This page will serve as a resource center for admitted students and their families. Please check back often, as information will continue to be added and updated. We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!


Admitted Students

Welcome to the University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs. We are delighted that you are joining us and we look forward to an exciting program! For many of you, this will be your first time on a college campus. There is a lot to see and experience, and we want your time on campus to be fun, enriching, and safe.

 

Students in the Pre-College Program engage in a challenging academic experience. In order to ensure that the Pre-College Programs can be fully dedicated to their academic and educational missions, students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Discipline/Academic Expectations. A signed copy must be submitted to confirm acceptance.

We wish you much success with your classes and cheer you on to do your best. Should you have questions, comments, or concerns – now or after you arrive for the program – please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at precollege@rochester.edu or at (585) 275-3221 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Our staff will be happy to assist you. Thank you for choosing to spend time at the University of Rochester. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Required Acceptance Paperwork

An acceptance packet must completed for the student to participate in the Pre-College Programs. The online acceptance packet contains important information about the Pre-College Programs along with required forms that must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the start of the program. Students who are missing any of the required acceptance forms may not be able to participate in the Pre-College Programs until the forms are completed. The forms will need to be filled out by both the student and the student’s parent/guardian.

Commuter Student Acceptance Packet


Student and Parent Welcome / Campus Orientation

Taste of College: Sessions B1 and B2 | Sunday, July 1
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building
*Taste of College: Sessions A1 and A2 will not have an on-campus orientation. Student will receive more information via email.

Rochester Scholars: Session A | Sunday, July 8
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building

Rochester Scholars: Session B | Sunday, July 22
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building



Schedule for all Welcome Sessions
Admissions Information Session (optional) | 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Traditional University of Rochester information session, including more information about the University, curriculum, and admissions process.


Student and Parent Welcome & Orientation | 2:30 pm – 3:30pm
All students and parents are encouraged to attend. You will be welcomed to the program and to campus, introduced to staff, and have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered. There will be information about the program, policies, contact information, daily schedule, class locations, and more. If you have signed up for multiple sessions, you will not need to attend the Welcome twice.


Campus Orientation (optional) | 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
A brief tour of the campus. Pre-College Counselors will point out different academic and administrative buildings where classes may be held, the Rush Rhees library, recreation center, Wilson Commons and dining hall.

General Information

Absences and Tardiness
Please call our office at (585) 275-3221 if you are going to be absent or late. If you are calling before 8:30 am, you may leave a voicemail message. Attendance is taken at the start of each class and we will call a parent to confirm student absences.

Things to Bring / Dress
Students should be prepared for the weather and dress appropriately for their classes. Closed toe shoes and pants (no skirts, shorts or dresses) for students working in labs. Students may wish to bring a water bottle, small day pack, a pen or pencil, and a notebook. While students will not be expected to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, they will be walking across campus to reach classrooms and lunch.

Drop-Off / Pick-Up
Suggested locations for drop-off and pick-up will be highlighted at the Student and Parent Welcome Session, and during the campus tour. These are suggested locations due to their close proximity to the classrooms. Students are encouraged to make arrangements with their parent, guardian or designated rode as to where they plan to be picked up and/or dropped off on a daily basis.

Parking
Students wishing to drive themselves to campus during the program will need to purchase a River Campus parking permit.
  • Daily parking permits may be purchased at the Information Booth on Wilson Boulevard. Parking permits cost $5.00 per day and must be displayed as directed. The parking attendant will direct you to an available parking lot.
  • Weekly parking permits may be purchased at the Parking Management Center, located at 70 Goler House (entrance in on Celebration Drive). The price of the parking permit may vary depending on which lot you are assigned. The Parking Management Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:15 pm. You may call the Parking Management Center at (585) 275-4524.

Required Acceptance Paperwork

An acceptance packet must completed for the student to participate in the Pre-College Programs. The online acceptance packet contains important information about the Pre-College Programs along with required forms that must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the start of the program. Students who are missing any of the required acceptance forms may not be able to participate in the Pre-College Programs until the forms are completed. The forms will need to be filled out by both the student and the student’s parent/guardian.

