Professional Degree Programs
Combined-Admission Programs are selective programs for exceptional undergraduates in medicine, engineering, and education that guarantee admission to professional or graduate school upon completion of the bachelor’s degree. Dual Degree Programs in music and nursing allow exceptional undergraduates to gain admission to the College and a separate School to pursue two selective undergraduate degrees at once.
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.
Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY)
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.
As one of the nation’s top-tier research universities, the University of Rochester is an ideal place for undergraduate research. About 77 percent of Rochester students are involved in undergraduate research, developing problem-solving skills, gaining useful academic and career experience, and making significant contributions to their communities.
Research and Innovation Grants (RIG)
Rochester supports undergraduate research by selecting incoming students to receive annual research grants of $3,000 to $4,500 to use as undergraduates on research endeavors. The goal of the RIG program is to get students involved in experiential activities that stimulate their mind, broaden their perspectives, expand their intellectual and social networking, and strengthen their connections to the University community and the research and creative communities throughout the world.
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.
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 Career and Internship Center 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.
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).
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.
2+2 Dual Admission Program
The 2+2 Dual Admission program is an innovative way for students to obtain an associate’s degree at Monroe Community College here in Rochester with the guarantee of admission to the University of Rochester (provided certain academic standards are fulfilled) with full junior status. This program is designed for first-time, full-time students who know they want to transfer to the University of Rochester when they first are applying to MCC but who, for various reasons, decide to spend their first two years attaining their associate’s degree.
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.
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.