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University of Rochester News for Parents, March 2016


University Announces Tuition, Financial Aid Increases for 2016–17

Tuition for undergraduates in the College will rise 3.8 percent to $49,260 in the 2016-17 academic year, with the commitment to undergraduate financial aid increasing 13.5 percent to $122.2 million. Tuition for the Eastman School of Music will also increase 3.8 percent to $49,600. Read more...

Simon Business School Receives $20 Million Gift Commitment

An anonymous Rochester alumnus has made the largest single gift commitment ever to the Simon Business School. The $20 million deferred commitment will provide unrestricted support for the school’s mission and will help ensure the professional success of future Simon students and alumni. Read more...

Housing Selection Process Begins March 18

Freshman, sophomore, and junior students in the College begin the housing selection process on March 18, when the online housing contract submission is available. Click here for more information regarding housing contracts and the housing lottery, as well as details on housing options. Call Parent and Family Relations at (585) 275-5415 or the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at (585) 275-3166 with any questions.

Reminder: Student Account Balances

Student account balances must be paid in full for students in the College to register for the fall 2016 semester and participate in the housing lottery for the 2016–17 academic year. Registration begins April 4, and the River Campus housing contract submission deadline is April 6. For more information about your student’s account, contact the Bursar’s Office at (585) 275-3931.

Urban League President to Students: ‘Activism Is a Mind-set’

Marc Morial (right), president of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, meets Aleem Griffiths ’17 during a Q&A session at Douglass Leadership House. Before delivering the University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address, Morial answered questions about activism, race, and the keys to leading a successful life.  Read more...

Send ‘Hugs from Home’

Thinking of sending your son or daughter a care package for encouragement this semester? The Hugs from Home page can help you find vendors with a variety of options from which to choose.

Grant Helps Launch Student-Led Recycling Campaign

The University has received a grant to fund a three-part plan to help reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic grocery bags. The plan was developed by five EcoReps—freshmen in a yearlong course that combines environmental education with strategies for engagement. Read more...

Registration Open for Summer Classes

With four sessions and more than 100 classes to choose from, students can earn up to 12 credits over the summer at a discounted summer tuition rate. Many students at the College take courses in the summer to make up a course, focus on a particularly challenging subject, or get ahead in their coursework so that they can have more time to complete a second major, a study abroad program, or an internship. See the Summer Session 2016 course offerings. For more information and to register, visit the Summer Sessions website, email the Office of Summer Programs and Part-Time Studies at, or call (585) 275-2345.


Make a Plan, Check It Twice

Spring break “divides the semester into two halves for many students: the challenging but optimistic first half of the semester and the intensely busy, sometimes worrisome, second half of the semester,” writes Marcy Kraus, director of the College Center for Advising Services and dean of freshmen. “Successful students return from spring break with a plan in mind.” Read more...

Resources for students
The College Center for Advising Services
Eastman’s Office of Academic Affairs


Women's Basketball Team Finishes in National Quarterfinals

The women’s basketball team’s season came to an end with a 78-50 loss in the national quarterfinals to fourth-ranked Amherst College. The Yellowjackets had two players in double figures with sophomore Lauren Deming (pictured) leading the way with 13 points and six rebounds. Rochester finished its season with a 23-6 record, matching the fourth most wins in a single season in program history. It was the Yellowjackets’ 13th appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs and the team’s 10th appearance since the 2002–03 season.

Squash Team Is National Runner-Up After ‘Dream’ Season

The best season in the history of Rochester squash ended with a 5-4 loss to Yale University in the championship match of the College Squash Association Potter Cup tournament. The national title game appearance was the first for a Rochester squad that reached the semifinals of the top division only four times in history. The Yellowjackets advanced to the final after defeating the defending national champions from Trinity College. The team finished the season with a 12-4 record.

Junior Wins National Basketball Contest

Sam Borst-Smith '17 has been named winner of State Farm’s “Assist of the Year” contest for his intentionally missed free throw that turned into a game-winning shot in overtime against the University of Chicago. Borst-Smith will attend the 2016 Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on March 31 in Houston; his assist play will be featured during the event.

Student Life

Debate Goes Varsity

The Debate Union—an academic team with needs like those of varsity athletics—finds a new “home” in the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Read more...

Program Smoothes the Course for International Students

A course called U.S. Life: Customs and Practices, which is intended to help first-year students from abroad adjust to life in Rochester, is offered to all new international undergraduates in Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Read more...

Regional Events

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Online Events

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What Else Is Happening on Campus?

Check the University Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of happenings at the River Campus, Eastman School of Music, Memorial Art Gallery, and Medical Center.
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