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Additional Academic Opportunities

Rochester offers a variety of unique academic opportunities for students, including tuition-free fifth years and music lessons at one of the world’s best music schools.


Today’s employers are looking for more than just a college degree and an impressive GPA. Having experience in your field will give you an edge over other college students when applying for a job. Rochester encourages students to participate in an internship for valuable work experience and the possibility of college credit. The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections can assist you in finding and applying for an internship. Certain academic criteria must be met, and internships for class credit may require additional work.

Senior Scholars

The Senior Scholar Program gives seniors the opportunity to fully devote their time and effort to a single project to culminate their college experience. If you qualify, you could spend your entire senior year working on a project that will draw on your college experience, University research, and your own interests. This project could be a scientific investigation, a research endeavor, or a work of art.

Simon Scholars

The Office of Admissions offers an opportunity for business-interested applicants to participate in a business case competition for a $20,000 annual merit scholarship. Participants are divided into pre-determined teams and will have twenty-four hours to work together on a business solution for a real-world business case study.

Lessons at Eastman School of Music

University of Rochester’s famous Eastman School of Music is not just for music majors. Any Rochester student may take private instrumental or vocal lessons at Eastman for academic credit (a basic audition to determine placement is required after you enroll).

Study Abroad

There may be no better way to get a valuable, global learning experience and have fun than to study abroad. Rochester has many sister cities located around the world, and each year hundreds of students travel overseas to live and study in a new culture. Earn credits toward your degree, participate in an internship, and maybe even learn a foreign language in your choice of more than 70 countries. The University also offers programs in eighteen different languages from around the world, including new offerings in Korean and Turkish, effective fall 2015. Juniors and seniors are eligible to study abroad at universities around the world. Choose the program that best suits your interests and course of study.

Take 5 Scholars Program

Students who wish to pursue broader academic interests can apply for this innovative Rochester program, which allows students to stay for a fifth year of study—tuition-free! Sure, four years of college may seem like a lifetime now, but once you’re deeply involved in your area of interest, you’ll soon wonder how you can squeeze everything you want to learn into just four short years. Since 1986, more than 800 students have been accepted into this prestigious and exciting program.

The Experiential-Five (e5) Program

Qualified students may propose to devote as much as an entire academic year to internships, special projects, business plan development, research into various facets of entrepreneurship, or analysis of how culture and public policy influence entrepreneurial activity.


The University of Rochester is proud to house a Navy ROTC program on campus and to offer Air Force and Army ROTC programs in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Urban Fellows

Students from Rochester and from Rochester-area colleges are encouraged to apply for paid summer fellowships sponsored by the University of Rochester and Leadership Rochester. Stipends of $2,000 are available to fund these ten-week summer fellowships in the Rochester community. This program is made possible through grants from the Kauffman Foundation, the City of Rochester, and NY State Senator Joseph Robach.

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