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Admitted Students

This page serves as a resource center for our summer 2021 admitted students and their families. Please check back often, as information is being added and updated.


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“Every day my son had interesting reports about the topics covered in class, the labs, the impressive equipment, the students he met. He was very happy about the diversity of the students.”

—Pre-College Parent

Students in the Pre-College Program engage in a challenging academic experience. In order to ensure that Pre-College Programs are fully dedicated to their academic and educational missions, students are expected to adhere to all community policies.


Code of Conduct and Discipline

The University of Rochester creates a learning experience designed to challenge high achieving high school students. Participating in this unique experience, however, carries some responsibilities. As a member of the learning community, program participants are expected to meet the challenges of the rigorous academic program and participate with enthusiasm in community activities. It is also expected that personal integrity, respect for the rights of others, and a positive attitude will enable students to maintain the highest standards.


Compliance with this Code of Conduct is required of all students. Failure to comply may, at the discretion of the University, result in dismissal from the Program. In the event of a violation, the student’s parent or guardian may be contacted.


Respect for Others: Program participants shall be respectful of the University of Rochester community, which includes people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Conduct that is disrespectful or demeaning to others, including but not limited to verbal or physical harassment, will not be tolerated.


Academic Expectations


Attendance Policy: Coming to class is a very important part of the Program, and it will be difficult to understand the academic material without attending every class. Classes should only be missed in the case of an emergency or illness. If this is the case, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs as soon as possible via email or phone.


Plagiarism Policy: As members of an academic community, Students assume certain responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to engage in honest academic work. Academic dishonesty may include plagiarism (misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own), copying the academic work of a fellow student, or collaborating with another Student unless permitted by the instructor. These are serious violations of the trust upon which an academic community depends. Academic dishonesty may lead to dismissal from the Program.


Image Consent and Release: I understand and agree that the University may take pictures, videos, or make audio recordings of the Programs. I hereby consent to the University’s use of those that contain the name, voice, or likeness of the Student, for any purpose, at any time, and in any medium, without compensation to me or Student.

Welcome Sessions


Admissions Information Session (optional) | TBD
Traditional University of Rochester information session, including more information about the University, curriculum, and admissions process.


Student and Parent Welcome & Orientation (Meet and Greet) | TBD
All students and parents are encouraged to attend. Commuter and residential students 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, and optional workshops.


In the afternoons and evenings, Pre-College students are invited to complement their academic experience by joining in activities such as college preparatory workshops, organized games, and virtual group outings to explore Rochester! We welcome and encourage all students to participate in these events!


A schedule of activities and events can be found below on our events calendar. This calendar is always updating with new events, so be sure to check back often!


Between the hours of 1:00pm- 4:00pm EDT, Pre-College students can complement their academic experience by joining college preparatory workshops and enrichment programs offered by various University departments. These workshops are optional and are open to all Pre-College students.


Admissions and Financial Aid staff members cover general information about the college admission process. Topics include tips on the application process, writing essays, financial aid and the FASFA, scholarships, and interviewing with college representatives. Students and parents can also attend a question and answer session with the Dean of Admissions.


Students can also explore the University through virtual tours with current student and attend programs offered by River Campus Libraries and the Career Center.

Women’s Voice in Writing: From Parchment to PDF

Join us in an exploration of women’s voices in writing from the archives. Drawing on the collections of the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation and the medieval collections of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library, we will look at a variety of women’s voices across the last millennia. We will discuss how the writing process and writing technologies have changed over time. This workshop will give you hands on experience in paleography — the study of writing systems — and the deciphering of historical manuscripts, and will include a writing activity based on one of the women’s voices we discuss.

Before #MeToo Was a Hashtag: Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Medieval and Victorian Worlds

Long before the #MeToo movement began, women have been subject to sexual harassment and assault and have responded to it in a wide variety of ways, both public and private. This workshop will look at historical instances of #MeToo from the Medieval and Victorian worlds. We will view historic documents, discuss their creation and impact, and discuss similarities between these cases and the current day #MeToo movement.


Life Design

Don’t know what you want to do with your life? Or maybe you do but don’t know how to get there? No matter what stage you are at or what interests you have, these workshops teach you how to test out your interests and meet your aspirations! Join career center advisors in this fun and relaxed 3 week session that can be applied to your academics, career, and many other aspects of your life.




