The Office of Admissions values the promotion of post-secondary access through proactive engagement by reaching out to schools and communities within the greater Rochester community and at the national level. If you have questions about the activities and programs found on this webpage, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your group, class, or organization, please call us at (585) 275-3221, toll free at (888) 822-2256, or email us at admit@admissions.rochester.edu.


Community Programs

These programs are administered by the Office of Admissions and specifically target or overlap with the University’s outreach to the community.

The Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office will collaborate with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and members of the 19th Ward community to host a scavenger hunt and spelling bee for students in grades 3–6. The young students will explore campus, enjoy lunch in Danforth Dining Hall with University students, and end their day with a spelling bee.

This annual event offers an opportunity for community members and University of Rochester personnel to meet and discuss how we might better work together. We are thrilled to bring the event into the community, and are proud to continue this partnership for the betterment of Rochester youth.

The Office of Admissions, the Financial Aid Office, and Pre-College Programs will combine efforts to present the Pre-College Experience (PCE). This event is for students in grades 7–11 from Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse schools. In this free program, participants may choose to attend an assortment of workshops on topics such as the college admissions process, financial aid, the college essay, mini-class offerings available through Pre-College Programs, and summer program offerings. There will also be opportunities to hear current college students’ stories.

Rochester Promise

Rochester Promise

As part of the University’s longstanding commitment to our city, to education, and to the empowerment of Rochester’s future leaders, this $25,000 per year award is exclusively for graduates of the Rochester City School District who enroll at the University (as freshmen or as transfers).

Rochester Promise Scholarship 2014


Similar Scholarships

Like the Rochester Promise scholarship, these scholarships are specifically designed to eliminate barriers to access and encourage Rochester youth to achieve their aspirations for post-secondary achievement. As you know, the University of Rochester is committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted students.

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
$25,000 per year for a former Hillside scholar

Jesse Moore Urban League Scholarship
Starts at $10,000 per year for youth nominated by the local Urban League office

Wilson International Baccalaureate
Full-tuition scholarship for graduates of the IB Program at Wilson Magnet High School who enroll at the University as freshmen

Local Partnerships

Local Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has constructed meaningful partnerships with the community-based organizations and schools listed below. To support their ongoing post-secondary advocacy work within the Rochester community, our activities have included campus visits (tours and information sessions), community-based workshops on college access and the University, special speakers, and unique community partnerships and programs. In addition, the schools listed are those with whom we have conducted special outreach activities, such as training for students and counselors, workshops for students and parents, and special visits for student groups.

Here are a few of the schools we are proud to partner with:

  • All City High
  • Charlotte High School
  • East High School
  • Edison Campus
  • Integrated Arts and Technology High School
  • James Monroe High School
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • Northeast College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • Northwest College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • RCSD Counselor Group
  • Robert Brown High School of Construction and Design
  • Rochester Early College International High School
  • Rochester International Academy
  • Rochester STEM High School
  • School No. 16
  • School No. 33
  • School No. 41
  • School No. 58 (World of Inquiry)
  • School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls Commencement Academy
  • School Without Walls Foundation Academy
  • Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • Young Adult Evening High School

National Partnerships

National Partnerships

Chicago Scholars
As a Platinum College Partner, the University of Rochester is dedicated to supporting our Chicago Scholars with financial support, strong academic advising, and leadership opportunities from the time Scholars enroll until they graduate from college. We commit to the following:


  •  Meet 100% of demonstrated financial need through graduation for Scholars
  •  Sponsor a campus visit prior to the Scholar confirming enrollmentchicago scholars
  •  Include Scholars in first-year orientation program
  •  Provide an on-campus liaison for Scholars
  •  Involve Scholars in leadership opportunities

College Horizons
College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer, students work with college admissions officers, college counselors, essay specialists, and other educators in a five-day “crash course” on the college application process. The University of Rochester has been privileged to host the program in 2011 as part of our partnership and look forward to hosting again in the future. We send Admissions representatives each year to be a part of the program off campus.

