The application process for the Pre-College Programs is similar to the college application process. Students will be required to submit materials such as short essays, a high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The selection committee enjoys learning about students who are passionate, involved, and eager to experience college life.
“I liked the atmosphere of the courses. They were high-level and greatly immersive, but there was also a level of informality to them. I also liked the amount of information and relevant activities we were able to participate in. Nowhere else would I have the opportunity to record a song with a Grammy- winning producer!”
Complete the online application process. Be prepared to provide information for the following items:
1. Short Essay (500-word maximum)
Essay Prompt: Meliora is our University’s motto, meaning “ever better.” At the University of Rochester, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, others, and continued learning. With the course(s) you have selected/applied to, please share how you will use the knowledge from what you learn to make your world “ever better”. In your statement please describe your passion for the subject matter, your motivation for enrolling, and what you hope to gain from this experience.”
*A supplemental essay is required for all Intensive Studies and Taste of College programs.
2. Official High School Transcript from your school counselor. There is a page in the application to send an automated email to the school official of your choice to request this.
3. Letter of recommendation from a school official. There is a page in the application to send an automated email to your school counselor to request this.
4. Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online through your application (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Discover are accepted).
5. An interview is required for all Taste of College applicants and for any international students applying to the Pre-College Programs. There is an Interview Request Form to complete in the online application.
I participated in the program last year. Do I need to reapply?
Yes. Please apply through our online application system.
Where can I find the required application documents?
You can find all required forms that need to be submitted online in your application. There is a step-by-step process to take students through the application. Students are able to save the work they have done in their application and re-visit the application at a later time to complete and submit it.
How do I submit the required application documents?
Any required forms will be available to fill out electronically through your online application. In certain circumstances a document may need to be uploaded by the student, which you will see in the online application.
All applicants are asked to write a short essays of approximately 400 words. The selection committee is interested in learning more about your experiences and interests.
An official high school transcript is required for your application. The transcript must come from your high school counselor. There will be a section in the application where the student can enter in the counselor’s contact information and an email will be automatically sent to the counselor requesting the transcript on behalf of the student. The school counselor will have access to submit the official transcript for the student’s application.
Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation must come from a school official who can speak to your academics, as well as your potential fit related to the classes you are choosing. There will be a section in the application where the student can enter in the school official’s contact information and an email will be automatically sent to the school official requesting the letter of recommendation on behalf of the student. The school official will have access to submit the letter of recommendation for the student’s application.
Limited aid is available and is awarded to families in need of the assistance; this is not a merit-based award. We cannot guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive aid. Financial assistance may not fully cover a student’s expenses for the Pre-College Programs, and students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. To be considered for financial assistance, you will need to complete the Financial Assistance Application.
Do you require international students to submit TOEFL scores?
We do not require international students to submit a TOEFL score, however students are strongly encouraged to submit the TOEFL score if they have already completed the exam. While there is not a required score to apply for the Pre-College Programs, a score of 90 or higher is recommended.
How will I know if I require an interview?
An interview is required for all Taste of College applicants and for any international students applying to the Pre-College Programs. There is an Interview Request Form to complete in the online application. These students will not be able to submit your application until you have requested your interview.
When are applications reviewed?
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the Rochester Scholars program and the Taste of College program. Once your application is complete and submitted, please allow 2-3 weeks for the Selection Committee to review your application and make a final decision.
Applications for the Intensive Studies programs will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. Please understand that the Intensive Studies programs are highly selective and applications are reviewed based on best fit for the program and not on a first come, first serve basis. Once your application is complete and submitted, please allow 2-3 weeks for the Selection Committee to review your application and make a final decision.
Will I be guaranteed admission to the University of Rochester after taking a Pre-College Program?
While Rochester’s Pre-College Programs cannot guarantee participants’ admission to the University of Rochester or its Combined Degree Programs, successful participation will enhance a student’s resume, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.
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