Deadlines & Tuition

Class sizes are limited, so be sure to enroll early.

Off-Campus and Abroad  
Malawi Immersion SeminarTBD (Tentatively end of June–beginning of July)February 15
Samoa Immersion SeminarTBD (Tentatively second half of July)February 15
Intensive Studies 
Mini Medical SchoolJuly 1129 April 1
Hajim EngineeringJuly 11–29April 1
Art of Short FilmJuly 11–29April 1
English Language ProgramJuly 11–29April 1
Non-Credit Courses
Rochester Scholars Session AJuly 11–22 May 15
Rochester Scholars Session BJuly 25–29May 15
Rochester Scholars Sessions A & BJuly 11–29May 15
Credit Courses
Taste of College Session A1May 16–June 10
Taste of College Session A2May 16–June 24May 15
Taste of College Session B1June 27–July 22May 15
Taste of College Session B2June 27–August 5May 15
International Students (All Programs) April 1

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

  • Residential students will live in the residence halls on campus.
  • Commuter students will be responsible for getting to and from campus.
  • Half-day students will take one class (choice of morning or afternoon).
  • Full-day students will take two classes (one class in the morning and one in the afternoon).



Mini Medical School (three-week full day)
Residential: $4,000

Hajim Engineering Pre-College Program (three-week full day) 
Residential: $3,600

Art of Short Film (three-week full day) 
Residential: $3,600
Commuter: $1,550

English Language Program (three-week full day)
Residential: $3,600
Commuter: $1,550



Rochester Scholars Session A (two-week)
Residential: $2,400
Commuter: $500 Half Day / $1,000 Full Day

Rochester Scholars Session B (one-week) 
Residential: $1,250 
Commuter: $250 Half Day / $500 Full Day

Rochester Scholars Session A & B (three-week) 
Residential: $3,550 
Commuter: $750 Half Day / $1,500 Full Day



Taste of College 
Residential (Summer Session B1): $5,650 
Residential (Summer Session B2): $6,850 
Commuter: University per credit hour fees apply



Malawi Seminar: $5,400 (international airfare included)
Samoa Seminar: $5,000 (international airfare included)


Rochester Community Discounts 
10% discount applies for children and grandchildren of University of Rochester employees and alumni and siblings of current students.



  • Limited aid is available and will be awarded on the basis of financial need.
  • Awards are primarily for tuition expenses; students are encouraged to see other sources of funding.
  • Funds received are nontransferable and can only be used for the requested session.
  • Financial assistance and application deadlines are one in the same and funds will not be considered for incomplete applications.


  • There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee, which will be applied to the final tuition bill.
  • A $25 lab fee applies for the “What’s Up, Doc? Exploring the Pre-Med Experience” and “Raspberry Pi” classes.
  • For credit-bearing Taste of College classes, additional fees apply for required books and supplies. For noncredit Rochester Scholars classes, books, supplies, and lunch are included with the price of tuition.


Online Payment
To register online and submit your payment electronically, click here.



On-Campus Programs:

  • Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to the start of the session will receive a program refund minus a $25 processing fee. Application fees are nonrefundable.
  • Cancellations received fewer than 30 days before the start of the session will be refunded 25% of the program fee. Application fees are nonrefundable.
  • There will be no refunds for cancellations received on or after the session start date.
  • The University of Rochester reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of under-enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, an attempt will be made to place students in equivalent courses. If this is not possible, a full refund will be made.

Off-Campus and Abroad Programs:

  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee must be submitted with the program application. Applications will not be reviewed until the $50 deposit is received. Upon acceptance to the program, students must adhere to the following payment schedule to guarantee enrollment:
  • March 15, 2016: Tuition deposit (50% of tuition)
  • May 1, 2016: Final tuition deposit (Balance of tuition, less $50 application fee)

Cancellation and refunds: If a student withdraws from a program for any reason prior to departure, a refund will be calculated by the following schedule:

Withdrawal DateRefund Amount
March 31 or before100%, excluding $50 application fee
April 1–3075%, excluding $50 application fee
May 1–3150%, excluding $50 application fee
June 1 or after0%

Withdrawal and any subsequent refunds are effective on the date that written notification is received by the Office of Pre-College Programs.

If a student is asked to leave an off-campus or abroad program for a violation of program rules, s/he is not eligible for any refunds or reimbursements. The student’s parents or guardians are responsible for the cost of the dismissed student’s travel home from the program location.

