Why attend?

At the University of Rochester, students pursue only what they’re interested in. With Rochester’s Pre-College Programs, high school students get that same freedom. For over twenty-five years, these programs have welcomed students from around the globe to explore the University and its resources to broaden their educational experience, sharpen academic skills, and help them learn more about who—not just what—they want to be. 

University faculty, graduate students, and top local educators teach classes demonstrating their enthusiastic commitment to cultivating the minds of young students. With small class sizes, instructors mentor each student and give valuable insights into the theories, technologies, and principles of their field.

Students who participate in Pre-College Programs…

  • Get a true sense of college life.
  • Gain new perspectives on academic abilities.
  • Explore career possibilities.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Build lasting relationships with peers who share similar interests.
  • Learn in a rigorous and enjoyable environment.


Information about the 2018 Pre-College Programs will be available soon. Please check back or request additional information.

Intensive Studies

Intensive Studies

With these featured programs, students get a deeper look into non-credit college-level material and focus on a specific area of interest for three full weeks.

Business Bootcamp

RR | 11–12 | 3-wk

The Simon Business School encourages creative ideas, entrepreneurship, and collaboration. This intensive program will have you work in teams to create your own business plan while visiting some of the top local businesses for inspiration. Courses in marketing, career prep, and teamwork allow you to explore the world of business, from practicing your pitch to developing a business strategy.


View Business Bootcamp course listing and description.

Hajim Engineering

RR | 11–12 | 3-wk

The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences celebrates independence, advanced research, invention, and problem-solving skills. This hands-on engineering program allows you to investigate topics like biomedical engineering, data science, and audio and music, using the vast resources of the Hajim School.

Biomedical engineering



Audio and music engineering


View Hajim Engineering course listing and description.

Mini Medical School

RR | 11–12 | 3-wk

This unique and selective program is open to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning. You will get firsthand experience with the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, getting a real taste of the medical school experience.

Mini Medical School course description

View Mini Medical School course listing and description.

The Art of a Short Film

RO | 11–12 | 3-wk

This in-depth workshop recaptures some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of movie-making and introduces you to old (16 mm black and white film stock, 1980s VCR cameras) and new (Vine, iMovie) traditions of short film-making. Through experiential activities like visiting the world-renowned George Eastman House of Film and Photography, you will plunge headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.


View The Art of a Short Film course listing and description.

Non-Credit Courses

Non-Credit Courses

With Rochester Scholars, you’ll use Rochester’s open curriculum as a model by selecting classes you’re most passionate about. The noncredit course offerings reflect Rochester’s areas of study and are structured like college seminars. Students can choose up to two courses per session, from fields like the arts, engineering, English, history, humanities, mathematics, medicine, modern languages, music, and sciences. Partners include the Eastman School of Music, the Medical Center, the School of Nursing, and the Hajim School of Engineering. Students participate in class discussions, field trips, group projects, experiments, and labs, putting new found knowledge to use in creative ways.

Students looking for a residential experience will take two classes: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Commuter students may choose whether they would like to take a morning class, afternoon class, or both.

Learn more by viewing the video: Rochester Scholars

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk | 2-wk | 3-wk

Rochester Scholars Course Descriptions

Sample non-credit courses:

  • Arduino Constructor
  • The Basics of Investments and Careers in Finance
  • Biomedical Technology: Engineer, Doctor, or Both?
  • Exploring Mixed Identities
  • Handcrafted Photography
  • The Infinite Wonders of Space
  • Introduction to Elementary Japanese
  • The Language of Cinema: How Movie Makers Tell Stories

  • The Magic of Molars and the Wisdom of Teeth: Exploring Oral Health
  • Nursing: Is It In Your Future?
  • Rochester CSI
  • Stem Cell Biology: The New Frontier
  • Strangeness in Quantum Physics
  • Summer Connection with the Eastman School of Music
  • Video Game Development
  • What’s Up Doc? Exploring the Pre-Med Experience

View Rochester Scholars course listings and descriptions.

Credit Courses

Credit Courses

With Taste of College, students get a jump-start on their college career. This program allows you to earn college credit and study among Rochester undergraduates. The classes motivate you to explore subjects typically reserved for study on a collegiate level. Courses are offered during the University’s fall, spring, and summer academic semesters, and credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. Learn more by viewing the video: Taste of College

RO | 11–12 | UR

Taste of College Course Descriptions

Sample credit courses:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Calculus I
  • Contemporary Issues & Anthropology
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Politics and the Mass Media
  • Prep for College Chemistry
  • Principles of Biology I
  • Principles of Economics
  • Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy

Semester Schedule

Session Dates
Summer Session A1 May 22–June 16, 2017 (4 weeks)
Summer Session A2 May 22–June 30, 2017 (6 weeks)
Summer Session B1 July 3–July 28, 2017* (4 weeks)
Summer Session B2 July 3–August 11, 2017* (6 weeks)

*Residential housing is available for the B1 and B2 summer sessions only.

