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Local & National Partnerships

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 and at the national and international level.

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.

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.

Local Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has constructed meaningful partnerships with the community-based organizations and schools listed below. To support their ongoing post-secondary advocacy work within the Rochester community, our activities have included campus visits (tours and information sessions), community-based workshops on college access and the University, special speakers, and unique community partnerships and programs. In addition, the schools listed are those with whom we have conducted special outreach activities, such as training for students and counselors, workshops for students and parents, and special visits for student groups.

Community Partnerships

Here are a few of the community-based organizations we are proud to partner with:

School Partnerships

Here are a few of the schools we are proud to partner with:

  • All City High
  • Charlotte High School
  • East High School
  • Edison Campus
  • Integrated Arts and Technology High School
  • James Monroe High School
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • Northeast College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • Northwest College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • RCSD Counselor Group
  • Robert Brown High School of Construction and Design
  • Rochester Early College International High School
  • Rochester International Academy
  • Rochester STEM High School
  • School No. 16
  • School No. 33
  • School No. 41
  • School No. 58 (World of Inquiry)
  • School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls Commencement Academy
  • School Without Walls Foundation Academy
  • Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • Young Adult Evening High School

National Partnerships

American Honors

American Honors (AH) is a selective honors program offered in partnership with Community College (currently hosted at Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Spokane).

  • AH helps enhance transfer opportunities for community college students by providing transfer pathways to top universities.
  • AH offers students honors-level courses, personalized advising, and support for transfer into a top university.
  • Our partnership includes working with them to identify courses and develop specific academic pathways from the campuses, so that students maximize transfer credit and are on the path to completing their BA/BS in two years.

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Chicago Scholars

As a Platinum College Partner, the University of Rochester is dedicated to supporting our Chicago Scholars with financial support, strong academic advising, and leadership opportunities from the time Scholars enroll until they graduate from college. We commit to the following:

  •  Meet 100% of demonstrated financial need through graduation for Scholars
  •  Sponsor a campus visit prior to the Scholar confirming enrollment
  •  Include Scholars in first-year orientation program
  •  Provide an on-campus liaison for Scholars
  •  Involve Scholars in leadership opportunities

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College Horizons

College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer, students work with college admissions officers, college counselors, essay specialists, and other educators in a five-day “crash course” on the college application process. The University of Rochester has been privileged to host the program in 2011 as part of our partnership and look forward to hosting again in the future. We send Admissions representatives each year to be a part of the program off campus.

The individualized program helps students:

  • Select suitable colleges to research and apply to.
  • Complete winning applications, résumés, and memorable essays.
  • Get test-taking strategies, information, and resources on the ACT and SAT.
  • Navigate the financial aid/scholarship process, complete a preliminary FAFSA, and learn about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund.
  • Develop relationships with Admissions representatives by attending our college fair, informational sessions, and one-on-one or small group class time.
  • Receive tips and strategies on the application process and get advice on how to succeed in college as a Native student.
  • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student.

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Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth into a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. The programs provide unique leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and motivational experiences for youth selected by their schools to participate.

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The IMPACT Program began in 2006 as a way to boost college persistence for YES Prep graduates from Houston, TX. Since 2006, 84% of IMPACT Scholars have graduated from or are currently enrolled in their original IMPACT Partner or Affiliate institution. As a university partner, the University of Rochester commits to:

  • Attend the yearly IMPACT summer institute. The program serves as both an introduction to University of Rochester and as a mechanism for identifying/recruiting possible applicants.
  • Send a team of admissions staff and/or alumni to Houston for an information session and/or individual interviews for YES Prep students
  • Dedicate 3–5 spaces for YES Prep students to participate in the Multicultural Visitation Program and absorb all costs related to the trip.
  • Offer a campus visit to all admitted students that have not visit campus and have been designated as “UR IMPACT Scholars.”
  • Provide academic and emotional support to all enrolled Yes Prep students to ensure persistence and graduation.

To find out how you can become a designated IMPACT scholar please contact your college counseling staff at your YES Prep campus. For general information regarding the program, please visit YES Prep.