Residential Student Acceptance Packet


 
Program Name Check-In Check-Out
Taste of College: Session B1 (four weeks) Sunday, July 1 Saturday, July 28
Taste of College: Session B2 (six weeks) Sunday, July 1 Saturday, August 11
Rochester Scholars: Session A (two weeks) Sunday, July 8 Saturday, July 21
Rochester Scholars: Session A & B (three weeks) Sunday, July 8 Saturday, July 28

Business Bootcamp / Explorations in Pathology / Hajim Engineering / Mini Medical School /

The Art of a Short Film (three weeks)

Sunday, July 8 Saturday, July 28
Rochester Scholars: Session B (one week) Sunday, July 22 Saturday, July 28



Check-In Day Schedule

9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Check-In and Move-In
Follow the Pre-College Programs “Move-In” signs along Wilson Boulevard
Check in will start at 9:00 am on the designated move-in dates and check-in should take approximately 15 minutes. Once the student is checked in, the process of moving in may begin, including unloading suitcases, boxes, etc. and getting settled into the room. Please watch for an email closer to the start of the program with further details regarding other activities and information.

A continuous airport shuttle will be available on move-in days from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for those arriving at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Those traveling by bus or train are encouraged to make taxi arrangements from designated stations. Students arriving or departing outside of designated shuttle times will need to make other arrangements for transportation to campus.


11:30 am – 1:30 pm | Lunch at Campus Dining Center
A meal ticket for the student and their family will be provided.
Once the student is settled into their room, they can walk to the campus dining center for a variety of lunch options. The dining center is a peanut free facility and has vegetarian and gluten free options. Students can ask one of the Pre-College staff members for directions to the dining center.


1:15 pm – 2:00pm | Admissions Information Session (optional)
Students and parents can walk to the Feldman Ballroom in the Douglass building to experience a traditional University of Rochester information session, including more information about the University, curriculum, and admissions process. Students can ask one of the Pre-College staff members for directions to the Douglass building.


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Student and Parent Welcome & Orientation
All students and parents are encouraged to attend this session in the Feldman Ballroom in the Douglass building. You will be welcomed to the program and to campus, introduced to staff, and have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered. There will be information about the program, policies, contact information, daily schedule, class locations, and more. If you have signed up for multiple sessions, you will not need to attend the Welcome twice. Students can ask one of the Pre-College staff members for directions to the Douglass building or wait for a group to be escorted over by a staff member.


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm | Campus Orientation (optional)
A brief tour of the campus. Pre-College Counselors will point out different academic and administrative buildings where classes may be held, the Rush Rhees library, recreation center, Wilson Commons and dining hall. Parents will say their goodbyes after the orientation.


5:00 pm | Student Dinner and Evening Activities
Students can start to experience campus life by enjoying dinner in the dining center. The dining center is a peanut free facility and has vegetarian and gluten free options. After dinner, the Pre-College staff will host a variety of activities so students can start to learn more about their fellow Pre-College Programs participants.


Check-Out Day Schedule

9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Check-Out and Move-Out
Student may check out with a Pre-College staff member and completely move out of the residence hall between 9:00 am and noon on their designated move-out day. Students should have all of their personal belongings packed and rooms organized before checking out. Alternate arrangements may be coordinated on a case-by-case basis with the Pre-College staff (i.e. Checking out before 9:00 am due to an earlier flight). Please note that alternate check-in or check-out dates may incur an additional fee per day. 

At the time of check-out, students will notify their Pre-College Counselor (PCC) that they are ready to leave. The PCC will do a room inspection and sign off on each student’s check-out to indicate that he room is in good condition and that all personal materials have been packed. Before students are authorized to leave, they must give the check-out personnel their room key and/or conference card.

