How to Apply

Application Requirements for Freshmen

You must submit the following materials. You will either submit through Rochester’s application portal or your respective application portal (or mail when applicable). Rochester accepts the Common Application (CA) or the Coalition Application (CoA). The materials listed under Official Documents must be submitted to us directly by your school, testing site, or family member, depending on the document.

Rochester Application Portal

  • Part I Application
  • Interview sign-up (highly recommended)
  • Links to electronic media (music, websites, photos, videos, etc.(optional)
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • The Hive (optional)

Official Documents

Application Portal

If you are reapplying, please submit a new Part I Application and indicate that you are reapplying and additional questions will appear to help us reconsider you.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following materials. You will either submit through Rochester’s application portal or your respective application portal (or mail when applicable). Rochester accepts the Common Application (CA) and the Coalition Application (CoA). The materials listed under Official Documents must be submitted to us directly by your school, testing site, or family member, depending on the document.


Rochester Application Portal

Official Documents

Application Portal

If you are reapplying, please submit the Reactivation Form.


It’s important to meet the application deadlines for ideal financial aid packaging and scholarship decisions. You must submit all materials by the dates below. All mailed materials should be postmarked by the dates below (they do not necessarily have to reach our office by these dates).

Application Notification Reply
Early Decision November 1 Mid-December Within 3 weeks of notification
REMS November 15 April 1 May 1
GEARDDE December 1 April 1 May 1
GRADE, HEALDDN January 5 April 1 May 1
Regular Decision* January 5 April 1 May 1

* To be given highest scholarship consideration, please send all application materials to Rochester by December 1.

Applicants affected by disasters or situations beyond their control (e.g., severe weather conditions, civic disruptions, etc.) can seek a deadline extension and expect a sympathetic response.

Common Questions

If you haven’t already done so, complete the Common Application or or the Coalition Application. For additional information, visit the How to Apply tab.

Rochester students achieve not only for themselves but as part of a community. Our supplement quotes activist Frederick Douglass and asks applicants to describe their community contributions. Find out more at the Coalition Application or Common Application websites.

Additionally, in the Common Application, you have the ability to build your individual supplemental response. You can choose one of three methods that best illustrates your interest in attending the University of Rochester and best highlights your individual talents and interests. These options include writing an essay or submitting a creative portfolio or research abstract.

You can. If you applied last year, you can reapply by updating your original application by filling out a new Part I Application. If you applied more than one year ago, you will also want to complete a new Common Application. If you’re currently attending another college, you’ll be re-applying to Rochester as a transfer student and will need to provide additional documents. It is recommended that transfers complete a year or more of full-time study before reapplying, so we have enough new college information to consider.

SAT: 2928
ACT: 2980
TOEFL: 2928
Learn more about testing on our Testing Policy tab.

There are no minimum requirements for admission to Rochester. We review each student’s application using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. The typical Rochester student has:

  • Ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
  • Taken 2–7 AP or IB courses
  • Maintained a median academic unweighted GPA of 3.8
  • Submitted an SAT score between 1900 and 2200 or an ACT score between 29 and 33

These are only the bare numbers to describe a Rochester student. We also value unquantifiable strengths such as initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, and we’re also careful to ensure each class represents the full spectrum of diversity, including hometowns, ideas, and experiences.

Early Decision is for freshmen applicants who are certain Rochester is for them. Under Rochester’s ED plan, you finish your application by November, complete and sign the ED Confirmation Form, and are notified of your admission status in December, rather than late March. If admitted ED, you are required to enroll at Rochester and withdraw any applications submitted to other schools. If you are an ED applicant who is denied admission, you will not be reconsidered with the Regular Decision pool. In some instances, an Early Decision applicant’s decision may be postponed and will be reconsidered for admission along with the Regular Decision pool and notified in late March. You can only apply Early Decision to one institution.

If you are admitted, you will receive an admission decision letter by mail and email. All other decisions will come via email only.

Interviews can certainly help your chances of being offered admission. If you wish to compete for scholarships, you should definitely interview.

To assess the preparation of home-schooled students, we require an admission interview and official score results for two AP, IB, or SAT II Subject tests. We also recommend submitting a standard transcript with grades and course descriptions and a letter of recommendation from an instructor other than a parent. Read our home school policy.

While we appreciate the special connection that family of alumni possess, we must be assured that you will be able to succeed here before we can extend an offer of admission. Therefore, while we make every effort to admit qualified legacy applicants, admission rates are relatively similar to those of non-legacies.

We wait until we have received most or all of our applications for the fall semester to begin making admissions decisions. Therefore, you will likely hear back from us by April 1. In the meantime, email us if you have any questions.

Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

The admissions committee in Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering supervises a holistic review process that incorporates a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records. Because secondary school courses, grading practices, and standards vary, applicants must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures allow for students to demonstrate readiness through a wide variety of tests (see below for list).

Standardized test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. Only your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates. Beginning in 2016, Rochester will begin to accept the current (2015) and new (2016) SAT exam versions as equivalent. We will measure and publish the success of the new SAT in predicting success at Rochester starting in 2018. Rochester will not require students to take the SAT essay when it becomes optional, but will urge those applicants who take the essay to submit those results.


Test-Flexible Policy

A wide variety of test results can fulfill Rochester’s testing requirement, including SAT Reasoning exams, the ACT, two or more results from SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, GCE, SE, AS- and A-level exams (in UK and Commonwealth countries), Gao Kao (China), and results from many other national secondary exams.

Please note that for International Baccalaureate (IB), submission of test results should come as a signed and dated letter of predicted IB scores from the IBO coordinator on campus. The more detail included, the more helpful the results are to us.

Admission and scholarship offers based on predicted IB and A-level results may require final results that are a close match for the predicted values.

Read the Rochester test-flexible policy blog post by the Dean of College Admission.

For Rochester, sending more testing information can only improve your chances for admission to all available degree programs, professional programs, and scholarships.


List of Approved Tests

The list below indicates, by country, which examinations will fulfill your standardized testing requirement. The list is not comprehensive and will be updated as new examinations are approved. Please email us with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.

Students may submit their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) positioning and one of the following:

Australian Capital Territory Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), or
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio + Vestibular (University Entrance Exam)
Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio/Middle Education National Examination (ENEM)


Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

Prueba De Seleccion Universitaria

Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gao Kao)

Bachillera to Nacional






Indian School Certificate (ISC)
All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE)
Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)
Other state examinations may be considered on request

National Examination

Irish Leaving Certificate

Teudat Bagrut

College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)


National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

Higher Secondary School Certificate Exams

Prueba de Aptitude Academica (PAA)


Advanced Highers (Highers meet minimum requirements; Advanced Highers is recommended)

Prueba de Acceso a la Universidad (Selectividad)

Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate

General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT)

GCE Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent combination of AS-Level and A-Level examinations Pre U Examinations

West African Senior School Certificate Examination


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