Date Topic
July 12- TBD Virtual Campus Tour
July 13, 1:00-2:00pm Q & A with the Dean of Admissions
July 14, 1:00-2:30pm Life Design- Session 1
July 14, 1:00-2:30pm Before #MeToo Was a Hashtag: Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Medieval and Victorian Worlds
July 15, 1:00-200pm Selective College Admissions
July 15, 2:30-3:30pm Writing College Essay
July 19- TBD Virtual Campus Tour
July 19, 2:30-3:30pm Scholarships
July 20, 1:00-2:00pm College Application Process
July 20, 2:30-3:30pm Making the Most of College Fairs and Visits
July 21, 1:00-2:30pm Life Design- Session 2
July 21, 2:30-3:30pm Financial Aid
July 22, 1:00-2:30pm Before #MeToo Was a Hashtag: Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Medieval and Victorian Worlds
July 26- TBD Virtual Campus Tour
July 27, 1:00-2:30pm Women’s Voices in Writing: From Parchment to PDF
July 27, 2:30-3:30pm Making the Most of College Fairs and Visits
July 28, 1:00-2:30pm Life Design- Session 3
July 28, 2:30-3:30pm Writing College Essay
July 29, 1:00-2:30pm Q & A with the Dean of Admissions
July 29, 2:30-3:30pm Financial Aid

Our Pre-College Programs staff 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 staff have been through an extensive training process to ensure that they can handle a variety of situations. They live in the residence halls with the Pre-College Programs participants 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 summer staff 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!


2019 Pre-College Summer Staff

Jason Mahon
Resident Hall Director

Salutations! I am tremendously thrilled to be going on an adventure this summer with you all in Rochester! I have spent most of my life in the Rochester area, most recently having graduated from The College at Brockport in May of 2018 with a BS in English Literature. I am currently pursing my MPA while serving as a Residence Director at SUNY Geneseo and a Corporal in the United States Army Reserve. In the last year I have spent countless hours helping first-year and international students find ways to make their university their second home, become the standout academics they have always dreamed of being, and assist them in forming friendships that will last beyond their time at university. When I’m not helping students or my fellow soldiers, I often find myself competing with my best friends in Ping-Pong, video games, CrossFit challenges, or any spontaneous activity we find that day. I cannot wait to spend this summer getting to know each of you, supporting you in whichever way I can, and helping to make your experience this summer unforgettable!

Jackie Capita
Head Counselor

Hello! My name is Jackie and I am recent-graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in history and English (British literature). As an undergraduate, I was involved with various organizations such as Off Broadway On Campus, a musical theater group, and Ballet Performance Group. Next year I will be moving to the UK to pursue my MA in Victorian studies at the University of Leicester. I have been involved with the Pre-College Programs for over 8 years now, both as a participant and as a Pre-College Counselor, as well as other administrative roles. As a student, I participated in What’s Up Doc, Research and Ethics of Stem Cells, and Mini Medical School. The University of Rochester Pre-College Programs have served an integral role in my life, both personally as well as academically. I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not taken the opportunity to be a part of these programs. I cannot wait to meet all of you, it’s going to be a fun and memorable summer!

Abdul Abdelkader
Class of 2021
Cairo, Egypt

Hello ! I am Abdul, a rising junior at the U of R majoring in Computer Science and Minoring in Electrical and computer Engineering.I grew up in Egypt but I have spent some breaks in turkey. On campus, I work as research assistant in Human Computer Interaction lab. Also, I am very passionate about math and I love to do hard math problems in my free time. I love soccer and I am huge Chelsea fan. Have a wonderful day and see you all in the summer !

Abdoul Al Ansar
Class of 2022
Kati, Bamako, Mali

Hello! I am a rising sophomore, majoring in public health, with a possible second major (or minor) in computer science. I was born and raised in Mali, but lived in South Africa for 2 years with people from all over Africa, doing the Cambridge international examination at the African Leadership Academy.
Here at UofR, I am involved with the FirstGen society and UR Society of Undergraduate Public Health Students – SUPHS. Outside of classes, I work at UR Connections Café (a coffee shop). In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer; watching movies; hanging out with friends or having great conversations about different issues around the world. This will be my first summer in Rochester, so I’m excited to meet you all!

Mustafa Ali
Class of 2021
Lahore, Pakistan

Hello! My name is Mustafa and I am a rising junior here at the University of Rochester. I am majoring in computer science and currently deciding between financial economics and business analytics as my second major. I love to explore new places and hope to travel most of the world before graduating. I look forward to a great summer with all of you!

