How to Apply

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.

Common Application

  • Part I Application
  • Common Application (this will include submitting the application fee)
  • All official college transcripts from schools attended
  • At least one Academic Evaluator recommendation form
  • College Report
  • Final high school transcript*
  • Official test scores*

*If you have completed at least a year of full-time college course work, you may call or email us to request these items to be waived after applying. 

Optional Supplementary Materials

Apply for Financial Aid

Application Status Check (MyROC)

Universal College Application

*If you have completed at least a year of full-time college course work, you may call or email to request these items to be waived after applying. 

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.

Common Application

*If you have completed at least a year of full-time college course work in the United States including a writing intensive college English course, you may call or email to request these items to be waived after applying. 

Optional Supplementary Materials

Application Status Check (MyROC)

Universal College Application

*If you have completed at least a year of full-time college course work in the United States including a writing intensive college English course, you may call or email to request these items to be waived after applying. 

Optional Supplementary Materials

Application Status Check (MyROC)

The College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering has a dual admissions agreement program with Monroe Community College.  Students enroll in the 2+2 program through Monroe Community College, complete a set of courses for their academic interest leading to an associate degree and will be guaranteed admission to continue their studies at the University of Rochester in their chosen major of study. The program is best designed for first-year full-time students who know what they want to pursue. Students complete recommended courses of study, receive a minimum grade requirement, and transfer after two years at junior class standing. Admissions counselors visit MCC’s Career and Transfer Center every semester to advise students on their academic plans. Degree audit sheets are also available to help guide students with their course selection.

Current Monroe Community College Dual 2+2 students finishing the program must submit the following to Rochester the semester before planning to enroll as full-time Rochester students:

  • MCC 2+2 Intent to Enroll Form*
  • Official college transcript from MCC and any other school attended
  • Official AP/IB exam results if seeking college credit
  • A résumé and an admissions interview are recommended for those wishing to compete for potential merit scholarships.
  • If applicable, apply for financial aid

*The Intent to Enroll Form should be submitted by March 15 for September enrollment and October 1 for January enrollment at Rochester.

Rochester offers 2+2 programs in the following academic areas:

  • African & African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Optics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Studio Arts

Some of our Engineering 2+2 program requirements have students cross-registering for courses at Rochester while enrolled at Monroe Community College. These cross-registration courses are processed through the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program agreement. When taking cross-registration courses, students follow the RAC procedures on the Registrar’s site.

Current Eastman School of Music students looking to add a dual degree with the College must complete the ESM Intent to Enroll Form.

The Intent to Enroll Form should be submitted no later than June 1 for September enrollment and November 1 for January enrollment at the College. These deadlines allow us time to receive, review, and respond to your academic credentials. Students will receive a decision from the Office of Admissions at the College regarding their request to add a dual degree in about a month of submitting their intent form. Students must submit a reply form to confirm their enrollment in a dual degree.

A student looking to leave the Eastman School of Music and pursue only a degree from the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering should apply as a transfer applicant following instructions for the Common Application or Universal College Application process.

Students interested in taking non-matriculated (non-degree) part-time or full-time courses at the University of Rochester can register for courses through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. Students should know that no more than six non-matriculated courses taken here can be applied toward a Rochester degree.

Students looking to earn a degree from Rochester must apply for admission, be accepted, and matriculate into a degree-seeking program. Applicants would follow the transfer application instructions and submit either the Common Application or Universal College Application material. Applicants can indicate if they are seeking enrollment as a part-time or full-time student in the application.

Staff in the Office of Admissions can discuss your academic background and any future plans you may have for applying to a degree program. You can contact us at (585) 275-3221 or at admit@admissions.rochester.edu.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, you, and your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more ⇒

If you are participating in the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program, DO NOT register as a non-matriculated student through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. Students should follow the registration procedures located here.

Deadlines

Deadlines

It’s important to meet the application deadlines to be considered strongly for admission, scholarships, and financial aid packaging. Note all the dates 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). Transfer applications are considered on a rolling basis after the application deadline until enrollment is closed.

