Graduate of University of Rochester during commencement

Global and US rankings

Rochester is one of the nation’s 60 leading research institutions and one of the top universities in the world for entrepreneurs.

  • Kiplinger Best College Values

    • Private universities, 2019: 33rd
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

    • National universities, 2020: 29th
    • Best value schools, 2020: 22nd
    • Best colleges for veterans, 2020: 10th
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools

    • Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2021: 45th
    • Physics (atomic, molecular, optical), 2019: 10th
    • Political science, 2018: 17th
    • Economics, 2018: 21st

Nobel laser science

Research conducted more than three decades ago at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) to develop chirped pulse amplification (CPA) received a Nobel Prize in 2018.

Today, PhD student Sara Bucht (pictured) and scientists at LLE use CPA to develop the next generation of high-powered lasers.

Reflection of scientist at University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energenics, LLE
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings

    • Overall international, 2020: 173rd
      • Among U.S. colleges: 55th
  • QS Top Universities

    • World university rankings, 2021: 166th
      • Among U.S. colleges, 2020: 30th
  • ShanghaiRanking Academic Ranking of World Universities

    • International, 2020: 151st–200th
      • Among U.S. colleges: 59th–66th
    • Physics, 2020: 76th–100th
    • Clinical medicine, 2020: 101st–150th
    • Economics, 2020: 101st–150th range
    • Biomedical engineering, 2020: 101st–150th range
A portrait of Hyekyun Rhee

Simon Business School: Top MBA for women

The Financial Times ranked the Simon Business School #13 in the United States and #21 in the world in its first-ever ranking of the top 50 MBAs for women.

  • U.S. News & World Report Best U.S. Business Schools

    • Fulltime MBA, 2021: 35th (Simon)
  • Financial Times Business Education

    • Global MBAs, 2020: 76th (Simon)
      • Among U.S. business schools: 41st (Simon)
    • Top MBAs for Women, 2019: 21st (Simon)
      • Among U.S. business schools: 13th (Simon)
  • Forbes Best Business Schools

    • Best domestic MBAs, 2019: 42nd (Simon)

Best hospital in Rochester

The University’s Strong Memorial Hospital again captured the top spot as No. 1 hospital in the Rochester metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019–20 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals.

Entrance to University of Rochester medical center for quality healthcare
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools

    • Medical schools–research, 2021: 34th
    • Medical schools–primary care, 2021: 16th
    • Nursing schools–Master’s, 2021: 26th
    • Nursing schools–Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2021: 40th
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 

    • Rochester region, 2019-20: 1st (Strong Memorial)
    • New York State, 2019-20: 12th (Strong Memorial)
    • Children’s hospitals–neonatology, 2019-20: 38th (Golisano)
    • Children’s hospitals–pediatric nephrology, 2019-20: 41st (Golisano)
  • National Institutes of Health Total NIH Funding

    • Medical schools, 2019: 41st

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