University of Rochester

Move-In Day: Class of 2016

  • student with a stuffed giraffe
    Liz Hotvedt of New Hartford, New York, takes a photo of her daughter Claire holding her giraffe "Symphony" as they wait to move in.
  • Rocky mascot directing traffic
    Rocky directs the traffic in Park Lot.
  • Midnight Ramblers singing
    The Midnight Ramblers entertain the carloads of freshmen and their families.
  • sign on car says UofR bound
  • Pep Band playing
    The Pep Band keeps the music going as the line of cars proceeds through Park Lot.
  • students in the lobby near the elevators
    The elevators in the lobby of Susan B. Anthony Hall during freshman move-in day.
  • student lifting boxes out of a truck
    Volunteer Sid Shah '14 unloads a box to parent Abby Pegoli during move-in day.
  • family rolling cart with luggage
  • Aerial view of Sue B parking lot
    The organized chaos that is move-in day, as seen from above Susan B. Anthony Hall.
  • candelight ceremony
    During the traditional candlelight ceremony, new members of the freshman class surround the academic quad on their first night as Rochester students.
  • candelight ceremony
  • candelight ceremony
  • candelight ceremony
  • candelight ceremony

The University of Rochester's incoming freshman class, along with their parents, moved carloads of belongings into their new homes on the River Campus in Thursday, August 23.

"Call Me Maybe - UR Orientation Style"
--created by student orientation volunteers at Rochester


On the River Campus, the freshman class boasts more than 1,230 students, the largest incoming freshman class ever. Thirty-six percent of the Class of 2016 are from New York State, 48 percent arrive from 48 other states, and 16 percent hail from 45 foreign countries. Collectively, incoming freshmen earned an average 3.8 grade point average and scored above the 90th percentile on each of the three sections of the SAT. The in-coming transfer class includes 133 students.

Eastman School of Music freshman move in on Monday, August 27.