Veteran & Military Family Services

The University of Rochester encourages and supports past and present military service members and their families as they work toward their higher education goals. Veterans and dependents who choose Rochester pursue their academics at one of the nation’s most rigorous, top-tier research universities.

Rochester is annually recognized as a Best College for Veterans for its efforts to ensure service members face minimal barriers in attaining higher education. Rochester also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, offers the Rochester Pledge scholarship, and has a Veterans Alliance group. Veterans and their dependents have access to many resources to help navigate any hurdles.

If you have any questions, please email the Veteran and Military Family Services Office or call us at (585) 275-8592.

Applying

To become a student at the University of Rochester in the undergraduate College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, you must apply either as a first-year or a transfer applicant.

To apply as a transfer, you must have completed at least two college-level courses. The average transfer applicant has completed a year of full-time courses (24–32 credits) before enrolling.

Rochester has a holistic review process and will consider all applicants in our review. Students can start the application process by applying through the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Veteran and Military Family Services Office

Veteran and Military Family Services Office

“VFMS is open for prospective and current students to stop by and discuss benefits and seek help in connecting with offices across campus.”

Pat Toporzycki, Director of Veteran and Family Services Office

Rochester Pledge – Yellow Ribbon Program

Rocky holding an American flag with a veteran bannerThe University of Rochester is pleased to announce that all qualified, admissible, post-9/11 veterans of the United States Armed Forces admitted to the University will receive the Rochester Pledge.

This scholarship, in combination with the G.I. Bill and any additional University funding, will cover full tuition for veterans with at least 36 months of service. For veterans with less than 36 months of service, the scholarship amount will be pro-rated based on length of service.

The University is proud to offer this scholarship to ensure that those who have served honorably and sacrificed so much for their country face no financial barriers in attaining a higher education.

To be considered for the Rochester Pledge, you must provide proof of education benefits (statement of benefits from vets.gov, certificate of eligibility, or a screenshot from eBenefits). If you wish to be considered for additional assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE.

University of Rochester campuses that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program:

  • Eastman School of Music (undergrads and grads)
  • School of Arts, Sciences & Engineering (undergrads and grads)
  • School of Nursing
  • Simon Business School
  • Warner School of Education

Yellow Ribbon Program (Rochester Pledge) participants include:

Veterans Resources Directory

Admissions Offices

Pat Toporzycki

Director of Veteran and Military Family Services

115 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627-0251

Phone: (585) 275-8592
Fax: (585) 461-4595
patricia.toporzycki@rochester.edu

Kate Ayers

School Certifying Official

PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627-0251

Phone: (585) 275-8589
Fax: (585) 461-4595
kate.ayers@rochester.edu

Gretchen T. Briscoe

Director of Graduate Enrollment

302 Lattimore Hall
Box 270401
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-2059
gretchen.briscoe@rochester.edu

Tammy Terrana

SON Financial Analyst

Box SON
255 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642

(585) 273-4697
tammy_terrana@urmc.rochester.edu

Executive and Part-Time Programs

Janet Mejias, MBA

Associate Director of Professional Programs

Office of Student Engagement
PO Box 270100
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-3439
janet.mejias@simon.rochester.edu

Full-Time Students

Andrew Brayda

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

245 Gleason Hall
PO Box 270107
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-3533
andrew.brayda@simon.rochester.edu

Pamela Black-Colton

Executive Director of Admissions
Warner School of Education

LeChase Hall 244
PO Box 270425
Rochester, NY 14627-0425

(585) 275-6338
pblackcolton@warner.rochester.edu

Academic Advising, Tutoring & Mentoring

Kate McKenna

Assistant Director, Coordinator of Transfer Student Advising

312 Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270402
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-2354
kate.mckenna@rochester.edu

Nick Valentino

Academic Counselor
Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

301A Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270076
Rochester, NY  14627

