One of the world’s leading research universities, Rochester has a long tradition of breaking boundaries—always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning. We transform ideas into enterprises that create value and make the world ever better.
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Located in western New York, Rochester is our namesake and our home. Our diverse community includes more than 3,000 faculty, 12,000 students, and 30,000 staff.
The University is led by President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf with support from her senior leadership team. The Board of Trustees provides oversight.
Rochester is a high-tech powerhouse with a thriving arts scene. If you’re new to the city and region, there’s much to discover.
In 1851 Rochester adopted its motto Meliora—a Latin word for “ever better.” It’s more than a motto for us. It’s our past, present, and our vision for the future.
The performing and visual arts are essential to developing creative thinkers and engaged citizens. From the classroom to the stage, arts are an essential part of the Rochester experience.
The freedom to study what you love means students can pursue and connect a wide range of interests—from math to music to modern dance.
More than 75% of undergraduates do research on their own, in teams, or as part of faculty-directed projects.
Our unique curriculum puts students in the driver’s seat and gives them autonomy.
Rochester is near the top of Kiplinger’s 2019 list of standout public and private schools, based on quality and affordability.
Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD), a self-described “laser jock,” received the Nobel Prize in 2018, along with her advisor, G rard Mourou, for work at the Laser Lab.
The University’s mission is to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better.
Embedded in that ideal are the values we share: equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability.
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The 154-acre River Campus—the University’s main campus—is located about two miles south of downtown Rochester.
We are the largest private employer in upstate New York and a welcoming place to work and grow.