How to Apply

Application Requirements

You will either submit items 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

*If you have completed at least one year of full-time college coursework, you may request this item to be waived after applying. However, sending more information can only improve your chances of admission.

Application Portal

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Application fee
  • Writing Supplement (CA)
  • Transfer Supplement (UCA)
  • Transfer Midterm Report (CA) (optional)
  • Professional Degree Programs essay (optional)

Application Requirements

You will either submit items 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

  • Part I Application
  • Midterm Grade Report (suggested, highly recommended for first-year college students)
  • Interview sign-up (highly recommended)
  • Descriptions of courses taken outside the US (helps us complete a transfer credit evaluation) (optional)
  • Links to electronic media (music, websites, photos, videos, etc.(optional)
  • Writing sample (optional)
  • The Hive (optional)

Official Documents

*If you have completed at least one year of full-time college coursework, you may request to have this item waived after applying.

**If you have completed at least one year of full-time college coursework in the United States, including a writing-intensive college English course, you may request to have these items waived after applying. However, sending more information can only improve your chances for admission.

Application Portal

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Application fee
  • Writing Supplement (CA or CoA)
  • Transfer Supplement (UCA)
  • Transfer Midterm Report (CA) (optional)
  • Professional Degree Programs essay (optional)

The College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering has a dual admissions agreement program with Monroe Community College. You enroll in the 2+2 program through Monroe Community College and complete a set of courses for your academic interest, leading to an associate degree. You’re guaranteed admission to continue your studies at the University of Rochester in your chosen major of study. The program is best designed for first-year full-time students who know what they want to pursue. You’ll complete recommended courses of study, receive a minimum grade requirement, and transfer after two years at junior class standing. Admissions counselors visit MCC’s Career Center every semester to advise you on your academic plans. Degree audit sheets are also available to help guide you with your course selection.

MCC 2+2 Students

If you are a current Monroe Community College Dual 2+2student finishing the program, you must submit the following to Rochester the semester before planning to enroll as a full-time Rochester student:

  • MCC 2+2 Intent to Enroll Form*
  • Official college transcript from MCC and any other school attended
  • Official AP/IB exam results if seeking college credit
  • Midterm Grade Report (optional)
  • A résumé and an admissions interview are recommended for those wishing to compete for potential merit scholarships.
  • If applicable, apply for financial aid

*The Intent to Enroll Form should be completed by March 15 for September enrollment and October 1 for January enrollment at Rochester.

Rochester offers 2+2 programs in the following academic areas:

  • African & African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Optics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Studio Arts

Some of our Engineering 2+2 program requirements have you cross-registering for courses at Rochester while enrolled at Monroe Community College. These cross-registration courses are processed through the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program agreement. When taking cross-registration courses, you’ll follow the RAC procedures on the Registrar’s site.

If you’re a current Eastman School of Music student looking to add a dual degree with the College, you must complete the ESM Intent to Enroll Form.

The Intent to Enroll Form should be completed no later than May 1 for Fall (September) enrollment and October 1 for Spring  (January) enrollment at the College. These deadlines allow us time to receive, review, and respond to your academic credentials. You will receive a decision from the Office of Admissions at the College regarding your request to add a dual degree in about a month of submitting the intent form. You must submit a reply form to confirm your enrollment in a dual degree.

If you’re looking to leave the Eastman School of Music and pursue only a degree from the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, you should apply as a transfer applicant following instructions for the Common Application process.

If you’re interested in taking non-matriculated (non-degree) part-time or full-time courses at the University of Rochester, you can register for courses through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. No more than six non-matriculated courses taken here can be applied toward a Rochester degree.

If you’re looking to earn a degree from Rochester, you must apply for admission, be accepted, and matriculate into a degree-seeking program. You would follow the transfer application instructions and submit the Common Application material. You can indicate if you are seeking enrollment as a part-time or full-time student in the application.

Staff in the Office of Admissions can discuss your academic background and any future plans you may have for applying to a degree program. You can contact us at (585) 275-3221 or at

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, you, and your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

If you are participating in the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program, do not register as a non-matriculated student through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. You should follow the inter-institutional registration procedures.


If you previously applied to the University of Rochester as a first-year or transfer applicant less than a year ago, regardless of the decision, your application documents are on file. You do not need to complete a new application.

To update your application and be considered for a future term, complete a new Part I Application and answer additional questions to help us reconsider your application. 

  • If you have or are enrolled at another university, you would be considered a transfer student regardless of whether it is your first term. The average transfer applicant has completed at least a year of full-time courses (24–32 credits) before enrolling.

