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With an acceptance rate of 36%, admission to the University of Rochester is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 31.
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So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Rochester, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

With an acceptance rate of 36%, admission to University of Rochester is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1400, or an ACT score of around 31.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Rochester admission statistics.

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Rochester Admissions Statistics

Rochester’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 36%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 17,485 applicants, Rochester admitted about 6,213. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.8, the average ACT score was 31, and the average SAT score was 1410.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 29, and the 75th percentile score was 33.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1320. The 75th percentile score was 1510.

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If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Rochester is very competitive. Even if Rochester is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Rochester’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.

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Rochester Application Requirements

To apply to Rochester, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application or the Coalition Application and pay the $50 application fee, submit an ACT or SAT score, a Secondary school transcript, a Teacher recommendation (one required), a School report/counselor recommendation, a Mid-year report (when available), and a Final transcript (when available). Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 5th for Regular Decision.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application or the Coalition Application, and pay an application fee of $50
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit a Secondary school transcript
  • Submit a Teacher recommendation (one required)
  • Submit a School report/counselor recommendation
  • Submit a Mid-year report (when available)
  • Submit a Final transcript (when available)

The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 5th for Regular Decision. Early Action notifications are released mid-December, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on April 1st. May 1 is the reply date for most admitted students.

Have you been admitted to Rochester? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse at what your classmates will be like.

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Rochester Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Rochester, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 50% are male and 50% are female
  • 20% of students are international

Rochester has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 20%
  • Underrepresented minority: 8.3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • White: 59%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Rochester offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:

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  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Rochester Tuition Figures

At $67,722, Rochester’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $39,246.

Here’s a fuller look at Rochester tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $67,722
  • Average financial aid package: $39,246
  • The average student debt of a Rochester graduate is $30,742

Now, what is life like at Rochester? Let’s take a look.

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Rochester Location

The school's current main campus is located in Rochester, New York, about two miles south of the downtown area.

Much of the university's attention is placed on its Eastman School of Music, ranked the number one music school in the country.

Remember, you’re going to Rochester for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.

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Rochester Academics

Rochester has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Bioethics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Digital Communication and Media
  • Economics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Jazz
  • Laser and Optical Engineering
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Physics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Women's Studies

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Rochester.

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Student Life at Rochester

Rochester has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Rochester’s student activities:

  • Anime Interest Floor
  • Asian American Alliance
  • Black Students' Union
  • UR Cinema Group
  • Creative Arts Club
  • D'Lion Organization
  • Eye to Eye
  • Forte Campus
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Undergraduate Council
  • Improv Club
  • Japanese Students' Association
  • LOGOS
  • Midnight Ramblers
  • No Jackets Required
  • Outing Club
  • Partners in Reading
  • Radiance Dance Theatre

Are you an athlete? Rochester’s got plenty of options for you.

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Rochester Athletics

Rochester offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Rochester’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Rochester degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:

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Notable Alums

Rochester has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler
  • Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu
  • Activist investor Paul Singer
  • Broadway producer George Abbott
  • Jazz bassist Ron Carter
  • Opera singer Renee Fleming
  • Actor Robert Forster
  • Film critic Janet Maslin
  • Artist Naomie Kremer

And this is only a partial list!

Remember!

Getting into the University of Rochester is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

If you need to boost your GPA or test scores before application time rolls around, you should consider signing up for a course with Prep Expert. We offer one-on-one tutoring and classes, both in-person and online, at locations throughout the United States.

Our expert teachers and tutors will not only share with you tried and true methods for improving your score, but also help you correct deficiencies in any subject that you’re having difficulty with—English, Writing, Mathematics or Science.

Additionally, online classes can be watched On Demand, so if you miss a class due to your busy schedule, you can catch it online later. We have helped hundreds of students get the scores they need to attend the school of their dreams.

Best of luck with your applications and go check out Prep Expert!

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