A continuous airport shuttle to the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) will be available on move-out days from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Those traveling from bus or train are encourages to make taxi arrangements to designated stations. Students arriving or departing outside of designated shuttle times will need to make other arrangements for transportation to the airport.

 

Rochester Scholars Course Descriptions

What To Bring

Clothing
Based on your personal dress preferences, you will be the best judge of how much clothing you want to bring. The following list may be used as a guide and should provide you with a sufficient variety of clothing for your stay. Students should be prepared for the weather, and dress appropriately for their classes. Closed-toe shoes and pants (no skirts, shorts or dresses) for those working in labs. You may want to have some nicer clothing for special occasions, such as a dance! Remember, laundry facilities are available in the residence halls.

Toiletries
You are responsible for bringing your own toiletry and personal hygiene items. You may want to bring a small basket or carrying case to transport items between your room and the bathrooms/showers.

Dorm Rooms
You will need to bring your own linens and anything else required to make your room feel like home. Beds in the residence hall are XL twin size. Please note that the residence hall and rooms are not air conditioned.

Class Supplies
Course supplies for all noncredit classes and workshops are included with tuition. Students enrolled in the Taste of College credit courses must purchase the required textbooks on their own. Notebooks, pens, pencils, and other school supplies may also be purchased from the University of Rochester Bookstore.

You may wish to bring your own personal computer to campus. Computers are welcome, and are safe in your room if you follow basic safety procedures and always lock your door. The residence halls and many other areas on campus have high-speed wireless internet access. Computers are also available in various on-campus computer labs and in the IT Center in the library.

Money
Total program fees include tuition, room and board (including a basic on-campus meal plan), and some course materials. You will want to bring money for printing, laundry, dining out, bus and cab fares, postal service, toiletries, snacks, weekend trips, and other incidentals. Consider your own personal spending habits and budget when deciding how much money to bring with you to campus. There is a branch of Chase Bank on campus, as well as Chase and HSBC ATMs. Any money you bring onto campus is your responsibility. Do not keep large amounts of money with you or in your room.

Trips and Activities
After class, Pre-College students are invited to complement their academic experience by joining in activities such as college preparatory workshops, organized games, informative workshops, and group outings to explore area neighborhoods and attractions in the Rochester community. A schedule of activities and events will be available closer to the start of the Programs.
 
 

General Information

Residence Hall Life
Students will be housed in a campus residence hall with a laundry/vending and study area. Each floor has a lounge and kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. The residence hall is located near the center of campus, including the on-campus dining locations. Each room is furnished with XL twin beds, three-drawer dressers, wardrobe closet, computer desks with chairs, bookshelves, and high-speed wireless internet service. All rooms have basic window coverings for privacy. Students need to bring their own linens.

Laundry Facilities
The residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities. Students will not be charged to use the washers and dryers.

Roommate Assignments
We try to make the summer experience as much like a first-year college experience as possible, and part of that experience is learning to live with new people. Therefore, you will share a room with another Pre-College student, and in some circumstances, there may be three students to a room. While we do not take roommate requests, you will be matched with your roommate based on gender, age/grade, and “best fit” characteristics identified through your application paperwork. You will live in a residence hall with other students from the program, where you will be able to participate in activities planned by your Pre-College Counselors. Unfortunately, roommates’ names and contact information will not be available before the summer program begins. Releasing this information would be inconsistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

Curfew
Students must check in with their Pre-College Counselor by 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and 12:00 am Friday and Saturday. Students must remain in the residence hall until 7:00 am. Adhering to the check-in policy is the student’s responsibility. Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the program. This rule is in effect to ensure student safety.

Meals
An on-campus dining plan is included in the program costs. Students will enjoy a wide range of food options at dining halls, coffee shops, and restaurants all over campus. Vegetarian and kosher meals are available at most locations and the dining halls are peanut free. Upon arrival, students will be issued an ID card, which they may use for dining services on campus. Money left over on a student’s meal plan at the end of the program is nonrefundable.

