Meliora letters spelled out in front of Rush Rhees Library

College Counselors and Advisors

College counselors and advisors around the world are our critical partners in guiding students through an exciting next step in their lives. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Rochester is dedicated to supporting you with accurate information and honest advice about our application and financial aid processes. Here you can find important resources to assist you in working with students interested in the University of Rochester.

Rochester’s Mission & Vision

“Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better.”

A University of the Highest Order

Approved by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees March 11, 2010

Founded as “an institution of the highest order” and guided by the motto Meliora or Ever Better, the University of Rochester will help solve the greatest challenges of the 21st century by:

  • Accelerating our progress as an international leader in sciences, engineering, social sciences, health science, business, and music.
  • Empowering our students to fulfill their academic and professional passions in a University that is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Creating innovative connections among education, humanities, music, the social sciences, science, engineering, and health science.
  • Strengthening support for a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching, mentoring, research, clinical care, and the creative and performing arts.
  • Serving our community of alumni and friends through imaginative programs that enrich their lifelong relationship with the University and that expand our collective contributions to the world.
  • Embracing our leadership position in Rochester and the nation by making our community a model for partnership among academic, civic, cultural, health care, and business organizations.

How We Review

In reviewing applications, Rochester counselors take a variety of factors (most notably, the ones below) into consideration for a holistic review process.

High School Transcript

One factor that carries the most weight in reviewing applications is the high school transcript. Honors, AP, and IB classes are strong indicators of the extent to which students challenge themselves. However, we understand that course offerings vary greatly from one school to another.

Visiting Campus

Please encourage your students to visit campus. This type of contact is important to us, as we keep track of all demonstrated interest. We want to be sure the students we admit know the University well and truly want to be here. If visiting is not an option, there are events, information sessions, and interviews hosted around the world from September to December.

Admissions Interview

Offered to rising seniors around the world, our admissions counselors and far-reaching alumni base area host admissions interviews. While not required—but strongly recommended—an interview is a great way to show demonstrated interest. Interviews allow students to tell us more about themselves. Interviews also help determine scholarship candidates and give each student the opportunity to talk one-on-one with someone who knows the University well. From September to December we offer on- and off-campus interviews; however, if meeting one-on-one is not possible, we also offer interviews over Skype and the phone.

Students apply to the University, not any specific major. As a result, all students (including engineers!) are accepted as “undecided” and are not required to officially declare a major until the end of their sophomore year.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

There are no minimum requirements for admission to Rochester. We review each student’s application using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. The typical Rochester student has:

  • Ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Taken 2–7 AP or IB courses.
  • Maintained a median academic unweighted GPA of 3.7.
  • Submitted SAT scores between 620 and 710 on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing section and 660 and 790 on the Math section; or an ACT score between 29 and 34.

These are only the bare numbers to describe a Rochester student. We also value unquantifiable strengths such as initiative, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, and we’re also careful to ensure each class represents the full spectrum of diversity, including hometowns, ideas, and experiences.

Colleges of Rochester Tour 

Fall 2020 (dates pending)
Join us during Western New York’s spectacular fall season as we guide you through the region to visit some of the state’s finest colleges and universities. The tour includes stops at Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, and the University of Rochester.

Upstate New York Counselor Tour

Canceled for 2020
An opportunity to visit Rochester in the spring along with several other Upstate NY colleges and universities including Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester.

Upstate New York International Counselor Tour

Upcoming in Summer 2021
An opportunity to visit Rochester in the summer along with several other Upstate NY colleges and universities including Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Skidmore College, and the University of Rochester.

High School Awards

Each year, participating high schools may nominate up to four qualified students, one for each of these awards. All nominees will have their application fee waived and will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 per year.

The awards include:

  • The Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award
  • The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award
  • The George Eastman Young Leaders Award
  • The Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology

Virtual Events

While we are currently unable to welcome visitors to campus or travel to schools, you and your students can still join us for virtual information sessions, interviews, and our College Admissions Workshop Series.