Why visit?

Visiting campus is an essential part of the college search process. A visit allows you to be confident you’ve invested wisely in the next phase of your life and gives you a general sense of what matters to you (like size, scope, and setting). When planning your visit to Rochester, you can build your own schedule to include any event you’d like, including a campus tour, an information session, and an interview with Admissions. You may also be able to talk with professors and coaches, sit in on a class, or visit campus departments and labs.

Campus tour
When you go on a one-hour campus tour, a current student will guide you around campus, sharing personal experiences and answering questions along the way.

Information session
An information session is a great way to get an overview of the University and the admissions process from a staff member, with plenty of time for Q&A.

Engineering tour
An engineering tour is a general overview of some of the areas and buildings around campus dedicated to engineering. Spaces are limited.

Group visits
We welcome groups of 15 or more to visit our campus. Schedule a group visit.

See an academic department
If you are interested in meeting with a faculty or staff member, sit in on a class, or see a campus department or lab, call the specific department for availability.

Meet a coach
If you are interested in meeting with an athletic coach, call the specific coach for availability.

Schedule your visit



Why interview?

  • We want to learn more about you.
    • We’re eager to find out what you love to do and what excites you. This is a perfect opportunity to show us how amazing you are. Come prepared to speak about yourself, your interests, and passions.
  • You get to meet with a Rochester representative.
    • This is your chance to talk to someone who knows Rochester. Whether you meet with an Admissions counselor or an alumnus/a, you’re going to get the real deal.
  • Increase your chances for a scholarship.
    • Interviews can help determine merit scholarship candidates, so if you plan on competing for merit-based awards, an interview is strongly recommended.

Interviewing tips:

  • Dress comfortably and presentably.
  • Don’t worry about bringing resumes, transcripts, etc. Just bring your story to share.
  • Think about what’s not on your application that you could chat about.
  • Ask us questions!
  • Come as yourself.

Where to interview:

  • On campus: From May through December, we interview students interested in applying for the upcoming academic year. Typically, this means high school seniors.
  • Off campus: September through January 1, interviews take place all over with Admissions representatives. For many people who live far from campus, an off-campus interview is most convenient.

Transfer students:

  • Interviews for transfer applicants are conducted all year long. If you want to enroll for the fall semester, interview in the spring. If you want to enroll in the spring, interview in the summer or fall.
  • You can sign up for any of the on- or off-campus interview options. There are also on-campus interviews reserved only for transfers on Transfer Visit Days as well as other transfer-only days from January to May.
  • Can’t make it to an on- or off-campus event? Contact us and we will do our best to accommodate a phone or video interview based on your schedule.

Schedule your interview



GPS destination:
252 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester NY 14611
(Google directions to campus)

Parking: On more popular visit days, we often have our visitors park off campus. If this is the case, parking details will be in your event confirmation email. You can always call our office to double check. Otherwise, when you arrive at the Elmwood Avenue entrance to campus, stop at the Visitor Parking and Information Booth (in the middle of the street) for parking instructions. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself enough time to park.

Please note that a number of large construction projects are taking place in the area surrounding campus. Please allow extra time for your trip and if possible, avoid using Exit 16 off I-390.


The University’s River Campus is about two miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC). Commercial taxi service and car rental are available from the airport. Cab fare is about $10, depending on the number of people and luggage.


The Rochester city buses stop at several locations on the River Campus as well as the Medical Center and Eastman campuses on all routes. For schedule and bus route information, visit Rochester Transportation Services.


The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue. Taxi service and car rental are available, and the station is located on the municipal bus line that serves the River Campus.

View campus maps


Below is a list of hotels less than five miles from the University.

Hotel Location/Phone Distance
Staybridge Suites University of Rochester* 1000 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 527-9110
0.48 mi
Hilton Garden Inn Rochester 30 Celebration Drive
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 424-4404
0.6 mi
Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown* 70 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 546-3450
1.34 mi
Rochester Riverside Hotel 120 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-6400
1.42 mi
Hyatt Regency Rochester 125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-1234
1.44 mi
Inn on Broadway 26 Broadway
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 232-3595
1.64 mi
Courtyard by Marriott 33 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 292-1000
2.88 mi
Peter’s Vintage Bed & Breakfast 277 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 436-7437
2.90 mi
Fairfield Inn Rochester Airport 1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 529-5000
3.36 mi
Quality Inn Rochester Airport 1273 Chili Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 464-8800
3.40 mi
The Strathallan Hotel 550 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 461-5010
3.40 mi
Motel 6 Rochester Airport 155 Buell Road
Rochester, NY 14624
(585) 436-2170
3.68 mi
Country Inn & Suites* 797 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-0131
4.00 mi
Holiday Inn & Suites* 800 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-9190
4.00 mi
Best Western Rochester Marketplace Inn* 940 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 427-2700
4.14 mi
Double Tree Hotel 1111 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1510
4.17 mi
Rochester Comfort Suites 2085 Hylan Dr.
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 334-6620
4.40 mi
Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport 175 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 475-1910
4.54 mi
Residence Inn Rochester 1300 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 272-8850
4.72 mi

*These hotels offer University visitors a discount. Just mention you are a visitor when making reservations.

Overnight Hosting

Overnight Hosting (Fall Only)

Overnight hosting gives high school seniors a glimpse of Rochester student life. Prospective students are matched up with current students, spend the night in a residence hall, eat in the dining centers, and may even attend a class.

The life of a Rochester student is not totally structured, so neither is the overnight experience. For starters, though, you can expect to eat dinner with your host and take part in at least one campus activity, depending on what your host is involved in—you may sit in on a study group, attend a club meeting, or simply hang out in the residence halls.

We look forward to hosting you!

How It Works:

  • Only high school seniors are eligible to be hosted.
  • Hosting is limited to a single night.
  • Hosting night is limited to Monday through Thursday in the fall semester. No weekends.
  • Once you register, a hosting coordinator will email you in a few days to confirm your visit.
  • We try to match you with a host who shares your academic and/or social interests.
  • No bed is provided; bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • You will meet your host in the Office of Admissions (Wallis Hall) at a time scheduled with the Overnight Hosting Coordinator.

High school students:

We are no longer accepting overnight requests.

Current Rochester students:
Volunteer as a host

Online Options

If you can’t make it to campus, there are plenty of ways to learn about Rochester and connect with us online. Read current students’ stories on our official blog, walk around campus from the comfort of your home with our virtual tour, and ask questions and get important updates on social media.

Blog logo Admissions & Financial Aid Blog

YouVisit logo YouVisit Virtual Tour


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