University of Rochester Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. Peter / Flickr

The University of Rochester is a moderately selective university that admits only around 36 percent of applicants. Although the university doesn't publish SAT and ACT data because of its test-flexible admission policy, a student who submitted scores typically had a combined SAT score above 1250 and an ACT composite score above 26. For grades, a few students got in with grades in the "B" range, but the great majority of successful applicants had averages in the "A" range. The university accepts the Common Application, Universal College Application, and Coalition Application, but no matter which application you use, your extracurricular activities, application essays, and teacher recommendation will all play a role in the admissions decision.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 36%
  • The University of Rochester has Test-Flexible Admissions, so applicants can submit scores other than the SAT and ACT (for example, two SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement exam scores, International Baccalaureate exam scores, and many international standardized tests. See the complete list of approved ​exams.)
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University of Rochester Description

The University of Rochester is a highly-respected private research university located along the Genesee River on the outskirts of Rochester, New York. The university has top-ranked programs in music and optics, as well as many strengths in the health sciences anchored in the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital. For Rochester's strong liberal arts and science programs, the school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and its strong research programs earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. The University of Rochester Yellowjackets compete in NCAA Division III athletics. The school fields ten men's and eleven women's intercollegiate sports. The university's many strengths earned it a place among several of our top picks: Top New York CollegesTop Middle-Atlantic Colleges, and Top Music Schools.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 11,209 (6,386 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,142
  • Books: $1,310
  • Room and Board: $14,890
  • Other Expenses: $1,380
  • Total Cost: $67,722

University of Rochester Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 89%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $31,194
    • Loans: $6,349

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Music, Nursing, Psychology
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 73%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Squash, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field 
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross COuntry, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Rochester Mission Statement:

"Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better"