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Policies & Procedures


Applying to Rochester

The University of Rochester employs a holistic application review process to identify curious, capable and engaged students from across the globe. We seek to understand each applicant’s academic ability, extracurricular engagement, and ethical character in order to determine their ability to improve both their campus and the world around them. We are a diverse institution that values equality of opportunity and honest, respectful examination of ideas. We seek young leaders who will celebrate and protect the values of our University and join us in making the world ever better.

The following materials are required before the application can be reviewed:

  • Common application or coalition for college application
  • Official high school transcript
  • Teacher recommendation
  • School report/counselor recommendation
  • Mid-year grade report

Testing Policy

The Office of Admissions supervises a holistic review process that incorporates a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records, including standardized tests. Because secondary school courses, grading practices, and standards vary, applicants must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures allow for students to demonstrate readiness through a test-flexible policy.

See admission's test policy page for more information.

Early Decision

Students who decide that Rochester is their first-choice college may apply early decision.The deadline to apply as an early decision candidate is November 1.

If admitted, early decision candidates agree to withdraw all other applications and enroll at the University of Rochester by the enrollment reply deadline indicated on their admission letter. By that date, students who accept the offer of admission should submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800.The deposit is deducted from the fist tuition bill after the start of classes.

It's important to note that the deadline to submit any financial aid applications/documents for students applying under early decision is December 1.

Regular Decision

The fall semester regular decision application deadline is January 5 (spring semester regular decision deadline is October 1). Applicants interested in being considered for all of the University scholarships should apply by December 1. Students who submit their applications and supporting documents by the application deadline will be notified of their admissions decision by April 1.

All regular decision applicants have until May 1 to reply to accept the University's offer of admission. By that date, students who accept the offer of admission should submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800.00. The deposit is deducted from the fist tuition bill after the start of classes.

Admission decision times for the School of Nursing vary by program.

Merit Awards

Merit-based scholarships are invested, without regard for a students/familys financial circumstances and are provided to students based on demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and potential.  Applicants to the University of Rochester are considered for merit scholarships when they apply for admissions to the College (School of Arts and Sciences, Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences). Some scholarships require applicants to submit additional documents.

More information about our merit-based scholarships can be found online on admission's merit scholarship page.

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Prospective students interested in exploring any of the degree programs in engineering and applied sciences should indicate this interest on their applications. Because of the structured programs that are typical in engineering and applied sciences, it is essential for prospective engineering majors to consult with faculty in choosing courses and sequences. These students are assigned faculty advisors from the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the beginning of their first year.

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