Visit Campus

The best way to learn about Rochester is to visit. Almost everyone attends an information session and takes a tour, but here are some additional opportunities:

  • Interview with an Admissions representative. (Highly recommended.)
  • Talk to current students.
  • See academic departments and labs.
  • Meet with a professor, coach, or student group or sit in on a class. (Call for availability.)

Please call the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Events

Research Rochester (open-house days) (Register!) 
Monday, February 15
Monday, March 28
Friday, April 15

Transfer Visit Days (Register!) 
Friday, February 19
Friday, March 11
Friday, April 8
Friday, May 20


Why should I interview?

The best way to stand out from a crowd is to take a step forward. Tell us who you are and why Rochester is where you want to be.

  • At the University of Rochester, we want to know the person only you can show us. If playing with chemistry sets in your spare time gets you moving, tell us. If Bill Shakespeare is more your thing, that’s great! We’re convinced the interview is our best way to learn about your interests, your passion, and your drive to design your own education.
  • Interviews help determine scholarship candidates, so if you plan on competing for merit-based awards, an interview is strongly recommended.
  • This is your chance to talk to someone who knows this place. Whether you interview with an Admissions representative or a Rochester alum, you’re going to get the real deal, not just internet details that discourage real conversation.

Where to interview:

  • On campus: From May through December, we interview students interested in applying for the upcoming academic year. Typically, this means high school seniors.
  • Off campus: September through January 1, interviews take place all over with Admissions representatives and Rochester alumni. For many people who live far from campus, an off-campus interview is the most convenient.

Transfer students:

  • Interviews for transfer applicants are conducted all year long. Students looking to enroll for the fall semester should interview in the spring, while students looking for a spring semester start should interview during the summer or fall.
  • Transfer applicants can sign up for the various interview options available. There are also on-campus interviews reserved only for transfers offered January through March on Transfer Visit Days.
  • We understand that transfer applicants have busy schedules, and an interview on or off campus may not be available when you are. If none of the available options work for you, you can make a special interview request by calling (888) 822-2256 for an interview to be arranged for you on campus, over the phone, or by Skype. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Note: You don’t have to bring any materials or documents to the interview. As for clothes, this isn’t a black tie affair. Be neat, comfortable, well rested, and ready to talk about yourself.

Maps & Directions

Campus Maps

In addition to being the best place to find campus maps of all University campuses, this site has information and pictures for most buildings and popular areas around campus.

How are you traveling?

If you are driving and using a GPS, please enter 252 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14611 as your destination. This will bring your to the main entrance of The University of Rochester.

On more popular visit days, we often have our visitors park off campus. To find out where to park, please check your event-signup confirmation email or call our office at (585) 275-3221.

When you arrive at the Elmwood Avenue entrance to campus, be sure to stop at the Visitor Parking and Information Booth (straight ahead, in the middle of the street) for instructions on where to park and how to get to the Office of Admissions in Wallis Hall. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure adequate time to park.

Google Directions to Campus

Please note that a number of large construction projects are taking place in the area surrounding campus. Please allow extra time for your trip and if possible, avoid using exit 16 off I-390.


The University’s River Campus is about two miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC). Commercial taxi service and car rental are available from the airport. Cab fare is approximately $10, depending on the number of people and luggage.


The Rochester city buses stop at several locations on the River Campus as well as the Medical Center and Eastman campuses on all routes. For schedule and bus route information, visit the Rochester Transportation Services page.


The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue. Taxi service and car rental are available, and the station is located on the municipal bus line that serves the River Campus.

Once you get to campus, check in with the visitor booth at the gate. They’ll give you a map of campus and parking information.


Below is a list of hotels within a short distance of the University.

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester30 Celebration Drive
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 424-4404
0.6 mi
Staybridge Suites University of Rochester*1000 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 527-9110
0.86 mi
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown*70 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 546-3450
1.34 mi
Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside120 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-6400
1.42 mi
Hyatt Regency Rochester125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-1234
1.44 mi
Inn on Broadway26 Broadway
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 232-3595
1.64 mi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Rochester South717 East Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 272-7800
2.68 mi
Holiday Inn Rochester Airport*911 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 328-6000
2.86 mi
Courtyard by Marriott33 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 292-1000
2.88 mi
Peter’s Vintage Bed & Breakfast277 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 436-7437
2.90 mi
Fairfield Inn Rochester Airport1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 529-5000
3.36 mi
Quality Inn Rochester Airport1273 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 464-8800
3.40 mi
The Strathallan Hotel550 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 461-5010
3.40 mi
Motel 6 Rochester Airport155 Buell Road
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 436-2170
3.68 mi
Country Inn & Suites*797 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-0131
4.00 mi
Holiday Inn & Suites*800 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-9190
4.00 mi
Best Western Rochester Marketplace Inn*940 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-2700
4.14 mi
Double Tree Hotel1111 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1510
4.17 mi
Rochester Comfort Suites2085 Hylan Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 334-6620
4.40 mi
Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1910
4.54 mi
Residence Inn Rochester1300 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 272-8850
4.72 mi

*These hotels offer visitors of the University a discount. Please mention you are a visitor when making reservations.

Overnight Hosting

Overnight Hosting (fall only)

The goal of the fall overnight hosting program is to provide high school seniors with a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student at the University of Rochester. Prospective students will be matched up with current UR students, spend the night in a residence hall, eat in the dining halls, and possibly attend a class.

The life of a UR student is not totally structured, so neither is the overnight experience. For starters, though, you can expect to eat dinner with your host and take part in at least one campus activity, depending on what your host is involved in—you may sit in on a study group, attend a club meeting, or simply hang out in the dorms.

We look forward to having you spend the night on campus in the near future!

Please note:

  • Only high school seniors are eligible to be hosted.
  • Hosting nights are limited to Monday through Thursday in the fall semester. No weekends.
  • Hosting is limited to a single night.
  • You are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • You will meet up with your host at 4:30 pm in the Office of Admissions (Wallis Hall).
  • We try to match you with a host who shares your academic and/or social interests.
  • A hosting coordinator will contact you via email in a few days to confirm your visit.

High school students: Check back in the fall for overnight hosting events.

Current Rochester students: Volunteer as a host

Other Options

Other Visiting Options

If you can’t visit Rochester in person, the following options are the next best thing.

Official blog 
Read about the lives of real current students and get exclusive updates from Admissions staff.

Virtual tour
Walk around campus with a virtual tour guide and see 360° panorama views of campus landmarks.

Learn about academics, the City of Rochester, financial aid, student life, and more.