. This program will provide a strong idea of what college work will be like for you.
How much do books and course materials cost?
Books and course materials are included in tuition costs for all programs with the exception of Taste of College. Taste of College students can purchase these items at the University bookstore, and these items are not included in tuition costs. The syllabus will include the needed materials.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the University of Rochester River Campus, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and the Eastman School of Music.
Do I need to attend the student welcome if I've attended before?
Yes, the student welcome (typically held the Sunday before the first day of class) is mandatory. Students receive classroom locations, nametags, and go on a campus tour to learn the locations of their classes.
What's a typical day like?
For residential students, breakfast will be available beginning at 8 a.m. If you are enrolled in a Rochester Scholars morning class, you will attend class from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., when lunch begins. Afternoon Rochester Scholars classes run from 1 to 4 p.m. Class times for students enrolled in credit-bearing undergraduate classes through Taste of College vary, but classes typically run for a total of three hours daily and are held 3-5 days a week. If you are not enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes, you may use the free time to enjoy the many activities available, study, browse the libraries, or simply relax. You are also encouraged to participate in information sessions, workshops, campus tours, and interviews offered by the Office of Admissions. Evening and weekend activities may include a variety of planned activities, live music performances, movie nights, BBQs on the quad, museum visits, local attractions, art festivals, and much more! All activities are organized and supervised by Pre-College counselors.
Who are the courses taught by?
University of Rochester faculty, UR graduate students, and top local educators instruct the classes. Please visit our faculty bios page to learn more about instructors.
How much supervision is provided?
Pre-College students are introduced to their class locations during the student welcome. Otherwise, they are free to walk around campus on their own. Students living in the residence halls are supervised by Pre-College Programs counselors, typically undergraduate and graduate students at the University. Students observe a nightly curfew and check-in process. Evening and off-campus activities are supervised by Pre-College Programs counselors.
What if I get lost?
We provide a campus map with class locations at the student welcome. We recommend that you keep the Office of Pre-College Programs' phone number, (585) 275-3221, programmed into your cell phone in case you get lost. It is important that you wear your nametag at all times so that staff members can identify you as being part of the program.
Will I be safe on campus?
The campus Security Services office is located on campus at 612 Wilson Blvd. Security can be reached at any time at (585) 275-3333, or by dialing 13 from any campus phone, dialing #413 from an AT&T or Verizon cell phone, or simply picking up a Blue Light Emergency Phone, an extensive network of over 500 interior and exterior public-access telephones that immediately contact Security Services.
Are cell phones allowed?
Yes, but they must remain off during class.
Will I have access to campus facilities?
Pre-College students are welcome to browse the bookstore, play video games, visit one of the many art collections housed on campus, or lounge in Rush Rhees Library. Students and parents are also encouraged to participate in information sessions, campus tours, and interviews offered by the Office of Admissions. Residential students have access to the University of Rochester's facilities, including campus computer labs, libraries, Wilson Commons, and the Goergen Athletic Center—including a wide range of cardio and weightlifting equipment, a 200-meter track, the Aquatic Center, and basketball, volleyball, tennis, squash, and racquetball courts.
Will I have access to a computer?
If your class requires the use of a computer, accommodations will be made by the instructor. There are a number of computers available on campus that you may use during your lunch hour. To see a list of public computer areas, click here. Residential students may elect to bring a laptop computer. Residence halls are wired to provide Internet connection.
What will I eat?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily at dining halls on campus for residential students. Meals are included in the price of the program. Lunch is included for summer commuter students, whether they are attending half-day or full-day sessions. Further information can be found at the University of Rochester's dining services website, including the dining hall's summer schedule (once available).
Are there special dietary options available?
The menus at the dining halls change daily. If you have concerns about specific food allergies or dietary needs, we encourage you to work with dining services. Some dietary needs can be accommodated. Residential students will have access to cooking facilities and refrigerators in the residence halls.
Are there accommodations for disabled students?
