How to Apply

Ready to apply or just interested in learning more about the application process at Rochester? Select your student type below to view detailed information about how to apply to Rochester.

First-Year Students

Begin Your Application

  1. Apply online through the Common Application (CA) or the Coalition Application.
  2. Submit the Part I Application.

Submit Your Supporting Materials

The following material must be submitted to us directly by your school, testing site, or family member, depending on the document.

Required Documents

  • Secondary school transcript
  • Official test scores
  • Teacher recommendation (one required)
  • School report/counselor recommendation
  • Mid-year report (when available)
  • Final transcript (when available)
  • College transcript (if applicable)

Optional Materials

Early Decision Students

  • Complete the Net Price Calculator and the MyinTuition Calculator to consider if Early Decision is a viable option for you.
  • Submit your application by November 1.
  • You, your parent/guardian, and a school counselor must complete and sign the Early Decision Confirmation Agreement in the application portal you’ve chosen.

International Students

You are considered an international student if you are not a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident. As an international student, there are some additional documents you must submit to be considered for admission to Rochester.

Homeschooled Students

Admissions counselors conduct a holistic review, considering a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records. The self-directed curriculum makes Rochester an attractive and appropriate choice for students who have a home school education. Readers seek to understand how home-schooled applicants have also learned from a variety of people and experiences.

Requirements

To supplement the basic application components, home-educated students must submit a comprehensive description of the program of study, including:

  • Syllabi with textbooks, where applicable, and a list of all completed literary texts.
  • A description of instruction methods and assessment for laboratory sciences.
  • A brief (100–200 words) personal statement reflecting on the value of the home schooling experience.
  • At least four years each of English, mathematics, and history/social studies, and three years each of science and foreign language. (Most admitted students will have completed these years of study in these areas.)
  • Evidence of preparation through exam results.
  • Any transcripts from accredited colleges or universities. (Most successful home-schooled applicants have completed college-level course work.)

Subjective Requirements

  • At least one, and preferably two, letters of recommendation from outside instructors, volunteer or group supervisors, or employers.
  • A peer recommendation from someone not more than one year older or younger.
  • A request for an on-campus, off-campus, Skype, or telephone interview with an admissions counselor (before December 15 of your senior/application year).

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements typically set forth by the state in which home school students reside meet the academic requirements to be considered for admission. Most states require at least four years of English, three years of mathematics, four years of history/social studies, three years of science, and three years of a foreign language. Home schooled students should check their respective state requirements for graduation. If for any reason the curriculum differs from what a student has taken, an explanation into what the student has chosen versus what the state requires for graduation should be explained.

Home schooled students, like all Rochester applicants, can qualify for need-based financial aid and/or compete for merit scholarships.

Professional Degree Programs Applicants

There is no separate application supplement for any of the Professional Degree Programs.

To be considered for one of these programs, indicate the program you’re applying for in the application portal you’ve chosen. Counselors will consider your entire application along with any additional supporting materials (transcripts, recommendations, etc.).

Submit Your Financial Aid Application

We understand that the decision to invest in a quality education is substantial. That’s why we provide a sound program of need-based financial assistance. Typical packages include scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and outside awards.

Undergraduates applying as US citizens or eligible non-citizens for must submit the FAFSA for federal funding and the CSS Profile for University funding. Additional items may be requested once a financial aid counselor begins to review your application.

Check Your Application Status

Use MyROC regularly after you’ve submitted application materials to make sure we have everything on file. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for some paperwork to be manually processed.

Transfer Students

Begin Your Application

  1. Submit the Rochester Part I Application.
  2. Apply online through the Common Application (CA) or the Coalition Application (CoA).
  3. Complete the corresponding supplement built in your selected application portal.

Note: You can only apply to Professional Degree Programs if you are applying for fall semester consideration. Transfers can be considered for GEAR, GRADE, and HEAL (not REMS).

Submit Your Supporting Material

The following material must be submitted to us directly by your school, testing site, or family member, depending on the document.

Required Documents

*If you have completed at least one year of full-time college coursework, you may request this item to be waived after applying. However, sending more information can only improve your chances of admission.

Optional Material

**Highly recommended for first-year college students

International Students

As an international student there are some additional documents you must submit in order to be considered for admission to the University of Rochester.

Monroe Community College 2+2 Dual Admission Degree Program

The College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering has a dual admissions agreement program with Monroe Community College. You enroll in the 2+2 program through Monroe Community College and complete a set of courses for your academic interest, leading to an associate degree. You are guaranteed admission to continue your studies at the University of Rochester in your chosen major of study.