The individualized program helps students:

    • Select suitable colleges to research and apply to.college horizons
    • Complete winning applications, résumés, and memorable essays.
    • Get test-taking strategies, information, and resources on the ACT and SAT.
    • Navigate the financial aid/scholarship process, complete a preliminary FAFSA, and learn about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund.
    • Develop relationships with Admissions representatives by attending our college fair, informational sessions, and one-on-one or small group class time.
    • Receive tips and strategies on the application process and get advice on how to succeed in college as a Native student.
    • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student.

Horatio Alger Association 

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. As such, the Association honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who are committed to supporting young people in pursuit of increased opportunities through higher education. Today, through its Members, the horatioAssociation continues to educate our nation’s young people about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them by the promise of the American free-enterprise system. Through its scholarship programs, the Association encourages students to pursue their own version of the American Dream. While providing scholarship opportunities, the Association mentors its Scholars and underscores the importance of helping others.

The Horatio Alger Association Collegiate Partners Program is a consortium of colleges and universities who share the Association’s mission to:

  • Provide additional financial assistance to Horatio Alger Scholars with institutional aid (grants, work study, or tuition waivers) while not displacing other sources of non-loan aid to minimize the amount of debt incurred by Horatio Alger Scholars
  • Provide one point of contact on campus who can direct Scholars to available campus resources

While Scholars are not required to attend Collegiate Partner schools, the Association encourages its students to consider Partner institutions due to the increased resources available to them. Scholars that choose to apply to Partner schools must meet the school’s established admissions and retention requirements to be eligible for additional aid through the program.

Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference
HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth into a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted hobyannually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. The programs provide unique leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and motivational experiences for youth selected by their schools to participate.


The IMPACT Program began in 2006 as a way to boost college persistence for YES Prep graduates from Houston, TX. Since 2006, 84% of IMPACT Scholars have graduated from or are currently enrolled in their original IMPACT Partner or Affiliate institution. As a university partner, the University of Rochester commits to:

  • Attend the yearly IMPACT summer institute. The program serves as both an introduction to University of Rochester and as a mechanism for identifying/recruiting possible applicants.
  • Send a team of admissions staff and/or alumni to Houston for an information session and/or individual interviews for yes prepYES Prep students
  • Dedicate 3–5 spaces for YES Prep students to participate in the Multicultural Visitation Program and absorb all costs related to the trip.
  • Offer a campus visit to all admitted students that have not visit campus and have been designated as “UR IMPACT Scholars.”
  • Provide academic and emotional support to all enrolled Yes Prep students to ensure persistence and graduation.

To find out how you can become a designated IMPACT scholar please contact your college counseling staff at your YES Prep campus. For general information regarding the program, please visit YES Prep.

National Hispanic Institute
As part of our partnership with the National Hispanic Institute, we host the Lorenzo De Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session on our campus every year. This conference focuses on the organization national hispanic instituteand management of power as a foundational tool of leadership. This flagship program of the NHI offers students the opportunity to envision themselves as part of the future leadership of a 21st-century Latino community. LDZ participants are considered for a scholarship if they apply to the University of Rochester.


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Say Yes to Education 

Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every Say Yes public high school graduate access to college or other post-secondary scholarships. The Say Yes Higher Education Compact, which began in 2008, has added more than 60 private colleges and universities since 2013. The University of Rochester is one of these 60 schools and as a National Partner College, we agree to:

  • Ensure that Say Yes students whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are eligible to receive scholarships covering the full cost of tuition, provided they successfully navigate the institution’s regular admission process.sayyes
  • Assist Say Yes students whose family income is above $75,000 and who are enrolled in a Compact institution are eligible to receive annual grants, from the organization itself, of up to $5,000.

The Posse Foundation 

The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 6,275 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. Since 1989, these students have been receiving four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Posse partner colleges  and universities are helping to transform the landscape of leadership in the United States by committing critical resources to diversifying their campuses, making their climates more welcoming to all students, and ensuring that Posse Scholars graduate with the finest education in the country. Most important, Posse Scholars persist and graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The University of Rochester became a Posse school in 2013 for student in the D.C. area. As a Posse partner we:


  • Work together with The Posse Foundation to select 10 D.C. Posse students each year
    • Provide a minimum of a full-tuition grant to each selected studentposse
  • Designate and appoint a senior administrative officer to serve as a liaison to the Posse program
  • Identify a campus mentor for the incoming Posse
  • Host an annual PossePlus Retreat