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GRADE Interview Program


The GRADE Interviewing Program will be held on Monday, February 10, and Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

This is an invite-only program.

Attendance at the interview event is a mandatory part of the selection process, as you will be interviewed by admissions staff from both the College and the Warner School of Education, attending lectures, and meeting with current GRADE students. Attendance on Monday is optional. Students attending on Monday will have the opportunity to further explore campus and stay overnight with a student.

Registration is closed.

If you have questions, please contact Carla Mattioli at (585) 276-3199, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or via email at Your prompt reply is important.

Travel Info

Please arrive no later than 9:30 AM on Tuesday, February 11 to allow time for parking and check-in. If you get delayed, please call Admissions at (585) 275-3221.


If you are driving and using a GPS, please enter 252 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14611 as your destination. This will bring you to the main entrance of The University of Rochester.

When you arrive, stop at the Visitor Parking and Information Booth (straight ahead, in the middle of the street) for instructions on where to park and how to get to the Office of Admissions in Wallis Hall. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure adequate time to park.

Google Directions to Campus

The University’s River Campus is about two miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC). Commercial taxi service and car rental are available from the airport. Cab fare is approximately $10, depending on the number of people and luggage.

The Rochester city buses stop at several locations on the River Campus as well as the Medical Center and Eastman campuses on all routes. For schedule and bus route information, visit the Rochester Transportation Services page.

The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue. Taxi service and car rental are available, and the station is located on the municipal bus line that serves the River Campus.

Overnight Students

You have the option to arrive on Monday, February 10, and stay overnight with a current student. If you choose to stay overnight, please select this option when you register.

A hosting coordinator will contact you that week to take your information and answer your questions. If you’re arriving on Monday, please be in Wallis Hall (Admissions) at 4:00 PM to meet your host.

If you are driving to campus with family on Monday, proceed to the Security/Information Booth on Wilson Boulevard to obtain a parking permit and directions to a lot.

If you are driving by yourself, you may keep your car on campus overnight. We will need to know your license plate number prior to arrival. You may need to move your car after check-in.

If you have questions about parking, please call us at (585) 275-3221.

What to Expect

Accommodations and Dress

As our guest, your meals and on-campus lodging are included at no charge during your visit. If you arrive on Monday, please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and towel. We recommend that you bring additional spending money for snacks, souvenirs, etc.

Also, please bring appropriate dress clothes for your interview on Tuesday, as well as outdoor attire to keep you warm during a Rochester winter, as average temperatures can vary.


2020 GRADE Interview Program

Monday, February 10, 2020 (optional):

Time Description
1:00 pm–4:00 pm Arrival and check-in (Wallis Hall)
Free time options:
  – Lunch on campus
  – Attend an open class (see class list in folders)

  – Attend an information session (1:30 pm, Wallis Hall) and/or campus tour (2:15 pm, depart from Wallis Hall)
4:00 pm–4:30 pm Overnight host match-up (Wallis Hall)/dinner with host on campus
4:50 pm & 7:30 pm Open Warner Classes (see class list in folders)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020:

Time Description
9:30 am           Check-in and breakfast (LeChase Hall)
10:00 am10:15 am           GRADE welcome address and introductions
  – Brian Brent, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Warner School of Education
  – Pamela Black-Colton, Excutive Director of Admissions & Student Services, Warner School of Education
  – Andre McKenzie, Associate Director, Admissions
10:15 am11:00 am           Keynote speaker
11:00 am12:00 pm           GRADE student panel
12:00 pm1:00 pm           Lunch
1:00 pm3:00 pm           GRADE interviews with Warner School admissions*

Options when not interviewing:
  – 2:15 Campus tour (depart front steps, LeChase Hall)
  – Open class
  – LeChase building tours
1:00 pm2:00 pm           Parent session

*Students should be in the LeChase admissions office waiting area 15 minutes prior to their assigned interview time, as noted on their itinerary. Finalists are free to depart campus after their interview.

Important Numbers

  • Office of Admissions: (585) 275-3221 (Ask for Andre McKenzie.)
  • Campus Security: (585) 275-3333 (Dial 13 from campus phones in an emergency.)

Open Class List

Be sure to arrive to your chosen class 10 minutes early and introduce yourself to the professor. No registration required. Some classes may overlap with our scheduled program for the day, so you will need to make a decision about what you would like to attend.

Family members are welcome to join as well, though some classes may have limited seating.

Open Class List – Spring 2020