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Research Rochester

About Research Rochester

Research Rochester events allow prospective students to find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Rochester. This fall, both virtual and on campus programs will be offered.

Research Rochester Days

These open houses for prospective students are your ideal opportunity to get an inside look at the University of Rochester.

  • Learn about the admissions process. Get an overview of our application process and financial aid and merit opportunities, with plenty of time for Q&A.
  • Experience Rochester. Discover the curriculum, research opportunities, and what makes Rochester unique.
  • Interact with our students. Current students will show you key landmarks on the River Campus while sharing personal anecdotes and answering questions along the way.

Fall 2021 Research Rochester Dates

Virtual Research Rochester dates:

Monday, October 11, 9–11 a.m. ET
Monday, November 15, 7-9 p.m. ET

Register now for virtual Research Rochester

On campus Research Rochester dates:

Saturday, October 16
Saturday, November 13

Register now for on campus Research Rochester


What to expect

Our virtual open houses provide you with a more in-depth learning opportunity. The sessions on each day are hosted on a continuous Zoom webinar, with breaks between each session and the ability to “come and go” depending on your interest(s).

Our on campus open houses give you a chance to experience a student-led tour of campus, sessions on the financial aid process, student panels, and the opportunity to get all your questions answered by current Rochester students as well as admissions and financial aid counselors.


Below is what to expect for our Saturday on campus Research Rochester programs:

Please note that eating in a classroom (including Strong Auditorium) is currently not permitted, and drinking (water bottles, coffee, etc.) should be minimized as much as possible. This update, which applies to classrooms on all campuses, is made in effort to minimize the potential of COVID transmission. Thus, no refreshments will be offered at check-in but boxed lunches will be available for attendees.

Time Event Location
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Check-in Strong Auditorium
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Student Entertainment Strong Auditorium
9:15  – 9:45 a.m. Welcome & University Overview Strong Auditorium
9:50  – 10:50 a.m. Campus Tour Leaves from Strong Auditorium
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Financing Your Education Strong Auditorium 10/16, Hoyt Auditorium 11/13
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Campus Tour Leaves from Strong Auditorium on 10/16 and from Feldman Ballroom on 11/13
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Financing Your Education Strong Auditorium 10/16, Hoyt Auditorium 11/13
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Undergraduate Student Research Panel Feldman Ballroom 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunches available at 11:45 a.m.

Boxed Lunches and Q&A with Admissions Counselors Feldman Ballroom

On November 13, visitors are welcome to join representatives of the Eastman School for a tour of Eastman’s campus at 2:30 p.m. after the conclusion of Research Rochester programming on the River Campus. Please note that this tour is located on the Eastman School campus in downtown Rochester – approximately a 15-minute drive from the River Campus.  Attendees will need to provide their own transportation.  Pre-registration for this tour is required.


Below is what to expect for our virtual Research Rochester programs:

Time Event
40 minutes Welcome and University overview

Robert Alexander, dean of admissions, financial aid, and enrollment management, will welcome attendees to our virtual Research Rochester and provide an overview of what makes the Rochester experience special. Learn about our unique Rochester Curriculum, undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunities, and global campus environment. Additionally, hear about how the University of Rochester has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

75 minutes Reporting live from campus: Rochester students

Current Rochester students will speak from locations on campus, showcasing a dining hall, the campus center, library, gym, and a residence hall room. The session will then transition to an interactive, moderated panel with time for questions and answers.

To supplement what you will learn at Research Rochester, check out our virtual workshop offerings every month.

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