Thank you for serving our country!

The University of Rochester encourages and supports past and present military service members and their families as they work toward their higher education goals. Veterans and dependents who choose Rochester pursue their academics at one of the nation’s most rigorous, top-tier research universities.

Rochester has been named a Top Military-Friendly College1 two years in a row for its efforts to ensure veterans face minimal barriers in attaining higher education. Rochester also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, offers the Rochester Pledge scholarship, and has a Veterans Alliance group. Veterans and their dependents have access to many resources to help navigate any hurdles.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (585) 275-8592 or at

Read our latest blog post about our Veterans and Military Services Office!


To become a student at the University of Rochester in the undergraduate College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, you must apply either as a first-year or a transfer applicant. To apply as a transfer, you must have completed at least two college-level courses. The average transfer applicant has completed a year of full-time courses (24–32 credits) before enrolling.

Rochester has a holistic review process and will consider all applicants in our review. Students can start the application process by submitting a Common Application.

Apply to another division of the University:

Graduate Studies in The College of Arts, Science, and Engineering 
Eastman School of Music
School of Medicine and Dentistry
School of Nursing
Simon Business School
Warner School of Education

Veterans Resources Directory

We hope you find this information useful in connecting you and your family to on- and off-campus resource providers. You can also download a PDF of the Directory.

Admissions Offices


Pat Toporzycki
Director of Veteran and Military Family Services
115 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270251
Rochester, New York 14627-0251
Phone: (585) 275-8592
Fax: (585) 461-4595

Kate Ayers
Associate Counselor
Certifying Official
124 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270251
Rochester, New York 14627-0251
Phone: (585) 275-8589
Fax: (585) 461-4595


Pamela Black-Colton
Executive Director of Admissions
Warner School of Education
LeChase Hall 244
PO Box 270425
Rochester, NY 14627-0425
Phone: (585) 275-6338


Tammy Terrana
SON Financial Analyst
School of Nursing
University of Rochester
255 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 273-4697


Gretchen T. Briscoe
Director of Graduate Enrollment
302 Lattimore Hall
Box 270401
Rochester, NY  14627
Phone: (585) 275-2059


(Full-time students)
Stefanie Attridge
Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Schlegel Hall
PO Box 270107
New York 14627
Phone: (585) -275-3533

(Part-time students)
Jennifer Mossotti
Associate Director, Part-time Programs
202 Schlegel Hall
Rochester, New York 14627-0107
PO Box 270107
Phone: (585) 275-3803

(Executive MBA students)
Carin L. Cole
Assistant Dean, Executive and Professional Programs
204 Schlegel Hall
PO Box 270107
Rochester, NY 14627-0107
Phone: (585) 275-3439

Health, Wellness, & Counseling


738 Library Road
PO Box 270358
Rochester, New York 14627
Phone: (585) 275-3113
Fax: (585) 442-0815


Lynnett Van Slyke, CRC
University Intercessor & Disability Compliance Director
University of Rochester
36 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-9125

Academic Advising, Tutoring & Mentoring


Marcy Kraus
Dean of Freshmen
Director, College Center for Advising Services
312 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270402
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-2354 | Fax: (585) 461-5901

Jessica Guzman-Rea, EdD, LMSW
Director, Intercultural Center
501D Wilson Commons
PO Box 270415
Rochester, NY 14627-0443
Phone: (484) 275-6662

Lisa G. Norwood ‘86, ‘95
Assistant Dean
Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
301 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270076
Rochester, NY  14627-0076
Phone: (585) 275-4155 / (585) 275-3954


Vicki Roth
Assistant Dean and Director
1-154 Dewey Hall
Rochester, New York 14627
Phone: (585) 275-9049 | Fax: (585) 273-1116

Financial Services & Benefits


Tina Berds
Assistant Director
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, New York 14604
Phone: (585) 274-1070 | Fax: (585) 232-8601


Carol C. Veltre
Medical School Registrar
Offices for Medical Education
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Box 601
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14642
Phone: (585) 275-4541
Fax: (585) 273-1016


Elizabeth Powell
Associate Bursar
Office of the Bursar
330 Meliora Hall
Rochester, NY 14627-0037
(585) 275-5817


Karen Ely
Director of Housing Operations
020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls)
PO Box 270468
Rochester, NY 14627-0468
Phone: (585) 275-3166
Fax: (585) 276-1886


Norberto M. Nobrega
Captain, United States Navy
Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit Rochester
Professor of Naval Science
University of Rochester
Morey Hall 100
PO Box 270436
Rochester, NY 14627-0436
Phone (office): (585) 275-4276
Phone (cell): (954) 837-3009

Additional Resources

Veterans Day Portrait Gallery

NEWS: Rochester Expands Resources for Veterans

Related Sites:

Department of Veterans Affairs
General information for US veterans.

Veterans Online Application Website
The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications) website is an official US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables veterans to apply for benefits using the Internet.

Veterans Outreach Center
Information to assist and support the needs of veterans.

National Military Family Association
Information to educate military families about their rights and the services available to them.

Rochester Pledge

A Scholarship for Veterans of the US Armed Forces

The University of Rochester is pleased to announce that all qualified, admissible, post-9/11 veterans of the United States Armed Forces admitted to the University will receive the Rochester Pledge.

This scholarship, in combination with the G.I. Bill and any additional University funding, will cover full tuition for veterans with at least 36 months of service. For veterans with less than 36 months of service, the scholarship amount will be pro-rated based on length of service.

The University is proud to offer this scholarship to ensure that those who have served honorably and sacrificed so much for their country face no financial barriers in attaining a higher education.

To be considered for the Rochester Pledge, you must provide your certificate of eligibility. If you wish to be considered for additional assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE.

For guidance throughout the admissions process, including access to discussion forums and event registration, please create an account.

To learn more about this scholarship, read the press release.

Yellow Ribbon Program (Rochester Pledge) participants include:

Common Questions

What educational benefit is best for me?
Detailed information about educational benefit options is available through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

I am a veteran. How do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Apply for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  2. Notify the University of Rochester’s Veteran and Military Family Services Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

I am the dependent of a veteran. How do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Your parent transfers a portion—or all—of his/her benefit to you through Transfer of Entitlement.
  2. After the transfer is approved, you apply for the educational benefit.
  3. You notify the Veteran and Military Services Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

What documentation does the Veteran and Military Family Services Office need from me to process my veteran’s educational benefits?
Veteran: Photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility

Dependent of veteran:

  1. photocopy of approved Transfer of Educational Benefit (TEB)
  2. photocopy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility

How do I submit my certificate of eligibility? 
Please fax to (585) 461-4595 or email a copy to:

Whom do I call about the status of my educational benefits claim?
Call 1-888-442-4551 to speak with an Educational Case Manager at the VA.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
For an overview of the program, please visit the Yellow Ribbon Program page.

How do I qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Rochester Pledge?
You or your parent must qualify for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Rochester Pledge.

What UR campuses participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The undergraduates at River Campus, Eastman School of Music, Simon Business School, Warner School of Education and undergraduates at the School of Nursing are participants.

What campus resources are available to veterans?
The following are just a few of the many resources available to veterans: College Center for Academic Support, University Counseling Center, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Disability Services, and Office for Residential Life and Housing Services. Please see the Veterans Resource Directory for contact information.

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