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Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

How are admissions decision made?

Admissions to graduate programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering is highly competitive. A qualified applicant needs a strong academic record, as evidenced by high grades in relevant coursework and strong performance on the GREs, as well as comprehensive letters of recommendation. Additionally, many applicants have research experiences that have resulted in publications. It is recommended that applicants review the relevant program web pages to determine how their interests align with the program’s research and academic focus.

Can I apply with a three-year degree?

If you have a degree from a foreign institution AND a WES evaluation stating that degree you were awarded is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. If this information is submitted then graduate programs in AS&E will accept that you have the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Can I have more than three letters of recommendation?

The University of Rochester encourages students to submit a maximum of three strong letters of recommendation. The online application system has the capability of uploading a maximum of three letters of recommendation. If you have additional letters of recommendation, please contact the department to which you are applying to see if they will accept additional letters.

Do I have to take TOEFL if I have a MA or BA degree from an American university?

If you have completed a bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking school located in one of the countries listed below, then the TOEFL/IETLS/PTE Academic requirement is automatically waived.

List of countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Otherwise, you can petition the department to waive the English Language Exam Requirement. Please contact the department’s graduate coordinator to request waiver.

Do I need to send my official transcript through mail?

For the application process, please upload all transcripts through the application portal. If you are admitted and decide to attend the University of Rochester, you will be required to submit official transcripts to verify your degree. These transcripts typically arrive in our office during the summer before your start date. The actual date of need in the office will be posted on website.

How do I send letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly to the University of Rochester. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to submit your recommenders' contact information through our online application.

If they are not receiving their email reference requests, please:

  1. Verify accuracy of your recommender's email address
  2. Encourage your recommender to check any filters/spam folders

Still having problems? Email with your name, your recommender's name, and contact information. Please include information about your troubleshooting efforts.

What are the application deadlines?

The graduate committees of each program at the University of Rochester set their own application deadlines. Your application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline of the program to which you are applying (check your program web page). Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Do I need my community college transcript?

Yes. The University of Rochester requires full academic disclosure. This includes submitting transcript from all institutions of higher education.

How do I submit my application?

We require online submission of the application. Click here to apply.

What is the application timeline?

A summary of the general application timeline for programs in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering programs is available here. Please review the department specific web page, for which you are applying, for additional details.

How to I check the status of my application?

Click here to check the status of your application.

What are the minimum test scores required?

The admission process for programs in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering, allow each department to have different admission requirements, including minimum test scores, GPA, application deadlines, etc. It is critical to review the admissions web page of the program that you are applying to find the information you are looking for.

Can I submit multiple standardized test results?

Yes, our application system is capable of collecting and storing multiple GRE, TOEFL, IELTS and PTE Academic Scores. Please check with the academic department that you are applying to understand how those scores will be viewed and interpreted when you submit your application.

Does the University of Rochester require a Tuition Deposit?

Students admitted to Master’s programs at the University of Rochester are required to submit a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to reserve a slot in the entering class. The graduate tuition deposit confirms your intent to enroll in a Master’s program at the University of Rochester. The tuition deposit must be submitted through the online application system via a credit card payment and will be credited against the charges for tuition and fees in your student account. As a reminder for our international students, we will not issue an I-20 or DS-2019 until you have submitted your graduate tuition deposit. Students admitted to doctoral programs are not required to submit a tuition deposit.

Deposits must be received by the response deadline indicated on your acceptance letter in order to reserve your space in the class. Deposits received after the due date are considered if space remains in the class.

If paying the tuition deposit presents a financial hardship, such as for those who will be financing their Master’s program through federal loans, please email with the following information in order to request a waiver of the deposit.

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Application Reference Number
  • Program of Study
  • Statement of Financial Need

Still need help? If you need help discovering the answers to you specific question or further clarification of the FAQ above, please email