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Class of 2024

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Congratulations again on your admission to the University of Rochester! The entire University community is excited to welcome you.

Connect with your future classmates:

Class of 2024 Facebook Group

Transfer Students Facebook Group

Next Up

2024 Experience – Virtual

We will be hosting many virtual events and sessions this spring.  See below for dates and descriptions. When you click “Register!” you will be taken to a calendar with dates and times.  As more sessions become available, we will add them to the schedule below.  All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing.

Date/Time Event
April 7
1:00–2:00 pm ET
Your Next Steps: Financial Aid

The following topics will be discussed: what the first bill means and how to interpret it, outstanding verification documents, loan funding options, federal work study, changes in aid over the next four years, FAOnline and how to use the portal, and how to pay for textbooks.

April 10
April 17
April 24
1:00–2:00 pm ET
Humanities at Rochester

What is it like to study humanities at Rochester? Join faculty and current students to learn more about the academic, research, and extracurricular opportunities available on campus. Examples of majors in this division are philosophy, English, and classics, to name a few.

April 13
April 20
3:00 – 3:30 pm ET
Engineering and Applied Sciences

Join faculty, students, and professional advisors who will discuss academics, advising, and special opportunities. The panel will broadly discuss all engineering, computer science, and optics programs, but will focus on the areas represented on the panel.

April 10
April 13
April 20
Various times
Natural Sciences Overview

Hear first-hand from UR faculty and students in natural science majors. They will discuss academics, opportunities for students, research, and more. Examples of majors in this division are biology, physics, and environmental science, to name a few.

April 13
April 20
Various times
Social Sciences Overview

Hear first-hand from UR faculty and students in social science majors. They will discuss academics, opportunities for students, research, and more. Examples of majors in this division are business, political science, and history, to name a few.

April 9
April 14
April 16
April 21
April 23
3:00–4:00 pm ET
Current Student Panel

Undergraduate students will tell you about themselves and how they take advantage of Rochester’s unique experiences. Moderated by an admissions counselor.

April 8
April 15
April 22
Various times
Current International Student Panel

International undergraduate students will tell you about themselves and how they take advantage of Rochester’s unique experiences. Moderated by an admissions counselor.

April 8 – 24
Various times
Informal Student Hangouts/ Office Hours

Click here for details!

April 15
April 22
4:00–5:00 pm ET
Parent & Family Session

Parents and family members, here is your chance to ask current students about their experiences.  Moderated by a senior leader in admissions in partnership with the Parents and Family Relations Office.

April 17
3:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Dean’s Roundtable Discussion

Connect with three Deans from across the University of Rochester’s undergraduate college as they congratulate you on your acceptance and share their thoughts and perspectives on the Rochester community and academic experience.
Panelists Include:
Dr. Gloria Culver, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Wendi Hiezelman, Dean of the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dr. Dean Jeffery Runner, Dean of the College in Arts, Science and Engineering

April 28
11:00 – 12:00 pm ET
Healthcare Community Advising Session

The University of Rochester is often a destination of choice for pre-health students. Whether seeking clinical shadowing, research opportunities or patient care experiences, UR offers numerous ways for students to gain exposure to medicine. Join staff from the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections in this live webinar and Q&A session to learn how Rochester students can explore their interests in medicine and healthcare and prepare for a wide variety of graduate/professional programs and career pathways.

April 29
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections

The Greene Center provides students with the resources and tools needed to develop connections between their personal and professional aspirations, academic pursuits and co-curricular experiences. Whether through on-campus employment, research activities, internships, service activities or clubs, the Greene Center supports students as they explore careers, build their networks and prepare for the future. Join Greene Center staff in this live webinar and Q&A session to learn more and see how we’re responding to the COVID-19 crisis to ensure Rochester students continue to progress towards their career goals.

Campus departments

You are welcome to reach out to academic departmentsathletics staff, and support offices. We encourage you to directly contact the department if you have specific questions. If you need assistance in contacting a department or office, email Patrick O’Neill, Associate Director for Faculty Engagement and Admissions Training, at

Some departments may have special virtual offerings. They will be added here for registration once available.

Program of Dance and Movement Zoom Info Sessions
April 10 and April 24
3:00 pm ET

Interested in pursuing dance, movement and/or mindfulness at UofR? Join the Program of Dance and Movement faculty and current students to learn more about our curricular offerings, choreography/performance opportunities, research, and interdisciplinary studies. For a Zoom invite, contact Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp

Economics Department Events
April 17
9:00 – 10:00 am ET – International Students
11:00 – 12:00 pm ET – Domestic Students
Please join Economics for an interesting hour, where faculty members of the Department of Economics, describe their department, provide details about their majors, and offer economic insights into a variety of fascinating topics. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in the second half of the program. Register here.

Optics Information Session
April 24
3:00 pm ET
Join the department for a quick introduction to the world of Optics and see how this field impacts everyone daily. You will also learn how it is used to improve the world and how you can be on the forefront of emerging technology. Optics, it’s physics you can see. Register here.

Other Important Dates

May 1
$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.

Transfer Students
Since transfer students are admitted on a rolling basis, the $800 enrollment deposit due date will be enclosed in the admit letter. The enrolling student packet is sent out on a weekly basis starting in mid-May for transfer students.

Study What You Love

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.

Branching out with the Rochester Curriculum

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.

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Housing & Campus

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.

First-Year Housing

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.

Transfer Housing

Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community. Rochester has built and sustains many different kinds of campus housing. The popularity of upperclassmen housing often exceeds the number of available spaces. Thus, we currently can’t accommodate every transfer student who will want to live on campus, 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. Students can choose to live off campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods.

Learn more about on-campus housing.

Learn more about off-campus housing.

City of Rochester

What makes the Rochester area unique?

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.

Financial Aid

Speak with your financial aid counselor if you have questions about:
  • Your financial aid package.
  • The documents the Financial Aid Office has requested.
  • The financial aid process. We’re here to help! If you’ve never done this before, please don’t hesitate to reach out with concerns.
If you would like to schedule an appointment at a time of your convenience, please call the office at (585) 275-3226. You may also email your financial aid counselor directly with specific questions.

Contact Us

Our counselors are always happy to help you!
(585) 275-3221

Orientation will allow you to explore campus and make new connections.
(585) 275-4414

On-campus living is required for first years and sophomores and a popular choice with upperclassmen—most students remain on campus all four years.
(585) 275-3166

Information Technology
If you have questions about setting up any tech services, ITS can help.
(585) 275-2000

Financial Aid
For questions about financing your education at Rochester, connect with the Financial Aid Office.
(585) 275-3226

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
This office offers study groups, skills counseling, and support for students with disabilities.
(585) 275-9049

Virtual Events
Be sure to check out our virtual information sessions and workshops on admissions and academics!