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Majors & Minors

Search for a degree or related subjects in arts and humanities, engineering, natural sciences, or social sciences.

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Graduate Studies

Nationally recognized programs characterized by close contact between students and faculty.

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Embracing creativity, broadening our understanding of how the world works, and gaining insights into society.

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Nicole S. Sampson named as new Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

Sampson brings an impressive background in academia and a commitment to excellence in higher education and student success to the role of the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.

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Commencement 2023

Congrats, Class of 2023!

On May 12, the University conferred academic degrees to more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Thousands of family, friends, loved ones, faculty, staff, community members, and distinguished guests celebrated the graduates in person while an additional 4,400-plus viewers from more than 88 countries tuned in online. Enjoy this look back at the Class of 2023’s graduation day.

Rochester Curriculum

Learn what you love

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At Rochester, you build your own curriculum with your own unique strengths and interests. There are no required subjects. You study only what you’re passionate about, choosing a major in one of the three divisions of learning and taking thematic three-course clusters in other areas.

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Student Life

University symbols and traditions

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The University’s symbols—including our motto, mascot, and official flower—have embodied the uniquely Rochester spirit of determination and perseverance. We also cherish our many long-held customs while embracing opportunities to build new traditions that unite us.

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376full-time faculty

Through innovative research and dedication to professional excellence, our award-winning faculty is the foundation of our university, and our students’ successes.

77percent of students

Are involved in undergraduate research. Students can assist a faculty member on an existing research project, or create a project based on their own ideas.

Culture of Respect

At the University of Rochester, we are united by a commitment to be ever better—Meliora. It is our guiding principle and it informs our shared values. We put those values into action by ensuring that all members of our community feel safe, respected, included, and valued.

In support of that mission, the University is taking a number of important steps to strengthen policies, clarify processes, and expand resources to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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