The Rochester Curriculum

Learn What You Love

People do their best when doing what they love. At Rochester, you build your own curriculum with your unique strengths and interests. There are no required subjects. You study only what you’re passionate about, choosing a major in one of the three divisions of learning and taking three-course clusters in the other areas. Most Rochester students find they have room to double and even triple major.

A cluster is a set of related courses that fall within one of the three academic divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Each cluster contains at least 12 credits of coursework. Rochester students created many of these clusters. They’re just one more way you can customize your college education.

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Intersections: newscenter series about Rochester's cross-disciplinary approaches

Residential Global Campus

120+ countries represented

Students hail from across the globe and every state in the United States to live together on Rochester’s tight-knit campus.

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Skyline of City of Rochester and University of Rochester

The City of Rochester

Encompassing the Genesee River and six waterfalls, the City of Rochester is an urban center for 1 million people with vibrant and easygoing suburbs. The city’s hotspots include the Memorial Art Gallery, Kodak Hall, three professional sports venues, the National Museum of Play, and the George Eastman Photography Museum.

Rochester fostered the motion picture film industry, abolition, and the women’s rights movement. Home to Wegmans and the hub of the National Integrated Photonics Center, Rochester’s economy is entrepreneurial with thousands of specialized firms in fields like optics and health. Residents have easy access to Lake Ontario beaches, Erie Canal recreation, and a vast greenbelt of gardens, parks, and summer festivals.

Research at Rochester

Research is the systematic pursuit of knowledge and an exciting process of discovery. Every field of study has its own research problems and methods. As a Rochester student, you’ll engage in real research, seeking answers to questions of great interest to you. Your research could be aesthetic, socio-political, scientific, or technical. You choose the tools, gather the data, and delve deeper to find answers.

If you have a strong interest in doing research, it’s likely that you especially will at Rochester. Not only is the University a major research institution with world-class scholars, scientists, libraries, and laboratories, it also has a long-standing commitment to making these resources fully available to undergraduates.

77%

Students involved in undergraduate research

10:1

Student-to-faculty ratio

The Insider’s Guide to College

This insider’s guide to college is designed to be your roadmap to success. It will set you on a clear path toward pursuing an education at a selective college or university. During your college search for your dream school, make this list your own rather than following it exactly. There is no singular route when it comes to college admissions.

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