Category - Admissions

University of Rochester

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An Honest Letter to Soon-To-Be Freshmen from a Soon-To-Be Senior
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Summer Chronicles: A Grand Return Sprinkled with Pre-College Fun
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How to Succeed in Your Admissions Essay
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Meet Your Graduate Head Counselors!
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Reflections on my Admissions Interview
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Pre-College Program: String Chamber Music
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Pre-College Program: Understanding and Reducing Stress
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Pre-College Program: Girls Get Math
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Pre-College Program: Research 101
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Class of 2021 Profile

An Honest Letter to Soon-To-Be Freshmen from a Soon-To-Be Senior

Dear incoming freshmen! Although I have no idea who you are, you may know my face and name. We’ll probably run into each other on campus at some point, so come say hi any time (if you want to). Anyway, not trying to sound too old, but when I was in your position almost four[…]

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Summer Chronicles: A Grand Return Sprinkled with Pre-College Fun

Finally, I have returned to the greatest land known to man… or to the handful of college students that go here… Rochester, New York. After weeks of longing for this beauty, my plane has landed. As quickly as my sabbatical in Jamaica had ended, my first meeting as a Pre-College Counselor had begun. Ahh, summertime[…]

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How to Succeed in Your Admissions Essay

by Kayon Ellis, admissions counselor Hi, everyone! As you can imagine, my colleagues and I read a lot of admissions essays every year. We enjoy getting to know our applicants this way and reading your stories. We also know this can be one of the most stressful parts of the application process. So I’ve come[…]

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Meet Your Graduate Head Counselors!

Hello, everyone! My name is Dalayna Gardner and I’m one of your Graduate Head Counselors for the Pre-College Programs this summer. I am so excited to engage with you all this summer! About a year ago, at the University of California, Riverside, I completed my bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. Now, I am a graduate[…]

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Reflections on my Admissions Interview

I have been thinking about how just a little over a year ago, I was accepted to the University of Rochester and made plans to visit the campus in the spring. The admissions process had been stressful, but what I had found most difficult was the fact that I wanted to make a good impression[…]

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Pre-College Program: String Chamber Music

Hi, everyone! My name is Joan Kinsella, and I’m an instructor for the Pre-College Programs. I’m a cellist teacher and performer. I’ve been a chamber musician and orchestral player in upstate New York for years. Recent performances include WXXI’s “Live from Hochstein” broadcast, SUNY Brockport Fine Art Series, and shows with artists including Idina Menzel, Josh[…]

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Pre-College Program: Understanding and Reducing Stress

Hi, students! My name is Jessica Keith and I am a PhD candidate in clinical psychology here at the University of Rochester. I started at Rochester as an undergraduate majoring in psychology with honors in research and minoring in brain and cognitive sciences. I enjoyed Rochester so much that I decided to stay here to[…]

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Pre-College Program: Girls Get Math

by Amanda Tucker, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies; Lecturer, Department of Mathematics For the past two summers, I have had the pleasure of spending a week with a group of high school aged girls at a program called GirlsGetMath@ICERM, which takes place at Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). It is[…]

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Pre-College Program: Research 101

by Hoang Pham, PhD Hoang D. Pham is a third-year Michael Scandling PhD student in the Teaching, Curriculum and Change Department at the Warner School of Education. He enrolled in the program directly after obtaining his Honors BA in psychology from the University of Rochester. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Herbert L. Zimmer Research[…]

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Class of 2021 Profile

The University of Rochester offered admission to potential first-year students from all US states and territories, and 135 foreign countries, up from last year’s record 111. The top ten states range from Massachusetts and Illinois to California and Texas. The top ten countries include many from almost every China province and Indian state, but also[…]

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