Kings is an international education group that helps international students with higher education pathways, transitions to college, and English language instruction.

  • Kings programs help students achieve personal growth, achievement and the best learning outcome for their individual circumstances, ability and needs.
  • Our partnership with the Kings is a Guaranteed Outcome (GO) transfer program for students that start at a Kings affiliated school and then transfer after meeting requirements.
  • Our partnership includes working with them to identify courses and develop specific academic pathways, so that students maximize transfer credit and are on the path to completing their BA/BS in two years, it may take longer depending on interests and foundation.

MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million, 10-year initiative to educate and prepare young people, particularly from Africa, to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities. Rochester has partnered with the MCFS program through ALA and seeks to ensure that highly-qualified Africans from the most disadvantaged backgrounds on the continent have the opportunity to continue their education at top-tier universities around the world. Partner institutions make generous contributions to the overall costs of these students. In exchange, the partner universities benefit from annual enrollment of a cohort of the best and brightest young leaders of Africa to impact the classroom and campus life.

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The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools

The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2013, the Consortium now includes approximately 100 member schools (high schools), many “ranked” as the best in the country, along with 55 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) located in 32 states that share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.

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The Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 6,275 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. Since 1989, these students have been receiving four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Posse partner colleges and universities are helping to transform the landscape of leadership in the United States by committing critical resources to diversifying their campuses, making their climates more welcoming to all students, and ensuring that Posse Scholars graduate with the finest education in the country. Most importantly, Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The University of Rochester became a Posse school in 2013 for student in the DC area. As a Posse partner we:

  • Work together with The Posse Foundation to select 10 DC Posse students each year.
  • Provide a minimum of a full-tuition grant to each selected student.
  • Designate and appoint a senior administrative officer to serve as a liaison to the Posse program.
  • Identify a campus mentor for the incoming Posse.
  • Host an annual PossePlus Retreat.

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Say Yes to Education

Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every Say Yes public high school graduate access to college or other post-secondary scholarships. The Say Yes Higher Education Compact, which began in 2008, has added more than 60 private colleges and universities since 2013. The University of Rochester is one of these 60 schools and as a National Partner College, we agree to:

  • Ensure that Say Yes students whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are eligible to receive scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, provided they successfully navigate the institution’s regular admission process.
  • Assist Say Yes students whose family income is above $75,000 and who are enrolled in a Compact institution are eligible to receive annual grants, from the organization itself, of up to $5,000.

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Strive for College

Strive for College believes that every student who deserves a shot at college should get one, and our mission is to connect those students with the know-how and support they need to prosper.

Strive is a free online community where aspiring college students connect with dedicated mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid application process. In addition to a dedicated mentor, Strivers also have access to exclusive, data-based college matching tools and custom resources specifically for first-generation college students—and it is all accessible anytime, anywhere!

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United World Colleges

UWC (United World Colleges) is a global education movement that makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

Our partnership requires us to actively recruit, admit, and enroll UWC graduates each year. Failing to enroll any UWC graduates during any two consecutive years jeopardizes our partner school status. All UWC graduates who enroll must be designated as “Davis UWC Scholars” at the University of Rochester whether funded using our financial aid resources or not.

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University of International Business and Economics (IAC Pre-College Program Students)

The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), situated in the northeast of Beijing, was founded in 1951. UIBE is a national key university jointly-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, and is the top university in the fields of economics and business.

The partnership between UIBE and the University of Rochester enables graduates of the IAC Pre-College Program at UIBE to be eligible for admission to the University of Rochester without requiring SAT or ACT scores.

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Yes Prep

Yes Prep Public Schools will increase the number of students from underserved communities who graduate from college prepared to lead.

The IMPACT partnership agreement between the University of Rochester and YES Prep Public Schools dedicates at least three to five spaces for YES Prep students to attend MVP at the expense of the university. It also commits to providing 100% of the fly-in cost of all admitted YES Prep students that did not get the opportunity to attend MVP and meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. In addition, we will set aside at least one space of the annual counselor program for a YES Prep counselor and/or cover the costs of flying of at least one YES Prep counselor to accompany the students to the fall or spring fly-in program.

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