View Taste of College course listings and descriptions.

Community Programs

Community Programs

These commuter-only programs are available to students living in Monroe County.


This is a five-day non-residential mathematics pilot program open to rising 10th- and 11th-grade students from the greater Rochester, NY area. 

GirlsGetMath@Rochester encourages young women to explore, and invites them to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors lead the program. Potential topics include cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals. 

CO | 10–11 | 1-wk

Program Goals:

  • Show high school women that the study of mathematics can be exciting, beautiful, and useful
  • Build confidence in students’ mathematical knowledge through engaging and expert mathematical instruction
  • Introduce high school students to a variety of career opportunities in which sophisticated mathematical ability plays a key role
  • Emphasize the strategic role mathematics plays for success in STEM careers
  • Provide participants with a support group and expert mentors who are successful undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and professionals from the STEM workforce
  • Have a positive influence on the way students view their mathematical interest and ability

View the GirlsGetMath@Rochester course listing and instructor bios.

MTH 165 – Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

Math 165 is a credit-bearing course available to high school students who have exhausted all of their high school math classes. Student living in Monroe Country are eligible to take this class at a 50% discount. The course is offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students must apply to take Math 165 through the Taste of College program.

CO | 11–12 | UR

Taste of College Application Process
  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office. (Pre-College Programs Skype: UR_precollege)
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.
MTH 165 Course Description

Matrix algebra and inverses, Gaussian elimination, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalue problems. First order differential equations, linear second order differential equations with constant coefficients, undetermined coefficients, linear systems of differential equations. Applications to physical, engineering, and life sciences.

*Prerequisites: Students who have exhausted all high school math classes are eligible to take this course.

View Taste of College course listing and description.

International Students

For International Students

The University welcomes international students to apply to the Pre-College Programs. International students make significant contributions to campus learning by fostering awareness of and respect for other cultures and by bringing unique perspectives into the classroom. Our Pre-College Counselors are prepared to help them adjust to a new culture, environment, and educational system. For Taste of College (credit courses), international applicants must apply by April 1 for an F-1 visa. All other must adhere to posted deadlines for a B-2 visitor/tourist visa. If English is not your first language, a Skype interview will be required.

Pre-College Programs Skype: UR_precollege

Programs for International Students

International students may apply to any of our Pre-College Programs, including the Intensive Studies, Non-Credit Courses, and Credit Courses.

Application Requirements

International students are encouraged to apply early. Your application will be reviewed and considered once all the required admission materials are received.

To be considered for admission, international students must complete and submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee (will be applied to final tuition)
  • Personal statement
  • Most recent high school transcript, including current classes
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Permissions form (Found online)
  • Financial assistance form (If applicable; Found online)
  • Photo of your current passport that shows your name and picture
  • Admissions interview via Skype

Items may be uploaded online or sent to:

University of Rochester
Office of Pre-College Programs
Box 270034
Rochester, New York 14627-0034
Fax: (585) 756-8480

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are only required for international students applying for the Taste of College (credit) program or the Intensive Studies programs. For all international stuents, we will determine a student’s English proficiency during the required Skype interview.

Upon acceptance, the Pre-College Program will email the applicant an official letter of acceptance. The letter will confirm the program, dates, pre-arrival information, tuition and fees, and payment deadline.

Students who are dual citizens (and will enter the US on their US passport) or are US permanent residents (Green Card holders) do not need to apply for a visa. All international students admitted to the Pre-College Program and traveling to the United States must ensure they have a valid passport (valid for at least six months from date of entry) for travel to and from the program and for the duration of the program.

International students who are accepted to the Pre-College Programs can apply for an B-2 Visa (Tourist Visa).

Health insurance 
International and non-US citizens participating in the Pre-College Program are required to have health insurance. Short-term health insurance may be available through Seven Corners, Inbound Guest: www.sevencorners.com.


RR: Residential required

RO: Residential optional

CO: Commuter only

UR: Semester options

1-wk/2-wk/3-wk: Week length options

912: For rising 9th through 12th-grade students

1112: For rising 11th through 12th-grade students