River Campus

Why should I study at the University of Rochester?

The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is a private, highly selective university renowned for its innovative faculty and world-class learning environment in science, engineering, and medicine. It is one of the smallest of the nation’s finest research universities, making education remarkably personal. We pride ourselves on our atmosphere of intellectual passion and the spirit of curiosity that inspires our students and professors alike. Committed, enthusiastic professors will teach your science courses; they make curiosity and discovery the focus of their lives. During the past academic year, our researchers have performed mind-boggling feats, such as pioneering the development of robotic surgery, redesigning protein to accelerate blood clotting, and developing an experimental drug to combat MS's assault on the mobility of its victims. The University of Rochester Medical Center, one of the leading academic medical centers in the nation, recently committed $500 million over the next ten years to improving its research, technology, and patient care facilities. Your initiation into the study of science will take place in an environment where researchers and doctors are already collaborating to innovate patient care.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and the Eastman Dental Center are all part of the University of Rochester’s Medical Center. They are a five-minute walk from the River Campus, where the pre-med courses are taught. The Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical schedule is a demanding one—but if you seek additional challenge (and if you can squeeze in the time), you’ll find a myriad of possibilities for you to gain research and clinical experience outside of the classroom. Whatever your interests, you’ll be able to contribute your talents and increase your health-care experience. If you have not already demonstrated your commitment to service, you may choose to give your energy and time to one of Rochester’s many charitable organizations, such as Foodlink, Habitat for Humanity, the Al Sigl Center, or Alternatives for Battered Women.

The City of Rochester is a fun place to live—it has the friendly feeling of a small town, but the culture of a metropolis. There are festivals of every shape and size—a world-famous jazz festival, film festivals, arts and crafts festivals, and even a festival honoring our beautiful lilacs. Our cozy winters are perfect for hunkering down over one’s studies—and for enjoying skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and sledding. Rochester has coffee shops galore, gorgeous beaches and waterfalls, professional sports teams, wonderful museums, and some of the best music you’ve ever heard performed by the students and professors at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.