The University of Rochester is home to over 2,300 international students and scholars from around the globe. More than 100 countries are represented in the University’s international community, making our campuses vibrant and eclectic. With such a diverse student population and numerous cultural events and activities, the University of Rochester prides itself on being a global village. The City of Rochester, like the University, provides a welcoming environment for students from all over the world. We hope you’ll consider becoming a part of our dynamic and engaging community.


The admissions interview is an important part of applying to the University of Rochester. Each year from July to January, University of Rochester Admissions professionals, alumni, and representatives connect with prospective high school seniors all over the world in one-on-one interviews. These interviews are an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to ask us about Rochester.

The Value of an Interview

Why should you interview?

  • At Rochester, we want to learn more about you! An interview is the best place for you to share with us your interests and passions. We’re eager to find out what you love to do and what excites you, so this is a perfect opportunity to show us how amazing you are.
  • You get to speak one-on-one with a Rochester Admissions professional, a current Rochester student, or an alumni representative and learn more about Rochester. It’s your chance to ask all of your tough questions. An interview can help you understand if Rochester is the right school for you.
  • Interviews can help determine merit scholarship candidates, so if you plan on competing for merit-based awards, an interview is strongly recommended.

We offer several types of interviews to international students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select the interview type that you prefer, understanding that your top preference may no longer be an option. Interviews fill up quickly, so schedule your appointment early!

The best way to see if Rochester is the right fit for you is to visit campus. If you’re able to visit campus, we encourage you to sign up for a campus visit and an interview. While on campus, you can also register for a campus tour and information session. And, because you’re visiting from so far, if there’s anything we can do to make your visit more productive (meeting with a faculty member, a coach, or sitting in on a class), let us know. On campus interviews are available from May until December.
We understand that not every prospective student has the ability to visit campus, so we’re coming to you! The University of Rochester may be visiting your area soon. Rochester Admissions representatives travel all over the world and may have scheduled an interviewing event in your area. Additionally, Rochester alumni are scattered throughout the globe, so there a chance you can meet face-to-face with a former Rochester student.
If a face-to-face on-campus or off-campus interview isn’t possible for you, the University of Rochester also offers prospective students the opportunity to sign up for a Skype or phone interview with an Admissions representative or a current student. The deadline to request a Skype or phone interview for Fall 2018 admission has now passed. However, you may still explore the option of submitting a third-party interview (see below).

If you are unable to interview with a member of the University of Rochester community, we also accept interviews through our partners at InitialView and Vericant. Learn more about InitialView or Vericant interviews.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The University of Rochester is committed to welcoming international students each year who represent cultural and ethnic diversity from a wide variety of countries. We understand that there are numerous factors that may affect a student’s ability to pay for his or her college education. In some cases, the University will work with students and their families to identify available financial resources to make it possible for the student to attend.

During the application process, international applicants are required to demonstrate they have the financial means (either through private funds or sponsorship) to attend the University of Rochester. The documentation you must submit will depend on your financial situation below.

Canadian and Mexican citizens are eligible to apply for financial aid at the University of Rochester and may be awarded grant and/or loan funding, depending on their eligibility. For more information on applying for need-based grants for Canadian or Mexican citizens, please visit the Financial Aid website.
Applicants who are able to meet the full cost of attendance must submit a completed International Financial Support Form (IFSF) with their application for admission. The IFSF and any supporting documentation should be uploaded as PDFs through your Rochester portal account. Otherwise, they can be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions via email or mail. Your application will remain incomplete without a completed IFSF on file. Acceptable sources of funding are listed on the IFSF; applicants securing funding from their government, a private sponsor, or other source of funding not listed on IFSF should submit a copy of a sponsor letter as supporting documentation. Questions about this form can be directed to international@ur.rochester.edu.

If you are unable to meet the full cost of attendance for Rochester without need-based aid or sponsorship from the University, you must submit the CSS PROFILE. The CSS PROFILE is used to determine your potential eligibility for need-based University of Rochester grant funding and must be completed each year of attendance. Due to limited resources, only a small number of international applicants will qualify for need-based financial aid from the University. Applicants unable to secure the needed funding to cover the cost of attendance either through private funds or sponsorship cannot be admitted to the University.

Merit Scholarships

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, are considered for merit scholarships. No additional documentation is required to compete for a merit scholarship. Since merit scholarships are awarded independent of a student’s need, you must still submit the appropriate documents with your application as described above to complete your application for admission.

