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University Facts

The University of Rochester is one of America’s leading private research universities. It consistently ranks among the top in federally financed science, engineering, medical, humanities, and social science research.

Along with this rigor, Rochester operates on a personal scale, creating exceptional opportunities for experiential learning where students work closely with faculty and across subject matter in truly interdisciplinary ways. The unique Rochester Curriculum invites students to study what they love with focus and flexibility. Through individual and collaborative efforts, our students and faculty improve themselves, their communities, and our shared learning environment in the process.

For more information, see the University of Rochester Fact Sheet PDF.


Student enrollment

In the 2020–21 academic year, Arts, Sciences & Engineering had 6,851 students enrolled with:

  • Full-time:
    • Undergraduates: 5,468
    • Graduates: 1,299
  • Part-time:
    • Undergraduate: 44
    • Graduate: 40

University-wide there were 11,744 students enrolled in the 2020–21 academic year with:

  • Full-time:
    • Undergraduates: 6,101
    • Graduates: 3,353
  • Part-time:
    • Undergraduate: 421
    • Graduate: 1,869

Student life

There are many ways to get involved and build meaningful peer relationships at Rochester. In the 2020–21 academic year, our students:

  • Participated in:
    • A club or student organization: 90%
    • Greek life: 20%
    • NCAA Division III athletics: 23 teams
    • Undergraduate research: 77%
  • Lived on campus: 90%

Student outcomes

At Rochester, we work with students to help them not only be successful students, but also to prepare them for the next step in their careers:

  • First-year retention rate: 92%
  • Four-year graduation rate: 80% (Class of 2020)
  • Six-year graduation rate: 86% (Class of 2018)
  • Graduates pursuing further study: 40% (Class of 2019)
  • Students participating in internships: 95%

Class of 2024 profile

First-year admission, fall 2020:

  • Applied: 18,573
  • Admitted: 6,545
  • Enrolled: 1,237
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Enrolled early decision: 40%
  • First-generation students: 19%

Enrollment by gender:

  • Female: 54%
  • Male: 46%
  • Non-binary: <1%

Enrollment by citizenship:

  • United States: 74%
  • Permanent residents: 4%
  • Non-US citizens: 22%
  • Countries represented (citizenship): 37

Racial/ethnic backgrounds:

  • Black: 5%
  • Asian: 16%
  • Latinx: 9%
  • Multiracial: 5%
  • Native American/Pacific Islander: <1%
  • White, non-Hispanic: 41%
  • Unreported: 2%

Academic performance (mid-50% range provided):

  • Students enrolled without testing: 17%
  • SAT evidence-base reading and writing: 650–710
  • SAT math: 680–790
  • ACT composite: 30–34
  • Average high school GPA: 3.75
  • 166/756
  • 75/366
  • 27/97

The average college/university GPA of enrolled transfer students is 3.68.


Financial aid

We are committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all students who earn admission to the College. Financial need can be a contributing factor in our admissions decisions for most international applicants and a small percentage of our US applicants. The Financial Aid Office is available to help you and your family afford the investment of a Rochester education through a combination of different aid programs tailored to meet your calculated need.

Financial aid facts:

  • First-year students receiving financial aid: 75%
  • Students receiving non-need-based scholarships exceeding their calculated financial need:
    • First-years: 16%
    • Transfers: 4%
  • Borrowed federal student loans: 48% (Class of 2018)
  • Average federal loan debt at graduation: $20,856 (Class of 2018)
  • Cost of attendance for 2020–21:
    • Tuition and fees: $58,208
    • Room and board: $16,612
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