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As students consider starting their first year at the University of Rochester, they might want to make a visit and walk through the university’s grounds. This can give you a good view of what the atmosphere on campus is like as well as a working knowledge of where all the building are for classes. The campus itself isn’t very large, but it has several smaller roads and streets that may confuse new students as they are learning their way around.

Overview of University of Rochester (UofR)

The city of Rochester is a middle-sized city. This makes it a little easier for students to learn how to navigate the roads. Because students aren’t going to want to stay on-campus for every day of their academic career, they might also want to learn where businesses, stores, and restaurants are located. Students can also spend time visiting the two museums or the zoo, all of which are located in the city.

The University of Rochester is a private, not-for-profit school. It offers campus housing for students and the student population is over 12,200. The student-to-faculty ratio is very low at 10 to 1, which should make is much easier for students to get in touch with their professors about their classes or any assignments they have.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate 87%
Year Founded 1850

Student Enrollment

Total Students12,233


Undergraduate Student

Male 3,322
Female 3,458

Graduate Student

Male 2,672
Female 2,781

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UofR Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 10,615
Female 11,027


Male 2,866
Female 3,529

Acceptance Rate30%

Male 27%
Female 32%

Enrollment 1,493

Male   731
Female 762
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Considered But Not Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 5
Common Application Accepted Yes

UofR Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Attending college is often an expensive proposition. The University of Rochester’s sticker price, which includes tuition, room and board, books, supplies and other fees and charges, is $75,190.

However, families often do not have to pay that full amount if they are eligible for financial aid. The net price of attending a college or university is the cost assessed for the student to pay after financial aid has been applied. As of the 2018-2019 school year, the average net price for UR was $32,939. If you’re wondering where your charges might fall, the university tracks the net price by income paid by families in recent years. Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $23,659. However, those earning less than $30,000 paid only $15,324.

About 81% of freshman students qualified for and received financial aid. A slightly lower percentage (79%) received an average of $39,782 in grants or scholarships and 77% received institutional grants and scholarships totaling $38,321.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $32,939
Average Total Aid $39,782
Students Receiving Financial Aid 81%
Room & Board $16,470

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $56,030
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $56,030
  • Books and Supplies - $1,310
  • Room & Board - $16,470
  • Other - $1,380


Students who experience time conflicts between classes and work or regular medical/dental appointments have one avenue open to them. The University of Rochester does not offer evening classes but it does offer distance learning (online classes). When a student finds themselves in this situation, they can drop the in-person class and add the online class. This is a vital option, especially if the class or classes the student is taking are required for their graduation. However, these are not available for every class, so it’s important to check with the school and keep time conflicts in mind when working up your schedule.

The retention rate is something that students and their parents may look at to give them a snapshot of how freshman students have responded to the school in recent years. This percentage shows how many first-year students return to campus for their second year of school and is often seen as a way to think about whether or not students receive enough support from the school in their first year. For the University of Rochester, this statistic comes in at an amazing 94%.

The 4-year graduation rate is also high at 80% and the 6-year graduation rate is even higher at 87%. Families who need to know this information can usually find it on the university’s website. The statistic tracks those students who have completed their degree program or a certificate program “within 150 percent of normal time.”

Not every student begins college knowing what they want to major in. But schools publish their most popular degree programs, which might be a good place to look for ideas. The most popular degree programs at the University of Rochester are engineering; health professions and related programs; social sciences; biological and biomedical sciences; and computer and information sciences and support services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 12,233

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 281 Total Graduates / 16%
Mechanical Engineering 76 Graduates
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 62 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 55 Graduates
Laser and Optical Engineering 39 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 241 Total Graduates / 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 216 Graduates
Environmental Health 12 Graduates
Public Health, General 8 Graduates
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 5 Graduates
All Social Sciences Majors 220 Total Graduates / 13%
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 111 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 47 Graduates
Social Sciences, Other 33 Graduates
International Relations and Affairs 18 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 189 Total Graduates / 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 186 Graduates
Epidemiology 3 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 133 Total Graduates / 8%
Computer Science 133 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 39%

Outcome & Salary

After students graduate from the University of Rochester, their salaries will reflect the excellence of their education. The early-career salary of a graduate of UR is $66,620 on average and their mid-career salaries average around $125,100.

The average 4-year cost of education for student at UR is $131,756, which can help us find their return on investment (ROI). Their 10-year salary earnings potential is $809,540 and their 20-year potential is $2,060,540. After deducting the cost of education, a graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $677,784 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,928,784.

Not all high school students go to college. Those who don’t attend college have a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $66,600
College Grads Average Salary $80,954
College Grads Mid Career Salary $125,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $809,540
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $2,060,540
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $131,756
10 Year Projected ROI $677,784
20 Year Projected ROI $1,928,784
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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