The University will provide accommodations to assist disabled students. If you are seeking assistance, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs in advance to be assured of accommodations upon your arrival on campus.
What happens if I get sick?
If you become sick during class, notify the Office of Pre-College Programs. We will then contact your parent, guardian, or emergency contact designee to come pick you up. If you become sick during the residential program, notify your Pre-College counselor.
What's included in the Residential Program costs?
The fee includes tuition, room, board, as well as most group program and activity fees. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.
What's not included in the Residential Program costs?
The fee does not include transportation to/from your home city, transportation to/from the airport, laundry, linens, blankets and pillows, personal spending money, meals eaten off campus, or medical expenses. Additional fees may apply for special events, field trips, and off-campus excursions.
Should I bring spending money?
Yes, if you would like to make purchases from the bookstore or from vending machines.
What are the residence halls like?
You'll be housed in one of the freshman residence halls on campus. Halls have lounges and kitchenettes, study rooms, and laundry and computer facilities. Reference RocRes for further details.
Are the residence halls safe?
It is required that any student staying in campus housing for longer than one week must have a student photo ID card from the University of Rochester. This photo ID card is required for access to assigned residence halls.
Who are the Pre-College counselors?
Pre-College counselors are current University of Rochester upperclassmen and graduate students.
Will I have a roommate?
We try to make the summer experience as much like a first-year college experience as possible, and part of that experience is learning to live with new people. Therefore, you will share a room with another Pre-College student. In rare circumstances, there may be three students to a room. You are matched with your roommate based on gender, age/grade, and "best fit" characteristics identified through your application paperwork. You will live in a residence hall with other students from the program, where you'll be able to participate in activities planned by your Pre-College counselor. Based on availability, students may be placed in a single room; however, this is rare.
May I know my roommates’ names and home addresses before the summer program begins?
No. Releasing this information would be inconsistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. Furthermore, housing assignments are being made and changed right up until the time students arrive on campus.
Are linens included?
No, you must provide your own linens.
Is there an ATM on campus?
JPMorgan Chase Bank ATM and Advantage Federal Credit Union ATMs are available throughout the River Campus and Medical Center.
Can I receive mail on campus?
Yes. The mailing address is as follows:
Student Name UR
Summer Program Student
c/o Campus Post Office
Rochester, NY 14627-0002
You must visit the River Campus Post Office, located in the basement of Todd Union, to pick up mail. The Post Office will notify you by email if a package arrives for you. You must print out the email and bring it with you to pick up your package.
How will I know if I require an interview?
A representative from the Office of Pre-College Programs will contact you if a Skype, phone, or in-person interview is required for the program you are applying to. Interviews will only be set up when a student’s application file is complete.
Will I be guaranteed admission to the University of Rochester after taking a Pre-College Program?
While Rochester’s Pre-College Programs cannot guarantee participants’ admission to the University of Rochester or its Combined Admissions Programs (REMS, GEAR, GRADE), successful participation will enhance a student’s résumé, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.
Can I attend if I am an international student?
The University of Rochester welcomes international students to apply to the Pre-College Programs. Rochester is home to many students and scholars from around the world. The University values the significant contributions to campus learning that these students and scholars make. International visitors foster awareness of and respect for other cultures and bring unique perspectives into the classroom. Our Pre-College counselors are prepared to help international students acclimate to their new culture, environment, and educational system. If English is not your first language, a Skype interview will be required.
Can international students attend the credit-bearing Taste of College classes?
International students who are currently in the equivalent of grade 10-11 in the U.S. may apply to our Taste of College 4- or 6-week credit-bearing session. Part-time study (4 credit hours) is a requirement of this program for students requesting an F-1 visa.
Is a Visa required?
You will need to demonstrate financial ability to support full-time summer study in order for the University of Rochester to issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (required for an F-1 visa). Students are required to submit all application documents no later than March 1st.
Is health insurance required of international students?
International and non-U.S. citizens participating in the Pre-College Programs are required to have health insurance. Short-term health insurance may be available through Seven Corners, Inbound Guest: