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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission statement

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

Vision statement


Approved by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees
March 11, 2010

Founded as “an institution of the highest order” and guided by the motto Meliora or Ever Better, the University of Rochester will help solve the greatest challenges of the 21st century by:

  • Accelerating our progress as an international leader in sciences, engineering, social sciences, health science, business, and music.
  • Empowering our students to fulfill their academic and professional passions in a University that is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Creating innovative connections among education, humanities, music, the social sciences, science, engineering, and health science.
  • Strengthening support for a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching, mentoring, research, clinical care, and the creative and performing arts.
  • Serving our community of alumni and friends through imaginative programs that enrich their lifelong relationship with the University and that expand our collective contributions to the world.
  • Embracing our leadership position in Rochester and the nation by making our community a model for partnership among academic, civic, cultural, health care, and business organizations.

Strategic plan

The Next Level: Strategic Planning White Paper (April 2015)

The Next Level white paper outlines four initiatives that will guide the University’s growth through the remainder of the decade. Those initiatives are Data Science; Neuroscience and Neuromedicine; Humanities and the Performing Arts; and the Revitalization of the Rochester Community.

The University of Rochester Strategic Plan (2013-2018)

"We believe in the Rochester ideal – that great research is inextricably linked to great teaching and community service."