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Policies & Procedures


Applying to Rochester

Students may apply to enter Rochester for either the fall or spring semester. Applications should be submitted by October 1 for spring consideration and January 5 for fall. Prospective freshmen wanting an early decision for the following fall should see the instructions below.

The following materials are required before the application review can begin:

  • Common Application, Universal College Application, or Coalition Application
  • Official high school transcript showing at least three years of grades
  • Official test scores
  • Teacher evaluation
  • School report
  • Mid-year report
  • Writing supplement

Prospective nursing students should request nursing application forms from the Office of Student Affairs, School of Nursing, Box SON, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642. Admission requirements and application forms for the School of Nursing differ from those of the College.

College Entrance Examinations

At the University of Rochester, admission to the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering is based on a holistic review process that includes a “test-flexible” philosophy. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures incorporate a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records.

In addition to submitting a record of courses and grades during secondary school, applicants must show evidence of preparation through examination results. A wide variety of test results can fulfill this requirement, including SAT Reasoning exams, the ACT, two or more results from SAT Subject exams, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, AS- and A-level exams (in UK and Commonwealth countries), Gao Kao (China), and results from many other national secondary exams.

Please note that for International Baccalaureate (IB), submission of test results should come as a signed and dated letter of predicted IB scores from the IBO coordinator on campus. The more detail that is included, the more helpful the results are to us.

Admission offers made based on predicted IB and A-level results may be revoked in summer if the final results are not a close match for the predicted values.

Early Decision

Students who decide that Rochester is their first-choice college may apply for an Early Decision on their applications. If admitted, Early Decision candidates agree to withdraw all other applications and enroll at Rochester.

If the application is completed by November 1, candidates are notified of the admission decision by December 15. Please note that Early Decision candidates should take the SAT I or ACT by October.

If Rochester is a student’s first-choice college, it is to the student’s advantage to apply for Early Decision. Those applicants not admitted Early Decision may not be reviewed again as a Regular Decision applicant.

Notification of Admission Decision

An applicant for spring term admission will usually be notified soon after the application is complete. Applicants for the fall semester will be notified by April 1. For fall Regular Decision admission, Rochester subscribes to the uniform Candidates’ Reply Date, whereby admitted students are not required to notify the University of their decision until May 1.

By that date, students who accept the offer of admission submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $800. The deposit is deducted from the first 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 student’s/family’s financial circumstances, in students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential. Applicants to the University of Rochester are considered for merit scholarships when they apply for admission 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. All applicants desiring merit-based awards should schedule an admission interview.

The following is a partial list of the merit awards offered at the University of Rochester:

  • 7th Generation Scholarship
  • Ahora Scholarship
  • Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award
  • CollegeBound Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholarship
  • FIRST Robotics Scholarship
  • Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Genesee Scholarship
  • George Eastman Young Leaders Award
  • Alan and Jane Handler Endowed Scholarship
  • Harper Scholarship (Martha Matilda Harper)
  • Haudenosaunee Nations Scholarship
  • Hillside Work Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship
  • Jesse Moore Urban League Scholarship
  • Joseph C. Wilson "Change" Scholarship
  • Lorenzo de Zavala Scholarship
  • Meliora Alumni Scholarship
  • Mock Trial and Model United Nations (MUN) Scholarship
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • Native Peoples Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
  • Prince Street Scholarship
  • Raise Scholarship
  • Rochester Early Collegiate Scholarship
  • Rochester Pledge Scholarship
  • Rochester Promise Scholarship
  • Rochester Rotary Oratorical Scholarship
  • Rush Rhees Scholarship
  • Say Yes to Education
  • Simon Scholars Case Award
  • STEP Scholarship
  • Steven J. Harrison Scholarship
  • TRIO Scholarship
  • Whipple Science and Research Scholarship
  • Wilder Leadership Scholarship
  • Wilson IB Scholarship
  • Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology
  • Youth Orchestra Scholarship

For more detailed information about merit awards at Rochester, please visit

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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