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University of Rochester

University of Rochester, a top private research university and member of Private College 529 Plan

A Leading Private Research University

The University of Rochester is one of the country's leading private research universities. Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close work with faculty. The University consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, medical, and other research.

Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon Business School, Warner School of Education, and Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

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The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to learn what they love, allowing for both focus and flexibility. Students are free to select the courses that appeal to them most. There are no required subjects; students' interests drive their education. Students major in either sciences and engineering, humanities, or social sciences and complete a "cluster" of at least three related courses in each of the other two areas.

The University is a community where about 86% of undergraduates live on campus. With more than 250 student organizations, ranging from cultural and political to religious and athletic, Rochester students find communities of friends who share their interests and passions. 

The expectation is that each student will live up to the University’s motto, “Meliora” (ever better), recognizing that they are future leaders in industry, education, and culture. Navigating through world-renowned facilities and resources, a day in the life of two Rochester students—or any two days in the life of a single student—is never the same. 

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Learning here takes place on a personal scale. Rochester remains one of the most collegiate among top research universities, with smaller classes and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. Rochester faculty publish articles across the globe, win awards for their work, and collaborate with undergraduate students on a level that is rare in higher education.