Deadlines & Tuition
|PROGRAM||PROGRAM DATES||APPLICATION DEADLINE|
|Explorations in Pathology||July 9–27, 2018||March 1, 2018|
|Mini Medical School||July 9–27, 2018||March 1, 2018|
|Hajim Engineering Program||July 9–27, 2018||March 15, 2018|
|Business Bootcamp||July 9–27, 2018||March 15, 2018|
|Art of Short Film||July 9–27, 2018||March 15, 2018|
|Rochester Scholars, Session A||July 9–20, 2018||May 30, 2018|
|Rochester Scholars, Session B||July 23–27, 2018||May 30, 2018|
|Rochester Scholars, Sessions A & B||July 9–27, 2018||May 30, 2018|
|Taste of College, Spring 2018 Semester||January 17–May 1, 2018||December 15, 2017|
|Taste of College, Session A1||May 21–June 15, 2018||April 15, 2018|
|Taste of College, Session A2||May 21–June 29, 2018||April 15, 2018|
|Taste of College, Session B1||July 2–27, 2018||May 30, 2018|
|Taste of College, Session B2||July 2–August 10, 2018||May 30, 2018|
|Taste of College, Fall 2018 Semester||TBD||TBD|
Class sizes are limited, so be sure to enroll early.
|Explorations in Pathology||$5,000|
|Mini Medical School||$4,800|
|The Art of Short Film||$4,600||$2,600|
|Rochester Scholars, Session A||$3,200||$600 Half Day / $1,200 Full Day|
|Rochester Scholars, Session B||$1,600||$300 Half Day / $600 Full Day|
|Rochester Scholars Sessions A & B||$4,400||$900 Half Day / $1,800 Full Day|
|Taste of College, Spring 2018 Semester||$1,022 per credit hour|
|Taste of College, Summer Session A1||$900 per credit hour|
|Taste of College, Summer Session A2||$900 per credit hour|
|Taste of College, Summer Session B1||$6,250||$900 per credit hour|
|Taste of College, Summer Session B2||$7,400||$900 per credit hour|
|Taste of College, Fall 2018 Semester)||$TBD per credit hour|
Commuter students will be responsible for getting to and from campus.
Residential students will live in the residence halls on campus.
Half-day students will take one class (choice of morning or afternoon).
Full-day students will take two classes (one class in the morning and one in the afternoon).
A 20% discount applies for University of Rochester alumni or if a sibling is a current University of Rochester student.
- Limited aid is available and will be awarded on the basis of financial need.
- Awards are primarily for tuition expenses; students are encouraged to see other sources of funding.
- Funds received are nontransferable and can only be used for the requested session.
- Financial assistance and application deadlines are one in the same and funds will not be considered for incomplete applications.
- There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee, which will be applied to the final tuition bill.
- For credit-bearing Taste of College classes, additional fees apply for required books and supplies. For noncredit Rochester Scholars classes, books, supplies, and lunch are included with the price of tuition.
While Rochester’s Pre-College Programs cannot guarantee participants’ admission to the University of Rochester or its Combined Admission Programs (REMS, GEAR, GRADE), successful participation will enhance a student’s résumé, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.
Complete the online application process. Be prepared to provide information for the following items:
1. Short Essays (300 word maximum for each)
- Essay #1: Meliora is not just our University’s motto, it’s an ethic that we share as a community, a way of life that unites us in a common bond and a powerful description of who we are and what we value. Share a moment or moments that made you “ever better”.
- Essay #2: Share with us your reasons for wanting to participate in the Pre-College Programs, specifically focusing on the class(es) you chose. Tell us more about your interest in the subject and if you have any kind of background or previous experience with the subject. We most often match students with the classes they show the most passion and interest for.
2. Official High School Transcript from your school counselor. There is a page in the application to send an automated email to your school counselor 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. Submit your TOFEL score (if applicable). This is only required for international students applying for the Credit: Taste of College program. Typically the TOFEL score must be submitted and cannot be waived.
5. Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online through your application (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Discover are accepted).
6. If an admissions interview is required, the student will be contacted. *An interview is required for all Taste of College applicants and for any international student who is not currently attending an English-speaking high school.
Please note that the application fee will be applied to the final tuition bill. A 20% community discount applies for all University of Rochester alumnus/a or applicants who have a sibling currently enrolled at the University of Rochester.
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 electornically 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 two short essays of approximately 300 words. For the 2018 Pre-College Programs, the first writing prompt explores the meaning of the University’s motto “Meliora” and when the student experiences a moment in their life that made them “ever better”. The second writing prompt explains why the student is interested in the Pre-College Programs, specifically focusing on the course(s) they are applying for.
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.
