The 2023 Experience is an exclusive event for all admitted first years and transfers. To understand what’s unique about Rochester, a campus visit is essential. Talk to students, sit in on classes, look around, and see if it clicks.
Look for the 2023 Experience tab in your MyROC account.
$800 enrollment deposit is due for Regular Decision students.
Your enrolling student packet arrives on your doorstep, containing your housing and dining contracts and other important forms to return, as well as details on Orientation, financing, IT, and much more.
From a unique major to athletics, from the collaborative spirit to the vast number of campus organizations, students choose Rochester for different reasons. But ultimately, they each arrive here because they found an unparalleled blend of research, rigor, and innovation they simply didn’t find anywhere else.
Breadth and depth are the hallmarks of the Rochester Curriculum, which combines freedom with intentionality.
Undergraduate students at the University delve deep into their primary area of study. But sometimes the best ideas, inspirations, and advancements “come not from within a discipline, but from branching out,” as one professor says.
At Rochester, our undergraduates branch out academically through the University’s cluster system. A cluster is a set of related courses that fall within one of the three broad areas of learning: humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences and engineering. Students major in one area, and then pick a cluster in each of the two remaining areas.
The beauty of clusters? Flexibility and versatility. Clusters can closely align with a major, expanding a student’s perspective on and understanding of a subject. Alternatively, they can be completely distinct from one’s major, letting students explore new or intriguing topics. Either way, our undergraduate students experience breadth and depth across academic disciplines in a way more traditional college curricula simply can’t accommodate.
Aside from its proximity to classes, the library, and University events, on-campus housing gives students the chance to meet others and participate in school-sponsored activities.
Incoming first years are required to live on campus and have a choice between Susan B. Anthony Hall, Gensee Hall, and the Quad, comprised of Gilbert, Hoeing, Lovejoy, and Tiernan Halls. First years are housed together, and most will share a double room with another first-year student. However, there is also a limited number of single rooms and some triple rooms for first-year students.
First-year students who wish to combine their living experiences with sustainability efforts and education on campus may decide to participate in the EcoReps Program to help educate floor mates on environmental issues through activities and events.
Encompassing the Genesee River and six waterfalls, the city of Rochester is an urban center for 1 million people with vibrant and easygoing suburbs. The city’s hotspots include the Memorial Art Gallery, Kodak Hall, three professional sports venues, the National Museum of Play, and the George Eastman Photography Museum.
Rochester fostered the motion picture film industry, abolition, and the women’s rights movement. Home to Wegmans and the hub of the National Integrated Photonics Center, Rochester’s economy is entrepreneurial with thousands of specialized firms in fields like optics and health. Residents have easy access to Lake Ontario beaches, Erie Canal recreation, and a vast greenbelt of gardens, parks, and summer festivals.