How to Apply

How to Apply

    1. Submit the Part I Application.
    2. Complete the Common Application (this will include submitting the application fee) OR the Universal College Application (applying through UCA will require the submission of a supplement on their website)
    3. Send us your high school transcript showing at least three years of grades.
    4. All freshman applicants are required to submit official test scores. If you are applying as a transfer student, it is recommended that you submit these scores.
    5. Letters of recommendation: Submit two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor. If you are applying as a transfer student, at least one Academic Evaluator recommendation is required.
    6. Send your English Language Test (PTE Academics, TOEFL, or IELTS) Scores. If your native language is not English, you must fulfill our English language requirement. (If your native language is English or you qualify to have the English language requirement waived, please contact Admissions at admit@admissions.rochester.edu.)
    7. Submit the International Financial Support (IFS) form. To be eligible for admission, you must demonstrate the ability to cover the estimated cost of at least one year of attendance. For more information, visit our ‘Paying for Rochester’ tab.
    8. Interview with an Admissions representative (on or off campus) (highly recommended)
    9. Check Your Application Status: Check your application status to make sure Admissions has received everything.

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 the Dual Degree Program in nursing, complete the DDN application.
  • If applying to the Dual Degree Program in music, complete the DDE application.

International Transfer Students

If you are an international student and are applying to transfer to Rochester, please also submit the following:

  • Registrar’s Report
    This form is to be completed by a dean or other college official who has access to your academic record.
  • WES Credit Evaluation
    If you’re applying to transfer to the University of Rochester from a college outside of the US, you are required to submit a credit evaluation for your college transcripts from WES.
  • College Course Descriptions
    If you’re applying to transfer to the University of Rochester from a college outside of the US, you are encouraged to submit descriptions of the courses you have taken.

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 5
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

Professional Degree Programs (Combined Admission Programs/Dual Degree 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

Transfer, Fall Semester

All Application Materials Due: 12:00 am EST, March 15 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Application Review: Review of completed applications begins in February. Review takes about a month.

Notification Date: Decisions start going out in March and will continue into July, based on when the application was completed.

Your Response Required: Your response deadline will be specified in your decision letter.

Transfer, Spring Semester

All Application Materials Due: 12:00 am EDT October 1 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis.

Application Review: Review of completed applications begins in late August. Review takes about a month.

Notification Date: Decisions start going out in October and will continue based on when the application was completed.

Your Response Required: Your response deadline will be specified in your decision letter.

Paying for Rochester

Paying for Rochester

To be eligible for a United States visa, international applicants are required to demonstrate the financial means to attend the University of Rochester by submitting the International Financial Support (IFS) Form and bank statements. To be eligible for admission, demonstrated funds must cover the estimated cost of one full year of attendance. Canadian and Mexican citizens may apply for need-based financial aid, but must demonstrate their ability to pay the difference between the total cost of attendance and the financial aid package. Get more information.

 

Acceptable Documents

Sources of funding are listed on the International Financial Support Form and are accompanied by the following types of documents:

  • An original bank statement no older than six months, on official bank letterhead, stamped or signed by a bank official, and showing the required amount in liquidity. (Note: If your sponsor is not a parent or legal guardian, the statement should be submitted with an affidavit of support.)
  • Original copy of scholarship letter from sponsoring organization indicating dates, amounts, and terms of sponsorship.

 

Scholarships

Every applicant, regardless of citizenship, can compete for a merit scholarship. Most scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,000 and are awarded based on a variety of factors, including:

  • GPA (grade point average)
  • Rigor of the secondary school curriculum (i.e., taking honors, advanced, IB, or A-level courses)
  • Depth and range of extra-curricular activities
  • Standardized test scores (SAT-I or SAT-II, ACT, AP, IB)
  • The geographic, cultural, and socio-economic perspective of the applicant
  • Demonstrated understanding of the University of Rochester

Read a blog post on scholarships written by Dean of College Admission, Jonathan Burdick.

 

Other Sources of Financial Aid

English Language Exams

English Language Exams

If your native language is not English and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English language proficiency. In some instances, admission to the University will be contingent upon participation in the University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Minimum Exam Scores

ExamTypical ‘passing’ scoreTypical ‘strong’ score
IELTS7.07.5+
TOEFL (paper-based)600
TOEFL (internet-based)100
Individual Minimums 
Writing=25 
Speaking=24 
Reading=26 
Listening=25
107+
PTE Academic6673+

Applicants to the University can choose one of three language proficiency examinations to submit to the Office of Admissions: the TOEFL, the IELTS or the PTE Academic. The table above shows how exam results correlate to results at Rochester.

Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply. If your scores are slightly lower than the minimums listed above, and your application is strong in other ways, you may earn access to Rochester through the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Some applicants who meet minimum score requirements but also require additional English language support may be recommended for EAP. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to the EAP program. If you are granted access to Rochester through the EAP program, you will take undergraduate classes alongside English language courses.

To have ETS send your TOEFL results to the University of Rochester, use school code 2928.

Requests to Waive English Proficiency Exams

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may request a waiver of the English proficiency examination requirement (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE-Academic) by emailing Admissions.

  • You are a native speaker of English in your home environment.
  • You completed three or more years of secondary education at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • You are a transfer applicant who has completed a year or more of college-level courses taught in the United States, including at least one writing-intensive course.

Common Questions

International Students FAQ

Who is considered an international applicant?
International applicants are individuals who need a visa in order to study in the United States. Permanent residents of the United States of America, no matter where in the world they live or go to school, are not considered international applicants.

How do I apply if I am a U.S. permanent resident?
Do not apply as an international student. Instead, make sure to specify your citizenship where indicated on your application materials. In addition, permanent residents of the U.S. are required to submit a copy of their Permanent Resident card (green card) with their application.

What is the International Financial Support Form? Do I need to fill it out?
The IFS form should show your ability to cover the first year of tuition and provides projections for the next three years of attendance. All international applicants are required to fill out the form and should submit it with official financial documentation, such as a bank statement. Letters of employment or tax returns will not be accepted as documentation. A hard copy of the IFS form and supporting documentation is required and can be mailed to the Office of Admissions.

What type of testing is required to apply as an international student?
Students can submit any approved national or international test result. For a list of approved tests, please visit our Testing Policy tab. If English is not your native language and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English Language proficiency.

I’d like to interview; how can I set up an appointment?
If you are visiting campus, we strongly encourage you to interview during your visit. For many students living far away, an off-campus event or interview is the best way to get a chance to talk to a University of Rochester representative. The University of Rochester also accepts the CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI) for students currently in China, Taiwan, and South Korea. To find out more about these options, visit our off-campus events page.

What is an I-20?
An I-20 is a government form that the universities issue to certify to the United States government that the admitted student is eligible for a student visa. Visit the International Services Office’s page for more information.

Are International Students eligible for financial aid?
Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for state and federal aid. International students are eligible for merit scholarships. Visit the ‘Paying for Rochester’ tab for more details.

I attend a school where English is the primary language of instruction. Do I still need to submit results from an English Language Examination?
If you have been in a school where English is the primary language of instruction and you have completed three years or more by the application deadline, you do not need to submit results from an English Language Examination. You can find out more on our ‘English Language Exams’ tab.

If you have a question, please email us at international@ur.rochester.edu.

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 College Admission.

 

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)

A verification report of scores can be requested through China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC).

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