University of Rochester: Narrative Description

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Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14627-0250
Tel: (585)275-2121; 888-822-2256; Admissions: (585)275-3221; Fax: (585)273-1118; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1850. Setting: 534-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $1.1 billion. Research spending 2002-03: $278 million. Total enrollment: 8,543. Faculty: 532 (513 full-time, 19 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 10,486 applied, 49% were admitted. 71% from top 10% of their high school class, 83% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 16 National Merit Scholars, 43 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,359 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 222 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 36 other countries, 50% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 5% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 2% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 94% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; psychology. Calendar: semesters plus optional summer term. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Rochester Area Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: audition, portfolio. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/20, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/20 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 4/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $36,343 includes full-time tuition ($26,900), mandatory fees ($673), and college room and board ($8770). College room only: $5250. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $470 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 25% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student radio station, cinema group, Debate Union, Campus Board Program. Major annual events: Yellowjacket Day, Dandelion Day, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,631 college housing spaces available; 3,550 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Rush Rhees Library plus 5 others with 3 million books, 4.1 million microform titles, 11,254 serials, 78,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: With Lake Ontario on its northern border and the scenic Finger Lakes on the south, the Rochester community of about one million people is located in an attractive setting. It offers a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities-from concerts by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Eastman School ensembles, performances by resident professional theater companies, and an unusual concentration of first-class museums (including the University's own Memorial Art Gallery), to professional baseball and ice hockey and nearby opportunities for recreational canoeing, sculling, ice-skating, and skiing.