Welcome to the University of Rochester
Welcome to Rochester! You are part of an institution that began back in 1850 when the Baptist Education Society failed in their attempt to move Madison University (now Colgate University) from Hamilton, New York to Rochester. Today, that fledgling university has grown into the cultural, academic, and economic heart of Rochester, and ranks among the top universities in the United States. These achievements would not have been possible without the philanthropic support of many historical figures, including George Eastman (founder of Kodak) and Joseph C. Wilson (founder of Xerox). As a result of this generosity the University now boasts five Nobel laureates, Grammy-award winning singers, and a Pulitzer-prize winning author among its alumni, to name just a few.
This tradition of excellence is embodied in the University’s Latin motto, “Meliora,” which means “Always Better.” The 4,300 graduate students are a testament to this motto. We represent 40 doctoral and 70 masters programs throughout the University’s six schools. Our diversity means we will each have unique experiences and challenges. However, we all still have many common needs, interests, and a passion for knowledge that unites us. This guide was created to compile information and resources that would be useful and relevant to all graduate students. As you read on, you will discover many opportunities for social interaction with your peers, getting involved with student government, and basic information about working and living in Rochester. We hope this guide will prove useful throughout your time at the University. Good luck and Meliora!