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Parent and Family Information

As a parent, family member, or guardian, the college search and decision process can sometimes be confusing. We want to help make this as easy as possible for you and your child. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re happy to help.



from the dean

“The college admissions process, if done well, can be an opportunity for self-discovery, for identifying not just your student’s academic potential, but their values—and what they’re looking for in terms of the college experience.”

Family testimonials

Wondering what it’s like to be a part of the University of Rochester family community? See what some of our current families have to say.


‘One of the top research universities in the nation’

Jazy Zhang, the parent of a student in the Class of 2024, explains why her son chose the University of Rochester for his college education.

“I have been so impressed with UR’s thoughtfulness in handling the pandemic and level of communication throughout the many unknowns leading up the fall semester and currently. There have been so many opportunities to gain information—through parent council contacts, Facebook, regular emails, and virtual meetings with deans. For everyone, there was a lot of anxiety leading up to the start of school, particularly for those of us with freshman students and who live out-of-state. Yet, I never felt in the dark about UR’s planning considerations. Moreover, if I requested information, I typically received a response within hours. As an alum, I have always been proud of UR. Clearly, UR continues to be ‘Ever Better’!”

–Dr. Marian Tanofsky-Kraff ’87, alumna and parent of a student in the Class of 2024


‘Tremendous amount of opportunity for students’

Adam Konowe ’90, a Rochester alumnus and the parent of a student in the Class of 2021, talks about his daughter’s experience at Rochester as well as about the role of the admissions office from a parent’s perspective.

Tips & Advice

Applying to college during a pandemic

Robert Alexander, dean of undergraduate admissions for Arts, Sciences & Engineering, offers his advice for prospective students and their families as they lay out a path to college amid COVID-19 disruptions. Plus, visit the University of Rochester’s official COVID-19 website for updates and resources.

Five tips

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