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Rochester Ready | See you next week!(August 16, 2018)

See You Next Week!

The University is excited to welcome you to campus next week!  Please see the schedules posted on our website for a sneak peek of everything.

Once you move into housing, please head immediately to Rush Rhees Library to complete your check-in process, get your ID card, mailbox keys, and lots of freebies from a variety of offices waiting to welcome you! Parent and Family Orientation check-in is also in Rush Rhees Library and people can register on-site.

Please feel free to email or call (585) 275-4414 if you have any concerns. We cannot wait to see you!

–Eleanor Oi

Director of Orientation

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What you need to know today

  • Complete outstanding loan requirements: If you were offered a federal loan as part of your financial aid package, make sure to complete any outstanding loan requirements before arriving on campus. You can log into your FAOnline account to confirm if you have any outstanding requirements. Once you’ve logged in, click on the Required Documents screen in the menu and look for any document listed as Not Received.

  • Health Insurance Process is required for all students: Have you completed the Online Insurance Process? If not, you should do so soon. The final deadline is September 15. To access the link, go to the University Health Service (UHS) website  and click on “Online Insurance Process” in Quick Links. If you waive the University-sponsored insurance between now and September 10, look for a credit for health insurance on your September tuition billing statement. If you have questions about health insurance, write to a UHS Insurance Advisor for assistance.

In Focus

College Center for Advising Services

The College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) provides academic assistance to all undergraduates. When you visit the staff in Lattimore Hall 312, you will meet individuals committed to helping you access accurate information, find solutions to your academic questions and concerns, and explore opportunities to enhance your undergraduate experience. The staff prides itself on making accurate referrals when the question or problem requires the expertise of faculty members or other campus professionals or services.

Students regularly visit the center for information about academic planning, Advanced Placement credit, the Rochester Curriculum and graduation requirements, independent study, declaring a major or minor, and transfer credit.

Academic advisors and the dean of first-year students are available by appointment Monday through Friday. Advisors can be seen on a walk-in basis every weekday from 1 to 4 p.m. Academic advice is also provided via email at cascas@ur.rochester.edu.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The main office of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is located in 1-154 Dewey Hall. In addition to the CETL services provided in this location, the center also offers programs across campus.

A characteristic of strong students is their ability to make connections with others to support their academic progress. To that end, CETL is here to work with you in a variety of formats across a wide range of topics. Especially popular is the one-on-one tutoring program, along with drop-in tutoring hours and course-specific study groups. You also can come to CETL for individual study skills consultations and a study skills course; both programs help tailor your study approaches to your own learning profile and to the learning demands of college courses.

CETL’s biggest footprint on campus is the Workshop program. The office works closely with faculty to provide Workshops, integral components of the courses many of you will be taking this year and beyond. In these weekly small-group sessions, students get together to solve challenging problems under the guidance of a “near peer” who has successfully completed the course in the last year or two.

Once you arrive, stop by CETL’s main office in Dewey Hall for more information, to set up an appointment, or just to introduce yourself. In the meantime, feel free to send the staff an email, call (585) 275-9049, or explore the website to learn more about the resources offered.

University Registrar

The Office of the University Registrar is located in Lattimore Hall 127. The office is responsible for providing services to students including, but not limited to, course and final exam scheduling and publication, online registration, transcript and enrollment verification, degree audit (progress and review for completion), faculty grading, course evaluations, and the publication of the academic calendar. The Student Information System is managed through the registrar, which also supports the application of confidentiality requests and the confidentiality of student records related to FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Changes in student demographic information (name, address, date of birth, etc.) are also managed through the registrar’s office. All services are accessible through the registrar’s website, Rochester.edu/registrar.


Registration Information

As a reminder, you will register for classes during Orientation week. Registration dates and times are listed below for your planning purposes:

Friday, August 24: Transfer student registration is from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be advisors in Gavett Computer Lab 208 and 244 during these times if you have any questions.

Saturday, August 25: First-year registration:

  • Date of birth is January 1 to March 31: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Date of birth is April 1 to June 30: 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Date of birth is July 1 to September 30: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Date of birth is October 1 to December 31: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.
  • At 3 p.m., registration reopens for all first-year students to make changes to their schedules, as needed, and remains open through the first two weeks of the drop/add period.

Registration for all other students reopens Monday, August 27, at 9 a.m. and remains open through the first two weeks of the drop/add period.