Absences and Tardiness
If you are not feeling well or are running late to class, you will need to inform one of the Pre-College Counselors immediately. Attendance is taken at the start of each class and we will call a parent to confirm student absences if necessary.


Additional Information for Taste of College (Credit) Students: Taste of College Fact Sheet

Meet the Pre-College Counselors

2018 PRE-COLLEGE COUNSELORS

What is a Pre-College Counselor?
These are current University of Rochester graduate and undergraduate students who act in a similar capacity to a resident assistant (RA) you would find in a residence hall on campus. These students serve as an adviser and mentor in residence for the Pre-College Program students. The Pre-College Counselors have been through an extensive training process to ensure that they can handle a variety of situations. The Pre-College Counselors live in the residence halls with the Pre-College Programs students over the summer and are available all day, every day. They are a great resource for the high school students looking to talk to a current college student! The Pre-College Counselors have knowledge not only of the campus and the Rochester area, but can also provide some insight to college classes and various subjects a student might be interested in studying. They help supervise activities and events that take place in the evenings and on the weekends, and ensure that each student has a positive experience and a memorable summer! 

Brooke Robinson
Resident Hall Director

Hi all! I’m so excited to be joining you all in Rochester for the summer! I recently graduated from The University of Iowa in May 2017 with a BFA in Dance with a choreography emphasis, and have been am finishing up my first year as a graduate student as well as as an Assistant Hall Coordinator (AHC) at my almamater. Over the past year, I’ve been involved with hall associations, RA selection committees, and teaching our newly reformed RA class to new hires as well as learning a lot about myself as a new professional in the field. Outside of work, If I’m not exploring or working out, I’m likely hermitting in my home, reading, or watching Say Yes to the Dress marathons, Jane the Virgin, or Grownish. I’m most excited to begin building bonds with my new staff this summer and to jump in to do the work with y’all!

Jackie Capita
He
ad Pre-College Counselor
Class of 2019 (T5)
Rochester, New York

Hello! My name is Jackie and I am a Take Five Scholar from Rochester, NY. Take Five is a prestigious program that provides students with the opportunity to pursue intellectual enrichment by exploring additional disciplines during a tuition-free fifth year. During my Take Five year I will be examining the French Intellectual Movements of the 1940s/60s and their potential impact on French identity, and furthermore, their impact on France’s perceived role within the European Union. Prior to my Take Five year I studied History and English, in addition to Classics. On campus, I am involved in Off Broadway On Campus (a musical theater performance group), Ballet Performance Group, the Rising Leader Program as a Mentor, and I take private vocal lessons at the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, I work in the university’s Office of Admissions as a Meridian (tour guide) as well as in the Financial Aid Office as an Office Assistant. I have also studied abroad several times. Most recently I went to Bath, England in the Summer of 2017 and took two courses. In the past I have also traveled to several cities within Greece as well as Italy.

Before joining the Pre-College Staff this summer, I will be spending half in Newark, NJ as a Teaching Fellow with Uncommon Schools. Uncommon Schools in a non-profit organization that provides summer-learning opportunities for undeserved and low-income students in urban communities. Their mission is to create an environment and curriculum focused on college prep so that students can ultimately can gain a college education.

I am proud to say that this is my fourth year as a Pre-College Counselor! Before I became a PCC I participated in Rochester’s Pre-College Programs for all four years of my high school career. I participated in the “What’s Up Doc?”, “Medical Mysteries”, “Research & Ethics of Stem Cells”, and the Mini Medical School program. My goal is to ensure that you have a safe, fun, and intellectually engaging summer experience here at the U of R. I am beyond ecstatic to meet all of you and create unforgettable memories. Let’s make the summer of 2018 an extraordinary one! 