If you are reapplying, you may need to submit additional supporting documents. Supporting documents may include a final high school transcript, college transcript, new recommendations, an updated résumé, or a Transfer Midterm Grade Report.

Once you submit a new Part I, your application will be updated and your old documents will be added in a couple weeks. Please check your application status to ensure everything arrives and is updated.

If you were a student at the University of Rochester and either withdrew in good standing or were separated from the University, you do not reapply through the Office of Admissions. Instructions and policies regarding readmission to the College can be found with the College Center for Advising Services.


It’s important to meet the application deadlines to be considered strongly for admission, scholarships, and financial aid packaging. Note all the dates are “postmark deadlines”; that is, they are the dates by which you should mail or submit all materials (not when they must arrive in our office). Transfer applications are considered on a rolling basis after the application deadline until enrollment is closed.

Transfer Application

Semester Application Reviewed by Admissions Notification Reply
Fall March 15 (priority consideration) 4–6 weeks (March–July) Rolling basis (March–July) Specified in decision letter
Spring October 1 (priority consideration) 4–6 weeks (August–December) Rolling basis (Late October–Early December) Specified in decision letter

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.

Professional Degree Programs

Note: You can only apply to Professional Degree Programs if you are applying for fall semester consideration.

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.


Rochester housing is popular.

Many University of Rochester students live on campus 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, but we will do our best to get as many on campus as we can. For those not housed on campus, you will need to secure off-campus housing.

Real options

Many students live off campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods. Some transfer students choose 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 gain an on-campus housing assignment, and then move on campus as a returning student in the following year’s housing lottery. 

Off-campus housing options in Rochester are affordable, safe, can offer both parking and/or public transportation options, and come in a range of prices and lifestyles. If you’re seeking off-campus housing, you can check out the off-campus housing site at: There is a searchable database of off-campus options and the Coordinator of Off-Campus Housing Programs can assist students with their housing search.  Securing off-campus housing starting in July or August will give students good options before they arrive in late August. 

Process and timing

For your best chance at securing on-campus housing, get your housing contract into Residential Life apply as early as you can. Transfer admissions occurs on a rolling basis throughout the late spring and early summer, so respond to your admissions offer and then you will be sent enrolling student information which will include a housing contract.  If you want on campus housing, get the housing materials in as quickly as possible to be added to the waitlist for housing.

If you do apply for fall term housing, return your housing contract by July 15th and for spring term housing by December 1st for best consideration. Housing assignments are made on a rolling basis starting in July (December for spring term) and the process can continue until classes begin as additional space is determined.  

Residential Life will do their best to place as many transfer students in on campus housing as they can.   

Common Questions

After submitting Part I, you can submit the Common Application and supplemental material for transfers. If you have any questions, please email us.

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.

If you have graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalency, and have enrolled in eight or more college credits following graduation, you would be considered a transfer applicant. Applicants who are most competitive for transfer admission will have completed at least a year of college courses (24–32 credits) at the time of applying.

If you have graduated from high school more than two years ago but have not taken college level classes, you are considered a first-year applicant. You may be more competitive for admissions by taking some college courses and then applying as a transfer. Every applicant’s situation is different and you may want to contact us about your circumstances.

If you are obtaining a high school diploma and or an associate degree through a dual-enrollment or “early college” program, you will be considered as a first-year applicant because you have not officially graduated from high school. College courses can be considered for transfer credit if the courses were taken on a college campus. First-year applicants can only accelerate graduation by one semester. 

A number of applicants may qualify for an application fee waiver. When using the Common Application, you can select an appropriate wavier option. Rochester waives application fees for the following students:

  • For students eligible with a NACAC Request for Transfer Admissions Application Fee Waiver
  • For Phi Theta Kappa members
  • For Veterans or Active Duty military
  • For students in a New York State Opportunity program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery)
  • For applicants who attended high school within the Rochester or Syracuse City School District
  • For applicants who participated with the Hillside Work Scholars Program

There are no minimum requirements for admission to the University of Rochester. Your application is reviewed using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation.

For the fall of 2017, the typical student gaining admission to Rochester:

  • Took challenging college courses
  • Maintained a median college GPA of 3.65
  • Has started or is prepared to explore classes within their major area of interest
  • Joined classes as sophomores or juniors based on awarded transfer credits
  • Demonstrated an active, independent role in their educational, personal, and community activities

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

The College Report collects information about your standing at your current institution. A dean, registrar, advisor, or other college official who has access to your academic and disciplinary records can complete this report. You may need to inquire at your institution to determine who can submit this report for you. The Common Application has its own version of this report. The College Report is a suggested item for transfer applicants.

