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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is a private research university in upstate New York, with about 6,800 undergraduates and another 5,500 grad students. Students come from all 50 states and about 120 countries around the world. Undergraduates can choose from nearly 80 majors in the School of Arts & Sciences, Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Nursing, Warner School of Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Simon Business School, and the world-famous Eastman School of Music. The Rochester Curriculum, as it's called, has no mandatory courses for undergraduates, but does require that they take a number of classes outside of their major. The music school is named for George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak and a major benefactor of the university. The 154-acre main campus sits along the Genesee River, a short walk from downtown Rochester, and is known for its distinctive, and very collegiate, brick architecture. Students can join about 250 clubs and about 20 varsity sports. In the annual Pumpkin Launch, held near Halloween, students catapult pumpkins into the air using devices they designed themselves. Before graduating, many students attempt to complete a "101 Things to Do Before You Graduate" bucket list, which ranges from sledding down a prominent hill in winter to pulling an all-nighter in Gleason Library.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university is mixing online and in-person instruction this fall, with all large lectures being conducted online for safety. Students are being asked to stay in Rochester for the whole semester; if they travel away from campus, they must avoid campus for 14 days after returning or finish the semester remotely.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$74,400
% of students who get any grants
79%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$37,000
Average price for low-income students
$17,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,350
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
95%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$13,930
student success
Graduation rate
86%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 5 years
$55,800
% earning more than $28,000
86%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 5

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university is mixing online and in-person instruction this fall, with all large lectures being conducted online for safety. Students are being asked to stay in Rochester for the whole semester; if they travel away from campus, they must avoid campus for 14 days after returning or finish the semester remotely.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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