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A new year is about to start. Are you ready?

July 28, 2017
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As students get ready for a new school year, we’re getting ready here on campus. Here’s everything you need to know to live, learn, and play at the University of Rochester this fall.


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Ten tips for incoming students

You’ve moved into your residence hall, met your roommate, memorized your class schedule, and found the dining halls. . . . Now what? Students and staff members offer tips to help adjust to college life.

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Spotlight on Campus Center

Student life has been undergoing a transformation at the University with the recent transition of the Frederick Douglass Building into a new student center, Douglass Commons. Together with Wilson Commons, the area is the Campus Center, a hub for River Campus organizations, activities, and programs.

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Programs help students become better leaders

Want to start your own business someday? Or maybe run for public office? The Medallion Program at the College offers workshops that can help you to become a better leader.

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A snapshot of student organizations

There are 282 student organizations at the College, with 18 new ones added in the last year alone.

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Welcome to Genesee Hall

Rochester’s newest residence hall, Genesee Hall opens its doors this fall. The 72,000-square-foot building—overlooking the University’s Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex—will feature four residential floors housing approximately 150 first-year students as well as rooms for study groups and meetings, a new locker room facility, and training rooms for athletic programs. Genesee Hall follows O’Brien Hall, completed in 2012, as the newest undergraduate residences to be built on the River Campus since 1968.
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Floors 1 and 2
The Boehning Varsity House will occupy the first two floors of the building and will include locker rooms for the University’s men’s and women’s outdoor teams as well as sports medicine and team equipment rooms.

Floor 3
The main level of Genesee Hall will be dedicated to academic and student life services with meeting rooms and offices.

Floors 4, 5, 6, and 7
The building’s top four floors of residential space will feature single and double bedrooms and a bathroom area with six individual fully equipped “bathroom pods” in the center of each floor—each pod contains a private shower, sink, and toilet behind a lockable door. Genesee Hall includes three single bedrooms with attached handicapped-accessible bathrooms in accordance with ADA standards.

Meet the dean: Jeffrey Runner begins tenure as dean of the College

Jeffrey Runner, who joined the faculty in 1994 and who has chaired the Department of Linguistics since 2014, will oversee academic and cocurricular programs for undergraduates in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. He succeeds Richard Feldman, who stepped down this summer after leading the College for 11 years.

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Shared values: The Year of Respect

Since fall 2011, the Communal Principles Project has highlighted one of six principles each academic year: respect, responsibility, honesty, inclusion, fairness, and freedom.

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What’s new in Dining Services? Plenty.

Here’s what students need to know for fall when it comes to eating options on River Campus and the Eastman School of Music.

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Students’ Association leaders share excitement for new year

The president and vice president of the Students’ Association on the River Campus and at the Eastman School of Music welcome students for the 2017–18 academic year.

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What’s new at the Career Center?

Starting in the fall semester, the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center is rolling out a new career community model—a network of partners from a group of related industries to help students connect with industries and professions.

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‘It’s time to let them fly’

Move-in day for the Class of 2021 is just around the corner. In this episode of the University’s Quadcast podcast, Nick Foti ’19 hears advice from parents, students and staff on facing that day when families drop their students off on campus for the first time.

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Category: Campus Life