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Mission, Vision & Values


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


The University of Rochester will continue to frame and solve the greatest challenges of the future. We are a community in which all who work, teach, create, and provide care are welcome and respected, and where all can pursue and achieve their highest objectives for themselves, their communities, and the world. Steeped in Rochester’s rich history of social justice and entrepreneurial spirit, we will always be an inclusive, equitable, sustainable, and responsive organization at every level.


Meliora: We strive to be ever better, for everyone.

Equity: We commit to diversity, inclusion, and access.

Leadership: We take initiative and share responsibility for exemplifying excellence.

Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honesty, dedication, and fairness.

Openness: We embrace freedom of ideas, inquiry, and expression.

Respect: We value our differences, our environment, and our individual and collective contributions.

Accountability: We are each responsible for making our community ever better, through our actions, our words, and our dealings with others.

We will hold ourselves accountable to these values in the design of our programs, the development and delivery of our services, the evaluation of performance, and in the ways in which we interact as a community.

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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."