Onward and Upwards
You’re at the beginning of your journey here at Rochester. Maybe you’ve got the road ahead mapped out. Or maybe you’re still considering your options. Either way, this online guide is where you’ll want to get started.
Rochester’s ‘Build Your Own’ Curriculum
The flexible Rochester Curriculum means you build your own program of study from day one. That’s because there are no general education classes, no “core” curriculum. To graduate, you need to complete:
- The primary writing requirement. Choose from dozens of writing courses on a range of topics.
- The course requirements for your major. Majors fall into one of three broad areas of learning: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences/Engineering.
- A cluster in two other areas. Clusters are sets of three thematically related courses. Choose from hundreds or create your own.
Our academic advisors can assist you in developing and achieving your personal, academic, and career goals. The best thing you can do is meet with an advisor early on during your time at Rochester. Over the course of your studies, you may benefit from conversations and check-ins with academic advisors and peer advisors.
You’ll receive instructions in late July about how to register for your fall courses. Before registering, you’ll discuss and finalize your course choices with your College advisor, who will then lift your registration hold.
Your First Year
Learn by Doing
Rochester combines the talents and resources of a top-tier research university with the close-knit atmosphere and support of a small liberal arts college. You get the best of both worlds—and have exceptional opportunities for conducting undergraduate research, working alongside faculty, and studying across the disciplines.
Beyond the classroom
Rochester students are bound to find the club, group, team, ensemble, kindred spirits, or common purpose that makes their time outside of classes meaningful. Plus, you’ll have a chance to take part in Rochester traditions such as Dandelion Day, Boar’s Head Dinner, Winterfest, Meliora Weekend, and more.Explore the Opportunities at Rochester
Make it work
Our students build their academic portfolios and resumes throughout their studies by completing capstone projects, independent study, research experiences, study abroad opportunities, and internships. Meanwhile, the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections offers a range of services and platforms to explore potential career opportunities before and after graduating.Put your passion into action
We're here for you
We believe success is a team effort. That’s why the University of Rochester offers an array of services to support your academic journey, health and well-being, as well as any special needs you might have as a student. Our goal is to help you transition to college life and make the most of your experience at Rochester.See how we can help