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Welcome to the Class of 2025

Our Stance on Racism

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First-Gen Week 2021

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Transforming lives through educational opportunity

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Supporting a diverse student body in higher education

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Providing guidance, scholarship and support services

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Providing educational resources, training, and support to area high school students.

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Supporting existing undergraduates in achieving their academic goals.

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Growing the academic pipeline and diversifying the academic population in AS&E.

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Upcoming Event

There is Hope: Mental Restoration Through the Pandemic

Remember when mental health advocate Richard Taylor Jr. visited the University of Rochester in November of 2019? He is making his long-awaited return next week, to help us kick off First-Gen Week 2021! Join us on Monday, November 8, as he shares the big effects that small practices can have for positive mental outcomes, while reminding us of our mental prowess and resilience! Taylor will be pulling best practices from his new book, 31 Days of Power.

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Greg Hernandez

Alumni Spotlight

Greg Hernandez

"The David T. Kearns Center was the foundation for my academic success at the University of Rochester. Being a Xerox Engineering Fellow, and a McNair Scholar guided me to my graduate degree decision and fellowship awards. I have always felt that the department fostered a community of social engagement, and emphasized academic achievement"

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Video Series

First-Generation Students

In this installment of his video series, Donald Hall, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, discusses how being the first in his family to attend college helps him understand the needs of first-generation students.

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Upward Bound

Summer program offers crash course in college

“No one in my family has ever gone to college, and I probably wouldn’t have either,” says Rochester City School District rising senior Jason Cao. “If I had never joined Upward Bound, I wouldn’t have even thought of college. Now, I can’t wait to go.”

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Undergraduate students participating in summer research programs run by the University's David T. Kearns Center take a break from their work to enjoy a Red Wings game and see more of downtown Rochester. (University photo / Michael Droel)

Summer Research

Summer is ‘when it happens’ for research on River Campus

Research at the University of Rochester doesn’t end when most students leave campus for the summer. It thrives. Students from across the globe are on the River Campus this summer, taking part in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other research programs with Rochester students and faculty members.

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Undergraduate student Matthew

Student Spotlight

An improbable route to Rochester, then Harvard

Growing up in Los Angeles, Matthew Lyskawa ’18 saw no purpose in school. But a teacher saw a spark and lit the fire that set Lyskawa on his journey, first to community college, then Rochester, and now to begin a doctoral program in philosophy at Harvard.

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Undergraduate Research

Search for research opportunities available nationwide in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, math, science, and medicine.

Undergraduate research symposium

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We're Better Than That

Educating the University community on ways to approach divisive topics and to stop hate speech and racism at Rochester.

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