University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

#48 National Colleges

29.71% Admission Rate
Moderately Selective

6,521 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, highly residential

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The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or U of Rochester) is a private research university in Rochester, New York. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

The University of Rochester enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Its 158 buildings house over 200 academic majors. According to the National Science Foundation, Rochester spent $370 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 68th in the nation. The university is the 7th largest employer in the Finger lakes region of New York.

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is home to departments and divisions of note. The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 through a grant from Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb as the first educational program in the US devoted exclusively to optics, awards approximately half of all optics degrees nationwide, and is widely regarded as the premier optics program in the nation, and among the best in the world. The Departments of Political Science and Economics have made a significant and consistent impact on positivist social science since the 1960s, and historically rank in the top 5 in their fields. The Department of Chemistry is noted for its contributions to synthetic organic chemistry, including the first lab based synthesis of morphine. The Rossell Hope Robbins Library serves as the university's resource for Old and Middle English texts and expertise. The university is also home to Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a US Department of Energy supported national laboratory.

The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music ranks first among undergraduate music schools in the U.S. The Sibley Music Library at Eastman is the largest academic music library in North America and holds the third largest collection in the United States.

In its history, university alumni and faculty have earned 13 Nobel Prizes, 13 Pulitzer Prizes, 45 Grammy Awards, 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, 2 MacArthur Fellowships, 4 Rhodes Scholarships, and 1 National Medal of Science, while 5 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 4 to the National Academy of Engineering, 5 to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and 6 to the National Academy of Inventors.

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Rochester, New York

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City: Midsize (population of at least 100,000 but less than 250,000)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Engineering 16.0%
Health Professions And Related Programs 13.7%
Social Sciences 12.5%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 10.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 7.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 7.5%
Psychology 7.1%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 6.2%
Mathematics And Statistics 4.2%
Physical Sciences 3.2%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 1.8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1.7%
English Language And Literature/Letters 1.7%
Natural Resources And Conservation 1.2%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.0%
History 1.0%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1.0%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 0.9%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.5%
Education 0.3%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.2%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1418 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 780 725 670
Verbal 720 680 640

ACT Scores

32 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 33 30 27
English 35 33 30