University of Rochester.

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About University of Rochester

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, eight university alumni, four faculty, and one senior research associate have been awarded Nobel Prizes; 32 faculty serve in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; in total, 12 alumni and faculty members have won a Pulitzer Prize, and 20 faculty members have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,320 students
  • 1.40 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Rochester

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

6,520 students out of 19,058 applicants were accepted into University of Rochester. They had an average SAT score of 1410. 64% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 49% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Rochester was $52,020. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $70,108.

Financial aid available at University of Rochester

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

80% of undergraduate students at University of Rochester received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Rochester

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Rochester was of $15,398 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,310.

Diversity at University of Rochester

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017