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Advising Handbook

Admissions Programs

The Office of Admissions offers students the opportunity to apply for a number of graduate degree programs. They are:

GEAR (Graduate Engineering At Rochester)

This five-year BS + MS program in engineering and applied sciences allows students to obtain both undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees within five years. The GEAR program provides assurance of admission into one of eight engineering master’s programs at the University’s Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. GEAR students will receive a 50% tuition award in their fifth year of study.

For more information on the program and a sample five-year schedule:

GEAR Advising: Kelly Johnson,

GRADE (Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education)

A five-year BA/BS + MS program, GRADE is for students interested in becoming educators. GRADE students choose any undergraduate major and are guaranteed admission to the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development with the Steven Harrison Scholarship, equal to one third of tuition, for all five years.

For more information on the program and a sample five-year schedule:

GRADE Advising: Brittany Morhac,

REMS (Rochester Early Medical Scholars)

The oldest of our combined programs, this eight-year BA/BS + MD program is designed for the future doctor. Admission to the REMS program is highly selective. Enrollment has been limited to ten students each year since its inception in fall of 1991. Students accepted to REMS are also accepted to the School of Medicine and Dentistry upon completion of the bachelor’s degree.

For more information on the program and a sample eight-year schedule:

REMS Advising: Cathy Tempest,

DDN (Dual Degree in Nursing)

The Dual Degree in Nursing Program (DDN) at the University of Rochester combines the resources of the College and the School of Nursing. It allows students to combine their interests in nursing with a specific academic discipline offered at the College. These students exemplify diverse, passionate commitments to both areas of study. In their first seven semesters, DDN students pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree at the College and complete the prerequisites for the School of Nursing. In their final three semesters, students pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students will complete both degrees in four-and-a-half years

For more information on the program and a sample ten-semester schedule:

DDN Advising: Cathy Tempest, and Elaine Andolina,

Dual Degree Programs

A formal dual degree program has existed since the ‘90s permitting students to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Most students apply for freshman admission; they complete both the Eastman application and a College application. Typically, successful applicants are accomplished musicians who want to pursue studies in music at a conservatory, and also have a strong interest in some academic area, having pursued rigorous classes and done well academically.

Some students decide after beginning their studies in one school or the other that they would like to add a second degree. Before making such a commitment, it is advisable for students wanting to add an Eastman degree to talk to the assistant dean at Eastman. For Eastman students wanting to add a degree in the College, it is expected that they will talk to the associate dean in the College. All students submit an “Intent to Enroll” form, available from the Associate Dean or through Transfer Admissions on the River Campus. Applications should be filed by June 1 for Fall admission and by November 1 for Spring admission.

Eastman students who want to complete a minor but not a major need not apply for admission to the College. They can be accepted into a minor, and that minor will be awarded along with the B.M. degree.

While students must complete all requirements for both the B.A./B.S. and the B.M. degrees, some special arrangements exist. Students may complete the primary writing requirement by completing either FWS 121 at Eastman, or WRT 105 in the College. Special clusters exist in the humanities and social sciences, making it possible depending on the student’s major to complete only one or even no other cluster.

Beginning with students admitted in the fall of 2016, students will be expected to take five years to complete both degrees. Financial aid is awarded for the five years, and students may continue taking lessons from their primary teacher throughout. Students who are able to complete both degrees in eight or nine semesters, however, may do so.

Students normally live on their “billing” campus, but may make arrangements with the heads of residential life on both campuses to live on the other campus.