English Language Exams

If your native language is not English and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English language proficiency. In some instances, admission to the University will be contingent upon participation in the University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Exam Typical ‘passing’ score Typical ‘strong’ score
IELTS 7.5 8.0+
TOEFL PBT Test (Prior to June 2017) 600
TOEFL iBT Test or
Revised TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test
(June 2017 or later)
Recommended Section Scores
PTE Academic 66 73+

Applicants to the University can choose one of three language proficiency examinations to submit to the Office of Admissions: the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the PTE Academic. The table above shows how exam results correlate to results at Rochester.

Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply. If your scores are slightly lower than the minimums listed above, and your application is strong in other ways, you may earn access to Rochester through the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program.

Some applicants who meet minimum score requirements but also require additional English language support may be recommended for EAP. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to the EAP program. If you are granted access to Rochester through the EAP program, you will take undergraduate classes alongside EAP program courses.

To have ETS send your TOEFL results to the University of Rochester, use school code 2928.

Requests to Waive English Proficiency Exams

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may submit an English Proficiency Requirement Waiver Request after you have submitted your application for admission and your academic transcripts:

  • You are a native speaker of English in your home environment.
  • You completed three or more years of secondary education at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • You are a transfer applicant who has completed a year or more of college-level courses taught in the United States, including at least one writing-intensive course.

Waivers submitted prior to a completed application or transcripts will not be reviewed until the application is complete. If approved, your application status will automatically be updated. International applicants must submit either an English proficiency exam or request a waiver by their application deadline.

Common Questions

All applicants who are not US citizens or US permanent residents at the time of application are considered international applicants. If you become a US citizen or permanent resident after you’ve applied to the University of Rochester, you may submit documentation of this change (a copy of your Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Naturalization, or Permanent Resident Card) to the Office of Admissions to update your citizenship status. US citizens and permanent residents, no matter where in the world they live or go to school, are not considered international applicants but will be reviewed for admission within the context of their school cohort.
Do not apply as an international student. Instead, make sure to specify your citizenship where indicated on your application materials. In addition, permanent residents of the US are required to submit a copy of their Permanent Resident card (green card) with their application.
The IFSF should show your ability to cover the first year of tuition and provides projections for the next three years of attendance. All international applicants are required to submit either the IFSF or the CSS PROFILE (see Scholarships and Financial Aid). The IFSF should be uploaded directly as a PDF through your Rochester potal account. For questions please email international@ur.rochester.edu.
Students can submit any approved national or international test result. For a list of approved tests, please see our testing policy. If English is not your native language and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English Language proficiency.
If you are visiting campus, we strongly encourage you to interview during your visit. For many students living far away, an off-campus event or interview is the best way to connect with a University of Rochester representative. Please see our international interview page for information about arranging a Skype or off-campus interview. The University of Rochester also accepts InitialView and Vericant interviews.
An I-20 is an official document that universities issue to certify to the United States government that the admitted student is eligible for a student visa. After enrolling, students will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with detailed instructions regarding the I-20 application process. We will not start processing I-20 documents until after this email is sent. Visit the International Services Office’s page for more information for incoming international students.
Every applicant, regardless of citizenship, can compete for merit-based aid. Need-based financial aid for international students is limited. Visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.
If you have been in a school where English is the primary language of instruction and you have completed three years or more by the application deadline, you do not need to submit results from an English Language Examination but must request a waiver in writing. You can find out more on our English Language Exams page.
Yes, undocumented students are welcome to apply to the University of Rochester. Learn more about applying as an undocumented student.

If you have a question, please email us at international@ur.rochester.edu.

Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests results may appear on high school transcripts but scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. The University of Rochester considers the highest combined SAT/ACT score, even if they are from different test dates. Only your highest scores will be considered in our final admissions decision. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new higher scores.

We encourage you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT. Sending your scores each time helps us to consider you for all available degree programs, special programs, and scholarships.

You can choose to further differentiate yourself from other applicants with links to electronic media (music, websites, photos, videos, etc.). Admission reviewers will consider these contents (if submitted by the deadline) during our process.

Test-Flexible Policy

At the University of Rochester, admission to the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is based on a holistic review process that includes a “test-flexible” philosophy. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures incorporate a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records.

In addition to submitting a record of courses and grades during secondary school, applicants must show evidence of preparation through examination results. A wide variety of test results can fulfill this requirement, including SAT Reasoning exams, the ACT, two or more results from SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, 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 offers we make based on predicted IB and A-level results may be revoked in summer if the final results are not a close match for the predicted values.

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

List of Approved Tests

The list below indicates, country by country, which examinations will fulfill an applicant’s standardized testing requirement. The list is not comprehensive, and will be updated as new examinations are approved. Please email admit@admissions.rochester.edu 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)

A verification report of scores can be requested through China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC).

Bachillerato 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