Meliora letters spelled out in front of Rush Rhees Library

Information for Enrolling Students

Welcome to Rochester!

We are so excited you have officially joined the University of Rochester! You’re joining an extraordinary community dedicated to making the world ever better.

On this site, you’ll find information for you and your family to review. You will also receive a packet in the mail with materials for you to review and submit.

If you will receive need-based financial aid, monitor your FAOnline account. Any required forms to complete will be listed under the “Your Documents” tab.

Orientation for Incoming Students

In joining the University of Rochester community, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to be successful. Starting with yoUR orientation!

Orientation at the University of Rochester is a way to introduce both incoming students and their families into the Yellowjacket community. In collaboration across our campus, the College hosts a summer online orientation, fall welcome week and a spring welcome weekend program. More information about those programs as well as important dates and deadlines can be seen by visiting the  Orientation and First-Year Programs web page.

Important information about completing required items:

  • Your University Net ID may take up to two weeks to activate.
  • Blackboard accounts will become available to access mid-late June.
  • In order to ensure timely and complete billing, meal plan and housing choices are due by June 3rd.

Campus Departments

Below is information on a few of Rochester’s campus departments and offices that you are most likely to interact with as you enroll at Rochester.

College Center for Advising Services

The College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) provides academic advising, information about academic opportunities, and academic support services to undergraduates in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The office provides information on a variety of topics, including the Rochester curriculum, independent study, declaring a major or minor, academic program planning, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit, the Take Five Scholars Program, the e5 Program (formerly KEY), registration, academic probation, the College Enrollment Policy, leave of absence, and transfer credit.

Undergraduate Advising
Each first year and sophomore in the College is assigned an undergraduate advisor who will provide support to entering students beginning at Orientation and until the end of the sophomore year (unless the student is accepted into a major earlier). Undergraduate advisors are faculty and staff in the College; assignments are made by the Dean of First-Year Students and the Assistant Dean in the Hajim School.

Academic Advising
A faculty advisor from the student’s major department will be the student’s primary academic advisor. Students interested in engineering often work with the same advisor throughout their undergraduate years. It is not unusual for students seeking academic advice to consult with a professional advisor in CCAS as well as an undergraduate advisor. The Dean of First-Year Students is also available to assist students with academic matters.

Already have credits?
If you have taken courses on a college campus that were taught by college faculty, either as part of your high school program or during the summer, please send an official transcript by July 1.

Transfer students should review their credit evaluation, consult with academic departments, and review the CCAS website, to develop an academic plan prior to Orientation. All incoming students will register for courses at Orientation.

Junior transfers and those with 50 or more credits entering Rochester in September are encouraged to schedule a pre-orientation advising appointment with CCAS between late June and early August so that they are prepared to declare their major soon after starting in the fall.

Enrolling first-year students are permitted to accelerate their graduation by no more than one semester. Transfer students have modified enrollment requirements.

The Authorized Signature List is a resource for students to contact departments for approval of transfer credits if needed. During Orientation, there will be an academic open house where you can secure signatures and approval for transfer courses you may want to use for your major. Be prepared to provide course descriptions, your transfer credit evaluation, and a copy of your college transcript for major course approval.

CCAS is located in Lattimore 312 and advisors are available to meet with students on a walk-in basis and by appointment.

Office of Alumni Relations

The Office of Alumni Relations helps you connect globally with the University of Rochester network before you arrive on campus to long after you graduate. Through distinctive resources, services, and events both on and off campus, you’re always a part of the community of more than 100,000 graduates that call Rochester their alma mater.

Rochester Traditions
Celebrating the shared experiences of Yellowjackets across generations, Rochester Traditions encompasses the events and programs that embody what make the University ever better. Organized by the Office of Alumni Relations, Wilson Commons Student Activities, Class Councils, the Student Programming Board, and others, select Rochester Traditions include:

Fall Traditions

  • Candlelight Ceremony: A first-night tradition for the incoming class that includes a special a cappella performance of The Genesee and customary candle lighting on the Eastman Quad.
  • UR Home: This annual event encourages you to share your love for the University of Rochester, write to alumni to invite them back to campus for their reunion celebrations at Meliora Weekend, and thank those who support the University through their Reunion Class Gift Campaign.
  • Meliora Weekend: A University-wide celebration that encompasses Family Weekend, Reunions, and Homecoming and offers something for everyone! Show your family and friends around campus, learn something new from our exceptional speakers, enjoy world-class entertainment, cheer on your fellow Yellowjackets at sporting events, meet alumni, join in special celebrations, and so much more. Melioa Weekend is also the only place you can pick up your limited-edition Rochester Traditions memorabilia! These exclusive pieces are only available to the first 500 students from each class:
    • First-Year Students: Heritage Banner
    • Sophomores: Baseball Hat
    • Juniors: Knit Soccer Scarf
    • Seniors: Vintage Sweatshirt

Spring Traditions

  • I <3 UR Day: Show your UR pride during Spirit Week and thank those who’ve helped make your Rochester experience possible.
  • Forever Rochester Week: A full week of activities and events that celebrates the impact of the alumni community on the University and the world. You can also learn more about how to stay involved after graduation and get connected to the alumni network.
  • Alumni Welcome Party and Champagne Toast: Held immediately following graduation rehearsal, this annual event officially welcomes you into the Rochester alumni family.

Can’t wait until you’re on campus? Find an upcoming alumni event near you!

