Thursday, November 9–Saturday, November 11

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.

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!

Application Timeline

Application Step By Date
All MVP application materials due Friday, October 6
Selected students notified Friday, October 13
Selected students’ finalized travel plans and registration form due Monday, October 23
Final program information released Friday, November 3

Applying Instructions

  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
  • Unofficial test scores*

*University of Rochester has a test flexible policy, meaning you may submit whatever standardized test scores you feel represent you best. Please do this by uploading your score report for any of the following: SAT, ACT, IB predicted scores, or two or more results from SAT Subject exams or Advanced Placement tests.)

If you have questions, contact

Traveling & Reimbursement Policy

  1. 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.
    • Flying: 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.
    • Bus/Train: 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.
    • Driving: 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.
  2. Purchase your ticket (if applicable).
  3. Formally register for the program.
    • Selected students must formally register for the program (via the admissions email they received) by Monday, October 23. 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.
  4. 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 continuously from the airport to campus on Thursday, and again from campus to the airport on Saturday.
  • 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

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 9

Time Event
12:00–4:00 pm

Arrival and check-in (Wallis Hall, Admissions Conference Room)

  • Airport shuttle provided from 11:00 am–4:00 pm.
  • MVP folders and name tag lanyards will be given to participants.

For those arriving earlier in the day:

  • Lunch on campus
  • Games/show time in the conference room
  • Attend an open class (see class list in folder)

4:00–5:00 pm Mentor group Icebreakers/Introduction

Groups team up according to lanyard colors, mentors/group members’ introduction, discussion of the program and what to expect.

5:00–6:00 pm Host Match-Up 

Meet with student hosts and drop luggage off in your host’s dorm.

6:15–7:00 pm Multicultural Expo 

Student organizations for diversity

7:00–9:30 pm Dinner and Student Performance Showcase
Catered Dinner: 7:00–7:45 pm
Student Performance Showcase: 7:45–9:30 pm

9:30 pm Residence Halls

Friday, November 10 (Research Rochester Open House)

Please follow the agenda below, unless you have an assigned interview or would like to visit an open class instead.

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 schedules interview time, and dress appropriately. 

Open Classes: Participants are welcome to sit in on any of the open classes that occur between 9:00–11:00 am. A list of classes is provided in your folder.

Time Event
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast with students and staff in one of our dining centers.

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

Learn about the University of Rochester’s admissions philosophy and flexible curriculum. 

9:45–10:45 am Campus Tour

Take a student-led walking tour of campus.

11:00–11:45 am Application Workshop

Learn about the application and admission process at Rochester.

12:00–1:00 pm Lunch & Application Discussions with Mentors

Enjoy lunch with your mentor/group for applications discussions.

1:15–2:00 pm “I am Rochester” Student Panel

Ask current students about their experiences at the University of Rochester.

2:15–3:15 pm Choose one of the following experiences:
Hajim School of Engineering Tour: Space is limited, so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure.
City Bus Tour: See a slice of what the City of Rochester has to offer. 

3:30–5:00 pm Student Supports and Services Overview

  • Kearns Center
  • Office of Disability Resources
  • Interfaith Chapel
  • Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center
  • Office of Minority Student Affairs

5:00–8:00pm Dinner with Student Host & Free Time

  • Shuttle to Eastman School/Java’s Café
  • Shuttle to College Town, Bookstore
  • Visit the library, ITS computer center, or Goergen Athletic Center
  • Relax in your room
  • Hang out with current students at Starbucks
  • Visit the Harnett Gallery, Wilson Commons

8:00–9:30pm 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.

9:30 pm Residence Halls

Saturday, November 11

Time Event
8:30–9:30 am  Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast with students and staff in one of our dining centers.

9:45–10:15 am  The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center Presentation

Learn how the Career and Internship Center counsels, coaches, and acts as a great resource for first-year students and beyond.

10:15–11:00 am Financial Aid Presentation

Learn about need-based aid and merit scholarship opportunities.

11:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch and Departures

Students must check out with a staff member at Wallis Hall before leaving.

 (Airport shuttle provided from 11:00 am–2:00 pm.)


MVP Photos