Parents and Families

Important Dates

  • Thanksgiving Break
    November 24–November 29
  • Finals Week
    December 15–December 20
  • Winter Recess Begins
    December 20


  • November 25, 2015

    Thanksgiving Recess

    November 25 - 29th, 2015

  • November 27, 2015

    My Bus Home - Transportation Booking Deadline

    Winter Break (Depart from UR): November 27th

    Winter Break (Return to UR): December 18th

Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 15, 2016
  • May 21, 2017
  • May 20, 2018
  • May 19, 2019
  • May 16, 2020

Commencement web page >

Suggested Readings

  • Getting Ready for College; Everything You Need to Know Before You Go - From Bike Locks to Laundry Baskets, Financial Aid to Health Care by Polly Berent.

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  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger.

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  • Don't Tell Me what to Do, Just Send Money by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhaus-Miller.

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  • You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years by Marjorie Savage.

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  • Empty Nest...Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College by Andrea Van Steenhouse.

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  • Getting Through College Without Going Broke: A Crash Course on Finding Money for College and Making it Last by Students Helping Students.

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Students come from all 50 states and more than 118 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience.

UR Acronyms & Abbreviations

At the University of Rochester names of departments, offices, programs, and more are commonly referenced by an acronym or abbreviation, rather than their full name. We recognize that this might pose confusion for parents, families, new students, or other individuals not familiar with the University. View a list of our most commonly used acronyms and abbreviations with links to respective web pages for more information.

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