Student Alumni Ambassador Program
Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAAs) are a select group of enthusiastic, energetic, and responsible students who serve as liaisons within the alumni community. SAAs share their personal Rochester experiences, assist with events, conduct campus tours for alumni, and spread the word about the benefits of being a Rochester graduate. They also enjoy exclusive benefits and represent the student body at high-visibility University functions, including Meliora Weekend. Most importantly, the SAA program builds relationships among students and alumni and fosters pride in the University of Rochester.

Office of the Bursar

Payment Agreement
All students are required to submit a payment agreement prior to class registration no later than June 10. If you do not know your NetID, click “What is NetID?/Help.” You will be prompted to set up your NetID. Indicate that you are a matriculated student. For “Electronic Signature,” please type your full name. You may change your payment option or billing address at any time by completing a new payment agreement or emailing These requests must come from the student. You are responsible for notifying the Bursar when your billing address changes. You are also responsible for all late payment fees resulting from delays in the delivery of the statement.

Payment Plans
The University offers undergraduate students several options for payment of tuition and fees for the academic year. Please note: Your first bill will go out by July 20, 2018, with a due date of August 10, 2018.

Tuition and Fees
See the schedule of tuition and fees.

Billing Statement
The student billing statement is viewed in your Blackboard account. Blackboard accounts will be available after June 15. Please access before July 1. Log in and click on “UR ePAY” on the left. Students receive an email each month when the new statement is available. Students can authorize parents (or guardians, spouses, or third parties) to view and pay their bills by following the instructions on the “Authorize Payers” page. Include an email address so your authorized payer will receive email notifications each month when a new statement is available. Students are responsible for viewing their billing statement online each month. Paper bills will not be sent—electronic billing is the official method of billing.

Paying Your Tuition
You and your family may pay online using our UR ePAY portal. We accept electronic check payments and international wire transfers through our partner, Flywire. You may submit check payments by mail, if you prefer. All check payments must be in US Dollars and drawn from a US bank.

Please note: Payments made via an online bill payment service (other than UR ePAY) are converted to a paper check when submitted to the University. Please allow extra time for processing.

Rochester has partnered with Flywire to make your international payments safe and easy. Flywire allows you to pay from almost any country and any bank. They also offer excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save money, compared to traditional banks. You will be able to track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process with a student dashboard and email notifications. Families can also wire funds directly to the student’s personal US bank account. The University does not accept direct wire payments.

Additional information will be mailed to you in July.

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students provides programs and services that augment and contribute to student learning and community development. Units under the Office of the Dean of Students include the Center for Student Conflict Management, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, Parent and Family Relations, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, and Wilson Commons Student Activities. Each of these units helps to address issues, plan programs, and make referrals with and for our students with a special emphasis on promoting understanding among diverse students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Center for Student Conflict Management
The Center for Student Conflict Management helps students become positive community members during their college experience through three potential avenues: The Care Network, the Student Conduct System, Alcohol and Other Drug Education, and Conflict Resolution. We encourage incoming students and parents to review the Standards of Student Conduct.

MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
The MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all. It collaborates with students, university staff, community organizations, and committed peacemakers in the following areas: nonviolence education, sustainability and environmental conservation, and the promotion of racial justice. We prioritize programming for people between the ages of 12 and 24 as well as those who serve those age groups.

Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center (BIC) is a joint venture of the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center at the University of Rochester. BIC promotes cultural awareness and engagement; educates on issues of identity, culture, and diversity; and provides venues for intersections and opportunities for collaboration among students, staff, and faculty. The Communal Principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility are prevalent in all that BIC does.

Rochester Center for Community Leadership
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) educates students to become engaged citizens and leaders capable of creating positive social change in their communities. We envision a world in which all people collaborate to transform their communities. Toward this end, RCCL coordinates initiatives in the areas of leadership, community engagement and service, and connecting students with communities on campus, throughout Rochester, across the country, and around the world. These initiatives include:

  • Wilson Day
  • Rising Leaders Class
  • Community-Engaged Learning
  • Rochester Urban Fellows
  • Rochester Youth Year
  • Washington Semester
  • LEAP (Learning and Exploring at Play)
  • TOUR (Transition Opportunities at UR)
  • Committee for Political Engagement
  • Advising student organizations
  • Rochester Every Day (RED) student discount program

Wilson Common Student Activities
Wilson Commons Student Activities fosters a vibrant, inclusive campus community, where ideas and activities develop and thrive. We accomplish our mission by engaging students in creative programming and traditions, meaningful employment, experiential learning opportunities, and innovative services and facilities. Through our partnerships and advocacy, we affirm students’ educations goals and passions, the College’s Communal Principles, and the University mission. Did you know that 90% of undergraduate students are involved in a student organization?

The Campus Center
Frederick Douglass Commons in conjunction with Wilson Commons creates The Campus Center for undergraduate student life.

Wilson Commons, opened in 1976, was designed by the architectural firm of I.M. Pei to have three of its walls and its ceiling made of 18,000 square feet of glass. Throughout its five levels, Wilson Commons provides space for meetings, special events, relaxation, recreation, and programs organized by student organizations, Wilson Commons Student Activities and University departments. It serves as the home for several student organizations by providing office, work, and storage space.

