Faculty and Students
Tenure-track faculty: 1,258
Rochester's faculty include fellows of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Nursing, among other prestigious professional societies.
In the last 20 years, 27 faculty have been named Guggenheim Fellows. Present faculty include a MacArthur Foundation fellowship ("Genius Grant") recipient and six National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellows.
Rochester faculty are recognized for distinction in a wide variety of academic circles. Six have won the most prestigious honor of the Optical Society of America, the Frederic Ives Medal. One is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, an honor that goes only to two or three economists each year. The American Political Science Association annually awards a prize named in honor of Rochester's Richard F. Fenno Jr., professor emeritus of political science.
Students: 4,608 full-time undergraduates
Rochester's undergraduates are ambitious and have high aspirations. In a study of 233 research and doctoral universities, Rochester ranks ninth in the percentage of bachelor's degree recipients who go on to earn doctoral degrees. In an illustration of strength across the board, Rochester, Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are the only institutions consistently within the top 10 listings of institutions whose undergraduates earn doctoral degrees in the social sciences and humanities, doctoral degrees in the sciences and engineering, and doctoral degrees in all fields.
Students at the Eastman School frequently win prestigious national and international music awards and competitions.
In athletics, Rochester is a founding member of the University Athletic Association, the most geographically expansive Division III athletic conference in the country. The UAA places emphasis on scholarship as well as athletics. Members include Brandeis, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, Emory, NYU, and Washington (St. Louis).
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