University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is a top tier private research University located in upstate New York on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The campus, just 2 miles south of downtown is spread across 707 acres and home to approximately 6300 students. The city of Rochester is well known for high tech innovation and a thriving community of restaurants, shops and museums.

Visitor Information: Tour U of Rochester

Stay: The Hilton Garden Inn is located in the new College Town Complex—it’s comfortable, clean and modern, and within walking distance or a short shuttle ride to main campus.  For a more upscale hotel, approximately 15 minutes away in the suburb of Pittsford, check in to the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance located on the Erie Canal. Pittsford is a cute historic town.

Coffee:  Head to Java’s near the Eastman School of Music—it’s great for sweets as well.

Breakfast: The Frog Pond on Park Avenue has yummy banana pancakes.  If the line is too long, try Jines next door.

Lunch: Owl House, located in a quiet area in an unassuming house, surprises with a hipster vibe plus an outdoor garden.  All the food is delicious, and they offer vegan and gluten free options too. (Make a reservation in advance for their popular brunch and don’t skip their amazing Bloody Marys!)  Alumni and those in the know go to Sal’s Birdland for wings and chicken cooked in their famous Sal’s Sassy Sauce. There’s no atmosphere at all, but one parent told us you won’t leave without a bottle of Sal’s sauce to use at home as a marinade or dipping sauce for your next BBQ - If your not heading to Rochester anytime soon, purchase the sauce on Amazon. Wegmans is arguably one of the best supermarkets anywhere, flagship store is in Pittsford. This store has everything, including wonderful prepared foods, and a café on site, perfect for a quick meal. (Wegmans has several locations in Rochester).



Casual: Dinosaur Bar-B-QUE, one of the original branches of the popular chain, has amazing ribs, and other popular BBQ items. There’s no reservations so be prepared to wait. Students rave about the burgers at the Gate House, located at The Village Gate Mall. (Don’t be thrown off, the mall may look like an abandoned warehouse, but it has become a foodie destination in the last few years.) Good Luck has great food and is fun—sit at a community table and share everything! The vibe and cocktails rock at Ox and Stone, serving upscale Mexican food late into the night.


A Step Up: Lento is a popular farm to table restaurant in the Village Gate Mall. JoJo’s in Pittsford has everything from wood fired pizzas to a great steak frites. Char is the place for a traditional steak dinner; an added bonus is the fire pit outside, perfect for cocktails before or after your meal.

Late Night Snack: Insomnia cookies located in College Town delivers to your door! For the best soft serve ice cream don’t miss Abbott’s Custard with several locations around town.

Workout:  Breathe Yoga in College Town is a beautiful studio with a juice bar and a great clothing selection. There are hiking trails all around the Rochester area, but if you have time, about 1 hour away is Letchworth State Park (also referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East.)

Local Attractions: Take a guided tour exploring the history of photography at the George Eastman House, the former home of Kodak founder George Eastman. Check the schedule at the Eastman Theater before you arrive, the stunning concert hall is known for its great acoustics. The theater attracts big name acts as well as student ensembles from Rochester’s University’s Eastman School of Music. Join a sightseeing tour on wheels with Rochester Pedal Tours, where everyone pedals together on one vehicle with a guide. (The pub-crawl is a perfect gift for your student when they turn 21.) If visiting in September, check out the Rochester Fringe festival, a 10-day festival of music, theater, dance and comedy.

Need to Know:  As of Spring 2016, there is no Uber or Lyft in upstate New York, and taxis can be pricey. There is a good bus system for students, but as a visiting parent, it’s good to have a car to get around.

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— Quotes From Campus —

I don’t think you’ll find a more intelligent, diverse and curious student body anywhere!
— Sara
Almost all of my classes are small which has allowed me to really get to know all my professors—I wouldn’t trade that for anything!
— Grace
This is upstate NY—snow is a factor—it snows a lot! You have to like the cold if you’re planning on attending Rochester.
— Harrison





Rocky the Yellowjacket

School Colors

Yellow & Blue

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








Admissions Office

300 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14627

(p) (585) 275-3226

Jonathan Burdick, Dean of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

George Eastman
Chuck Mangione
Tony Levin

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