Sofia Azmal
Class of 2020
New Haven, Connecticut

Hey, ya’ll! I am a rising senior at the University, majoring in a public health-related track and double-minoring in creative writing and journalism. On campus, I am part of a couple of different classes including the ‘Rising Leadership’ class and the ‘Community Engagement Scholarship’ class. This past semester I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and interned with the Edinburgh Women’s Aid as a court advocacy worker. Some of my favorite activities are badminton, novel-writing, and watching movies. I look forward to meeting this summer!

Sened Belay
Class of 2021

Health Assistant
Assab, Eritrea

Hello everyone! My name is Sened and I am a rising junior majoring in Neuroscience, minoring in Spanish, with a pre-med track. I am originally from Assab, Eritrea, but I currently live in Maryland. I am a huge fan of soccer and enjoy playing the guitar, singing, volunteering, listening to music around the world, learning about different cultures and meeting new people. I am very excited to meet you all and I look forward to having a fun summer!

Luis Borja
Class of 2022
Quezon City, Philippines

Hi everyone! I’m Luis and I currently an incoming sophomore, majoring in biomedical engineering. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Rochester for university. Playing soccer, running and playing video games are some of the hobbies that I like to do when I’m not too busy studying. Right now, I am also part of the executive board for the Filipino American Student’s Association. I am really excited to meet all of you and I hope we have a great summer together!

Ara Gonzalez
Class of 2020
Capiata, Paraguay

My name is Ara Gonzalez and I am from Paraguay. I am currently a rising senior studying international relations. Outside of the classroom and when I am not studying in Rush Rhees, I am a tour guide on campus as part of the Meridian Society, working as the publicity chair for the 2020 Class Council and attending activities of organizations like the Ballet Performance Group, Kappa Delta Sorority, Interfaith Chapel, among others. I am very excited to be serving as a Summer Leadership Program Assistant for the Rochester Summer Start Program. As an international student I had a great experience transitioning into the University of Rochester thanks to all the opportunities given to students who come from different and unique backgrounds. I am very thrilled to be part of a program that provides new incoming students the opportunity to explore academic choices and live experiences that will help them acquire new tools and develop new skills.

Abby Gunther
Class of 2022
Bordentown, New Jersey

Hi, my name is Abby and I’m a rising sophomore! I’m planning on majoring in BCS and ASL with a minor in linguistics. On campus, I’m involved in ASL club and club squash. This is my fist summer in Rochester, and I’m excited to get to meet you all!

Kavari Hercules
Class of 2022
Brooklyn, New York

I am a first generation college student, second generation American (Trinidadian and Jamaican descent),and  NYC born and raised. I am very passionate about human and civil rights and I constantly emphasize the importance of mental health. I am an advocate for basically all types of people and loving of all.

Lia King
Class of 2021
Binghamton, New York

Hallo! My name is Lia and I’m from Binghamton, New York. I am a rising junior majoring in International Relations with a focus in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in German and Legal Studies. On campus, I am involved as a Residential Adviser to first year students, a dancer in Sihir Belly Dance ensemble, and I work as a Starbucks barista. During my free time I like figure skating at Genesee Valley Park, visiting local art shows and training for my 5k! Last summer I was a Residential Counselor at the Eastman School of Music’s pre-college program and I can’t wait to share what I learned with University of Rochester’s pre-college program this summer.

Joseph Mandwee
Class of 2022

Health Assistant
Rochester, Michigan

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in southeastern Michigan. After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and German, I went on to do a Master’s in Mental Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, I was deeply involved in my campus community and residence hall, founding a worldwide student organization called Students for International Refugee Awareness (SIRA). Last summer, I also organized and ran a “Dark Psychology” series at the University of Michigan titled “Defense Against the Dark Arts.” I recently moved here to Rochester, NY to begin my Doctorate in the Mental Health field at the University of Rochester. As a trained psychotherapist, I have experience working with a variety of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, stress, life adjustments, relationship issues, body image issues, personality disorders, and psychosis. My door is always open, and I look forward to deep conversations this summer!

Adham Mashaly
Class of 2022

Alexandria, Egypt

I am a sophomore soon to be a junior majoring in computer science, I am a tech nerd, I literally build submarines! I am leading a team under the robotics club here at UofR aiming to build a different remotely operated submarine each year! And I am a huge fan of PUBG and Fortnite, so if you see me play at the residence hall, you can always feel free to join! Also, I am involved with different clubs on campus, and I would do my best to make your experience here at the University of Rochester an ever better experience! Congratulations again and see you soon!