(585) 276-7802
nicholas.valentino@rochester.edu

Vicki Roth

Assistant Dean and Director

1-154 Dewey Hall
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 275-9049
Fax: (585) 273-1116
cetl@rochester.edu

Karen Ely

Director of Housing Operations

020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls)
PO Box 270468
Rochester, NY 14627-0468

Phone: (585) 275-3166
Fax: (585) 276-1886

Norberto M. Nobrega

Captain, United States Navy
Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit Rochester
Professor of Naval Science

Morey Hall 100
PO Box 270436
Rochester, NY 14627-0436

Office: (585) 275-4276
Cell: (954) 837-3009

Jessica Guzman-Rea, EdD, LMSW

Director, Intercultural Center

501D Wilson Commons
PO Box 270415
Rochester, NY 14627-0443

(484) 275-6662
jessica.guzman-rea@rochester.edu

Health, Wellness & Counseling

University Health Services

738 Library Road
PO Box 270358
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 275-3113
Fax: (585) 442-0815

Lynnett Van Slyke, CRC

University Intercessor & Disability Compliance Director

36 Wallis Hall
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-9125
l.vanslyke@rochester.edu

Financial Services

Shalena Clary

Senior Associate Director
Financial Aid Office

127 Wallis Hall
PO Box 270251
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 275-3226
Fax: (585) 756-7664
shalena.clary@rochester.edu

Tina Berds

Assistant Director

26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Phone: (585) 274-1070
Fax: (585) 232-8601
financialaid@esm.rochester.edu

Carol C. Veltre

Medical School Registrar
Offices for Medical Education
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Box 601
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 275-4541
Fax: (585) 273-1016
carol_veltre@urmc.rochester.edu

Nancy Anderson

Associate Bursar

330 Meliora Hall
Rochester, NY 14627

(585) 275-5817

Additional Resources

Department of Veterans Affairs 
General information for US veterans.

Veterans Online Application Website
The Vets.gov website is an official US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables veterans to apply for benefits online.

Veterans Outreach Center 
Information to assist and support the needs of veterans.

National Military Family Association 
Information to educate military families about their rights and the services available to them.

NEWS: Rochester Expands Resources for Veterans

Veterans Day Portrait Gallery

Common Questions

What educational benefit is best for me?
Detailed information about education benefit options is available at vets.gov.

I am a veteran. How do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Apply for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  2. Notify the University of Rochester’s Veteran and Military Family Services Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

I am the dependent of a veteran. How do I apply for my veteran’s educational benefits?

  1. Your parent transfers a portion—or all—of his/her benefit to you through Transfer of Entitlement.
  2. After the transfer is approved, you apply for the educational benefit.
  3. You notify the Veteran and Military Services Office that you are eligible and applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

What documentation does the Veteran and Military Family Services Office need from me to process my veteran’s educational benefits?
VMFS needs proof of education benefits, which can be submitted one of the following ways:

  1. Statement of benefits from vets.gov
  2. Certificate of eligibility
  3. Screenshot from your eBenefits page

In addition to proof of benefits, VMFS needs a completed UR Education Benefit Form for the semester you wish to be certified.

How do I submit my proof of education benefits?
Please fax to (585) 461-4595 or email a copy to: veteranservices@ur.rochester.edu.

Whom do I call about the status of my educational benefits claim?
Call 1-888-442-4551 to speak with an Educational Case Manager at the VA.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
For an overview of the program, please visit the Yellow Ribbon Program page.

How do I qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Rochester Pledge?
You or your parent must qualify for 100% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Rochester Pledge.

What UR campuses participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
The undergraduates at River Campus, Eastman School of Music, Simon Business School, Warner School of Education and undergraduates at the School of Nursing are participants.

What campus resources are available to veterans?
The following are just a few of the many resources available to veterans: College Center for Academic Support, University Counseling Center, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Disability Services, and Office for Residential Life and Housing Services. Please see the Veterans Resource Directory for contact information.

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