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University of Rochester

Common Data Set

A consistent data snapshot to help you compare Rochester with other institutions

The Common Data Set is an effort to provide consistent data views across higher education institutions. This empowers individuals to easily compare universities with stable, regular data read-outs. Learn more about the initiative on the Common Data Set website.

We’ve provided a snapshot of key points from within the Common Data Set below. If you have questions or trouble accessing any files, contact our office.


A. General Information

The University of Rochester is a private nonprofit institution based in Rochester, NY. You can visit the University’s general website for a University overview.

We operate on a semester academic calendar year. See our Academic Calendar for a detailed schedule.

Degree types offered

The University offers a variety of degree types, which are listed below. For a full program overview, visit our Academic Programs website.

  • Certificate
  • Bachelor’s
  • Post-bachelor’s certificate
  • Master’s
  • Post-master’s certificate
  • Doctoral degree – research/scholarship
  • Doctoral degree – professional practice

B. Enrollment and Persistence

As-of the 2021-2022 Common Data Set read-out of data, the University had:

12,039 students
3,853 degrees or certificates awarded in the past year
90.6% retention rate

Our Fact Book includes additional data points related to student enrollment.

Download the section B PDF for more information

C. First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 admission statistics were:

19,543 applicants
7,924 offered admission
1,621 full-time enrolled

Wait list

The University of Rochester does have a policy of placing students on a waiting list. In Fall 2021, 2,496 qualified applicants were offered a place on a waiting list. 1,509 students accepted the place on the waiting list, and 120 wait-listed students were ultimately admitted. The waiting list is not ranked.

Important application factors

The University of Rochester requires a high school diploma (or GED) for application, as well as a general college-preparatory program. Additional factors that are considered as part of an application are detailed in these drop-downs, organized by relative importance.

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Character/personality traits
  • Application essay
  • Recommendation(s)
  • Interview
  • Talent/ability
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Class rank
  • Standardized test scores
  • First generation
  • Alumni/ae relation
  • Geographical residence
  • Racial/ethnic status
  • Volunteer work
  • Work experience
  • State residency
  • Religious affiliation/commitment
Download the section C PDF or the section C spreadsheet for more information.

D. Transfer admission

The University of Rochester does enroll transfer students, and transfer credits are available for transfer students.

As-of the 2021-2022 Common Data Set, across both Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the Eastman School of Music, there were:

  • 940 transfer student applicants
  • 396 transfer students admitted
  • 126 transfer students enrolled
Download the section D PDF or the section D spreadsheet for more information.

E. Academic Offerings and Policies

The University of Rochester offers the following special student options. You can learn more about some of these opportunities on our Academics website.

  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

F. Student Life

Explore a snapshot of student housing and campus life below. In addition, Rochester’s Campus Life website and Office of Residential Life website can provide you with additional details.

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Activities offered

The University of Rochester offers many activities for its students, including dance, drama/theater, a student-run film society, student newspaper, and student government.

There are also Army, Naval, and Air Force ROTC opportunities (in cooperation with Rochester Institute of Technology).

See a full campus life overview

Undergraduate housing

Undergraduate housing options at Rochester include coed dorms, apartments for single and married students, special housing for disabled students, fraternity and sorority housing, and theme housing.

Download the section F PDF or the section F spreadsheet for more information.

G. Annual Expenses

Undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board costs are detailed below, reflecting the 2021-2022 Common Data Set read-out. If you have additional questions, the Office of the Bursar or the Financial Aid website may be able to help.

  • Full-time tuition: $60,550
  • Full-time mandatory fees: $1,128
  • Room & board (on-campus)*: $18,100
  • Room only (on-campus)*: $4,860
  • Board only (on-campus)*: $3,420

*Can vary with type of accommodation and meal plan

Students need to take 12 minimum credits per term for the stated full-time tuition.

Download the section G PDF for more information

H. Financial Aid

In 2020-21, the estimated amount of financial aid awarded to enrolled undergraduates is:

  • $129,180,122 in institutional scholarships and grants for need-based aid
  • $142,160,893 in total scholarships and grants for need-based aid (includes federal and state loans and external scholarships and grants)
  • $17,141,842 in undergraduate self-help need-based aid (includes student loans, federal work-study, and state and other work-study/employment)

Download the section H PDF for more information

I. Instructional Faculty

As of the 2021-2022 Common Data Set, there were:

1,030 total faculty members
9:1 student-to-faculty ratio

J. Degrees Conferred

There were a variety of degree types conferred as-of the 2021-2022 Common Data Set read-out. Some of the most common degree types included:

  • Social sciences: 11.5% of degrees
  • Engineering: 10.7% of degrees
  • Health professions and related programs: 10.7% of degrees
  • Biological/life sciences: 10.6% of degrees
  • Psychology: 9.2% of degrees
  • Business/marketing: 8.9% of degrees
  • Visual and performing arts: 7.7% of degree

Download the section J PDF for more information

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