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MVP resources

Welcome new Rochester MVP students and family! MVP is a two-day event that starts with specialized programming in the late afternoon and evening on Thursday November 9, includes an overnight in a residence hall on campus with a current student host, and ends with Research Rochester on Friday November 10. Students accepted to MVP do not need to separately register for Research Rochester.

MVP contact information

Katia Yagnik, Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Office of Admissions: (585) 275-3221
Katia’s Work Cell Phone: (585) 371-8480*
*Provided to MVP attendees and families for emergency contact and travel changes.

Information for student attendees



Download the 2023 MVP Schedule (PDF)

On November 10, you will join other prospective students and families for Research Rochester activities before traveling home.

  • Visitors from the New York City metro area will ride to and from campus in a charter bus. Selecting the NYC Charter Bus on the MVP registration form is the only step you need to confirm your seat. Two school counselors from NYC will be present on the bus as chaperones. Information about the bus’s exact location in Port Authority and the chaperone contact will be sent over email to all registrants at least two days before departure.
  • For students arranging travel from outside of the New York City area, you will work directly with Town and Country Travel to book your ticket to and from Rochester at no out of pocket expense. The deadline to confirm travel is Tuesday October 24th. You are responsible for travel costs between your home and the closest major airport or train station, any luggage or internet fees, and meals during travel. Please consult your MVP acceptance email for instructions to contact Town and Country.
  • Rochester has partnered with Monroe County Airport Taxi to provide rides for students between the Rochester Airport and campus. Information on where and when to catch your free taxi ride to campus will be emailed to attendees once arrival times are finalized. If you are taking a bus, train, or local taxi to campus, we will be in contact to help with arrangements or reimbursements.
  • For students driving to campus, you may apply for mileage reimbursement. We will reimburse up to $0.20 per mile for a maximum round trip distance of 800 miles. Car rentals are not covered under this grant. Email a Google Map itinerary, your full name, and your mailing address to to request a mileage reimbursement.
Overnight Host

The Office of Admissions will match you with a current student host in a residence hall on campus. We will try to introduce you over email to your host 2-5 days before MVP.

Rules of Conduct

You are expected to abide by all rules of conduct for overnight guests.

Download the Rules of Conduct (PDF)



You will stay in the dorm room of a current student. In most cases, you will be provided a space to sleep on the floor as dorm rooms with extra beds or couches are limited. It is important to pack a sleeping bag and pillow so you can be comfortable. Check the weather and pack warm weather appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes for walking outside on campus. While it is not required to pack any special supplies, please keep in mind that there will be periods of downtime for students to relax during MVP, so feel free to bring books, homework, a laptop or tablet, etc.

Excuse Letters

The Office of Admissions can furnish Excuse Letters specific to MVP upon request. Please email Katia Yagnik at to request an excuse letter for school, employment, or other responsibilities.

Information for parents/ guardians

Emergency contact plan

The University of Rochester Office of Admissions will make every effort to contact the student’s emergency contact via phone call in case of medical emergency, behavioral concerns, disasters, or significant program disruptions. If the emergency contact cannot be reached by phone the Office of Admissions will send an email.

Overnight Host/ Supervision

Hosts in the residence halls are current University of Rochester undergraduate students who applied to be admissions ambassadors and underwent a background check and mandatory training. For most of the MVP experience the attendees are with staff or student hosts but there may be small stretches where they are independent, for example, if their host leaves them in the library or another designated spot during a laboratory session. During Research Rochester we entrust the MVP attendees to explore campus alongside other visiting families outside of direct supervision.

Thank you for granting permission for your student to attend MVP! Do not hesitate to contact Katia Yagnik with questions or concerns.

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