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Off-Campus Events

Can’t visit our campus? We understand, and don’t want you to miss out on discovering how Rochester could be the place for you. Our admissions staff travel throughout the United States and world connecting with students and their families. These interactions can be in any number of formats, some of which are listed below.

High School/Community-Based Organization Visits

The majority of our high school and community-based organization (CBO) visits take place August–November. During these visits, we engage with you and your school or college counselors to learn about your academic and non-academic interests, who you are in the context of your secondary school, and we share information about the University of Rochester and surrounding city.

These visits typically last 30–45 minutes and provide you with an opportunity to connect with the counselor who will (most likely) be reading your application if you choose to apply.

College Fairs

Throughout the year, admissions staff and alumni volunteers participate in college fairs throughout the United States and world. Primarily, fairs allow you to briefly meet with an admissions representative, collect informational handouts, and ensure we have your contact information in our system. Fairs are held in several types of venues, including high schools, convention centers, and hotels.


The National Association for College Admission (NACAC) annually hosts a number of large college fairs throughout the United States and Canada. These college fairs are free and open to the public. NACAC encourages prospective student participants to register for these fairs in advance by visiting The University of Rochester will attend the following NACAC College Fairs during Fall 2019:

  • Birmingham, AL  | September 15, 2019
  • Long Island, NY  | September 15, 2019
  •  Nashville, TN  | September 17, 2019
  •  Louisville, KY  | September 29, 2019
  • New Orleans, LA  | October 1, 2019
  •  Baton Rouge, LA  | October 2, 2019
  • Chicago, IL  | October 5, 2019
  •  Orlando, FL  | October 5, 2019
  • Jacksonville, FL  | October 12, 2019
  • Portland, OR  | October 27, 2019
  • Seattle, WA  | November 1, 2019

College Fair Tips

  • Have a list of the participating colleges in advance and mark which booths you want to visit.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Come prepared with questions to ask.
  • Print out your name, contact information, birth date, and graduation year on a sheet of printable labels (this will save you time from writing all of this information on inquiry cards at each college table).

Virtual Events

Rochester offers numerous types of virtual events for students who are unable to visit campus. Learn what makes the Rochester experience different, and ask any questions you have in a live virtual session.