How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants are responsible for submitting the following to be considered:

  • The Part 1 Application
  • The Common Application (This will include submitting the application fee)
  • Registrar Report (Common Application)
  • Academic Evaluator on the Common Application (At least one recommendation is required)
  • All official college transcripts
  • Final high school transcript*
  • Official test scores*

*Required if you’ve completed less than a year of full-time college. If you have completed more than a year of college, you can request a testing and transcript waiver.

This year’s Common Application allows college officials to submit official transcripts and recommendations electronically. In the Common Application, all applicants will need to invite a person to complete the Registrar Report in order to allow the completed Common Application to be submitted. The Registrar Report serves as a transcript request and verifies enrollment and academic standing. Applicants should check with their current school to see who should be listed as the school’s contact and to see their policy regarding transcript requests.

The person who receives the invitation to submit the Registrar Report will receive an email and can “opt out” of the online process; this will allow an applicant to access a PDF version of the report in a link. The PDF can be provided to your school to submit with your official transcript. Please note the Registrar’s Report is recommended, but if your current school refuses to submit it electronically or by paper, contact us and we can waive it for you. 

If you want to submit the Registrar Report or Academic Evaluator by paper, exclude an email address when you invite the individual. This will allow you to submit your completed Common Application and you will then have access to PDF versions of the forms.


Specialized Application Documents


International Transfer Applicants


Supporting Materials


Financial Aid
Apply for need-based financial aid.

Check your application status (MyRoc)
To ensure that the Office of Admissions has received all of your application materials, visit MyRoc.



It is important to meet application deadlines. Your application status affects financial aid packaging and could have an impact on scholarship decisions. You are encouraged to apply early, before the deadline.

Transfer, Fall Semester

  • All Application Materials Due: 12:00 am EST, March 15 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Application Review: Review of completed applications begins in February. Review takes about a month.
  • Notification Date: Decisions start going out in March and will continue into July, based on when the application was completed.
  • Your Response Required: Your response deadline will be specified in your decision letter.

Transfer, Spring Semester

  • All Application Materials Due: 12:00 am EST October 1 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • Application Review: Review of completed applications begins in late August. Review takes about a month.
  • Notification Date: Decisions start going out in October and will continue based on when the application was completed.
  • Your Response Required: Your response deadline will be specified in your decision letter.

Should you miss the application deadline, please contact Admissions to inquire if applications are still being accepted for that semester.


Housing for Transfers

Rochester housing is popular.

Most University of Rochester students live on campus (~84%), and Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community as much as possible. To support student goals, Rochester has built and sustains many different kinds of campus housing. Yet, in recent years, the popularity of all our facilities has exceeded the number of available spaces. Thus, we currently can’t accommodate every transfer student who will want to live on campus.


By the numbers

During the most recent years, on average, about sixty-five entering transfer students apply for fall housing and about fifteen entering students request campus housing for spring term. Each year, Rochester has been able to accommodate thirty to thirty-five transfer students for fall term housing and all fifteen starting in January for spring term housing. Those students whom we were not able to accommodate in the fall and who still desire housing were able to secure on-campus housing for spring term.

Transfer students who do apply for fall term housing are not likely to hear about housing until after July 15 at the earliest. And some assignments will come later, sometimes close to the date classes begin. In fact, each fall, about five students receive their campus housing assignment in early September after classes begin, as late changes in other students’ plans make spaces available.


Real options

Many UR transfer students live off-campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods. Some transfer students prefer to live off-campus and never apply for on-campus housing. Others have sought housing off-campus for one or two semesters because they were unsuccessful in their first attempt to get a campus housing assignment.

Off-campus housing options for college students in Rochester are affordable, safe, can offer both parking and/or public transportation options, and come in a range of prices and lifestyles. Students seeking off-campus housing can depend on support from the Off-Campus Housing staff in the Office of Residential Life while finding a good match for their educational plans.


Process and timing

For your best chance at securing on-campus housing, apply as early as you can. Transfer admissions occur on a rolling basis throughout the late spring and summer, but do your best to get the housing materials in as quickly as possible.

Students entering as transferring freshmen and sometimes sophomores will have a higher priority for housing placement ahead of students entering at more advanced class standing. Students moving to Rochester from out of the area, including international students, will have priority over students who live locally. While these are the general placement priorities for assigning transfer students, it does not guarantee housing placement for all that may meet those criteria. We will do our best to place as many transfer students in housing as we are able.

Common Questions

Transfer FAQ

I submitted Part 1. What do I do now?
After submitting Part 1, you can submit the Common Application. Then, submit the University of Rochester Application Supplement for Transfers. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Am I considered a freshman or a transfer applicant?
If you have graduated from high school, enrolled in a college, and received more than eight college credits, you are considered a transfer applicant.