Financial Assistance Form
Limited aid is available and is awarded in extreme circumstances. Awards are for tuition expenses and students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Funds received are nontransferable and can only be used for the requested session. The request for financial assistance is part of the online application and must be completely filled out and submitted as part of the application for the family to be considered.
Do you require international students to submit TOEFL scores?
Only international applicants for the Taste of College program are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. International applicants that do not currently attend an English-speaking high school will be required to complete a Skype interview so the Office of Pre-College Programs can determine a student’s English proficiency and best fit for the program.
How will I know if I require an interview?
A representative from the Office of Pre-College Programs will contact you if a Skype, phone, or in-person interview is required for the program you are applying to. Interviews will only be set up when a student’s application is submitted and completed.
When are applications reviewed?
Admissions to our Intensive Programs (Explorations in Pathology, Mini Medical School, Hajim Engineering, Business Bootcamp, and The Art of a Short Film) will not be reviewed until after the application deadline. Rochester Scholars and Taste of College applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once the application has been submitted along with all required application materials. Once your application has been reviewed and a decision has been made, the student will be notified of their admissions 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 Professional Degree Programs, successful participation will enhance a student’s résumé, which may prove beneficial when applying to selective universities.
Is there financial assistance?
Limited aid is available and is awarded in extreme circumstances. Awards are for tuition expenses and students are encouraged to seek other sources of funding. Funds received are nontransferable and can only be used for the requested session.
“My favorite part was being in an environment that was at the college level rather than being in an AP class. I also enjoyed being surrounded by college students and I understand more clearly what it is like to be a student at the next level of education.” —Gabrielle
“I enjoyed learning about topics I would have never learned about in high school and sharing that time with students who were eager to learn about the topics as well.” —Marisa
“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!” —Nate
“I was surprised by how much growth my son experienced in just one week. He gained knowledge in the subject area of CSI and that helped him narrow down the areas of study he’s interested in. He made a lot of friends, gained confidence, and is excited for college next year.”
“My child learned how to be independent and responsible. She definitely needed this taste of college so it won’t be so new and overwhelming once she finally enrolls in college!”
“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.”
Will I get my first choice class selection?
While we prioritize a student’s first choice, there may be times that we will place a student in their second choice. Classes are subject to a minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of under-enrollment, the class will be cancelled. If your first choice class is full, you will be placed in your second choice class. We recommend applying early.
Will I receive college credit?
College credit is only offered through our credit-bearing Taste of College Program.
How much homework do teachers assign, and are the classes hard?
The Intensive Studies and Non-Credit Courses include fun, hands-on activities, with little to no homework and no grades. The Credit-Courses (Taste of College Program) will be college-level material. You will be challenged, but also encouraged in your learning experience by faculty. Professors will distribute a syllabus on the first day of class outlining the workload.
How much do books and course materials cost?
Books and course materials are included in the program costs with the exception of the Credit Courses (Taste of College Program). Taste of College students can purchase any books or other required items at the University bookstore, and these items are not included in tuition costs. The syllabus given to you on the first day of class will include the needed materials for the course.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held on the University of Rochester River Campus, the University of Rochester Medical Center, and the Eastman School of Music.
Who are the courses taught by?
University of Rochester faculty and graduate students, and top local educators instruct the classes. Please visit our course descriptions page to learn more about instructors.
Do I need to attend the student and parent welcome if I’ve attended before?
Yes, the student and parent welcome (held the Sunday before the first day of class) is recommended. Students and their families will participate in a welcome and orientation session and campus tour, which will include vising class locations, dining halls, and Wilson Commons.
What’s a typical day like?
For residential students, breakfast will be available in the dining hall before your morning class. If you are enrolled in an Intensive Studies program or Rochester Scholars morning class, you will attend class from 8:30 to 11:30 am. Lunch will be served in the dining hall from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Afternoon Intensive Studies programs and Rochester Scholars classes run from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Class times for students enrolled in credit-bearing undergraduate classes through the Taste of College program vary, but classes typically run for a total of three hours daily and are held 3–5 days a week. If you are not enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes, you may use the free time to enjoy the many activities available on campus, study, browse the libraries, or simply relax. You are also encouraged to participate in information sessions, workshops, campus tours, and interviews offered by the Office of Admissions. Evening and weekend activities may include a variety of planned activities, live music performances, movie nights, BBQs on the quad, museum visits, local attractions, art festivals, and much more! All activities are organized and supervised by the Pre-College Counselors.
How much supervision is provided?
Pre-College students are introduced to their class locations during the welcome and orientation session the Sunday before their classes begin by the Pre-College Programs staff. Otherwise, they are free to walk around campus on their own. Students living in the residence halls are supervised by Pre-College Counselors, undergraduate and graduate students at the University. Residential students observe a nightly curfew and check-in process. Evening and off-campus activities are also supervised by the Pre-College Counselors.