  • Common Connection
  • The Common Market
  • The Pit
  • Starbucks
  • Rocky’s Sub Shop & Lounge
  • Hartnett Gallery

The Frederick Douglass Commons was originally built in the 1950s and named for Rochester’s national leader of the abolitionist movement.  After an extensive renovation it re-opened in the fall of 2016. The first floor features a micro-restaurant style dining facility and late night dining options in The Genesee Room. The second floor features a flexible, multipurpose event space and connects to Wilson Commons via a tunnel. The third and fourth floors provide spaces for gatherings, meetings, and classes in addition to providing office space for two departments (Burgett Intercultural Center and Language Center).  The third floor connects via bridge to Rush Rhees Library provides space designated for certain activities.

  • Ablution Stations
  • Lactation Room
  • Community Kitchen
  • Language Center
  • Burgett Intercultural Center

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
The mission of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is to advise, advocate for, and promote the learning and development of fraternity and sorority members through collaborative partnerships, which support the University’s Mission and the Communal Principles of the College. Approximately 25% of University of Rochester undergraduates join a fraternity or sorority. These organizations provide significant opportunities for intellectual, cultural, and interpersonal growth of our students, opportunities that make fraternity and sorority life an integral part of the Rochester undergraduate experience.

Parent and Family Relations

Rochester Parents Association
The Rochester Parents Association connects all families of current undergraduates to the life of the College. We hope that you will take advantage of all that the Parents Association has to offer and help to continue the tradition of parental involvement at the University of Rochester. Throughout your student’s time at Rochester, you will receive invitations to a wide range of events and activities, including:

  • Meliora Weekend (This weekend is designed for University of Rochester alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends, encompassing reunions, family weekend, a showcase of Rochester student and faculty/staff talent, and homecoming activities.)
  • College updates for parents
  • Regional programs

There are many ways that you can stay in touch with the College and keep up to date on the latest information:

UR Involved Alumni & Parent Volunteer Program
UR Involved alumni and parent volunteers serve as an extension of the Office of Admissions. They staff college fairs, refer and recruit local high school students, and speak with prospective students and their families about the opportunities and experiences available at the University of Rochester.

Parent and Family Relations
Parent and Family Relations, a unit in the Office of the Dean of Students, helps parents/families understand and support the student experience, learning and growth. This office provides support and assists in orienting parents/families of students within The College. We serve as a resource for parents/families throughout their student’s undergraduate career. It is our goal that, as a member of the University of Rochester parent/family community, you feel informed, valued and respected. Please allow this office to be a resource to you during this exciting time of transition and change.

Parents Program
The Parents Program Office provides additional support for all University of Rochester parents. We coordinate communications and events linking parents with the University and we also manage parent fundraising. Parents of University of Rochester students, past and present, realize the exceptional education that Rochester provides their children and show their appreciation by supporting the Parents Fund and many other designations that might be of interest to students.

The Parents Program Office coordinates both the general parent giving to the Fund as well as the leadership parent giving through the Parents Executive Committee and Parents Council of the College. The Parents Council is a group of involved leadership donor families who volunteer in many ways ranging from interview session greeters to hosts for events to peer-to-peer fundraising.

Parents Fund
The Parents Fund is an unrestricted fund used by the Dean of the College to support vital College needs and benefit our students. These include funding special student initiatives, recruitment and retaining of faculty, technology updates, and maintenance of our campus facilities. The Parents Fund provides parents of current students an opportunity to contribute to their children’s daily lives on campus. When you give a gift to the Parents Fund, you invest in the College’s vision of higher education and ensure that today’s students receive the finest opportunities.

Almost 2,000 Rochester parents contributed to the Parents Fund last year, securing over $765,917 to enhance their students’ college experience. Please join these parents in supporting the Parents Fund this year. When your child calls home to tell you about a recent concert, a new campus club, or a professor whose course opens students’ eyes to a new field of study, you will know that you helped to make that possible.

Dining Services

The University of Rochester offers a first-class dining program with locations varying in style, menu, atmosphere, and hours of operation to meet the needs of a diverse student and faculty population. Every meal of every day Dining Services focuses on the following culinary commitments; serving freshly made, additive free and nutritionally balanced meals made from responsibly sourced and locally procured ingredients. We strive to bring inspiring food experiences to life by creating moments that are authentic, personalized, and collaborative. With fifteen unique locations, we cater to a wide variety of dietary needs and choices including Kosher, Halal, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian meals. We rely heavily on student input and feedback to keep our menus current and our guests satisfied. Through high quality food and customer service, we are proud to deliver a unique combination of diversity and value for your dining dollar.

Dietary Needs and Food Allergies
Through a strong partnership between our Campus Nutritionist and the University Health Service, we make every effort to accommodate the special dietary requirements of every student with a diverse selection of dining options. Students with special dietary needs or food allergies should contact our Campus Nutritionist at or (585) 275-1129 and schedule a meeting with the dining staff to assist them in navigating our locations and offerings.

Kosher and Halal Dining
Students have access to an array of food offerings that fit within Kosher and Halal diets. Located in Douglass Dining Center, Our Kosher Comfort station and Deli is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (closed Friday dinner and all day Saturday) and features hot entrées, soups, hand-carved meats and a full made-to-order deli, all under full Orthodox oversight. We also offer a wide variety of Kosher grab and go sandwiches and salads throughout campus. In Danforth, our Halal Grill features fresh, made-to-order Halal entrées for lunch and dinner. We also offer a wide variety of Kosher and Halal frozen and pre-packaged items in our Hillside Market convenience store.

