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National and International Partners

The University of Rochester’s Office of Admissions actively promotes access to higher education. We do so by connecting with schools and communities within the greater Rochester community and at the national and international levels.

Rochester Promise

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The University is proud to offer the Rochester Promise, a source of funding specifically for Rochester City School District graduates. All eligible admitted students will attend the University of Rochester tuition-free.

Who is eligible for the Rochester Promise?

First-year and transfer applicants are both eligible. You must:

  • Reside in the city of Rochester (or have resided in the city of Rochester during high school, for transfer students)
  • Have graduated from and spent their last two years at a Rochester City School District public or publicly chartered high school within the city’s geographical boundaries
  • Enroll in a full-time undergraduate program at the College

Students are not eligible if:

  • You or your parent qualifies for any University of Rochester employer tuition waiver
  • Your total household income is more than twice the Monroe County average (according to the US Census Bureau)

For more information, please email or call (585) 275-3221.

Local partnerships

The Office of Admissions has formed meaningful partnerships with the community-based organizations and schools listed below. In support of the educational advocacy work of these organizations, we offer:

  • Campus visits (tours and information sessions)
  • Community-based workshops on college access and the University
  • Special speakers
  • Unique community partnerships and programs

In addition, the schools listed are those with whom we have conducted special outreach activities, such as training for students and counselors, workshops for students and parents, and special visits for student groups.

Community partnerships

Here are a few of the community-based organizations we are proud to partner with:

School partnerships

Here are a few of the schools we are proud to partner with:

  • All City High
  • Charlotte High School
  • East High School
  • Edison Campus
  • Integrated Arts and Technology High School
  • James Monroe High School
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Foundation Academy
  • Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • Northeast College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • Northwest College Preparatory High School at Douglass
  • RCSD Counselor Group
  • Robert Brown High School of Construction and Design
  • Rochester Early College International High School
  • Rochester International Academy
  • Rochester STEM High School
  • School No. 16
  • School No. 33
  • School No. 41
  • School No. 58 (World of Inquiry)
  • School of the Arts
  • School Without Walls Commencement Academy
  • School Without Walls Foundation Academy
  • Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • Young Adult Evening High School

National & International partnerships

American Honors (AH) is a selective honors program offered in partnership with community colleges (currently hosted at Community College of Philadelphia and the Community College of Spokane).

  • AH helps enhance transfer opportunities for community college students by providing transfer pathways to top universities.
  • AH offers students honors-level courses, personalized advising, and support for transfer into a top university.
  • We work with AH partners to identify courses and develop specific academic pathways from their campuses, so that students can maximize transfer credit and stay on the path to completing their BA/BS in two years.

As a On-Site Partner, the University of Rochester is dedicated to supporting our Chicago Scholars with financial support, strong academic advising, and leadership opportunities from the time scholars enroll until they graduate with their bachelor’s degree from college. We commit to:

  •  Meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need through graduation for scholars.
  • Attend the annual On-Site Interview event.
  • Include scholars in first-year orientation programs and the opportunity to participate in summer bridge programs.

College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school sophomores and juniors. Each summer, students work with college admissions officers, college counselors, essay specialists, and other educators in a five-day “crash course” on the college application process. The University of Rochester hosted the program in 2011 as part of our partnership, and we look forward to hosting again in the future. We send admissions representatives each year to be part of the program off campus.

The individualized program helps students:

  • Select suitable colleges to research and apply to.
  • Complete winning applications, résumés, and memorable essays.
  • Get test-taking strategies, information, and resources on the ACT and SAT.
  • Navigate the financial aid/scholarship process, complete a preliminary FAFSA, and learn about the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund.
  • Develop relationships with admissions representatives by attending our college fair, informational sessions, and one-on-one or small group class time.
  • Receive tips and strategies on the application process and get advice on how to succeed in college as a Native student.
  • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student.

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a global community of youth whose members dedicate their lives to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. The programs provide unique leadership training, service-learning opportunities, and motivational experiences for youth selected by their schools to participate.

The IMPACT Program began in 2006 as a way to boost college persistence for YES Prep graduates from Houston, Texas. Since 2006, 84 percent of IMPACT Scholars have graduated from or are currently enrolled in their original IMPACT partner or affiliate institution. As a partner institution, the University of Rochester commits to:

  • Attend the yearly IMPACT summer institute (the program serves as both an introduction to the University of Rochester and as a mechanism for identifying/recruiting possible applicants).
  • Send a team of admissions staff and/or alumni to Houston for an information session and/or individual interviews for YES Prep students.
  • Dedicate three to five spaces for YES Prep students to participate in the Multicultural Visitation Program and absorb all costs related to the trip.
  • Offer a campus visit to all admitted students who have not visited campus and have been designated as “UR IMPACT Scholars.”
  • Provide academic and emotional support to all enrolled Yes Prep students to ensure persistence and graduation.

To find out how you can become a designated IMPACT Scholar, please contact your college counseling staff at your YES Prep campus. For general information about the program, visit YES Prep.

Kings is an international education group that helps international students with higher education pathways, transitions to college, and English language instruction.

Kings programs help students attain personal growth, achievement, and the best learning outcome for their individual circumstances, abilities, and needs.

Our partnership with the Kings is a Guaranteed Outcome (GO) transfer program for students who start at a Kings-affiliated school and then transfer to Rochester after meeting requirements. As part of our partnership, the University works with Kings to identify courses and develop specific academic pathways, so that students can maximize transfer credit and stay on the path to completing their BA/BS in two years (it may take longer depending on interests and foundation).

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars (MCFS) Program is a $500 million, 10-year initiative to educate and prepare young people, particularly from Africa, to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities.

Rochester has partnered with the MCFS program through the African Leadership Academy (ALA) and seeks to ensure that highly qualified Africans from the most disadvantaged backgrounds on the continent have the opportunity to continue their education at top-tier universities around the world. Partner institutions make generous contributions to the overall costs of these students. In exchange, the partner universities benefit from annual enrollment of a cohort of the best and brightest young leaders from Africa to impact the classroom and campus life.

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