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  • aerial view of the University and river at sunset

    Aerial view of the River Campus, the University of Rochester’s main academic hub for undergraduate and graduate students in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. The 154-acre campus is located about two miles south of downtown Rochester, New York, alongside the Genesee River.

    Learn more about living on campus and in Rochester >>

  • people out on the balcony of Rush Rhees Library with the city skyline in the background

    The iconic Rush Rhees Library tower set against the backdrop of the city of Rochester’s skyline. Several times a year, the tower is open to students and visitors for tours.

    Learn more about our top-ranked academic research libraries >>

  • group portrait of the cast of a play on stage

    The cast members of In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer pose for a promotional photo. Each year, the International Theatre Program’s productions introduce undergraduate students to both the performance and technical aspects of theater arts.

    Learn more about the International Theatre Program and its upcoming productions >>

  • two researchers using a laptop and a large camera to look at a manuscript

    English graduate students Helen Davies and Alex Zawacki use multispectral imaging equipment to examine a 15th-century fragment from the University’s Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation medieval manuscript collection. As part of their graduate studies, they are applying the tools of forensic science to the task of recovering and preserving cultural heritage objects. “Without Rochester’s silo-breaking, radically interdisciplinary and supportive institutional culture, my research would not be possible,” says Davies.

    Discover graduate studies at Rochester >>

  • researcher smiles while using a microscope

    Postdoctoral research associate Ellen Martinson studies how parasitoid wasps “recycle” genes to create new venom. The University’s Department of Biology has long been recognized as a leader in genetics research, and biology is one of the most popular undergraduate programs of study at Rochester.

    See our complete list of majors and programs >>

  • two football players tackle another player

    The Yellowjackets’ linebacker Josh Churchin (back) and cornerback Ricky Sparks upend the opposition’s wide receiver during a football game against Union College. The University of Rochester participates in Division III of the NCAA and offers a variety of varsity, club, and intramural sports.

    Check out our athletics and recreation programs >>

  • one student sits alone, seen through a window

    Genesee Hall, the University’s newest residence hall, at twilight. The building houses 151 first-year students in a modern facility that integrates academics, athletics, and student life into the on-campus residential experience.

    Learn more about our on-campus housing options for first-year students >>

  • opera singers in costume on stage

    The Eastman Opera Theatre performs "The Marriage of Figaro" in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

    Learn more about the world-renowned student ensembles at the Eastman School of Music >>

  • student in lab googles and coat observes purple liquid

    Words wishing visitors “Welcome” in dozens of languages greet students like Asma Hanan Ahmad Sazili ’19 at the Burgett Intercultural Center and Language Center in the Frederick Douglass Building.

    Check out the programs and events sponsored by the Burgett Intercultural Center >>

  • two people examine a transparent film

    Danielle Benoit (right), associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Lisa A. DeLouise, associate professor of dermatology, use “microbubbles” to regenerate salivary gland cells. For patients with head and neck cancers, radiation therapy often irreversibly damages the salivary glands. Rochester researchers are working to find drugs that would help patients by preventing such damage.

    Read more about this innovative technology >>

  • people holding up iPads and phones in front of a painting in a museum

    As part of the inaugural Light and Sound Interactive conference and expo, virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) designers, makers, technologists, and aficionados explore the University’s Memorial Art Gallery. Rochester is uniquely positioned to become an international leader in light and sound innovations, which are essential to the technologies driving advances in VR/AR.

    Learn more about the inaugural Light and Sound Interactive >>

  • students looking through different size lenses

    Undergraduate students get an introduction to the study of optics and optical engineering. The University’s Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 as the nation’s first educational and research program devoted exclusively to the study of light, and it remains one of the world’s leading centers for optics.

    Learn more about the Institute of Optics >>

  • professor in front of a classroom

    Professor of Optics Thomas Brown teaches an undergraduate optics class in Goergen Hall. Brown, a recipient of the 2017 Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, says, “It’s an amazing feeling when students have that sort of ‘ah-ha’ moment, and you realize they get it. They understand it.”

    Find out what makes Professor Brown and the other award recipients such outstanding educators >>

  • group of musicians and a conductor perform on the balcony of Rush Rhee Library overlooking the quad

    The Department of Music’s brass and percussion ensemble performs Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” from the Rush Rhees Library balcony on the first day of classes.

    Check out our other music ensembles, open by audition to all students on the River Campus >>

  • statue of Martin Brewer Anderson

    The statue of Martin Brewer Anderson stands on the Wilson Quad, the heart of undergraduate student life on the River Campus. Anderson was the first president of the University of Rochester, which was founded in 1850.

    Learn more about living on River Campus as an undergraduate student >>

  • large group of students in white lab coats taking a selfie

    Each year, first-year medical students participate in the White Coat Ceremony, during which they don white coats to mark the start of their journey toward becoming physicians. Here, they gather for a post-ceremony group portrait on the steps of the Eastman Quad.

    Get an overview of the School of Medicine and Dentistry >>

  • student in lab coat works in lab

    Austin Bailey ’18 (T5) works in a chemistry lab to develop a special polymer that can attach other molecules to nanotubes. The research, made possible by a US Department of Energy grant, could help create renewable energy solutions.

    Learn more about the Take Five program, offering a tuition-free fifth-year of study >>

  • Memorial Art Gallery at night, with glowing words projected onto it from a central column

    Located on the grounds of the University’s Memorial Art Gallery, “Argentum: Double-Positive” is an installation by conceptual artist Jim Sanborn. This public work of art uses light and text to highlight the city of Rochester’s creativity and innovation.

    Discover more public art at the Memorial Art Gallery >>

  • student in lab googles and coat observes purple liquid

    Meghan Patrick ’18 conducts research on liquid metal batteries in a mechanical engineering lab in Hopeman Hall. At Rochester, undergraduate students can take advantage of the resources available at a top-tier research university.

    Learn more about undergraduate research opportunities >>

  • women's basketball player

    In 2017-18, Alexandra Leslie ’18 led the University of Rochester Yellowjackets to their second Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships in the last three years.

    Check out our athletics and recreation programs >>

  • student in lab googles and coat observes purple liquid

    The University’s arboretum and grounds encompass more than 1,400 trees of 116 different species. The University has been named a “Tree Campus” for seven straight years.

    Learn more about environmental sustainability at the University >>

  • student in lab googles and coat observes purple liquid

    Dedicated in fall 2016, Wegmans Hall is home to the Goergen Institute for Data Science, a University-wide center that helps to advance the University’s research strengths in machine learning, artificial intelligence, biostatistics, and biomedical research.

    Learn more about how Rochester is unlocking big data >>

University of Rochester photos by J. Adam Fenster (unless otherwise indidcated)