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University of Rochester Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 271 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

University Athletic Association

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $53,897)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $50,171)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 86 54 - -
Baseball 25 - - -
Basketball 13 15 - Yes
Field Hockey - 20 - Yes
Football 95 - - -
Golf 15 - - -
Lacrosse - 20 Yes -
Rowing - 36 Yes -
Soccer 32 28 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 Yes -
Squash 20 - Yes -
Swimming and Diving 23 25 - -
Tennis 9 10 Yes -
Volleyball - 12 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.4%
Hispanic 3.4%
Non-resident alien 15.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 14.6%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 54.1%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 1
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 17
Property Crime 36

Notable Alumni

  • Avie Tevanian (Class of '83), Senior vice president of Apple.
  • Deborah Jo Rupp (Class of '74), Kitty Forman on the hit TV sitcom That '70s Show.
  • Galway Kinnell (Class of '49), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, also recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant."
  • Joseph C. Wilson (Class of '31), Founder of Xerox.
  • Michael Kanfer (Class of '80), Oscar winner for special effects for Titanic.
  • Myles Brand (Class of '67), Current president of the NCAA and former president of Indiana University.
  • Robert Forster (Class of '64), Oscar-nominated film actor.
  • George Abbott (Class of '11), Legendary Broadway producer, director and playwright of Pal Joey, Damn Yankees, and The Pajama Game.
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Pre-med from Portland, OR
  • 4
  • freshman dorms on the residential quad are relatively big, compared to many other colleges. i'm living in a triple and there is still room to breathe with the standard room…

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  • Niki from Livonia, MI
  • 2
  • If you're a transfer student or upperclassman who wants to save money, you have limited options for living off campus. The area is not safe, the options are expensive, old,…

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  • Ashley from Houston, TX
  • 3
  • The dorms at Rochester are mostly older. Freshmen all live in corridor style living, with halls and shared bathrooms. Once you are a sophomore, you have the option of living…

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  • h.
  • 4
  • dorm life is okay. double rooms are more spacious than average and the furniture is sturdy without being heinously ugly. wifi is available in most residence halls. kitchen facilities are…

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  • Eric from Durham, CT
  • 4
  • Most dorms have been recently renovated, and are spacious and nice. The only drawback is that the U of R is expanding the size of its student body, and dorms…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Alec from Des Plaines, IL
  • I am a current student here

    Apparently the food here is rated pretty high up nationally, but I don't have anything to compare it too. There are a few options on campus, with two dining halls (though one has pretty short hours) and a good amount of options in Wilson Commons. There is also a small kind of grocery store that offers a pretty good selection. Overall, the food isn't bad, but my friends and I do get tired of it from time to time and so we will get delivery (there are good wings and calzone places that deliver pretty late) or go to to Collegetown (a nearby area that has a lot of food options).

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  • 3
  • Jacob from Pearland, TX
  • I am a current student here

    I find the food in the dining hall to be of much better quality than many of the food options that are offered in the Wilson Commons. I have, overall been pleased with the quality of the majority of the food. It can become easy to get sick of the food about 2/3 the way through the semester. I recommend prospective students to try different places every week or so in order to avoid getting sick of the options so soon.

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  • 4
  • Class of 2020
  • I am a current student here

    Nothing is ever going to beat home-cooked meals, of course, but the Dining Services do an excellent job. There is a variety of stations open everyday, and each station serves a variety of meals each day. The dining staff are friendly, and the dining hall environments are warm and lively. Outside of the dining halls, there is the Pit and a sub shop, as well as a Starbucks and a little market.

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  • 3
  • joshua from pittsford, ny
  • I am a current student here

    it's college food. it's consistently alright. there are salad bars everywhere. you can eat pizza and burgers every day if you're into that. i'm not into that, so i'm going with three stars. the healthier non-salad options are hit and miss, but i tend to make my own food after living in my freshman dorm.

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  • 3
  • shirley from woodside, ny
  • I am a current student here

    there are highs and lows about the food options. there is only one big cafeteria and one smaller one, sometimes when you just want to grab something to eat around 3pm on a saturday afternoon, there is really nothing to get besides some microwavable foods from the market next to the cafeteria.

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  • 3
  • Sarah from Rochester, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Food is either good or not good. There's always somewhere on campus that you can get food that is tolerable. Danforth, Douglass (which is being renovated now), the pit- including blimpies sup shop, panda express, burrito bowls and grill- are all options to eat. There are many options for freshman who have meal swipes to eat in places other than dining halls. There are also options for people with busy schedules to get clamshells and take their food with them or the grab-and-go in meliora restaurant.

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  • 4
  • Orin from Brooklyn, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Hey! The University was ranked sixth (6th) by the Daily Meal in their 75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2014.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Aaron from Covina, CA
  • I am a current student here

    You cannot join a greek life your freshman year and there are strict rules against hazing. A Fraternity has been banned from the school for 5 years, they come back this upcoming year, for hazing and there are investigation when hazing seems to be present.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The 31 fraternities and sororities around campus do make college life a lot more fun and entertaining even for those of us who chose not to join the greek life.

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  • 0
  • Luke from Lake Grove, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is dominant in terms of the party scene. I came to school thinking that I wasn't the fraternity type, but have since opened up to the idea of joining such an organization. They create a tight click of friends for charitable and recreational activities.

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  • 0
  • Hannah from Rockville Centre, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is present on campus. It can either be your life, not involved in any way, or anywhere in between. I believe that the percentage of involved students on campus is around 20-25%. This is low enough that you can have a life completely outside of these organizations or you can get involved!

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  • 0
  • Karen from San Antonio, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life is big on campus but doesn't take over residential life or student activities. They host a lot of parties and other campus events, but just bring students together instead of overwhelming them.

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  • 0
  • Sarah
  • I am a current student here

    Although it seems, percentage-wise, as though not many people are involved in Greek Life, it is actually quite popular. Many people join Greek Life who are not your stereotypical sorority girls or frat boys.

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