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’s 2019

    • Best values in private colleges: 33rd
  • U.S. News & World Report 2020

    • National universities: 29th
    • Best value schools: 22nd
    • Best colleges for veterans: 10th
  • U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools 2019

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

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 Rankings 2020

    • World universities: 163rd
    • US colleges: 55th
  • QS World University Rankings 2020

    • World universities: 170th
  • Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019

    • World rank: 151st–200th range
    • National rank: 59th–66th range
    • Physics: 76th–100th range
    • Medicine: 101st–150th range
    • Economics: 101st–150th range
    • Biomedical engineering: 101st–150th range
Executive MBA Simon Business school student writes on transparent whiteboard while other students converse

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 2020

    • US business schools: 40th (Simon)
  • Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2019

    • World business schools: 83rd (Simon)
  • Financial Times Top MBAs for Women 2018

    • World business schools: 21st (Simon)
    • US business schools: 13th (Simon)
  • Forbes 2019

    • Best business schools: 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 2020

    • Best medical schools–medicine research: 36th
    • Best medical schools–primary care: 23rd
    • Best nursing schools–nursing (master’s): 35th
    • Best graduate schools–nursing (doctor of nursing practice): 39th
  • U.S. News & World Report 2019–2020: Best Children’s Hospitals

    • National–neonatology: 38th (Golisano Children’s Hospital)
    • National–nephrology: 41st
  • U.S. News & World Report 2019–2020: Best Hospitals

    • Rochester region: 1st (UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital)
    • New York State: 12th
  • National Institutes of Health 2019

    • NIH funding: 55th

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