On Campus Visits

Visiting campus is an essential part of the college search process. A visit allows you to be confident you’ve invested wisely in the next phase of your life and gives you a general sense of what matters to you (like size, scope, and setting).

Planning Your Visit

When planning your visit to Rochester, you can build your own schedule to include any event you’d like, including a campus tour, an information session, and an interview with Admissions. You may also be able to talk with professors and coaches, sit in on a class, or visit campus departments and labs.

Campus Tour

When you go on a one-hour campus tour, a current student will guide you around campus, sharing personal experiences and answering questions along the way.

Engineering Tour

An engineering tour is a general overview of some of the areas and buildings around campus dedicated to engineering. Spaces are limited.

Interview

This is your chance to talk to someone who knows Rochester. Whether you meet with an Admissions counselor or an alumnus/a, you’re going to get the real deal.

Information Session

An information session is a great way to get an overview of the University, Rochester’s unique approach to learning, and the admissions process from a staff member, with plenty of time for Q&A.

See an Academic Department

Meet with a faculty or staff member, sit in on a class, or see a campus department or lab.

Meet a Coach

Interested in pursuing a sport at Rochester? Set up a meeting directly with an athletic coach.

Group Visits

  • We provide a campus group visit for students in grades 7–12 in groups with 15+.
  • Information sessions and campus tours are organized with the prospective college student in mind and are not intended for general school field trip purposes.
  • Due to the large number of visitors we already receive and because of our full recruitment calendar, our office is unable to accommodate group visits in April.
  • We do not offer group visits on the weekends.

All groups interested in scheduling a visit must register three weeks prior to their desired visit date. After you submit the form, the Office of Admissions will send you a confirmation and an agreement for you to sign.

Transportation

Car

GPS destination:
252 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14511

Parking:

252 Elmwood Ave will bring you to the main entrance of campus. Once you reach 252 Elmwood, turn onto Wilson Blvd. Stop at the Visitor Parking and Information Booth (in the middle of the street) for parking instructions. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to give yourself enough time to park.

On more popular visit days, we often have our visitors park off campus. If this is the case, parking details will be in your event confirmation email. You can always call our office to double check.

Airplane

The University’s River Campus is about two miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC). Commercial taxi service and car rental are available from the airport. Cab fare is about $10, depending on the number of people and luggage.

Bus

The Rochester city buses stop at several locations on the River Campus as well as the Medical Center and Eastman campuses on all routes. For schedule and bus route information, visit Rochester Transportation Services.

Train

The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue. Taxi service and car rental are available, and the station is located on the municipal bus line that serves the River Campus.

Accommodations

Below is a list of hotels fewer than five miles from the University.

Hotel Location/Phone Distance
Staybridge Suites University of Rochester* 1000 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 527-9110
0.48 mi
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester 30 Celebration Drive
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 424-4404
0.6 mi
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown* 70 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 546-3450
1.34 mi
Rochester Riverside Hotel 120 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-6400
1.42 mi
Hyatt Regency Rochester * 125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-1234
1.44 mi
Inn on Broadway 26 Broadway
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 232-3595
1.64 mi
Courtyard by Marriott 33 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 292-1000
2.88 mi
Peter’s Vintage Bed & Breakfast 277 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 436-7437
2.90 mi
Fairfield Inn Rochester Airport 1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 529-5000
3.36 mi
Quality Inn Rochester Airport 1273 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 464-8800
3.40 mi
The Strathallan Hotel 550 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 461-5010
3.40 mi
Motel 6 Rochester Airport 155 Buell Road
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 436-2170
3.68 mi
Country Inn & Suites* 797 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-0131
4.00 mi
Holiday Inn & Suites* 800 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-9190
4.00 mi
Best Western Rochester Marketplace Inn* 940 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-2700
4.14 mi
Double Tree Hotel 1111 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1510
4.17 mi
Rochester Comfort Suites 2085 Hylan Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 334-6620
4.40 mi
Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport * 175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1910
4.54 mi
Residence Inn Rochester 1300 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 272-8850
4.72 mi

* These hotels offer University visitors a discount. Just mention you are a visitor when making reservations.

Overnight Hosting (Fall Only)

Overnight hosting gives high school seniors a glimpse of Rochester student life. Prospective students are matched up with current students, spend the night in a residence hall, eat in the dining centers, and may even attend a class.

The life of a Rochester student is not totally structured, so neither is the overnight experience. For starters, though, you can expect to eat dinner with your host and take part in at least one campus activity, depending on what your host is involved in—you may sit in on a study group, attend a club meeting, or simply hang out in the residence halls.

We look forward to hosting you!

How It Works

  • Only high school seniors are eligible to be hosted.
  • Hosting is limited to a single night.
  • Hosting night is limited to Monday through Thursday in the fall semester. No weekends.
  • Once you register, a hosting coordinator will email you in a few days to confirm your visit.
  • We try to match you with a host who shares your academic and/or social interests.
  • No bed is provided; bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • You will meet your host in the Office of Admissions (Wallis Hall) at a time scheduled with the Overnight Hosting Coordinator.

High School Students:

We are no longer accepting overnight requests.

Virtual Campus Tour

If you can’t make it to campus, there are plenty of ways to learn about Rochester and connect with us online. Read current students’ stories on our official blog, walk around campus from the comfort of your home with our virtual tour, and ask questions and get important updates on social media.