The program is best designed for first-year full-time students who know what they want to pursue. You’ll complete recommended courses of study, receive a minimum grade requirement, and transfer after two years at junior class standing.

Admissions counselors visit MCC’s Career Center every semester to advise you on your academic plans. Degree audit sheets are also available to help guide you with your course selection.

MCC 2+2 Students

If you are a current Monroe Community College Dual 2+2student finishing the program, you must submit the following to Rochester the semester before planning to enroll as a full-time Rochester student:

  • MCC 2+2 Intent to Enroll Form*
  • Official college transcript from MCC and any other school attended
  • Official AP/IB exam results if seeking college credit
  • Midterm Grade Report (optional)
  • A résumé and an admissions interview are recommended for those wishing to compete for potential merit scholarships.
  • If applicable, apply for financial aid

*The Intent to Enroll Form should be completed by March 15 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment at Rochester.

Rochester offers 2+2 programs in the following academic areas:

  • African & African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Optics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Studio Arts

Some of our Engineering 2+2 program requirements have you cross-registering for courses at Rochester while enrolled at Monroe Community College. These cross-registration courses are processed through the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program agreement. When taking cross-registration courses, you’ll follow the RAC procedures on the Registrar’s site.

Current Eastman School of Music Students

If you’re a current Eastman School of Music student looking to add a dual degree with the College, you must complete the ESM Intent to Enroll Form.

  • Fall Enrollment: Complete Intent to Enroll Form by May 1
  • Spring Enrollment: Complete Intent to Enroll From by October 1

These deadlines allow us time to receive, review, and respond to your academic credentials. You will receive a decision from the Office of Admissions at the College regarding your request to add a dual degree in about a month of submitting the intent form. You must submit a reply form to confirm your enrollment in a dual degree.

If you’re looking to leave the Eastman School of Music and pursue only a degree from the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, you should apply as a transfer applicant following instructions for the Common Application process.

Non-Matriculated Part-Time Studies

If you’re interested in taking non-matriculated (non-degree) part-time or full-time courses at the University of Rochester, you can register for courses through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies.

No more than six non-matriculated courses taken here can be applied toward a Rochester degree.

If you’re looking to earn a degree from Rochester, you must apply for admission, be accepted, and matriculate into a degree-seeking program. You would follow the transfer application instructions and submit the Common Application material. You can indicate if you are seeking enrollment as a part-time or full-time student in the application.

Staff in the Office of Admissions can discuss your academic background and any future plans you may have for applying to a degree program. You can contact us at (585) 275-3221 or at admit@admissions.rochester.edu.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, you, and your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

If you are participating in the Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) Inter-Institutional program, do not register as a non-matriculated student through the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies. You should follow the inter-institutional registration procedures.

Reapplying for Admission

If you previously applied to the University of Rochester as a first-year or transfer applicant less than a year ago, regardless of the decision, your application documents are on file.

  • You do not need to complete a new application.
  • To update your application and be considered for a future term, complete a new Part I Application and answer additional questions to help us reconsider your application.
  • Once you submit a new Part I, your application will be updated and your old documents will be added in a couple weeks. Please check your application status to ensure everything arrives and is updated.

Transfer Reapplication

If you have or are enrolled at another university, you would be considered a transfer student regardless of whether it is your first term. The average transfer applicant has completed at least a year of full-time courses (24–32 credits) before enrolling.

  • If you are reapplying, you may need to submit additional supporting documents.
  • Supporting documents may include a final high school transcript, college transcript, new recommendations, an updated résumé, or a Transfer Midterm Grade Report.

Past Student at Rochester

If you were a student at the University of Rochester and either withdrew in good standing or were separated from the University, you do not reapply through the Office of Admissions. Instructions and policies regarding readmission to the College can be found with the College Center for Advising Services.

Submit Your Financial Aid Application

We understand that the decision to invest in a quality education is substantial. That’s why we provide a sound program of need-based financial assistance. Typical packages include scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and outside awards.

Undergraduate transfer students applying as US citizens or eligible non-citizens for must submit the FAFSA for federal funding and the CSS Profile for University funding. Additional items may be requested once a financial aid counselor begins to review your application.

Check Your Application Status

Use MyROC regularly after you’ve submitted application materials to make sure we have everything on file. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for some paperwork to be manually processed.