How to Apply

Find out below what you need to submit for your application to Rochester. Make sure the Office of Admissions has received all your application materials on MyROC.

The University of Rochester accepts the Common Application and the Universal College Application. The requirements for each application can be found below.

Applicants who are not US citizens or US permanent residents at the time of application should follow the instructions for applying as an international student.

Common Application

Optional Supplementary Materials

Apply for Financial Aid

Application Status Check (MyROC)

Universal College Application

Optional Supplementary Materials

Apply for Financial Aid

Application Status Check (MyROC)

The University of Rochester accepts both the Common Application and the Universal College Application. The requirements for each application can be found below.

US citizens and US permanent residents living abroad should follow the instructions for applying as a US citizen/permanent resident.

Common Application

Optional Supplementary Materials

Application Status Check (MyROC)

Universal College Application

Optional Supplementary Materials

Application Status Check (MyROC)



It’s important to meet the application deadlines for ideal financial aid packaging and scholarship decisions. Note that all dates below are “postmark deadlines”; that is, they are the dates by which you should mail or submit all materials (not when they must arrive in our office).


Domestic and International

Regular Decision 
All Application Materials: 12:00 am EST, January 5
Notification Date: by April 1
Your Response Required: May 1

Early Decision 
All Application Materials: 12:00 am EST, November 2
Notification Date: Mid-December
Your Response Required: within 3 weeks of notification


Professional Degree Programs (CAPS/Dual Degree)

Application and All Other Forms: 12:00 am EST, December 1
Your Response Required: May 1

Application and All Other Forms: 12:00 am EST, December 1
Your Response Required: May 1

Application and All Other Forms: 12:00 am EST, December 1
Your Response Required: May 1

Dual Degree
Application and All Other Forms: 12:00 am EST, December 1
Your Response Required: May 1

Common Questions

I submitted Part I. What do I do now?
If you haven’t already done so, complete the Common Application OR the Universal College Application. For additional application requirements and forms, visit the How to Apply tab.

Is an essay required on the application?
In the Common Application or Universal College Application, applicants have the ability to build their individual supplemental response. You can choose one of three methods that best illustrates your interest in attending the University of Rochester and best highlights your individual talents and interests. These options include an writing an essay or submitting a creative portfolio or research abstract.

May I reactivate a previous application to Rochester?
If you applied last year, you can reactivate your original application by filling out the Reactivation Form. If you applied more than one year ago, you’re required to submit a new application. If you’re currently attending another college, you’ll be re-applying to Rochester as a transfer student.

What are the testing codes for the University of Rochester?
SAT: 2928
ACT: 2980
Learn more about testing at our Testing Policy tab.

What are the minimum requirements for admission?
There are no minimum requirements for admission to the University of Rochester. Each student’s application is reviewed using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. The typical Rochester student has:

  • Ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
  • Taken 2–7 AP or IB courses
  • Maintained a median academic unweighted GPA of 3.8
  • Submitted an SAT score between 1900 and 2200 or an ACT score between 29 and 33

These are only the bare numbers to describe a University of Rochester student. We also value unquantifiable strengths such as initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, and we’re also careful to ensure our student body of close to 1,100 new students represents the full spectrum of diversity, including hometowns, ideas, and experiences.

What is Early Decision (ED)?
Early Decision is for freshman applicants who are certain Rochester is for them. If you apply through Early Decision, your admission process will be different than Regular Decision. Under Rochester’s ED plan, you finish your application by November, complete and sign the ED Confirmation Form, and are notified of your admission status in December, rather than late March. If admitted ED, the Early Decision agreement requires you to enroll at Rochester and withdraw any applications submitted to other schools. If you are an ED applicant who is denied admission, you will not be reconsidered for freshman admission with the regular decision pool. In some instances, an Early Decision applicant’s decision may be postponed and will be reconsidered for admission along with the Regular Decision pool and notified in late March. You can only apply Early Decision to one institution.

Does Rochester have an Early Action plan?
The University of Rochester does not have an Early Action plan.

How will I be notified of your decision?
You will receive an admission decision letter by mail or email.

How much do interviews count?
Interviews can certainly help your chances of being offered admission. If you wish to compete for scholarships, you should definitely interview.

What is your admission selection process for home-schooled students?
To assess the preparation of home-schooled students, we require an admission interview and official score results for two SAT II Subject tests. We also recommend submitting a standard transcript with grades and course descriptions and a letter of recommendation from an instructor other than a parent. AP or IB tests will be accepted in lieu of SAT II subject tests. Read our home school policy.

Do I have a better chance of being admitted if I am a legacy?
While we appreciate the special connection that family of alumni possess, we must be assured that you will be able to succeed here before we can extend an offer of admission. Therefore, while we make every effort to admit qualified legacy applicants, admission rates are relatively similar to those of non-legacies.

I’ve submitted my application. When will I hear back?
We do not offer rolling admission; that is, we wait until we have received most or all of our applications for the fall semester to begin making admissions decisions. Therefore, you will likely hear back from us in mid to late March (by April 1). In the meantime, email us if you have any questions.

Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

The admissions committee in Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering supervises a holistic review process that incorporates a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records. Because secondary school courses, grading practices, and standards vary, applicants must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures allow for students to demonstrate readiness through a wide variety of tests (see below for list).

Standardized test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. Only your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates. Beginning in 2016, Rochester will begin to accept the current (2015) and new (2016) SAT exam versions as equivalent. We will measure and publish the success of the new SAT in predicting success at Rochester starting in 2018. Rochester will not require students to take the SAT essay when it becomes optional, but will urge those applicants who take the essay to submit those results.


Test-Flexible Policy

A wide variety of test results can fulfill Rochester’s testing requirement, including SAT Reasoning exams, the ACT, two or more results from SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, GCE, SE, AS- and A-level exams (in UK and Commonwealth countries), Gao Kao (China), and results from many other national secondary exams.

Please note that for International Baccalaureate (IB), submission of test results should come as a signed and dated letter of predicted IB scores from the IBO coordinator on campus. The more detail included, the more helpful the results are to us.

Admission and scholarship offers based on predicted IB and A-level results may require final results that are a close match for the predicted values.

Read the Rochester test-flexible policy blog post by the Dean of College Admission.

For Rochester, sending more testing information can only improve your chances for admission to all available degree programs, professional programs, and scholarships.


List of Approved Tests

The list below indicates, country by country, which examinations will fulfill an applicant’s standardized testing requirement. The list is not comprehensive and will be updated as new examinations are approved. Please email with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.

Students may submit their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) positioning and one of the following:

Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio + Vestibular (University Entrance Exam)
Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio/Middle Education National Examination (ENEM)


Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria

Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)

Bachillera to Nacional






Indian School Certificate (ISC)
All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE)
Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)
Other state examinations may be considered on request

National Examination

Irish Leaving Certificate

Teudat Bagrut

College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)


National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Higher Secondary School Certificate Exams

Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)


Advanced Highers (Highers meet minimum requirements; Advanced Highers is recommended)

Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)

Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)

GCE Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent combination of AS-Level and A-Level examinationsPre U Examinations

West African Senior School Certificate Examination