Vegan and Vegetarian Meals
Voted one of the nation’s Top Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly Campuses by PETA2, we are proud to say that we have once again expanded our broad menu of vegan and vegetarian menu items in all locations on campus. In addition to our standard menu offerings, we operate a dedicated vegan station in Danforth Dining Center and offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian options throughout campus.

Value of Having a Meal Plan Membership
In addition to 15 great locations, great quality, variety, and convenience, Dining Services also…

  • Currently purchases over 60% of its food/beverages from local sources within New York State
  • Purchases fair-trade coffee for all of our coffeehouses
  • Promotes the use of reusable mugs by offering a discount on coffee and tea refills
  • Partners with Tapingo, a mobile ordering app that allows you to order ahead at select locations and skip the lines
  • Buys in bulk to reduce waste in landfills
  • Offers a reusable clamshell program to reduce packaging waste
  • Supports sustainable food and agriculture
  • Recycles cardboard, cans, bottles, and paper
  • Supports and encourages Earth-Friendly Procurement
  • Uses green cleaning products
  • Has web-based nutritional information and a nutritionist available by appointment
  • Includes 8% sales tax saving on all declining balance purchases and a discounted door rate at Danforth and Douglass Dining Centers.

University of Rochester Dining Centers

  • Douglass Dining Center
  • Danforth Dining Center

Retail Locations

  • The Pit & Rocky’s Sub Shop
  • Eastman Dining Center
  • OptiKale
  • Hillside Market
  • Grab & Go
  • Late Night Dining
  • The Southside Market


  • Starbucks
  • Peet’s @ Wegman Hall
  • Connections
  • The Cave @ Eastman Theatre

Meal Plans
Meal plans are sold per semester. Declining Balance dollars roll over from the fall semester to the spring semester, meal plans do not.

URos Account
URos is a flexible spending account available to all students. Students activate their account by indicating a per semester deposit at the time they sign up for their dining plan or by making an initial deposit at the beginning of the academic year via cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. The URos account is accepted at all campus dining locations but is intended for use at bookstores, the Common Market, Computer Sales and Services, International Theatre Program performances, the Cinema, the Post Office, and several off-campus venues, as well as for vending, copy and printing services and for non-food items at Hillside Market, Eastman Dining Center, and Southside Market.

Dining Contract
The University offers a variety of meal plans and other electronic spending options. The details of the dining and electronic spending options, costs, requirements, and policies can be found on our website at the Meal Plans page.

Dining Plans for Transfer Students Living Off Campus

Refund Policy
Unused fall semester Declining Balance dollars carry forward to the spring semester. Remaining Declining Balance dollars at the close of the spring semester are nonrefundable. Refunds of unused Declining Balance dollars will be issued for any participant who withdraws from the University or whose status changes to inactive during a semester, as certified by Academic Support, the Registrar’s Office, or the appropriate dean. Refunds will be credited through the University’s Bursar statement. Meal Plan costs are also credited through the University’s Bursar statement and are subject to prorating, based upon the official date of cancellation. URos account balances will carry over from year to year, or until your permanent departure. Should you withdraw or resign at the close of a semester or upon graduation, any unused balance of $20 or more will be refunded to you.

Please note: International students may email their housing and dining contract directly to the Office for Residential Life & Housing Services in order to meet the June 1 deadline. Email with questions.

Office of Disability Resources

The University of Rochester is committed to providing a welcoming and empowering environment for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of their college experience to reach their full academic potential.

To request academic accommodations, students should register online, submit supporting documentation that meets the University’s guidelines, and request a meeting with an access coordinator. Incoming students are encouraged to contact the office early on to discuss accommodations and support services. The University remains flexible regarding the types of reasonable accommodations that can be made.

Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Orientation to accessible routes on campus
  • Alternative testing procedures (extended time, alternate location, computer use, etc.)
  • Instructional materials in accessible formats
  • Reading/writing/notetaking software
  • ASL interpreters, CART, assistive listening devices

Students are encouraged to consult with their coordinator regarding services that may be required from other campus offices (e.g., Residential Life, Dining Services, Transportation and Parking Management). Housing Requests need to be submitted by June 1.

It is each student’s personal decision to disclose the existence of a disability and to request reasonable accommodations. A decision not to disclose this information will be respected. Requests to discuss accommodations can be made at any time.

View the Disability Resources Guide for students making the transition to college academics.

Financial Aid Office

Students receiving need-based financial aid may be required to submit additional application materials to the College Board to be scanned and imaged as part of the College Board’s IDOC service. These images will then be made available for our office to review on the College Board’s secure website.

If our office does require you to submit additional application materials to IDOC, you will be emailed with instructions. If you have already submitted tax information for 2017 to IDOC, our office will be able to access that information automatically.

Students awarded federal loans will be emailed instructions on how to complete promissory notes and entrance counseling requirements. These requirements must be completed by July 1 in order to process and disburse federal loans to the student account.

To review the status of your financial aid application, log in to FAOnline.

The Financial Aid Office is located in Wallis Hall.