Jess Alexander
Class of 2019
Stamford, New York

Hello! I’m Jess, and I’m a returning Pre-College Counselor, as well as the face behind much of the program’s current social media! I love Rochester, and getting to inspire a similar love for the city in others. I’m a junior studying psychology, with a goal to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future. I also love dogs, music, painting, coffee, and traveling (Fun Fact: I’m finishing up the spring semester studying abroad in Vienna, Austria, before returning to the lovely Roc for the summer!). I’m really excited to get to meet you all, and have a fantastic summer together!

Alazare Bati
Class of 2020
Silver Spring, Maryland

Hello! I am a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in chemistry. I grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but I have spent the last 6 years living in Silver Spring, Maryland. On campus, I am a research assistant for Professor Marc Porosoff, where we are focused on developing new catalysts for efficient energy storage and studying existing catalysts to understand their properties. Furthermore, I am a math tutor for the Kearns center. On my free time, I enjoy watching anime, reading fantasy books, playing games and soccer. I can’t wait to see you all soon and have an exciting summer.

Claudine Daneri
Class of 2021
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hello everyone! My name is Claudine Daneri, a first-year student majoring in Financial Economics and possibly minoring in math. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and last summer I moved to Puerto Rico. Here at U of R, I am part of the Undergraduate Finance and Economics Council. I am fond of reading romantic novels and having deep conversations on any topic. Apart from that, I am a sports enthusiast, who loves watching basketball games and playing soccer. This is my first summer here at Rochester and I hope we all have a wonderful experience together. I am highly excited to meet all of you!

Polina Filippova
Class of 2020
Khabarovsk, Russia

Hi! My name is Polina and I am a rising junior majoring in Economics. I am an international student from Russia and I have lived in Armenia and the U.S. On campus, I am an office assistant at the International Services Office and a Russian language tutor at the Language Center. I love meeting new people from different backgrounds and getting to know their stories so I am beyond excited to meet you. This is the first summer I’m spending summer in Rochester, so I look forward to exploring the city together!

Macri Gil Diaz
Resident Health Counselor
Class of 2020
Caracas, Venezuela

Hi, I am Macri! I am a rising junior majoring Neuroscience, with a pre-med track. I am an international student from Venezuela/Colombia. I lived in Caracas for 17 years, but then I had the opportunity to live in Armenia for two years in UWC Dilijan, an international boarding school. I am a research assistant on campus for the Cognitive Neuro-Physiology Laboratory and the movement disorders office of the neurology department at the Medical Center. I volunteer as an EMT with the Medical emergency response team and I really looking forward to explore Rochester and work with other students in the Pre-college Program.  

Sam Hao
Class of 2021
Beijing, China

Hello! My name is Simeng Sam Hao, and I’m an raising sophomore who study biology and environmental science as intended majors. I was born in Beijing and came to the States since ninth grade. In the past year, I lived at Susan.B.Anthony Hall, and I absolutely loved the dorms on campus. Besides living the typical college life, I devote my time to the biggest organization on campus, Chinese student association. I was elected as the secretary of the organization last semester. In the past semester, I also involved in Chamber singer which is the biggest choir at UR. I am also a sports fan who loves watching Chicago Bears and San Antonio Spurs. The University of Rochester has been one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had the privilege of having, and I hope your stay is just as fantastic!

Nicole Honeysett
Class of 2019
Watertown, Connecticut

I’m a rising senior majoring in computational biology and economics. Outside of classes, I work at Hillside (a campus convenience store), an oncology lab at the medical center, and at the chapel. This last year, I spent time as a resident adviser to upperclassmen, became involved doing archery on campus, and was a teaching assistant in the economics department. This will be my second year as a part of pre-college and I look forward to meeting you all and having a wonderful summer!

Kevin Huang
Class of 2020
Burlington, Vermont

Hi everyone! I’m Kevin and I am a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering. I am originally from Guangzhou, China, but I grew up in Burlington, Vermont and now live in Brooklyn, New York. On campus, I am involved with the university’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and the photography club. In my free time, I like to listen to music, run, bake, make art, and lounge in my hammock. This will be my first summer in Rochester, so I’m excited to spend it with you all!