Please note: It may be is necessary to cancel a course with enrollment below five students. If this is the case, we will contact you a minimum of one month prior to the course start date. If a course is cancelled for low enrollment, students may enroll in an alternate off-campus or abroad program if space is available or may receive a full refund.


Please refer to the Pre-College homepage for the latest, most comprehensive information, or contact the Office of Pre-College Programs:

University of Rochester
Pre-College Programs
Wallis Hall
PO Box 270034
Rochester, New York 14627-0034
(888) 822-2256 or (585) 275-3221

Fax: (585) 756-8480


While Rochester’s Pre-College Programs cannot guarantee participants’ admission to the University of Rochester or its Combined Admission Programs (REMS, GEAR, GRADE), successful participation will enhance a student’s résumé, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.

Application Process


1. Register online.

2. Complete your online Pre-College Profile and application.

3. Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online in your Pre-College Profile. There will be a blue “Payment” button above the Parent Information.

4. Submit the required documents including:

  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Permissions Form
  • Financial Assistance Form (If applicable)
  • Supplements for Intensive Programs or Off-Campus and Abroad Programs (If applicable)

5. If an admissions interview is required, you will be contacted.


Application materials can be uploaded through your Pre-College account or sent to the following address:

University of Rochester
Office of Pre-College Programs
PO Box 270034
Rochester, New York 14627-0034

Fax: (585) 756-8480



Please note that the application fee will be applied to the final tuition bill. A 10% community discount applies if a parent, grandparent, or sibling is a University of Rochester employee, alumnus/a, or current student.




I participated in the program last year. Do I need to reapply?
Yes. Please register online.

Where can I find the required application documents?
 You can find the Permissions Form, the Financial Assistance Form, and the Supplement Form for the Intensive Programs and Off Campus and Abroad Programs online in your Pre-College Profile. Once you submit your application, you can click on the student name to see your current application. From there, click on the “Required Items” tab to see the application materials that need to be submitted. Any required forms (aside from the transcript, letter of recommendation, and personal statement) will be a link that will bring up a PDF for you to fill out and submit.

How do I submit the required application documents?
All application items can be uploaded through your Pre-College Profile. Once you click on the student name you will see your current application. If you then click on the “Required Items” tab, you will see a place to select the file to be uploaded.

Personal Statement Essay
All applicants are asked to write a personal statement of approximately 300 words. The writing prompt is: The University’s motto, Meliora (“ever better”), reflects our focus on continual improvement through research, understanding, and collaboration. Describe how Rochester’s Pre-College Programs will help make you “ever better,” and include the reasons why you chose the selected programs and classes.

 An official high school transcript is recommended for your application. The transcript should include your current classes and grades (if applicable). For rising 9th grade students, please submit documentation of your current classes and grades.

Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation can come from any school official who can speak to your academics, as well as your potential fit related to the classes you are choosing. There is no specific format that the letter needs to be written in.

Financial Assistance Form
Limited aid is available and will be awarded on the basis of financial need. Awards are primarily for tuition expenses and students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Funds received are nontransferable and can only be used for the requested session. Financial assistance and application deadlines are one in the same and funds will not be considered for incomplete applications. If you feel you would qualify, there is a question in the parent/guardian section when you create a Pre-College Profile indicating that you are interested in financial assistance. This form will be available in the “Required Items” section of your application.

What if my school’s policy is to send the documents directly to you? 
Your school may send any of the required documents to us via mail, fax, or email.

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.

When are applications reviewed?
Admissions to our Intensive Programs Mini Medical School, Hajim Engineering, The Art of a Short Film, and English Language Program) will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. Rochester Scholars and Taste of College applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once the application has been submitted along with any necessary documents. Once your application has been reviewed and a decision has been made, a letter will be mailed to you with your admissions decision.

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 Professional Degree Programs, successful participation will enhance a student’s résumé, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.

Is there financial assistance?
Limited aid is available and will be awarded on the basis of financial need. Awards are primarily for tuition expenses and students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Funds received can only be used for the requested session and are nontransferable. Only Financial Assistance paperwork that is received with the completed application will be considered. Please adhere to application deadlines and note that incomplete applications or applications submitted after a student has been admitted to the program may not be considered.



