Community Outreach

The Office of Admissions proactively engages the greater Rochester community to promote postsecondary access among students in grades 4–12. If you have questions about the activities and programs found on this webpage, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your group, class, or organization, please call us at (585) 275-3221, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or email us.


Community Programs

These programs are administered by the Office of Admissions and specifically target or overlap with the University’s outreach to the community.

Pre-College Experience
Admissions, Financial Aid, and Pre-College Programs will combine efforts to present the Pre-College Experience (PCE). This event is for students in grades 7–11 from Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse schools. In this free program, participants may choose to attend an assortment of workshops on topics such as the college admissions process, financial aid, the college essay, mini-class offerings available through Rochester Scholars, and summer program offerings, and there will be opportunities to hear current college students’ stories.

Campus Discovery Search and Spelling Bee Day
Admissions and Financial Aid will collaborate with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and members of the 19th Ward community to host a scavenger hunt and spelling bee for students in grades 3–6. The young students will explore campus, enjoy lunch in Danforth with University students, and end their day with a spelling bee.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference
HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth into a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. The programs provide unique leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and motivational experiences for youth selected by their schools to participate.

College Horizons
College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer, students work with college admissions officers, college counselors, essay specialists, and other educators in a five-day “crash course” on the college application process.

The individualized program helps students:

    • Select suitable colleges to research and apply to.
    • Complete winning applications, résumés, and memorable essays.
    • Get test-taking strategies, information, and resources on the ACT and SAT.
    • Navigate the financial aid/scholarship process, complete a preliminary FAFSA, and learn about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund.
    • Develop relationships with admissions officers by attending our College Fair, informational sessions, and one-on-one or small group class time.
    • Receive tips and strategies on the application process and get advice on how to succeed in college as a Native student.
    • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student.

National Hispanic Institute Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session
The LDZ conference focuses on the organization and management of power as a foundational tool of leadership. This flagship program of the NHI offers students the opportunity to envision themselves as part of the future leadership of a 21st-century Latino community. LDZ participants are considered for a scholarship if they apply to the University of Rochester.

Focus on Rochester
This annual event offers an opportunity for community members and University of Rochester personnel to meet and discuss how we might better work together. We are thrilled to bring the event into the community, and are proud to continue this partnership for the betterment of Rochester youth.

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has constructed meaningful partnerships with the community-based organizations listed here and more than fifty others.

To support their ongoing postsecondary advocacy work within the Rochester community, our activities have included campus visits (tours and information sessions), community-based workshops on college access and the University, special speakers (Colin Powel, Mos Def, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour), and unique community partnerships and programs.

Here are a few of the community-based organizations we are proud to partner with:

Ghandi Service Fellows

Ghandi Service Fellows

The Gandhi Service Fellowship trains college students in the practices and principles of nonviolence. Fellows design and coordinate projects intended to serve a diverse population in the Rochester community. Projects have included a weeklong alternative spring break, nonviolence education programs at Wilson Foundation Academy in Rochester, interfaith banquets, social justice forums, and the promotion of sustainability.

2011–2012 Gandhi Service Fellows

Lendsey Achudi is studying international affairs at the University of Rochester.

“Working with the Gandhi Institute changed my life completely. I became at peace with my inner self. I am happier and am learning to accept people the way they are without losing who I am. If more people acknowledged the power of nonviolence, we would solve many of the world’s problems.”

Fatima Bawany is studying religion and medicine at the University of Rochester.

“As a native Pakistani, I had known quite a bit about Gandhi. But, I only learned about his passion for inter-religious and intercultural understanding after becoming a Gandhi Service Fellow. One of the first gifts I received when I became part of the Institute was a book called Vows and Observances. After reading it, I was able to see how knowledgeable Gandhi was about other faiths and how he worked to make people of all backgrounds feel welcome and respected.”

Husain Bawany is pursuing a degree in medicine at St. John Fisher College. He coordinated a religious dialogue dinner at SJFC.

Nadya Spice is studying imaging science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For her Gandhi project, she worked to create a social justice club on the RIT campus.

School Partnerships

School Partnerships

In addition to Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) visits within the Rochester City School District, the schools below are those with whom we have conducted special outreach activities, such as trainings for students and counselors, workshops for students and parents, and special visits for student groups.

  • All City High
  • Charlotte High School
  • East High School
  • Edison Campus
  • Integrated Arts and Technology High School
  • James Monroe High School
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • Northeast College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • Northwest College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • RCSD Counselor Group
  • Robert Brown High School of Construction and Design
  • Rochester Early College International High School
  • Rochester International Academy
  • Rochester STEM High School
  • School # 16
  • School # 33
  • School # 41
  • School # 58 World of Inquiry
  • School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls Commencement Academy
  • School Without Walls Foundation Academy
  • Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • Young Adult Evening High School

Rochester Promise

Rochester Promise

As part of the University’s longstanding commitment to our city, to education, and to the empowerment of Rochester’s future leaders, this $25,000 per year award is exclusively for graduates of the Rochester City School District who enroll at the University (as freshmen or as transfers).

Rochester Promise Scholarship 2014


Other Scholarships

These scholarships are specifically designed to eliminate barriers to access and encourage Rochester youth to achieve their aspirations for postsecondary achievement. As you know, the University of Rochester is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted students.

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
$25,000 per year for a former Hillside scholar

Jesse Moore Urban League Scholarship
Starts at $10,000 per year for youth nominated by the local Urban League office

Wilson International Baccalaureat
Full-tuition scholarship for graduates of the IB Program at Wilson Magnet High School who enroll at the University as freshmen