About the University of Rochester

Learn. Discover. Heal. Create.

One of the world’s leading research universities, Rochester has a long tradition of breaking boundaries—always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning. We transform ideas into enterprises that create value and make the world ever better.

Rochester at a glance

Located in western New York, Rochester is our namesake and our home. Our diverse community includes more than 1,000 faculty, 12,000 students, and 30,000 staff.

President Sarah Mangelsdorf

Leadership and administration

The University is led by President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf with support from her senior leadership team. The Board of Trustees provides oversight.

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Rochester, NY aerial view

Our community

Rochester is a high-tech powerhouse with a thriving arts scene. If you’re new to the city and region, there’s much to discover.

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Meliora signage on University of Rochester campus

Our symbols and traditions

In 1851 Rochester adopted its motto Meliora—a Latin word for “ever better.” It’s more than a motto for us. It’s our past, present, and our vision for the future.

Why we love dandelions

The arts at Rochester

The performing and visual arts are essential to developing creative thinkers and engaged citizens. From the classroom to the stage, arts are an essential part of the Rochester experience.

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What sets Rochester apart

The freedom to study what you love means students can pursue and connect a wide range of interests—from math to music to modern dance.

Our values define our mission

The University’s mission is to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better.

Embedded in that ideal are the values we share: equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability.

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Meliora seal at University of Rochester

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