Carlton McKenzie
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi my name is Carlton McKenzie, I am from Bronx, NY. I have lived a life full of meaningful experiences that allow me to navigate progressively in my academic, social and professional lifestyle. Although I still have a lot of growing to do I am open to new experiences, wherever there are lessons to be learned I will be present. Furthermore, I think that being well organized and prepared are traits any individual should acquire, skills that I have steadily obtained over my college experience. I will not disappoint in usage of these skills, especially for individuals who are not far from my stage of life and who need positive experience and role modeling as motivation. That being said I look forward to the experiences I will encounter this coming summer.

Emma Michels
Class of 2021
Hamlin, New York

Hi! My name is Emma and I’m a rising sophomore, majoring in Neuroscience with a double minor in Health Psychology and Dance. Outside of class, I am involved in Class Council and will be a Resident Advisor this fall. I am a Rochester Native, so I cannot wait to share my love for the city with everyone! In my free time I love to play the ukulele, hike, practice yoga, and play with my dogs. I look forward to meeting all of you, it is going to be a great summer!

Ivania Nunez
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi everyone! My name is Ivania and I am a rising Junior. I am a Public Health major and a Psychology minor. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but have lived in New York City for several years. I am a very energetic person and I really enjoy exploring, meeting new people, dancing, and singing (I’m part of an on-campus a-capella group called ‘PASApella’) as well as talking to others. I’m very excited for this summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you. It’ll be a great and fun time.

Ichchha Pradhan
Class of 2021
Kathmandu, Nepal

Hi Everyone! I am Ichchha Pradhan from Kathmandu, Nepal. I am a soon-to-be junior majoring in International Relations and Psychology, and hopefully minoring in Economics. On campus, I am a teaching assistant and research assistant for the Department of Psychology ( social psychology in particular) and resident advisor for upperclassmen. I am also involved in bellydancing and Bollywood dance groups. I love reading fiction and poetry. I am hoping to complete my summer study abroad program in Procida, Italy right before returning to Rochester to meet you all. This is my first summer in Rochester, so I’m really looking forward to having great conversations, supporting your program experience in the best way possible and enjoying a lovely summer in Rochester with you all.

Ahona Shirin
Class of 2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hey guys! I’m Ahona, a rising sophomore, currently majoring in Biochemistry, on the pre-med track and minoring in Public Health. I was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At UofR, I devote a lot of my time to the association of South Asian students and a dance group called Rochester Rangoli because dancing brings me a lot of happiness! I love walking through busy cities and exploring places I haven’t been to before. Most of all, I love meeting new people and getting to know them! I’m very excited to spend my first summer in Rochester with all of you. See you soon!

Bassie Turay
Class of 2020
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Hello! My name is Bassie Bondeva Turay. I am a rising senior, majoring in International Relations, and working towards a minor in French. I was born and raised in Freetown Sierra Leone, and studied for two years in Norway before starting college in the United States. On campus, I am the newly elected President of the Pan-African Students Association, a member of the Meridian Society, as well as a member of PASApella (an African ‘a cappella’ group). I also work with the University of Rochester’s Advancement Office.
Some of the things I enjoy doing are reading memoirs, writing, singing, traveling, and watching Manchester United FC play. I am excited for the summer and looking forward to meeting you all!

Alejandro Julian Vera
Class of 2022
Fairfield, California

Hi, I am Alejandro! I am a rising sophomore majoring in Bioethics. I am originally from the San Francisco area in California and came out here to Rochester for my undergrad. On campus, I serve as the Internal Development Director for First Generation Society and I am a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon. This past year I worked at the Goergen Athletic Center as a Building Manager, and next year I will be a Resident Advisor in Susan B. Anthony hall. This is my first summer in Rochester, and I am extremely excited to meet all of you!

Naya Winanta
Class of 2020
Washington, Germany

Hello! I’m Naya. I was born in Indonesia, grew up between there and Germany, before eventually moving to Seattle, Washington. In the past, I have been dubbed nomad because I travel and backpack so much. Fun fact, I have never stayed in the same country consecutively for longer than six months! Camping, hiking and endless long drives are cool too. At the time of writing, I’m a rising senior majoring in International Relations, minoring in Business. I transferred to the University of Rochester Fall 2018 after graduating High School (Class of 2018) with college credits. On campus, my time is mostly spent between work, cheerleading and sorority involvements. This will be my first summer in Rochester and I cannot wait to meet all of you!

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