My favorite part was being in an environment that was at the college level rather than being in an AP class. I also enjoyed being surrounded by college students and I understand more clearly what it is like to be a student at the next level of education.” —Gabrielle

“I loved the enthusiasm of the professors. They made the academic experience conceptually difficult and challenged me to think, but made the learning process extremely enjoyable and fulfilling.” —Thomas

“The small class size allowed for a lot of hands-on experience and individualized learning.” —Emily

“The residential experience was amazing. The ability to connect with other students from all around the country, and living on campus were the highlights of the program. An unforgettable experience.” —Jose

I enjoyed learning about topics I would have never learned about in high school and sharing that time with students who were eager to learn about the topic as well.” —Marisa

“What I enjoyed about my courses was the fact that each course taught me something new every day and I like how I was able to do hands-on work.” —Corey

“I felt welcomed into the classroom.” —Jaida

“I liked the atmosphere of the courses. They were high-level and greatly immersive, but there was also a level of informality to them. I also liked the amount of information and relevant activities we were able to participate in. Nowhere else would I have the opportunity to record a song with a Grammy-winning producer!” —Nate

“I had an amazing time. I will remember the friends I made and the knowledge I gained from this program for the rest of my life. The only criticism I have is that it went by too quickly.” —Aidan

I learned a lot about myself. I know it will not only help me in my college applications, but will also help me become a better person.” —Lovejoy




“I was surprised by how much growth my son experienced in just one week. He gained knowledge in the subject area of CSI and that helped him narrow down the areas of study he’s interested in. He made a lot of friends, gained confidence, and is excited for college next year.

“My student gained first-hand experience living away from home on college campus, and was able to meet new friends from across the globe.”

“From this experience, my daughter made wonderful memories with new friends and learned the ability to manage her classes while also having some campus involvement. She was also able to interact with teachers who helped her explore her interest in a health career.

“A very welcoming and educational experience.”

“My child learned how to be independent and responsible. She definitely needed this taste of college so it won’t be so new and overwhelming once she finally enrolls in college!”

“Every day my son had interesting reports about the topics covered in class, the labs, the impressive equipment, the students he met. He was very happy about the diversity of the students.”



Will I get my first choice class selection?
Classes are 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 class. We recommend applying early.

Will I receive college credit?
College credit is only offered through our credit-bearing Taste of College courses.

How much homework do teachers assign, and are the classes hard?
The Non-Credit Courses include fun, hands-on activities, with little to no homework and no grades. The Credit-Courses will be 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.

How much do books and course materials cost?
Books and course materials are included in the program costs with the exception of the Credit Courses (Taste of College classes). Taste of College students can purchase any books or other required items at the University bookstore, and these items are not included in tuition costs. The syllabus given to you on the first day of class will include the needed materials for the course.

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.

Who are the courses taught by?
University of Rochester faculty and graduate students, and top local educators instruct the classes. Please visit our course descriptions page to learn more about instructors.


Do I need to attend the student and parent welcome if I’ve attended before?
Yes, the student and parent welcome (typically held the Sunday before the first day of class) is recommended. Students will participate in a campus orientation, including learning class locations, visiting dining halls, and Wilson Commons.

What’s a typical day like?
For residential students, breakfast will be available beginning at 8 am If you are enrolled in a Rochester Scholars morning class, you will attend class from 8:30 to 11:30 am, when lunch begins. Afternoon Rochester Scholars classes run from 1 to 4 pm 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.

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 name tag 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.

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.

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.

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.

Should I bring spending money?
Yes, if you would like to make purchases from the bookstore or from vending machines.

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.


What will I eat?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided as part of the program cost for students in the residential program. Students will enjoy a variety of options from campus dining facilities and local eateries. For commuter students, lunch in a campus dining hall is provided daily. Further information can be found through dining services.

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.


What are the residence halls like?
You’ll be housed in one of the freshman residence halls on campus. Residence halls have lounges and kitchenettes, study rooms, and laundry and computer facilities. Please note that the residence hall does not have air conditioning. The summer weather in Rochester is typically a mild to warm temperature, so please plan accordingly.

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 undergraduate 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 and location. We try to put students together who are in different programs and who are from different states or countries to give students a diverse experience. We do not accept roommate requests. 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.

Is there a curfew? 
Yes; because our Pre-College Programs students are minors, we do have a curfew in place. Residential students must check in to the residence hall by 11:30 pm Sunday through Thursday, and by 12:30 am Friday and Saturday. Students must remain in the residence hall until 6:00 am.

Are linens included?
No, you must provide your own linens.

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.

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.