It takes about four to six weeks to review an application and notify you of the decision. Review of September (fall) semester applications begins in March, with notification beginning in late March. Review of January (spring) semester applications begins in late September, with notification beginning in late October. You are encouraged to complete your application by the priority deadline to receive earlier notification. If you complete your application after the priority deadline, you will be reviewed and notified on a rolling basis. Notification may take longer if we need to request additional information.

Rochester communicates with students a number of ways. Some decisions are mailed, some are emailed, and all students will receive a decision posted to their applicant portal account after the official decision is released. Please check your applicant portal to ensure your contact information is accurate and to follow your application through the review stages. 

Rochester highly encourages you to interview. An interview with a Rochester representative is a great way to talk about your background, experiences, and interests. Rochester students are so much more than just pieces of paper, and we want to take the time to get to know you. Notes from interviews are used in our review, so interviews should be complete by the time your application is submitted for our review. Interviews can help us get to know you better and help with merit scholarship consideration.

If you want to enroll for the fall semester, interview in the spring. If you want to enroll in the spring, interview in the summer or fall.

Yes. All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships. Rochester receives applications from many qualified students, but not every admitted student will receive a scholarship. You are considered holistically for potential merit scholarships and about 50% of admitted students will receive a scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship, notification will be included in the transfer admission package mailed to you.

Your financial aid package will be emailed to you a week after your admission offer has been mailed, as long as the Financial Aid Office has all of the required documents to complete the package. 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. In addition to the FAFSA and CSS Profile, Rochester collects tax information through the College Board’s IDOC Service. If you have questions regarding aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

A detailed pre-enrollment Transfer Credit Evaluation will be included with admissions information mailed to you. Credit is awarded for courses comparable to those offered at Rochester in which you have earned a C or better. All courses come in as elective credit. If you’re looking to have courses approved for specific major or minor requirements, you will need to gain further approval from your chosen academic department. Students often speak with departments during orientation to get approvals if they know what major they want to declare. The College Center for Advising Services provides additional information regarding transfer credit policies and cluster requirements for transfers.

Graduation year and class standing is determined by the number of credit hours granted at the time of entrance. The class year gives you an idea of how long it would take you to earn the minimum of 128 credit hours to complete a degree at Rochester. Graduation class year may change depending on your academic foundation for an intended major (especially true for engineering, computer science, digital media studies, and public health) or course of study.

You are encouraged to speak with an academic department adviser about any questions regarding major course equivalences. Faculty identified as department contacts can be found on the Authorized Signature List.

The table below illustrates the number of credit hours associated with each class standing.

Class Fall Term Spring Term
First Year 0–23 8–39
Sophomore 24–55 40–71
Junior 56–87 72–99
Senior 88+ 100

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. However, students must complete at least four full-time semesters at Rochester in order to obtain a 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 degree and might not be advised depending on your goals. The College may not be able to award a second degree if your are looking for a second BA degree. Second degree students receive little in financial support and it might be best for you to consider a graduate program. You are encouraged to speak with an admissions counselor and potentially a graduate department head about your plans and goals.

Yes. Transfer applicants must be currently enrolled in a HEOP, EOP, SEEK or College Discovery program and meet regular admission standards as a transfer applicant. In addition, there must be space available in our program and you need to provide documentation verifying your eligibility. HEOP counselors are available to assist you with questions about the program and potential openings. For more information, please call (585) 275-0651.

Yes. However, the nursing program is not an entry-level program. You must have either an RN license or a bachelor’s degree and apply directly to the School of Nursing. For more information, please contact the School of Nursing.

Fantastic! Once you have enrolled, you will receive email communications from us with the next steps. You will get a lot of information to read through, forms to complete, and additional information about Orientation. All incoming students will register for courses at Orientation. If you are looking to get a jump-start on things, Orientation has a nice checklist for transfer students.


Testing Policy

Standardized Tests

The admissions committee 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, you must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. However, we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, and our review procedures allow for you 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 you to take the SAT essay when it becomes optional, but will urge those applicants who do take the essay to submit those results.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit their standardized exam results. In fact, if you have not completed your first year of college, you must submit standardized exam results. But if you have completed more than a year of college-level courses, you may prefer that only your college work be considered.

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.

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, country 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 with questions regarding examinations that are not included in this list.

You may submit your 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