Jaspreet Kaur
Class of 2019
New York (Queens), New York

Hi everyone! I am Jaspreet, you can also call me Jas, and I am from New York City, specifically Queens. I am a rising senior at University of Rochester, majoring in Public Health and Psychology with a minor in Dance. I am a part of the Rochester Bhangra team on campus, which is a Punjabi folk dance, originated in Punjab, India and, also, the co-president of UR Disability Awareness (URDA) Club.  You can always find me in the libraries on campus or the dance studio. I work for Transition Opportunities at U of R (TOUR), as an academic coach for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  In my free time, I love reading novels, driving, socializing, and watching FRIENDS and romantic comedies. I am an energetic and adventurous person. I truly enjoy being able to help someone and I am always down to have a conversation. This is my first summer in Rochester, so I’m really looking forward to meeting you all, having great conversations, and an exciting summer in Rochester with you all. 

Carlton McKenzie
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi, I am Carlton McKenzie. I am from a small village in Guyana, a South American country. I was born in a small town named Lethem and was raised in Annai for 7 years until I immigrated here with my father who left me to resided in the Bronx county in NYC, with my grandfather until now. I love basketball, I have an eclectic taste in music, art and interests. I love video games, I am actually leaning towards a Digital Media Studies major. Overall I can relate to anyone and I am easy to talk too.

Greg Michajlyszyn
Class of 2020
Imlay City, Michigan

Hello! I am a soon-to-be junior, majoring in mathematics, with a possible second major (or minor) in philosophy. I’m from Imlay City, MI, but have moved around a lot and found myself here in Rochester, where I plan to stay! My three favorite things are running, coffee, and math (they don’t always go well together, though!). I look forward to meeting all of you and help you have an amazing summer!

Ivania Nunez
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi everyone! My name is Ivania. I am a rising sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Spanish (might change to Business) and minoring in Industrial Psychology. I am Latina; I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but have been living in New York City. I love doing service, meeting new people, and traveling and learning about different cultures. I also love listening to music and dancing. I can’t wait to meet all of you. We’ll have a fun time!

Juan Pueyo
Class of 2019
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hi everyone! My name is Juan and I’m from Puerto Rico. I am a rising senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Science and Psychology  I am involved in a variety of activities on campus such as being a Resident Advisor for first-year students, working as a Student Aid for Public Safety, and being part of a Latin dance club named SALSEROS. During my free time I like to swim, binge on tv series, listen to music, and hang out with friends. Having taken part in Pre-College Program myself, I’m so excited to be working this year as a Pre-College Counselor! I can’t wait to meet all of you, and I hope you are all ready for an amazing summer!

Remsha Rafiq
Class of 2020
Karachi, Pakistan

Hello! I am Remsha Rafiq a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering on a premed track, with a cluster in Arabic, and a. minor in Biology. I was born and raised in Pakistan, but at the age of 17 I was one of the 13 students selected from all over Pakistan to attend a United World College (UWC). I lived in Costa Rica for 2 years with people from all over the world, doing the International Baccalaureate Program, and fulfilling the UWC requirements of cultural exchange and community service.  Here at the University of Rochester, I am part of the D’lion organization, where I live in first year student housing, make door tags and bulletin boards and help first year students transition to college life. I am also the secretary for UR United World and I am part of school’s belly dance group “Sihir BellyDance Ensemble”.  I am fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and Sindhi.  I can also understand Spanish and Arabic, and some other local languages of South Asia.  My main goal this summer, will be to get to know you all, be a mentor to you, share my experience and learn from you. See you all super soon.

