#10 Best Private Colleges in New York

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

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University of Rochester overview
Location Rochester, New York
Online rochester.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
University of Rochester overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is a private institution situated in Rochester, New York, offering a blend of urban and suburban settings. Its campus, notably featuring Collegiate Gothic architecture, occupies 707 acres adjacent to the Genesee River. The university is structured into several schools, including the renowned Eastman School of Music and the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its academic profile is marked by a commitment to research and interdisciplinary programs, and the institution is characterized by a highly selective admissions process. Popular academic majors encompass fields like nursing, engineering, and business. While not primarily known for athletics, it does provide a range of intramural and club sports for student participation. The campus sustains residential communities providing housing options for the majority of its undergraduate students.

In the most recent statistical year 19,966 prospective students applied, and 7,768 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,625 enrolled in the school.  10,180 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,017 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,550 plus fees of $1,128. U of R is ranked 53 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












U of R is rated within the top 13% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Rochester overview
SAT 1390/1540
ACT 31/34
GPA 3.75

Applications Accepted

University of Rochester overview
Applications Due Jan 5, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Rochester
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,310
Other Fees$1,128
Room and Board $18,232
Budget for Other Expenses$1,380
Total One Year Cost$82,600

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$71,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

83% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Rochester students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 20%
Biology 13%
Health Professions 11%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=195030 IPEDS survey data for University of Rochester.

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