What if I get lost?
We provide a campus map with class locations at the student welcome. We recommend that you keep the Office of Pre-College Programs’ phone number, (585) 275-3221, programmed into your cell phone in case you get lost. It is important that you wear your name tag at all times so that staff members can identify you as being part of the program.
Will I be safe on campus?
The campus Security Services office is located on campus at 612 Wilson Blvd. Security can be reached at any time at (585) 275-3333, or by dialing 13 from any campus phone, dialing #413 from an AT&T or Verizon cell phone, or simply picking up a Blue Light Emergency Phone, an extensive network of over 500 interior and exterior public-access telephones that immediately contact Security Services.
What happens if I get sick?
If you become sick during class, notify your instructor so they can contact the Office of Pre-College Programs. We will then contact your parent, guardian, or emergency contact designee to come pick you up. If you are a residential student and you become sick, notify your Pre-College Counselor immediately.
Are cell phones allowed?
Yes, but they must remain off during class.
Will I have access to campus facilities?
Pre-College students are welcome to browse the bookstore, visit one of the many art collections housed on campus, or lounge in Rush Rhees Library. Students and parents are also encouraged to participate in information sessions, campus tours, and interviews offered by the Office of Admissions. Residential students have access to the University of Rochester’s facilities, including campus computer labs, libraries, Wilson Commons, and the Goergen Athletic Center—including a wide range of cardio and weightlifting equipment, a 200-meter track, the Aquatic Center, and basketball, volleyball, tennis, squash, and racquetball courts.
Will I have access to a computer?
If your class requires the use of a computer, accommodations will be made by the instructor. There are a number of computers available on campus that you may use during your lunch hour. See a list of public computer areas. Residential students may elect to bring a laptop computer. Residence halls are wired to provide Internet connection.
Are there accommodations for disabled students?
The University will provide accommodations to assist disabled students. If you are seeking assistance, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs in advance to be assured of accommodations upon your arrival on campus.
Should I bring spending money?
Yes, if you would like to make purchases from the bookstore or from vending machines.
Is there an ATM on campus?
JPMorgan Chase Bank ATM and Advantage Federal Credit Union ATMs are available throughout the River Campus and Medical Center.
What will I eat?
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided as part of the program cost for students in the residential program. Students will enjoy a variety of options from campus dining facilities and local eateries. For commuter students, lunch in a campus dining hall is provided daily. Further information can be found through Dining Services.
Are there special dietary options available?
The menus at the dining halls change daily. If you have concerns about specific food allergies or dietary needs, we encourage you to work with dining services. Some dietary needs can be accommodated. Residential students will have access to cooking facilities and refrigerators in the residence halls.
What are the residence halls like?
You’ll be housed in one of the first-year residence halls on campus. Residence halls have lounges and kitchenettes, study rooms, and laundry and computer facilities. Please note that the residence hall does not have air conditioning. The summer weather in Rochester is typically a mild to warm temperature, so please plan accordingly.
Are the residence halls safe?
We go out of our way to ensure the safety of all students on campus. It is required that any student staying in campus housing for longer than one week must have a student photo ID card from the University of Rochester. This photo ID card is required for access to assigned residence halls.
Who are the Pre-College counselors?
The Pre-College Counselors are current University of Rochester undergraduate and graduate students.
Will I have a roommate?
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. In rare circumstances, there may be three students to a room. You are matched with your roommate based on gender and location. We try to put students together who are in different programs and who are from different states or countries to give students a diverse experience. We do not accept roommate requests. You will live in a residence hall with other students from the program, where you’ll be able to participate in activities planned by your Pre-College counselor. Based on availability, students may be placed in a single room; however, this is rare.
May I know my roommates’ names and home addresses before the summer program begins?
No. Releasing this information would be inconsistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. Furthermore, housing assignments are being made and changed right up until the time students arrive on campus.
Is there a curfew?
Yes; because our Pre-College Programs students are minors, we do have a curfew in place. Residential students must check in to the residence hall by 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and by 12:00 am Friday and Saturday. Students must remain in the residence hall until 7:00 am.
Are linens included?
No, you must provide your own linens (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
What’s included in the Residential Program costs?
The fee includes tuition, room, board, as well as most group program and activity fees. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served each day.
What’s not included in the Residential Program costs?
The fee does not include transportation to/from your home city, transportation to/from the airport, laundry, linens, blankets and pillows, personal spending money, meals eaten off campus, or medical expenses. Additional fees may apply for special events, field trips, and off-campus excursions.
Can I receive mail on campus?
Yes. The mailing address is as follows:
Student Name UR
Summer Program Student
c/o Campus Post Office
Rochester, NY 14627-0002
You must visit the River Campus Post Office, located in the basement of Todd Union, to pick up mail.