University Health Service

The University Health Service (UHS) helps students comply with two requirements that must be completed prior to the start of classes:

  1. Health History Form: All enrolled students must submit a hard copy of the Health History Form. This form documents a student’s health history and required immunizations. The Health History Form and accompanying documents will be mailed to you by the Admissions Office. For detailed information about the immunization requirements, check “Health Requirements for Entering Students” on the UHS website. Also, on the same page, see Health History Form FAQs to answer questions about completing the Health History Form. If your question is not answered in the FAQs, write to for assistance.
  2. Health Insurance: All full-time students must have adequate health insurance and must enroll or waive the UR-sponsored insurance plan online every year. The link to the Online Insurance Process will open by mid-June. The link is located in Quick Links on the UHS website. Questions about health insurance requirements and the Online Insurance Process should be submitted to

UHS has offices on the River Campus, in the Medical Center, and at the Eastman School of Music. Full-time students pay the mandatory health fee that covers visits to the University Health Service and the University Counseling Center.

University Information Technology

The staff of University Information Technology provides IT services and support to enhance your education and campus experience. Visit the Incoming Students webpage to get started.

Blackboard (Student Portal)
The University’s student portal that provides access to online course materials, grades, organizations, and many other academic and campus services. Blackboard accounts will be available after June 15. Please access before July 1. When your account is made available, you will receive an email in your University email account with information on how to log in.

Mobile Apps
UR Mobile gives quick access to the University website’s frequently used features, including maps, directories, bus schedules and locators, the library catalog, events, and more. The free app is available for iOS and Android.

The Blackboard Student app provides two-way access to Blackboard courses. Students can view grades, post to discussion boards, read class materials, and more. The free app is available for iOS and Android.

A high-speed data network is accessible from residence halls and across campus. University-authenticated wireless is available at many residence halls as well as academic and public locations around campus. (View coverage map.)

Computer Labs
There are computer labs in most academic buildings that are equipped with the latest software applications to help you complete your assignments.

University Credentials (NetID)
Every student is given a University account, which is a private key to the student portal and other online services, including email, the wireless network, printing, public computing facilities, course registration, voting, and more.

IT Help
A Help Desk with knowledgeable IT staff is available via phone, email, and online chat to answer your questions about technologies and applications. The Student Help Desk in the IT Center provides walk-in assistance.

On-campus digital telephone service, including free local calling and voicemail service, can be requested, and 24-hour, on-campus directory service is available. Competitive long-distance rates and discounted cellular phone service is also available.

Information Security
Students can download antivirus software for free to protect their computers. University IT provides information about a range of collaborative security measures through security awareness campaigns and Security Tips of the Week.

UR Tech Store
Two on-campus technology stores offer educational discounts on computers, software, accessories, video gaming products, popular consumer electronics, and more. Products ordered through the UR Tech Store website can be delivered to students’ homes or on campus in time for their arrival.

International Services Office

The International Services Office (ISO) proudly serves over 3,900 international students from more than 130 different countries. We offer immigration support, documentation, and advising to international students (other than US citizens or permanent residents) throughout the University.

Several months prior to the start of your program, you and your admitting department will coordinate with the ISO to request your student visa documents.

Immigration Documents
This page will guide you through each step of the process to obtain documentation and travel to the University of Rochester. If you would like student visa sponsorship through the University of Rochester, you will need to complete the ISO’s New Student Information Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions at You will also need to include related document copies, including your passport and proof of financial support. ISO will not be able to issue your I-20 or DS-2019 without this information.

Students already attending another US school will need to coordinate an Immigration Transfer. Please discuss this with your current school to schedule a release of your SEVIS record to the University of Rochester. Interested students who already have another immigration status in the US should speak with an ISO Advisor as early as possible to discuss plans to change to a student category. If you plan to attend Rochester without F-1 or J-1 sponsorship, you are also welcome to contact ISO with any questions or to discuss your situation further.

Preparation and Arrival
The ISO will process your immigration documents as quickly as possible, but please allow at least two weeks during our busiest times of year. Once you receive your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to prepare for your US visa interview and travel to Rochester. New international students are expected to arrive on campus in time to attend the College’s mandatory International Orientation programs, along with other school events. Detailed guidance on these steps and schedule information are updated on our website regularly.

Continuing Services
After your arrival, the ISO will continue to oversee your immigration status throughout your program at Rochester and beyond. Our services include personal immigration advising, work authorizations, cross-cultural counseling, and guidance on travel, taxes, and other aspects of life in the US.

Mail Services

Your campus mailbox (CMC) number will be sent to you soon. Your CMC mailbox will remain the same throughout your time at the University.

All letters and packages should use the following address format:

Student Name
University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
Rochester, New York 14627-XXXX

Mail and or packages addressed to your residence hall will not be delivered.

The Campus Mail Center is located in Todd Union.

Office of Minority Student Affairs

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) provides counseling, disseminates information, initiates programs, and serves as a liaison with other departments to enhance the environment of support for students. Through these efforts, the office encourages the entire University community to appreciate diversity.

OMSA is committed to providing these supportive services on behalf of students to ensure their academic success at the University. To meet these goals, the office is proactive in advancing campus dialogue on issues related to the overall success and academic achievement of minority students.


