How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants are responsible for submitting the following:

  1. Submit the Part 1 Application
  2. Complete the Common Application (this will include submitting the application fee)
  3. Submit official test scores
  4. Complete the Early Decision Agreement (if applying Early Decision)
  5. Complete the Reactivation form (if re-applying within one academic year of your original application)
  6. Combined-Admission Programs or Dual Degree Programs:
    • If applying to one of the Combined-Admission Programs (GEAR, GRADE, REMS), submit the CAPs application.
    • If applying to Dual Degree Programs in Nursing complete the DDN application.
    • If applying to Dual Degree Programs in Music, complete the DDE application.

 

Supporting Materials

Applicants are required to provide their teacher/counselor/school supervisor with the following materials/requests.

  • High school transcript (showing at least 3 years of grades)
  • Teacher Evaluation (Common Application)
  • Midyear Report (Common Application)
  • School Report (Common Application)
  • University of Rochester Family/Community Recommendation Form (optional)

Complete Common Application materials.

 

Financial Aid
Apply for need-based financial aid.

Check your application status (MyRoc)
To ensure that the Office of Admissions has received all of your application materials, visit MyRoc.

Deadlines

Deadlines

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 Freshmen

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

Early Decision Freshmen
All Application Materials: 12:00 am EST, November 1
Notification Date: Mid-December
Your Response Required: within 3 weeks of notification

Priority Review Freshmen
All Application Materials: 12:00 am EST, December 1
Notification Date: postmarked by February 15
Your Response Required: May 1

CAPs and Other Specialized Programs

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

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

GEAR
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

Common Questions

I submitted Part 1. What do I do now?
If you haven’t already done so, complete the Common Application. For additional application requirements and forms, visit the ‘How to Apply‘ tab.

What is the essay question for the University of Rochester’s member screen?
The University of Rochester offers many rare advantages, building from our “Meliora” (“ever-better”) motto that has inspired generations of scholars, professionals, and artists. Describe what’s leading you to apply and what kind of “Meliora” experiences you want to have here at Rochester and beyond.

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.

What’s Priority Review? Is it different from Early Decision?
Unlike the Early Decision option, Priority Review is not binding. By applying through PR, you identified yourself as being serious about your academic career and well matched for Rochester’s admitted student profile. As a Priority Review applicant, you will receive your admissions decision earlier than regular decision applicants (around February 15), therefore you must submit your entire application by 12:00 am EST, December 1. If you are applying to a Dual Degree program or one of Rochester’s Combined-Admission Programs, you cannot apply for Priority Review.

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.

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, contact us if you have any questions.

Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests results may appear on high school transcripts but scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. The University of Rochester considers the highest combined SAT/ACT score even if they are from different test dates. Only your highest scores will be considered in our final admissions decision. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new higher scores.

We encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT. Sending your scores each time helps us to consider you for all available degree programs, special programs, and scholarships.

You can choose to further differentiate yourself from other applicants with links to electronic media (music, websites, photos, videos, etc.). Admission reviewers will consider these contents (if submitted by the deadline) during our process.

 

Test-Flexible Policy

At the University of Rochester, admission to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is based on a holistic review process that includes a “test-flexible” philosophy. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures incorporate a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records.

In addition to submitting a record of courses and grades during secondary school, applicants must show evidence of preparation through examination results. A wide variety of test results can fulfill this requirement, including SAT Reasoning exams, the ACT, two or more results from SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, 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 offers we make based on predicted IB and A-level results may be revoked in summer if the final results are not a close match for the predicted values.

Read the Rochester test-flexible policy blog post by the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

 

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 admit@admissions.rochester.edu 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)

Matura

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria

Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)

Bachillera to Nacional

Matura

Riigieksamitunnistus

Baccalauréat

Abitur

Apolytirion

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)

CENEVAL EXANI II

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)

Baccalaureate

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