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Important Dates

  • Spring BreakMarch 7–March 15
  • Last Day of ClassesApril 29
  • Reading PeriodApril 30–May 3
  • Final ExamsMay 4–May 11
  • CommencementMay 15–May 17

Monthly Poll

January 2020

During the fall semester, on what topic regarding your student did you personally contact the University of Rochester?

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Future College Commencement Dates

  • May 17, 2020
  • May 16, 2021
  • May 15, 2022
  • May 14, 2023

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Suggested Readings

51 Tips for Parents of College Students by Alan Farber and Linda O'Brien

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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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Rocky's Awards

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Student Shine Bright at Annual Student Life Awards "the Rocky's"


See the 2019 winners here


Students come from all 50 states and more than 130 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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Parent & Family Relations is a unit of the Office of the Dean of Students.