 

Transfer, Fall Semester

All Application Materials: March 15 for priority consideration
Applications will be accepted after the deadline and considered on a rolling basis.
Application Review: Review takes about a month. Review of completed applications begins in February and continues until early July.
Notification Date: Decisions go out on a rolling basis starting in March and continue into early July.
Your Response Required: Deadline will be specified in decision letter

 

Transfer, Spring Semester

All Application Materials Due: October 1 for priority consideration
Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis.
Application Review: Review takes about a month. Review of completed applications begins in late August and will continue until early December.
Notification Date: Decisions go out on a rolling basis starting in September and will continue into early December.
Your Response Required: Deadline will be specified in decision letter

 

Professional Degree Programs (CAPS)

Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR)
Application and all other forms: March 15

Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE)
Application and all other forms: March 15

Housing

Housing for Transfers

Rochester housing is popular.
Most University of Rochester students live on campus (~84%), and Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community as much as possible. To support student goals, Rochester has built and sustains many different kinds of campus housing. Yet, in recent years, the popularity of all our facilities has exceeded the number of available spaces. Thus, we currently can’t accommodate every transfer student who will want to live on campus.

By the numbers
During the most recent years, on average, about sixty-five entering transfer students apply for fall housing and about fifteen entering students request campus housing for spring term. Each year, Rochester has been able to accommodate thirty to thirty-five transfer students for fall term housing and all fifteen starting in January for spring term housing. Those students whom we were not able to accommodate in the fall and who still desire housing were able to secure on-campus housing for spring term.

Transfer students who do apply for fall term housing are not likely to hear about housing until after July 15 at the earliest. And some assignments will come later, sometimes close to the date classes begin. In fact, each fall, about five students receive their campus housing assignment in early September after classes begin, as late changes in other students’ plans make spaces available.

Real options
Many UR transfer students live off-campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods. Some transfer students prefer to live off-campus and never apply for on-campus housing. Others have sought housing off-campus for one or two semesters because they were unsuccessful in their first attempt to get a campus housing assignment.

Off-campus housing options for college students in Rochester are affordable, safe, can offer both parking and/or public transportation options, and come in a range of prices and lifestyles. Students seeking off-campus housing can depend on support from the Off-Campus Housing staff in the Office of Residential Life while finding a good match for their educational plans.

Process and timing
For your best chance at securing on-campus housing, apply as early as you can. Transfer admissions occur on a rolling basis throughout the late spring and summer, but do your best to get the housing materials in as quickly as possible.

Students entering as transferring freshmen and sometimes sophomores will have a higher priority for housing placement ahead of students entering at more advanced class standing. Students moving to Rochester from out of the area, including international students, will have priority over students who live locally. While these are the general placement priorities for assigning transfer students, it does not guarantee housing placement for all that may meet those criteria. We will do our best to place as many transfer students in housing as we are able.

Common Questions

Transfer FAQ

After submitting Part I, you can submit the Common Application or the Universal College Application and supplemental material for transfers. If you have any questions, please contact us.

If you have graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalency, or are enrolled in eight or more college credits following graduation, you would be considered a transfer applicant. Applicants who are most competitive for transfer admission will have completed at least a year of college courses (24–32 credits) at the time of applying.

If you have graduated from high school more than two years ago but have not taken college level classes, you are considered a freshman applicant. Students may be more competitive for admissions taking some college courses and then applying as a transfer. Every applicant’s situation is different and you may want to contact us about your circumstances.

If you are obtaining a high school diploma and an associate degree through a dual credit program, you will be considered as a freshman applicant. Dual credit college course can be considered for transfer credit if the courses were taken on a college camps. Freshman applicants can only accelerate graduation by one semester. 

To reapply, you should submit the Reactivation Form, which would prompt us to update your application term. You would also need to submit an official college transcript and any other new material you would like us to consider.

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.

