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Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP)

University of Rochester’s Multicultural Visitation Program (MVP) brings together high school seniors from diverse backgrounds and allows them to experience Rochester on a more personal level. Admission to MVP is a competitive process that will consider your academic and personal qualities.

About MVP

MVP 2019: Sunday, November 10–Tuesday, November 12

Members of our University community come from different geographical areas, represent differences in ethnicities, religious beliefs, values, socioeconomic backgrounds, and points of view; they may be physically different, have different intellectual interests, or have different abilities. Rochester welcomes such differences and is dedicated to preparing the leaders of tomorrow to thrive in an equally diverse environment. Travel assistance is available; be sure to apply on time in order to qualify.

Program Highlights

  • Experience living and dining on campus.
  • Stay overnight in a residence hall with a student host.
  • Learn about various opportunities for research, student services, our advising program, athletics, etc.
  • Participate in discussions with current students about the college experience and learn about the many opportunities available for undergraduates.
  • Interact with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

We’re excited that you’re interested in applying for this opportunity!

How to Apply

  1. Complete the MVP application.
  2. Log in to your MyROC account. If you do not have an existing account, please activate/create one.
  3. Upload additional required documents within the “Upload Documents” section.

In addition to the MVP application, additional required documents include:

  • Unofficial high school transcript, including senior year classes

Standardized Testing

University of Rochester has a test optional policy, meaning that you are able to not only choose which standardized test to include in your application, but you may elect to omit the test altogether, if you believe that other elements of your application represent you better. You may submit whatever standardized test scores you feel represent you best. You may submit scores as part of your MVP application, but this is not required. If you indicate to us you’ll be submitting scores in your MVP application, we will consider your application incomplete until those scores have been received.  

If you have questions, contact

Application Timeline

All MVP application materials due Sunday, October 6
Selected students notified Mid-October
Selected students’ finalized travel plans and registration form due Friday, October 25
Final program information released Friday, November 1

Traveling & Reimbursement Policy


Choose how you will travel

Reserved NYC Chartered Bus
If you are coming from the NYC/Westchester, NJ/Long Island areas, a bus will be chartered for you.

  • There is a $40 round-trip fee to ride the chartered bus to/from Rochester.
  • We will be sending along more information about the bus (where you will be meeting, who will be chaperoning, etc.) after you confirm your participation.
  • If you live in one of the above areas, but choose another form of transportation, financial assistance will not be provided for you.

If you fly, you will be reimbursed 50% of your round-trip flight costs, up to $350 (you must select economy class or coach). So, if your round-trip flight costs $400, we will reimburse you $200. If your round-trip flight costs $700 or more, we will only reimburse you $350.

If you take Greyhound or Amtrak (or any other bus or train company), you will be reimbursed 50% of your round-trip travel costs, up to $350.

If you drive, you will be reimbursed 50% of your total mileage costs, which are calculated on an individual basis at a rate of $0.20 per mile.


Purchase your ticket (if applicable)


Formally register for the program

  • Selected students must formally register for the program (via the admissions email they received) by Friday, October 26.
  • If you do not register by this date, we will assume you do not plan to attend.
  • Remember, you will be hosted by a current student and must attend the full program.


Look for your reimbursement in the mail

  • Once you arrive on campus, we will process your paperwork and mail you a check.
  • The reimbursement process can take up to six weeks.

The following conditions apply:

  • Your reimbursement will only cover your travel directly to the University.
  • Reimbursement is only available for you. Family members or friends are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement does not cover travel insurance or tickets purchased with redeemable points.
  • You are responsible for buying any travel ticket outright.
  • You must email all original transportation receipts ahead of time to be reimbursed.

Things to keep in mind:

  • There will be a free airport shuttle running from the airport on Sunday, and to the airport on Tuesday.
  • If you take a taxi from the Rochester Greyhound or Amtrak station, we will also reimburse you for that taxi ride, but you must ask the taxi driver for a receipt.

If you have any questions please contact

2019 Schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, November 10, 2019


12:00-4:00pm                  Arrivals

Check in

Luggage will be stored until host match-up at 5:00pm.

MVP folders and name tags will be given to participants.



4:00-5:00pm                    Icebreakers (groups)

Groups team up according to lanyard colors


5:00-6:00pm                    Host Match-Up

Meet with student hosts and drop luggage off in their hosts’ dorm.

Participants dropped off in Wilson Commons by their hosts at 6pm


6:15-7:00pm                    Multicultural Expo


7:00-9:30pm                    Dinner and Student Performance Showcase

Catered Dinner: 7:00-7:45pm

Student Performance Showcase: 7:45-9:30pm


9:30pm                             Residence Halls


Monday, November 11, 2019

Research Rochester Open House

Participants are also welcome to sit in on any of the open classes that occur between 8:00am-3:00pm (the list of open classes is included in the MVP folder).

*Students may have an Admissions interview from 9:00am-11:00am, please choose which Application Workshop you are able to attend based off interview time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time, and dress appropriately.


8:00-9:00am                    Breakfast


9:00-11:00am                  Admissions Interviews

For those who signed up for an interview beforehand, a part 1 interview form will be included in the MVP folders; please fill out the form before the scheduled interview time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time, and dress appropriately.   


9:00-9:40am                    Welcome Address and University Overview

Learn about the University of Rochester’s admission philosophy and open curriculum.


10:00-10:45am                Application Workshop

Learn about the application and admission process at Rochester.


11:00-11:45am                Application Workshop

Learn about the application and admission process at Rochester.


11:45-12:45pm               Lunch


Choose any of the following experiences from 1:00pm-3:00pm:


1:00-2:00pm                    City Bus Tour

Take a tour of the city of Rochester and see what the Flower City has to offer. Space is limited, so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure.


1:00-3:00pm                    College Town Tour

See the bookstore, explore various shops, and grab a coffee or snap in College Town. Shuttle runs continuously, please view schedule in the MVP folder for pick-up/drop-off times.


2:00-3:00pm                    Hajim School of Engineering Tour

Space is limited, so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure.


3:00-5:00pm                    Student Service Workshops (Groups)

Rotate between different Student Services offices


5:00-6:00pm                    Dinner


6:15-8:30pm                    Minority Student Advisory Board (MSAB) Presentation

Participate in a town hall-style conversation with current students and learn about social and political activism at the University of Rochester.


8:30pm                             Residence Halls


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Participants must drop off their luggage in Wallis Hall before breakfast at 8:30am. Luggage will be securely stored in Wallis on Tuesday until scheduled afternoon departure times.

8:30-10:15am                  Breakfast and Application Q & A with Admissions Counselors


10:15-11:15am                Financial Aid Presentation


11:15-12:15pm                Campus Tour


12:15-1:00pm                  Lunch


1:00-4:00pm                    Departures

Students must check out with a staff member before leaving