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.
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 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 email@example.com 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.
“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.”
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 all community policies in the classroom and on any field trips, around campus, on any off-campus events, and in the residence hall.
The Pre-College Programs (each a “Program”) at the University of Rochester create 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 (hereafter “Students”) 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.
This Code of Conduct is intended to promote group cohesiveness and foster an environment conducive to the achievement of the Program’s goals. If a Student is unsure what this Code or any policy means, he or she has the obligation to ask a Pre-College staff member.
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.
Prohibited Activities: The following actions are prohibited during any part of the Program (including field trips and transportation, as well as on the University campus):
Responsibility for Damage: Students and parents may be help financially responsible for any damages to or loss of University property caused by Students.
Cell Phone Use: While Students may carry their cell phones, the phone should remain off during class time and should not be visible, unless otherwise instructed by Pre-College instructors. We reserve the right to take the phone if a Student is asked to put it away and refuses. The cell phone will be returned to the Student at the end of class. Repeated violations may result in dismissal from the Program.
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, ad in any medium, without compensation to me or Student.
Taste of College: Sessions | Sunday, June 30, 2019
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 7, 2019
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building
Rochester Scholars: Session B | Sunday, July 21, 2019
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building
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.
Absences and Tardiness
Attendance is taken at the start of each class and we will call a parent to confirm student absences.
Commuter students will need to 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.
Residential Students will need to inform one of the Pre-College Counselors immediately if you are not feeling well or are running late to class.
Drop-Off / Pick-Up (Commuter Students)
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 (Commuter Students)
Commuter students wishing to drive themselves to campus during the program will need to purchase a River Campus parking permit. Residential students are not allowed to have a car on campus.
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.
Residence Hall Life
Residential 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. The residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities. Students will not be charged to use the washers and dryers.
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.
Residential 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.
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, residential 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. Commuter students are welcome to dine in the campus dining hall for lunch.
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. While students will not be expected to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, they will be walking across campus to reach classrooms and lunch.
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.
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.
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. Students may wish to bring a water bottle, small day pack, a pen or pencil, and a notebook.
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.
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.
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.
Some events and activities this summer may include:
A schedule of activities and events will be available closer to the start of the Programs. We welcome and encourage all Pre-College students to participate in the planned events!
Residential Students: The cost for attending some events is included in the cost of the programs, however there may be additional fees for residential students to attend scheduled off-campus events or if 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.
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. Workshops are run by Admissions staff members and 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.
Workshops will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:15-5:15 pm during the Pre-College Programs. All workshops will take place in the Admissions Conference Room located on the main floor of Wallis Hall.
2019 Summer Workshops
|Tuesday, July 9||Q & A with the Director of Admissions|
|Wednesday, July 10||Selective College Admissions|
|Thursday, July 11||College Application Process|
|Tuesday, July 16||Interviewing Tips|
|Wednesday, July 17||Writing the College Essay|
|Thursday, July 18||Scholarships|
|Tuesdays, July 23||Financial Aid|
|Wednesday, July 24||Making the Most of College Fairs & Visits|
|Thursday, July 25||Rochester Information Session|
Topics are at the discretion of the Admission staff member and are subject to change.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Class of 2020
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
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.
Class of 2021
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!
Class of 2019
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!
Class of 2020
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Class of 2020
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.
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!
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