For the fall of 2014, the typical student gaining admission to Rochester:

  • Took challenging college courses
  • Maintained a median college GPA of 3.55
  • Most students joined classified as sophomores or juniors based upon transfer credits awarded
  • Demonstrated an active, independent role in his/her educational, personal, and community activities

We value unquantifiable strengths such as initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, and we’re also careful to ensure our student body represents the full spectrum of diversity, including hometowns, ideas, and experiences.

It takes about a month to review and then notify completed transfer applications. Review of September (fall) semester applications begins in February, and notifications will start to go out in March. Review of January (spring) semester applications begins in August, with notification beginning in September. Applicants are encouraged to complete applications by the deadline to receive strongest consideration. Students who complete applications after the deadlines will be reviewed and notified on a rolling basis.

Rochester communicates with student a number of ways. Some decisions are mailed, some emailed, and some things are posted to the MyROC account. Please make sure to check your MyROC and email accounts to follow your application through the review stages to keep tabs on when a decision might be headed your way.

Rochester highly encourages all applicants to interview. An interview with a Rochester representative is a great way to talk about your background, experiences, and interests. Rochester students are so much more than just pieces of paper, and we want to take the time to get to know our students. Notes from interviews are used in our review, so interviews should be complete by the time your application is submitted for our review. If you are looking to be considered for merit scholarships, you should definitely interview.

Yes. All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships. Rochester receives applications from many qualified students, but not every student admitted will receive a scholarship. Applicants are considered holistically for potential merit scholarships. If awarded a scholarship, notification will be included in the transfer admission packet.

Your financial aid package will be emailed to you about a week after your admission offer has been mailed, as long as the Financial Aid Office has all of the required documents to complete the package. If you are applying for aid, you should complete your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE at the same time you are submitting your application for admission, so that the financial aid process is not held up. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

A detailed pre-enrollment Transfer Credit Evaluation will be included with admissions information sent to the student. Credit is awarded for courses comparable to those offered at Rochester in which you have earned a C or better. All courses come in as elective credit. Students looking to have courses approved for specific major or minor requirements will need to gain further approval from their chosen academic department. Students often speak with departments during orientation to get approvals if they know what major they want to declare.

Graduation year and class standing is determined by the number of credit hours granted at the time of entrance. The class year gives students an idea of how long it would take them to earn the minimum of 128 credit hours to complete a degree at Rochester. Graduation class year may change depending on a student’s academic foundation for interested major (especially true for an engineering, computer science, and public health major) course of study. Students are encouraged to speak with an academic department adviser about any questions regarding major course equivalences.

The table below illustrates the number of credit hours associated with each class standing.

ClassFall TermSpring Term
Freshman0–238–39
Sophomore24–5540–71
Junior56–8772–99
Senior88+100

A maximum of 64 credit hours from a two-year school may transfer to your Rochester degree requirements. If you are transferring from a four-year school, you may transfer more than 64 credits. However, students must complete at least four full-time semesters at Rochester in order to obtain a degree.

Yes. You can apply as a transfer student to obtain a second degree. The degree must be in a completely different area of study than your first degree and might not be advised depending on your goals. Second degree students receive little in financial support and it might be best for a student to consider a graduate program. You are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor and potentially a graduate department head about your plans and goals.

Yes. Transfer applicants must be currently enrolled in a HEOP, EOP, SEEK or College Discovery program and meet regular admission standards as a transfer applicant. In addition, there must be space available in our program and students need to provide documentation verifying their eligibility. HEOP counselors are available to assist students with questions about the HEOP program and potential openings. For more information, please call (585) 275-0651.

Yes. However, the nursing program is not an entry-level program. Transfer applicants must have either an RN license or a bachelor’s degree and apply directly to the School of Nursing. For more information, please contact the School of Nursing.

Fantastic! Once you have enrolled, you will receive email communications from us with the next steps. Students will receive a lot of information to read through, forms to complete, and additional information about Orientation. All incoming students will register for courses at Orientation.

 

Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

Transfers applicants are encouraged to submit standardized scores from high school. Students who have not completed their first-year of college must submit standardized scores with their application material. Students who have completed more than a year of college level courses may prefer only their college work to be considered and can request a testing waiver.

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 of scores, even if they are from different test dates.

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)

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