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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission statement

Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—
and Make the World Ever Better

Vision statement


Approved by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees
March 11, 2010

Founded as “an institution of the highest order” and guided by the motto Meliora or Ever Better, the University of Rochester will help solve the greatest challenges of the 21st century by:

  • Accelerating our progress as an international leader in sciences, engineering, social sciences, health science, business, and music.
  • Empowering our students to fulfill their academic and professional passions in a University that is diverse, welcoming, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Creating innovative connections among education, humanities, music, the social sciences, science, engineering, and health science.
  • Strengthening support for a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching, mentoring, research, clinical care, and the creative and performing arts.
  • Serving our community of alumni and friends through imaginative programs that enrich their lifelong relationship with the University and that expand our collective contributions to the world.
  • Embracing our leadership position in Rochester and the nation by making our community a model for partnership among academic, civic, cultural, health care, and business organizations.

Strategic plan

The University of Rochester Strategic Plan (2018-2025)

Building on our core values and mission statement we have begun development of our 2018–2025 Strategic Plan. Our next strategic plan is intended to be a clarion call for the entire University, articulating a statement of who we are and what we wish to be, both for the University’s faculty, students, and staff and for our trustees, donors, patients, and friends.

The University of Rochester Strategic Plan (2013-2018)

"We believe in the Rochester ideal – that great research is inextricably linked to great teaching and community service."