If you have graduated from high school more than two years ago but have not taken college-level classes, you are considered a transfer applicant. However, special situations may warrant consideration as a freshman applicant. It is recommended that you take some college courses before you apply to make yourself more competitive in the transfer admissions process.

If you are obtaining a high school diploma and an associate’s degree through a dual credit program, you will be reviewed as a freshman applicant.

I previously applied to Rochester and want to apply again. What do I need to do?
If you applied last year, you can reactivate your original application by submitting the Reactivation Form, your official college transcript, and any other new material you would like us to consider. If you applied more than one year ago, you’re required to submit a new application.

What are the minimum requirements for admission?
There are no minimum requirements for admission to the University of Rochester. Each student’s application is reviewed using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate.

For the fall of 2009, the typical student gaining admission to Rochester:

  • Took challenging college courses
  • Maintained a median college GPA of 3.33
  • Demonstrated an active, independent role in his/her educational, personal, and community activities

We value unquantifiable strengths such as initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, and we’re also careful to ensure our student body represents the full spectrum of diversity, including hometowns, ideas, and experiences.

How will I be notified of your decision?
You will receive your admission decision letter by mail.

How much do interviews count?
Interviews can certainly help your chances of being offered admission. If you wish to compete for scholarships, you should definitely interview.

What is the World Education Services (WES) transcript evaluation?
If you are an international student whose college education has been outside of the United States, you are required to submit your college transcripts to be evaluated by WES. WES will evaluate your credentials, translate if needed, verify authenticity, prepare an evaluation report, and send it to the colleges to which you have applied.

Can I have application items waived?
Yes. You must contact Admissions to request an item to be waived. Common situations in which application items are waived include:

  • High school transcript: Students who have completed more than a year of full-time college courses can request to have their high school transcript waived.
  • English language exams: International applicants who have completed more than a year of college in the U.S. and have taken a college-level English course can request their SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores to be waived; however, it is recommended that students provide these scores if the exams were completed recently.
  • WES evaluation: The WES transcript evaluation can be waived for students studying at a U.S. college.

I’ve submitted my application. When will I hear back?
It takes us about a month to review completed transfer applications. Review of fall-semester applications begins in February, and notification will begin in March. Review of spring semester applications begins in August, with notification beginning in September. You are encouraged to apply early and before the deadline to receive full consideration. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions.

Are transfer applicants considered for scholarships?
Yes. All applicants are considered for scholarships. If you are awarded a scholarship, notification will be included in your admission packet.

When will I hear about my Financial Aid package?
Your financial aid package will be emailed to you about a week after your admission offer has been mailed, as long as the Financial Aid Office has all of the required documents. If you are applying for aid, you should complete your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE at the same time you are submitting your application for admission, so that the financial aid process is not held up. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

How do I know if my credits will transfer?
A detailed Transfer Credit Evaluation will be included in your admission packet. Credit is awarded for courses comparable to those offered at Rochester in which you have earned a C or better.

How long will it take me to complete my degree?
Graduation year and class standing are determined by the number of credit hours granted at the time of entrance. The table below illustrates the number of credit hours associated with each class standing. You will work with an advisor to ensure that the Rochester Curriculum and specific graduation requirements have been completed.

ClassFall TermSpring Term

Are there a maximum number of credits that will transfer?
A maximum of 64 credit hours from a two-year school may transfer to your Rochester degree requirements. If you are transferring from a four-year school, you may transfer more than 64 credits. You are required to complete at least four semesters at Rochester in order to obtain a degree.

Does Rochester consider applicants who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree?
Yes. You can apply as a transfer student to obtain a second degree. The degree must be in a completely different area of study than your first bachelor’s degree. You are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor about your goals.

Can transfer applicants be considered for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)?
Yes. To be considered for Rochester’s HEOP program, you must currently be enrolled in a HEOP/EOP program and meet regular admission standards as a transfer applicant.

I am interested in a degree in nursing. Can I apply to Rochester?
Yes. However, the nursing program is not an entry-level program. Applicants must have either an RN licensure or a bachelor’s degree and must apply directly to the School of Nursing. For more information, please contact the School of Nursing.

Is there housing available to transfer students?
On-campus housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services will do its best to house all interested students. Housing options for fall transfers are very limited. For more information regarding off-campus housing options and assistance, please contact Residential Life.

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 Admissions and Financial Aid.


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 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)

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 examinationsPre U Examinations

West African Senior School Certificate Examination