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Student Life

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The University of Rochester is home to nearly 6,000 full-time undergraduate students in the College and the Eastman School of Music.

Students come from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Most undergrads live on campus for all four years of their college experience, and take full advantage of the more than 250 student clubs and organizations to choose from.


101 things to do before you graduate

students sledding down a hill

From "garbage plates" at Nick Tahou's, to all-nighters in Gleason. From sledding down the Sue B. hill, to getting a food special named after you in the Orchestra Pit. Rochester students have a lot to check off their list.

>> Take the quiz: 101 Things To Do Before You Graduate



Student life: Then and now

Beanies are out, but some proud Rochester traditions live on.

modern student sitting on the sculpture of the shinx and wearing an old-fashioned freshman beanie, with an old black-and-white photo showing a student from the 1950s in the same pose

Kara King '15 wears a beanie and sweater from the University archives as she reenacts a photo of Carol Cronk Stoesen '58 posting with one of the sphinxes that use to sit at Sibley Hall at the University's former Prince Street campus. The sphinxes now sit near the passage between Morey and Lattimore halls.

>> More Rochester student traditions




Photo Galleries

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Move-In Day for the Class of 2019
In August of 2015, the University of Rochester’s incoming freshmen class arrived, with nearly 1,300 students moving into five residential halls on the River Campus and the downtown Eastman School of Music. Welcome to Rochester, Class of 2019!

group of students climbing a rock wall
2015: The year in pictures
University photographer J. Adam Fenster to select his favorite Rochester photos from the past year.




Video Spotlight

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Wilson Commons at 40
April 4, 2016



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Quidditch at Rochester
April 1, 2016