University of Rochester


The University of Rochester is a private, coeducational institution in Rochester, New York which was chartered and opened in 1850.

The university is renowned for the Eastman School of Music as well as for the Memorial Art Gallery as well as for its schools of dentistry and medicine. Its library boasts of outstanding collections focusing on history, medicine and music. In addition, the university operates Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. It also sponsors several internships in the US Congress and British Parliament.

Through its affiliation with Strong Health System, which started in 2005, the University of Rochester has been the biggest employer in the Greater Rochester area.

General Information

Located in Rochester, New York, the University of Rochester stands on 600 acres of suburban/urban land. Its motto is "Meliora" or Latin for "Always better."

As of 2006, this private university had a total endowment of US$1.52 billion. Its total student population consists of 4,561 undergraduates and 3,892 postgraduates. The university has a staff of 1,225.

The university's current president is Joel Seligman. Its official colors are Dandelion Yellow and blue.

In athletics, the University of Rochester's teams are known as the Yellowjackets and they compete in the NCAA's Division III and in the University Athletic Association. The notable exception is the squash team, which plays in Division I.


The University of Rochester's roots can be traced back to Colgate University, which was located in Hamilton, New York since 1819. The people of that small town, particularly the Baptist Education Society, wanted to relocate Colgate University to the city of Rochester in 1850, but were prevented by doing so because of legal action. Instead, the Colgate trustees and faculty founded the University of Rochester that very same year.

The University of Rochester would gain prominence under the leadership of Rush Rhees, the school's third president whose tenure laster from 1900 to 1935. During that time, one of the university's major donors was George Eastman, who contributed over $50 million to the university. It was also during this time that the River Campus was created in 1927 and the first Ph.D. awarded in 1925.

The College was established in 1955 as a result of the merger between the separate colleges for men and women. Three years later, three more schools would be added: education, engineering and business administration/

Programs and Facilities

The University of Rochester has bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs as well as several professional disciplines. It also boasts of highly-regarded undergraduate and graduate degree programs in medicine, psychology, optics, physics, nursing, health and society, economics, business administration, religion, philosophy, political science and music.

Among its schools and colleges are The College (Arts, Sciences, and Engineering), Eastman School of Music, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business and Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development.


According to the 2007 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to Get into College Guide," the University of Rochester is one of 25 schools that comprise the "New Ivy League," an elite first-time list consisting of leading educational institutions whose academic programs and students rival those of traditional Ivy League schools. Kaplan/Newsweek made the rankings based on admissions statistics and interviews with students, faculty, administrators and alumni.

In addition, the prestigious political magazine, The Washington Monthly, ranked the University of Rochester as number 21 in its College Rankings list for 2007, which it released for only the second time. According to The Washington Monthly, the list consisted of schools that they believe are "benefiting the country" through social mobility programs that help poor people improve their economic standing. The publication also took into account each college and university's support for "research in the humanities and in the sciences and its promotion of an ethic of service to country."

The annual U.S. News & World Report ranked the Eastman School of Music as number one among graduate music programs in the U.S. It also ranked the university's School of Medicine and Dentistry number 38 among medical schools and the primary care program as number 17 among primary-care medical schools. In addition, the report ranked The Simon School number 23 among graduate business schools. The University of Rochester itself has ranked consistently among the top 50 national research universities in the annual report as well as number three in New York.






University of Rochester Administrative Contact Account
Rochester NY
UNITED STATES 14627-8937
(585) 274-4357


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