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Have you completed the Online Health Insurance process?
All full-time students must complete the process every year. Enroll in the University-sponsored Aetna Student Health insurance plan or waive the plan if your insurance plan meets the University insurance criteria.
Visit and click “Online Insurance Process” in the pink Quick Links box for details. If you have questions, write to a UHS insurance advisor at

Communal Principles Project: Freedom
The Communal Principles Project, an initiative of the College coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is charged with promoting the principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility.
This is the “Year of Freedom,” featuring, among other things, activities related to the principle. Students are invited to apply for grants to develop new programs and events that exemplify the spirit and purpose of freedom to the College community. Visit for more information.

Get a jump start on career readiness
The Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center’s mission is to enhance individual career readiness, connect organizations and talent, and transform communities through education and collaboration.
Students can set up an appointment with a career advisor Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fifteen-minute drop-in appointments can also be scheduled Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Gleason Library.
The Career Center’s new schedule of events will be available shortly. Complete your Handshake profile in order to receive the most updated targeted information about upcoming opportunities in your area of interest. Visit for details.

New dance major approved
The University has launched a new bachelor of arts degree program in dance. The
program features two tracks of study: a performance/choreography track, which will provide skills for dancers to succeed artistically and in the marketplace, and dance studies.
“We are thrilled to open this new avenue for students who are passionate about dance,” says Missy Pfohl Smith, director of the Program of Dance and Movement. “For students who also have plans for a career in another area, the dance studies concentration will provide embodied learning, listening and communication skills; opportunities for collaboration; and new avenues of research. It will encourage critical and creative thinking while intersecting dance, movement, and culture with virtually any other field of study.”
The major emphasizes dance as both an art form and a creative process. It also encourages academic material to be taken beyond the classroom and applied to everyday life, such as by
attending professional performances in the community and the American College Dance Association’s Northeast Conference.

Hit the road with City Cycles
Cycles offers a free 24-hour bike rental to River Campus undergraduates for sightseeing, shopping, and recreational biking. All reservations are made using a new online reservation system. Bicycles are picked up at and returned to the Goergen Athletic Center. Students can make reservations online at
City Cycles is a partnership among Wilson Commons Student Activities, the Students’ Association, and the Goergen Athletic Center.

Interested in working on campus?
If you plan to have a job on campus, you need to have a valid I-9 form on file. The I-9 is a two-part form; Part I of which can be completed online prior to coming to campus.
The Financial Aid Office strongly encourages students who are interested in working on campus to complete Part I prior to their arrival. When students complete Part I
online, they will be provided with a list of acceptable documentation that they are required to provide to the Financial Aid office when they complete Part II. The most common documents used are a driver’s license and original social security card, birth certificate or a certified copy, or a passport.
Bring original documentation; photocopies will not be accepted.

Bus transportation available for academic breaks
My Bus Home will arrange bus transportation for Rochester students for 2016–17 academic breaks. Round-trip or one-way motor coach transportation is available from campus to:

  • Easton, Pennsylvania; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and New York City (Penn Station)
  • Jericho, Long Island, and White Plains, New York
  • Albany, New York; Ludlow, Massachusetts; and Newton, Massachusetts

The reservation deadline for Fall Break is September 15. Sign up for Thanksgiving Break by October 21 and reserve your space for Winter Break by November 28.
For more information, visit or

Learn, explore, travel, network, and live abroad
The Center for Education Abroad can help you create an international experience that meets your needs—through internships, research, or traditional study abroad. There are opportunities available to students in all majors, and the center can also help you identify financial aid and scholarships. Visit the Center for Education Abroad website,, to see pictures, read student testimonials, and more.

UR Tech Store back-to-school promotions
Buy an eligible Mac with education pricing and receive a pair of Beats Solo2 wireless headphones or buy an eligible iPad with education pricing and receive a pair of Powerbeats2 wireless headphones (upgrade to Beats Solo2 wireless headphones for $85). You can also save $25 on Microsoft Surface or up to 12 percent off a Dell computer. The promotions apply to personal purchases only through September 5. For more details, visit the UR Tech Store website,, or stop by a retail location in the Medical Center (G-7220B) or Rush Rhees Library.

College Town Express shuttle available
The College Town Express weekday shuttle service runs from the River Campus and Medical Center every weekday between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in addition to the College Town Express shuttle that runs on weekends during the school year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) The full schedule is available at The Blue Line will also continue to include a stop at College Town. Between the weekday College Town Express and the Blue Line, a bus that is heading for College Town leaves the River Campus every 10 minutes.

Save on travel, entertainment, and more
Looking for discounts on travel with Amtrak and Greyhound? The University partners with Student Advantage to offer students a card that includes discounts to many national retailers. Purchase a card online and view a list of available discounts at

Representatives from Dining Services and Aramark take a tour of Headwater Food Hub and partner farm Lagoner Farms in Ontario, New York, last summer.
Representatives from Dining Services and Aramark take a tour of Headwater Food Hub and partner farm Lagoner Farms in Ontario, New York, last summer.

New and improved dining options at Douglass
The freshly renovated Douglass Dining Center will offer new options, including five unique micro restaurants that serve a blend of global fare in a casual contemporary setting.

  • The Kosher Comfort Station will include full Orthodox oversight, offers comfort fare like whole roasted meats and sides, plus an entire New York City-style deli with made-to-order sandwiches, house-cured meats, house-made kosher pickles, and sides.
  • The Allergen-Free Station will deliver fresh, clean farm-to-table entrées and sides entirely devoid of the top eight food allergens and features a gluten-free pantry.
  • The Bistro Station will feature European fare as well as campus favorites of all kinds.
  • The Street Station will be filled with a variety of authentic, globally inspired dishes.
  • The Just Desserts Station will include items from the in-house bakery, cold slab ice creams, local coffee, and more.
  • The Genesee Room on the first floor of the building will offer late-night dining options. Enjoy gastro-pub style food in the late-night hangout spot, which will be open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Eastman Dining Center renovations
Eastman’s Dining Center now offers a full retail menu including an artisan deli featuring Boar’s Head freshly sliced meats and cheese, fresh bread selections and specialty salads, a “home zone” featuring international menu items, a pizza station, local grilled favorites, and a full salad bar. Students can also enjoy quick grab-and-go items or stock their rooms with an expanded variety of snack and convenience items.

Sustainability in action
Did you know that more than 56 percent of Dining Services’ food purchases are from vendors, farms, and companies located in New York State?
The University continues its commitment to sustainable food through a partnership with Headwater Food Hub, which you can experience this fall through the Chopped Greens program at salad bars on campus.
Dining Services is partnering with Rochester coffeehouse Java’s to bring locally sourced coffee to the Danforth and Douglass dining locations. Java’s will be brewing up a unique University coffee flavor only available on campus.

Order on the go with Tapingo
The Tapingo app enables students to preorder from Starbucks, Connections, Pura Vida, and The Pit, all from a mobile phone. Pay from your smartphone with declining, URos, or a credit card and skip the lines. Download the app for free.

Looking to change your meal plan?
Several periods are available to accommodate meal plan change requests.

  • Fall semester: August 31 to September 7 (There is a $25 modification fee for plan changes or cancellations.)
  • Open spring modification: October 24 to 28 and November 28 to 30
  • Late spring modification: January 23 to 27, 2017 (There is a $25 modification fee for plan changes or cancellations.)
    For more information, visit the meal plans section on the Dining website,