We are delighted that you have decided to join our community and we’re already making great plans for your arrival. Orientation is a critical part of your introduction to University life. Encompassing a week-long program organized by faculty, staff, deans, and current students, you will be introduced to each other, the campus, and the local community. Our Orientation staff and volunteers work hard to ensure you have a memorable week and a great introduction to life at the University of Rochester. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Fall 2019 Orientation
The Fall Orientation begin with International Student Orientation on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. Domestic students are expected to arrive on August 21, with the Orientation Program for all students running August 21–27. In mid- to late-June, you will receive emails and a mailing from Orientation regarding information on academic advising, parent and family, and sibling orientation. The international parent/family program will take place on August 20 and all the parent/family program will take place August 21-22 to help parents learn more about our community and the resources available to students. All the information will also be available online, so keep checking our website starting Summer 2019 for updates.

Spring 2020 Orientation
New students enrolling in Spring 2020 will begin their Orientation program on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Mid-year Orientation is a highly personalized program that provides first-year and transfer students with opportunities to meet other new students, spend time with faculty and staff, and attend programs both on and off campus. You will also meet with current students who previously enrolled during a spring semester and will be eager to share their experiences. Parents and other family members will have some programming at the beginning of mid-year Orientation to learn more about our community and the resources available to students. Information and registration materials will be sent in mid-December. Please check your University email. If you do not receive information by January 2, email

We are looking forward to sharing our Orientation programs with you and to helping you make a smooth transition to college life. Specific information regarding your program, registration for Orientation, and much more will be coming to you in the months prior to your arrival. If you have any questions in the months to come, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Department of Public Safety

Serving Our Community
The Department of Public Safety is comprised of approximately 170 full-time staff that provides uniformed patrol, investigative, crime prevention, victim assistance, and workplace violence services, and specialized programs tailored to specific campus needs. They respond to calls of any nature, including all campus emergencies — fire, accidents, physical crimes and disturbances. Public Safety is a mixed force of sworn peace officers and public safety officers. Peace officers are able to make arrests due to the commission of a felony, misdemeanor, or other breach of peace based on probable cause, and can make mental health arrests—an authority that allows peace officers to intervene promptly in mental health emergencies. University peace officers carry batons and pepper foam as defensive weapons when dealing with potentially dangerous situations. They do not carry firearms. Approximately 40 trained, part-time student aides assist our professional staff and work in selected areas of the campus and residence halls during the academic year. These students are in constant radio contact with us, should unauthorized persons or other conditions affecting general safety be discovered.

We Are In This Together
Working together promotes awareness of the needs of one’s neighbors and fosters a sense of common purpose. The University is part of a larger, urban community in which crime is a constant reality. Maintaining a safe and secure community must be a cooperative undertaking. Here is what you can do:

  • Attend at least one of the many personal safety seminars offered throughout the year.
  • Report hazards.
  • Pay attention to signs of possible risk and plan how to respond.
  • Inform visitors of the University’s policies, rules, regulations and expectations for proper behavior.

How to Contact Public Safety
The University maintains an extensive network of over 500 interior, and exterior public access telephones. You can call the Public Safety Communications Center for assistance at any time of the day or night from any of these phones. Included are over 185 direct-dial Blue Light Emergency Phones.

  • In an EMERGENCY, dial x13 from any University phone, including service phones located at building entrances, or dial #413 from AT&T or Verizon cell phones. Dial 275-3333 from any other phone.
  • Pick up a Blue Light Emergency Phone located along pedestrian pathways and parking areas. An officer will be sent to your location right away.

Personal Safety Escorts
University Public Safety will arrange for an escort to and from University locations. We will choose the most efficient way to provide you with an escort based on our activity levels at the time. We acknowledge emergencies and other high priority non-emergency calls for services first, so there may be some delay in our response to your request. We don’t provide escorts to off-campus locations.

Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance
Crime prevention staff address thousands of students, parents, and employees on personal safety issues yearly. We respond to special requests from groups of staff members or students and present individualized workshops on topics of particular concern. We also distribute Safety Bulletins and conduct office/building safety surveys. We make available victim assistance support services for a crime against the person. Assistance may begin shortly after a crime is reported and may continue through the often confusing stages of the criminal justice process. The University does not assume responsibility for property if it is lost or stolen.

Help Us Help You
The quality of our services is dependent on the feedback from those we serve. Our professional standards process helps us respond to complaints and concerns. We also wish to recognize instances where our staff have been especially helpful and exceeded your expectations in the services they have provided.

During your time at the University it is possible you could be given directions, or be asked for information, by a Public Safety Officer or other University representative responding to a call for service involving an urgent matter, a crime, or a violation of University regulations. You may be asked to identify yourself and, subsequently, to produce your University issued identification card. Your ID card quickly verifies that you may have certain privileges not extended to those not affiliated with the University. You should carry your identification card at all times and must present it on request to any authorized representative.

Where to Find Public Safety
Our administrative offices are located at the University Public Safety Center, 612 Wilson Boulevard. We are also located in the Medical Center in Room G-6009 (near the bank). Finally, we have space in the Eastman School of Music main hall and in the main lobby of the Student Living Center.

Religious and Spiritual Life: The Interfaith Chapel

The Interfaith Chapel is a religious and spiritual gathering place for all people. Here we welcome those who strongly identify with a religious tradition, those who question or have no affiliation and everyone in between.

For nearly 50 years, the Interfaith Chapel has been a place for students to grow in their religious, spiritual and cultural identity through worship and ritual, by connecting with faith communities, engaging in service opportunities, learning about many faith traditions, deepening their own faith and exploring their own values.

We have an active student organization dedicated to interfaith cooperation where you can participate in community service activities, worship and dialogue with people of many faiths or of no particular faith.

