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Research Rochester

Research Rochester open-house days are designed for prospective students to visit Rochester and get a more in-depth look at the University.

About Research Rochester

Open-House Days for Prospective Students

These open-house programs are your ideal opportunity to visit Rochester.

  • Take a campus tour. A current student will guide you around campus, sharing personal experiences and answering questions along the way.
  • Learn about the admissions process. Get an overview on our application process and financial aid and merit opportunities, with plenty of time for Q&A.
  • Experience Rochester. Participate in a lecture taught by Rochester faculty, eat in a dining center, and attend a student panel.

Spring Dates:

What to Expect

When you arrive, you’ll receive a packet with the following materials:

  • A schedule of the day’s events with descriptions, room locations, and times
  • A wide list of open classes you may sit in on
  • A list of departments and offices on campus with contact information and locations

Please note that many departments on campus are only available on weekdays.

Visiting Other Departments

During the day, you can visit academic departmentsathletics staff, and support offices in your spare time. We encourage you to contact the department ahead of time to schedule an individual appointment.

If you need assistance with setting up an appointment with a department, email Patrick O’Neill, Associate Director for Faculty Engagement and Admissions Training.

Tentative Schedule

At check-in, you’ll receive the agenda with locations.

 Time Event
8:15–9:00 am Check in and Student Entertainment
Plan to arrive between these times to check in and receive a schedule of the day’s events. Peruse the offerings over a light continental breakfast. Our program will officially begin at 9:00 am.
9:00–9:40 am Welcome and University Overview
Learn about the unique Rochester Curriculum, undergraduate research opportunities, and the global campus environment.
9:45–10:45 am Campus Tour
Take a student-led walking tour of campus.
10:00–10:45 am Financing Your Education
Learn about need-based aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
10:00–10:45 am Rochester Application Workshop
Learn about the application and admission process at Rochester.
11:00 am–12:00 pm Campus Tour
Take a student-led walking tour of campus.
11:00–11:45 am Financing Your Education
Learn about need-based aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
11:00–11:45 am Rochester Application Workshop
Learn about need-based aid and merit scholarship opportunities.
12:00–1:15 pm Lunch
Enjoy lunch with students and staff in one of our dining centers.
1:15–2:00 pm I am Rochester Student Panel
Undergraduate students will tell you about themselves and how they take advantage of Rochester’s unique experiences. Ask them questions in a candid setting.
2:00–2:30 pm Pre-College Programs Session
Learn about our summer opportunities and incentives for high school students.
2:00–3:00 pm Campus Tour
Take a student-led walking tour of campus.

Parking & Directions

Parking at College Town

Due to the large volume of visitors, families will be parking at the College Town parking garage. A shuttle will operate from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to bring families to and from the River Campus. Please plan to arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the program begins to ensure adequate time to park and catch the shuttle.


GPS destination: 655 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

  1. Turn on to East Drive, and the parking garage marked “University Staff Parking” will be on your left.
  2. Enter the passcode for entry and exit of the garage. (Once you are registered, the passcode will be in your event registration confirmation.)

To retrieve your car, the shuttle will stop at Wallis Hall and Strong Auditorium on Wilson Boulevard.

For individuals with disabilities or service animals, who may need parking-related accommodations, please drive directly to the Parking and Information Booth located in the middle of Wilson Boulevard when you turn onto campus from Elmwood Avenue. The attendant will provide instructions from there.

Open Classes

View a list of spring open classes.  It will also be available at check-in and included in your check-in materials. No registration is required.

Some classes may overlap with our scheduled program for the day, so you will need to make a decision about what you would like to attend. Be sure to arrive to your chosen class 10 minutes early and introduce yourself to the professor.

Family members are welcome to join as well, though some classes may have limited seating.