The River Campus is the University’s main campus and the residential setting for College undergraduates. It is also the location of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. On the southern edge of the city, the 114-acre campus is tucked in a bend of the Genesee River. Next door are the University Medical Center, the historic Mt. Hope Cemetery and one of Rochester’s many parks.
The Medical Center, adjacent to the River Campus and the site of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, has extensive facilities providing an excellent spectrum of patient care and research to support the educational programs. Strong Memorial Hospital (including the Golisano Children’s Hospital), with a capacity of 800 beds, is an integral part of the University’s Medical Center and serves as the principal teaching hospital of the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Nursing. The Medical Center also includes the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and is affiliated with the nearby Highland Hospital.
The University’s Mid Campus is located south and west of the Medical Center, bordered by the Erie Canal on its southern edge. It is home to the Helen Wood School of Nursing, the Saunders Research Building and a majority of the staff parking lots. The Mid Campus also includes a variety of student housing facilities and the main campus Chiller Plant.
The University's South Campus is located in the town of Brighton, just south of the Canal. It is home to Whipple Park, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging, the Robert L. Sproull Center for Ultra High Intensity Laser Research, the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, and the University Facilities and Services Center.
The Eastman School of Music campus is located in downtown Rochester and linked to the other campuses by free shuttle buses. Opened in 1921 as the University’s first professional school, Eastman presents more than 800 concerts a year, many of them free. Its primary concert venues include Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, the performance home for Eastman’s large ensembles as well as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Kilbourn Hall, Howard Hanson Recital Hall, and Kilian and Caroline Schmitt Organ Recital Hall in the school’s main building; and Hatch Recital Hall in the newest addition to the Eastman campus, the Eastman East Wing. The School’s Sibley Music Library, housed in the Miller Center, has holdings of nearly three-quarters of a million items and is recognized as one of the foremost music research libraries in the world.
With its permanent collection spanning 50 centuries of world art, the University's Memorial Art Gallery is considered one of the finest regional art museums in the country. Among its treasures are works by such artists as Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Homer, and Cassatt. The Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and tours and events as well as a restaurant and gift shop. A free shuttle bus to other campuses stops one block away.
The University of Rochester's C.E.K. Mees Observatory, devoted to teaching and public outreach in astronomy, is located 40 miles south of Rochester in the Bristol Hills at an elevation of 701 m (2260 ft). The Observatory houses a 61 cm (24 inch) Boller and Chivens Cassegrain reflector which was dedicated May 8, 1965.