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.
A true liberal arts college, the U of R offers students an open curriculum, a vibrant on-campus life, and a small college feel with approachable faculty and graduate staff. Rochester is the place for an innovative mind - many classmates created their own majors, double majored, or Took Five to explore a non-major side of academia in a tuition-free fifth year. The school listens to its student body, and is renowned for its pre-medical, pre-law, economics, fine arts, and neuroscience departments.