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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. Learn about the Rochester curriculum, eat in a dining center, and attend a student panel.

Fall dates

To register, click on the above date link which will take you directly to the registration page.

What to Expect

When you arrive, you’ll receive a packet with a schedule of the day’s events including descriptions, room locations, and times. Select from the offerings and make it your day. If you signed up for an interview, please arrive 15 minutes ahead of time to Wallis Hall.

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.

*Please note that many departments will be closed for fall break on Monday, October 14. Departments will also be closed on Saturday, October 19.

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.
2:00–3:00 pm Campus Tour
Take a student-led walking tour of campus.

Parking & Directions

Weekdays: Parking at Alumni & Advancement Center

Due to the large volume of visitors on weekdays, families will be parking off-campus at the Alumni and Advancement Center. 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.

Weekday Directions

GPS destination: 300 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623

  1. After the roundabout, take the second driveway into 300 East River Rd.
  2. Follow the road through the stop sign and park in the lot directing Admissions visitors.

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.

Saturday: Parking on Campus

Parking on weekends is open on the River Campus and therefore we are able to accommodate families in a lot. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the program begins to ensure adequate time to park and walk to the venue.

Saturday Directions

GPS destination: 252 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

Once you reach 252 Elmwood, turn onto Wilson Blvd. At the first stop sign, turn right and then turn right into Trustee Lot. If you need assistance, you can stop at the Visitor Parking and Information Booth (in the middle of the street) for parking instructions.  Parking is also available in other lots at any open available spot without a restricted sign.

Open Classes

Open classes will be available to sit in on Monday, November 11.

A list of available undergraduate classes is compiled each semester for visiting students. The list will 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.

Note: The open class list is comprised only of classes taught by faculty who are available on our event days and does not represent a complete course catalog.