Religious/Spiritual Life on Campus

  • Catholic Newman Community
  • Cru
  • Hindu Student Association
  • Jewish – Chabad House
  • Jewish – University of Rochester Hillel
  • Muslim Community (MSA)
  • Protestant Chapel Community (PCC)
  • University of Rochester Christian Fellowship (URCF)
  • Student Association for Interfaith Cooperation
  • Agape Christian Fellowship
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Religious/Spiritual Life in the Rochester Community

  • Bahai Center
  • Buddhist (Rochester Zen Center)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)
  • Hindu Temple of Rochester
  • Islamic Center of Rochester
  • Sikh (Gurdwara of Rochester)

Office for Residential Life and Housing Services

One of the many important decisions you must make several times while at the University is where you will live. University housing is a very popular option. First years and sophomores are required to live on campus, while two-thirds of the juniors and more than half of the seniors choose to live on campus. There are many worthwhile options to choose from during your student years, both within the Residential Life (College housing) system and beyond.

At the University of Rochester, we house first-year students together. This unique and creative project pairs the leaders, faculty, and staff members of the College with Residential Life and Dining Services to provide a tremendous new living community. Energetic residential, academic, support, social, recreational, and resource programs are in place to support the first years. The skills, closeness, and lifetime friendships that you develop as a result will ease your transition into the University and Rochester community.

We encourage you to read the Residential Life materials included in your enrolling student packet carefully. You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions with further information about submitting your Residential Life Contract.

Housing for Transfers
Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community as much as possible. In recent years, the popularity of all our facilities has exceeded the number of available spaces. Thus, we currently can’t accommodate every transfer student who will want to live on campus.

Transfer students interested in on-campus housing should apply as soon as possible upon receiving their enrolling student packet (June 1 for fall housing; December 15 for spring housing). Students applying for fall semester housing are not likely to hear about housing until early July. And some assignments will come later, sometimes close to the date classes begin. Students starting in the spring term will receive their housing assignment in early January. For your best chance at securing on-campus housing, submit a housing contract as early as you can.

Off-Campus Housing
Many Rochester upperclass and transfer students live off-campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods. There are some transfer students who prefer to live off campus and never apply for on-campus housing. Others have sought housing off-campus for one or two semesters because they were unsuccessful in their first attempt to get a campus housing assignment.

Off-campus housing options for college students in Rochester are affordable, safe, can offer both parking and/or public transportation options, and come in a range of prices and lifestyles. Students seeking off-campus housing can depend on support from the Office of Residential Life while finding a good match for their educational plans.

Please note: International students may email their housing and dining contract directly to the Office for Residential Life & Housing Services in order to meet the June 1 and/or December 15 deadline. Scan the entire contract and send it as a PDF to

Student Employment Office

The Student Employment Office provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work on campus in hourly, non-benefited positions. Positions range from research assistants to baristas through Dining Services. No matter what your interests may be, there is a job for you on campus!

Students with or without Federal Work Study can apply to open positions using our student employment recruitment portal called JobLink, which is accessible through your Blackboard account.

For more information about working on campus, Federal Work Study, pre-requisites for employment and more, visit our website or contact us at or (585) 275-3226.

Transportation and Parking Management

First-Year Students
Parking spaces will not be available for incoming resident first years. First years requiring disability parking accommodations or student transportation assistance should review the Non-academic Accommodation Services for more information and applications.

Commuter students should contact the Parking Management Center to obtain registration materials for on-campus parking. Commuters will be assigned to commuter parking lots based on availability.

Transfer upperclassmen living on campus should contact the Parking Management Center to learn about parking assignments.

Shuttle Transportation
University shuttle services are available for the convenience of students with routes between campuses and to local destinations, including Marketplace Mall, Eastman Living Center, Pittsford Plaza, the Public Market, Walmart, Wegmans, and more. Shuttle schedules may be obtained online or through the Parking Management Center. Shuttle services are provided at no cost to students with University IDs—please be prepared to swipe your ID when boarding a shuttle.

UR Connections
The University is a proud supporter of alternative and conservative transportation. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to explore commuting options from public transportation to walking, biking, ride sharing, and shuttles. The Transportation and Parking Management team offers discounts, incentives, and cost-saving opportunities through the UR Connections program.

Get wheels when you want them with the convenience of Zipcar. Vehicles are available to reserve on River Campus, at the Eastman School, and at the Medical Center. Gas, insurance, and reserved parking are included, as well as 24/7 roadside assistance.

Parking on University campuses is strictly enforced with penalties ranging from $40 to $200 per citation. Please be mindful of parking only in designated areas with the proper permit. Registered owners of vehicles are responsible for payment of violations.

Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program, in concert with faculty from across the College, leads the effort to familiarize students with key principles and strategies for becoming successful communicators across different modes and contexts. The program is home to the writing studies minor, the Writing and Speaking Center (where students can find writing tutoring services), and the Primary Writing Requirement (the College’s first step in drawing students into our community of researchers and writers).

Primary Writing Requirement
All students must satisfy the Primary Writing Requirement (PWR). The majority of students fulfill the requirement by earning a C or better in WRT 105, Reasoning and Writing in the Collegeor WRT 105E or WRT 105A and WRT 105B, versions of 105 chosen by students who need more support or a slower pace to meet the demands of college-level writing.