Akimi Sasaki
Class of 2020
Dobbs Ferry, New York

Hi everyone! My name is Akimi. I am a rising junior majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology, and minoring in Epidemiology and Social and Emotional Development (psych). In the future, I am hoping to become a dermatologist, or work in pediatrics. On campus, I’m involved in a few different activities. I am the Business Manager of Circle K (a community service organization), a founding member of the SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) Fundraising Committee, and a member of Charles Drew Pre-Health Society and SUBS (Society of Undergraduate Biology Students). I love to teach others, and am currently working two jobs related to teaching. On the weekends, I tutor through a program called LEAP, and during the week, I TA for a chemistry lab.  Outside of school, I love to create! One thing I have always enjoyed is making and designing my own clothes. I also love being active; during my down-time, you can catch me running along the Genesee River, working out at the gym (while trying not to get too intimidated), or doing hot yoga. I also love to cook and eat, and enjoy hanging out with my friends.  I decided to come to Rochester because I loved how supportive everyone is on this campus. One time, I needed help with a problem, and wrote it down on a whiteboard with the words: “struggling with this problem, please help!” When I came back from grabbing food, someone was sitting there waiting to explain the problem to me. With the same regards, I can’t wait to help and support you all in any way that I can (academic or not), and look forward to meeting you!

Ashley Thrasher
Class of 2020
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

I am currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and will be starting my junior year in the fall. I’m studying Psychology and Business. When I’m not studying for exams and classes, I am doing a mix of hosting Drama House events, bonding with my house, exploring Rochester, volunteering, and sleeping. My free time is often spent fantasizing about playing soccer, drawing, and building random things out of junk from the dollar store. I can’t wait to meet and to get know each of you!

Alexa Uttamsingh
Class of 2021
Pennellville, New York

Hey! My name’s Alexa, but I’m currently trying–and failing–to rebrand myself as “Lex”. I’m from the wonderful city of Syracuse, NY, and am studying International Relations. On campus, I’m currently working on research involving linguistics and working to redesign the class’ curriculum. I enjoy pondering about the universe, watching TED Talks, and running. In the ongoing discussion of cats versus dogs, I’m firmly on the dog side. In the future, I hope to attend law school and become a Lady Boss. I’m super psyched to meet and get to know all of you!

Events and Activities

In the evenings and on weekends, Pre-College students are invited to complement their academic experience by joining in activities such as college preparatory workshops, organized games, informative workshops, and group outings to explore area neighborhoods and attractions in the Rochester community. Off-campus activities this summer may include:

  • The Rochester Brainery
  • The Strong Museum of Play
  • Rochester Red Wings Game
  • Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • Eastview Mall
  • The Rochester Public Market
  • Seabreeze Amusement Park
  • College Town
  • Many more!

We welcome and encourage all Pre-College students to participate in the planned events!

  • Residential Students: The cost for attending various events is included in the cost of the programs. There will be no additional fees for residential students to attend scheduled events unless the student wishes to purchase souvenirs or additional meals while on the trip.
  • Commuter Students: The cost for attending various events is not included in the cost of programs and students will be required to pay for any tickets or fees that an event/activity may require. Commuter students will also be required to provide their own transportation to and from each event/activity.

View the full schedule of events for the 2018 Pre-College Programs!

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for events at the residence hall on their specific move-in day.

Summer Workshop Series

SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

After class, Pre-College students can complement their academic experience by joining college preparatory workshops sponsored by the Office of Admissions. These workshops are optional and are open for any Pre-College student and their families to attend, gather more information, and ask questions. Topics typically cover general information about the college admission process and are not specific to the University of Rochester. In past years topics have included tips on admissions, application essays, financial aid, filling out the Common Application, interviewing, and resumes.


2018 Summer Workshops

Date Time Location Topic
Tuesday, July 10 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD
Wednesday, July 11 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) Selective College Admissions
Thursday, July 12 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) General Admissions Information Session
Tuesday, July 17 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD
Wednesday, July 18 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) Writing Your College Essay
Thursday, July 19 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD
Tuesday, July 24 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD
Wednesday, July 25 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD
Thursday, July 26 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Admissions Conference Room (Wallis Hall, 1st Floor) TBD


Topics will be decided closer to the start of the summer programs. Please check back for more information.