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Graduate Studies

The University: A capsule sketch

chemistry student in lab

Chemistry graduate student Sarah Bowman in her lab in Hutchison Hall.

The University of Rochester is a private, coeducational institution with over 1,300 tenure-track faculty and 3,200 full-time graduate students, approximately 1,400 part-time graduate students, and over 5,600 full-and part-time undergraduates.

The graduate student body is truly international in scope, with almost one-third of all graduate students coming from 95 countries outside the United States.

The spectrum of graduate programs at the University also is unusually wide ranging--even among universities several times its size. Rochester's graduate students are part of seven schools with close to 50 doctoral and about 70 master's programs.

The River Campus—the University's main campus—lies in a bend of the Genesee River about two miles south of downtown Rochester. The 85 acres are the home of the College (including programs in the arts and sciences and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, and the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Close to the River Campus is the University's Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and two hospitals: Golisano Children's Hospital and the 750-bed Strong Memorial Hospital, which serves as the teaching hospitals for the medical and nursing schools.

In 2011, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute opened, one of 60 institutions nationwide with funding from the National Institutes of Health to lead the emerging field of clinical and translational research. 

Just south of the River Campus are the University's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging, and the River Road Laboratory. The Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester is linked to the other campuses by shuttle buses. The University also includes the Memorial Art Gallery—which functions as the area's public art museum in the city of Rochester—and the C. E. K. Mees Observatory in the Bristol Hills, about 40 miles from Rochester.