Students may additionally enroll in the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) to meet the PWR. EAPP students satisfy the PWR by earning a C or better through​ the interconnected courses of WRT 103: Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing and WRT 101: Communication across Contexts I ​(fall) ​and WRT 104: Research, Reading, and Writing and WRT 102: Communication across Contexts II​ (spring)​.

Transfer Students
Transfer students who have completed a similar writing course at their previous institution may submit a petition to substitute that course for the Primary Writing Requirement. The petition and criteria for a successful transfer petition are available for submission. Monroe Community College students who have completed ENG 200 Advanced Composition with a B or better will have the WRT 105 requirement completed. For more information and to fill out a petition, please see the program website.

The College Writing and Speaking Center offers a wide variety of writing and speaking support services for undergraduate students of all levels and in all disciplines. Tutors provide individualized feedback and assistance on all types of academic writing and speaking. We invite students to use our services during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a final draft. Similarly, students can visit a speaking fellow at any point as they are developing or practicing a presentation. For more information and to make an appointment, please see the program website.

Our office is staffed by graduate-student writing consultants and undergraduate writing and speaking fellows from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences. The Writing and Speaking Center is located on the ground floor of Rush Rhees Library, RR G-122.


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, Genesee Hall, and the Quad, comprised of Gilbert, Hoeing, 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

Why do so many people love Rochester? Maybe it’s because everyone here seems to know some ultra-secret hip place that no one else knows about. Or maybe it’s the more well-known experiences we all share together: the culture, food, music, and film that make Rochester truly one-of-a-kind.

If you’d like to explore the cultural life of the city and its surrounding areas, here are some highlights:

Artisan Works
A behind-the-scenes view of artists at work and an enormous collection of eclectic pieces.
565 Blossom Rd | (585) 288-7170

Geva Theatre
Rochester’s leading professional theatre showing everything from musicals to American and world classics to world-premiere works.
75 Woodbury Blvd | (585) 232-4382

George Eastman House
George Eastman’s historic mansion, the International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Dryden Theatre are open for tours and screenings.
900 East Ave | (585) 271-3361

Little Theatre
For over 75 years, The Little has been Rochester’s premier theater for independent and films from across the globe.
240 East Ave | (585) 258-0400

Memorial Art Gallery
Part of the University of Rochester, the MAG is open to the public for both classes and tours.
500 University Ave | (585) 276-8900

Monroe County Parks
Over 20 parks, each varied in its offerings—most are ideal for picnics, bird watching, hiking, and sports like tennis, soccer, and disc golf.
171 Reservoir Ave | (585) 753-7284

Mount Hope Cemetery
America’s first municipal Victorian cemetery offers tours on Sundays between May and October.
1133 Mt. Hope Ave | (585) 461-3494

Rochester Museum & Science Center
A science museum, nature center, and planetarium enabling visitors to explore science, technology, and Rochester’s cultural heritage.
657 East Ave | (585) 271-4320

Rochester Public Market
A century-old tradition that offers fresh produce, flowers, fish, meats, baked goods, and ethnic delicacies.
280 N. Union St | (585) 428-6907

Strong National Museum of Play
Ranked by Child magazine as one of the “Top Ten Children’s Museums in the Country,” the Strong encourages hands-on discovery.
1 Manhattan Sq | (585) 263-2700

Susan B. Anthony House
The home of Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, is now a National Historic Landmark, where visitors learn about the life and activities of this remarkable woman.
17 Madison St | (585) 235-6124

Writers & Books
Rochester’s literary center offers classes and readings by area and nationally recognized poets, fiction writers, and playwrights.
740 University Ave | (585) 473-2590

Office of the University Registrar
127 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270038

Religious and Spiritual Life/Chaplain’s Office
Interfaith Chapel
1045 Wilson Blvd
PO Box 270501

Residential Life & Housing Services
020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls)
PO Box 270468

Student Affairs
Dean of Students
500/510 Wilson Commons
PO Box 270443

Student Employment
G13 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270261
275-3226 (Option 4)

Wilson Commons Student Activities
201 Wilson Commons
PO Box 270281

UR Tech Store
Rush Rhees Library (next to IT Center)
PO Box 270353


Wallis Hall
300 Wilson Blvd
PO Box 270251

Advising Services
312 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270402

Alumni Relations
300 E. River Road
PO Box 278993

Athletics & Recreation
Goergen Athletic Center
Library Road
PO Box 270296

Bursar (Fees & Billing)
330 Meliora Hall
PO Box 270037

Career & Internship Center
4-200 Dewey Hall
PO Box 270028

Career & Internship Center
4-200 Dewey Hall
PO Box 270028

Counseling Center (UCC)
738 Library Road
PO Box 270356

Excellence in Teaching & Learning
1-154 Dewey Hall
PO Box 270359

Financial Aid Office
124 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270261
Fax: 756-7664

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
201 Wilson Commons
PO Box 270443

Health Service (UHS)
738 Library Road
PO Box 270617

Health History & Immunization Form
University Health Service
738 Library Road
PO Box 270617
Fax: 756-0263

Health Insurance Advisor
UHS Building
738 Library Road
PO Box 270617

Information Technology
Rush Rhees Library (IT Center)

International Services
213 Morey Hall
PO Box 270446

312 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270402

Parent & Family Relations
510 Wilson Commons
PO Box 270443

Public Safety
University Security Center
PO Box 278950

The area code for all phone numbers listed is 585.