Videos Explain Billing, Payment Process

Do you have questions about the billing and payment process? The Bursar’s Office offers videos to help students understand their bills, and provides instructions for making payments online. Visit the Bursar’s Office website and look for the “How-To Videos” section under Frequent Asked Questions. If you have additional questions or would like more information, please contact the Bursar’s Office directly at (585) 275-3931 or bursar@admin.rochester.edu.

Meliora Weekend 2018

Excitement. Bring it. You won’t want to miss this. Meliora Weekend is October 4–7 and will feature festivities, food, and fun across all University of Rochester campuses–and it’s FREE for students, Bring the laughs for comedian Nasim Pedrad from Saturday Night Live, New Girl, and Curb Your Enthusiasm at her performance on October 6. Meliora Weekend is also the only place for you to get your Rochester Traditions memorabilia. Exclusive to each class, the free hats, scarves, heritage banners, and sweatshirts cannot be found anywhere else on campus and are only available in limited quantities. Registration is now open and the Meliora Weekend pass is free for students, and includes most of the weekend’s exciting 100-plus activities. Registration is simple. Use your University email to register at Rochester.edu/melioraweekend. Connect with your relatives too–Meliora Weekend is Family Weekend, and they can enjoy all of the action with you.

Learn More about Research at Rochester

Undergraduate research offers an in-depth way to extend your learning outside of the classroom. From interrogation and restoration of historic texts to microscopy and tissue analysis, research is an endeavor open to students of all majors. The Office of Undergraduate Research is an on-campus resource to help you navigate the ins and outs of finding, funding, and sharing your research during your time at Rochester.

Want to learn more about research at Rochester?

  • Visit the office’s website to learn more about how they can help support your search for research-related opportunities.
  • Stop by Dewey Hall 4-209B during office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Attend an information session with the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Journal of Undergraduate Research from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, in Hoyt Auditorium.

What Returning Students Want You to Know

Now that the Class of 2021 has experienced a full year at the University, they’re offering advice to the incoming Class of 2022 with some helpful tips for succeeding in college.

Begin Your Fellowship Journey

The Fellowships Office provides specialized advising and mentoring of students applying for prestigious fellowships and scholarships that are awarded through national and international academic competitions. Among these are programs such as Fulbright, Goldwater, Critical Language, DAAD-RISE, Davis Projects for Peace, Truman, Udall, NSF, Rhodes, Churchill, Marshall, Knight-Hennessy, Schwarzman, and Gates Cambridge.

The first semester is not too soon to begin considering competitive fellowship opportunities. Even though the range of prestigious fellowships open to first-year students is limited, depth of interests, along with quality of engagement (inside and outside the classroom, on campus and beyond), and a record developed over time, comprise essential elements of competitiveness.

Though you may not know exactly what you want to accomplish or why this early in your higher education journey, you can begin your conversation with the Fellowships Office early to be aware of opportunities in advance and make informed decisions about how you might want to spend your time and energy in the semesters ahead.

The Fellowships Office Facebook page and website describe fellowship programs and how Rochester students fare in a variety of competitions. Individual consultations are available in Dewey Hall 4-209B during weekly walk-in hours and by appointment; see website for scheduling details, or call (585) 276-5869. They may also be reached by email at fellowships@rochester.edu.

Meet UHS and UCC at the Expo

The University Health Service (UHS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC) will be at the mini-expo to greet international students on Monday, August 20, and at the EXPO on move-in day on Wednesday, August 22, to greet first-year students. Look for them at one of the first stations after check-in. Representatives can answer your questions about UHS, the Health History Form, and the Online Insurance Process. If you have not sent in your Health History Form yet, be sure to bring it, along with your immunization records, to the expo.

Need to Fill a Prescription?

UHS is often asked where students can go to fill their prescriptions, especially if students will be using their insurance card for payment. The closest pharmacies are CVS in College Town, (585) 271-5031, on the corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Crittenden Boulevard and the Medical Center’s Employee Pharmacy, (585) 276-3900, which is located in the University’s Medical Center. Students can also purchase some non-prescription medications through the dispensaries at UHS offices. The charge for medications purchased at UHS can be sent to a student’s tuition billing statement.

Less Stress. Better Sleep. Less Self-Judgement

The popular Mindfulness and Meditation workshop series offered by the UHS Health Promotion Office is designed to help students learn mindfulness through the practice of meditation, which is proven to calm and focus your mind. Registration is required and fills quickly.

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