The University of Rochester was founded in 1850 as a baptist institution, but is now nonsectarian. The private, research university is ranked #34 in National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Institute of Optics, founded at Rochester, was the first educational program devoted to optics in the US. The university offers a Take Five Scholars Program allowing students to take an extra year or semester of study outside of their major for free.
you get to take whatever classes you want at the university of rochester, except for a writing course your freshman year. without other general education requirements, you'll see many students with double and even triple majors. it's cold, the people are nerdy, but you will learn a ton if you come here.