Meliora letters spelled out in front of Rush Rhees Library

Community Programs

The Office of Admissions values the promotion of post-secondary access through proactive engagement by reaching out to schools and communities within the greater Rochester community. These programs are administered by the Office of Admissions and specifically target or overlap with the University’s outreach to the community.

Rochester Promise

The University of Rochester is proud to offer the Rochester Promise, a source of funding specifically for Rochester City School District graduates.

Eligible admitted students will attend Rochester tuition free.

“The first goal of the Rochester Promise is to assure students in RCSD schools that their hard work in earning admission to college will also earn them the financial support they require to succeed here.

The second goal is to ensure that dozens of young Rochester citizens recognize the University of Rochester not only as one of the nation’s best universities, but also as their neighborhood college.”

– Jonathan Burdick, former Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Who is eligible for the Rochester Promise?

First-year and transfer applicants are both eligible. They must:

  • Reside in the city of Rochester (or have resided in the city of Rochester during high school, for transfer students).
  • Have graduated from and spent their last two years at a Rochester City School District public or publicly chartered high school within city geographical boundaries.
  • Enroll in a full-time undergraduate program at the College.

Students are not eligible if:

  • They or their parent qualifies for any UR employer tuition waiver.
  • Their total household income is more than twice the Monroe County average ($110,544, or twice the $55,272 area average according to the US Census Bureau).

For more information please contact or call (585) 275-3221.

Similar sources of funding

Like the Rochester Promise, these other sources of funding are specifically designed to eliminate barriers to access and encourage Rochester youth to achieve their aspirations for post-secondary achievement. As you know, the University of Rochester is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted students.

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection 
$25,000 per year for a former Hillside scholar

Jesse Moore Urban League Scholarship 
Starts at $10,000 per year for youth nominated by the local Urban League office

Wilson International Baccalaureate
Full-tuition scholarship for graduates of the IB Program at Wilson Magnet High School who enroll at the University as first years

Rochester Promise Event 2019

At Staybridge Suites on November 20 members of the University community met with members of the Rochester City School District school counseling community to re-introduce the Rochester Promise.