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Academic and Student Support

The University of Rochester offers many academic and student support services for graduate students, fostering an enriching and inclusive learning environment. Our students benefit from a range of support services, including academic mentorship and advisor relationship support, mental health services such as counseling and various academic assistance programs. Most of our academic and support resources are available to students throughout the university regardless of what program or school they are associated with. However, there may be some offices that work with a specific school. To see a full guide of the services offered in The School of Medicine and Dentistry and the School of Arts, Science and Engineering please use the links below.

Arts, Science and Engineering

School of Medicine and Dentistry

University Academic Supports

Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA):

GEPA offices exist at both the university level as well as at individual school levels. These offices oversee graduate programs, ensuring academic excellence and compliance with university policies. They also provide comprehensive support services, including admissions guidance, program management, professional development, and mentorship initiative, enriching the educational journey for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

Get in touch with our GEPA offices!

Arts, Sciences and Engineering GEPA:

School of Medicine and Dentistry GEPA:


The ombudspersons are faculty member who can provide confidential, impartial and independent advice to help graduate students address their concerns. The ombudspersons provide a resource for and information about institutional policies and act as facilitators to help students resolve their problems, connecting students with those who can help accompanying the student in discussions of problems or issues with the faculty or administrators, and acting as an informal mediator between the student and faculty or administrators.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center offers Academic Success Coaching to graduate students in Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E), the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Simon Business School, and the Warner School of Education. Their services include one-on-one academic success coaching and workshops throughout the year on topics such as time-management, organization, work-life balance, academic support development, and transitioning into graduate school. 

Campus Libraries

The University has 6 libraries spread throughout their seven schools. The libraries support all our student’s scholarly endeavors as related to the research lifecycle, including:

  • In-class scholarly research instruction as well as personalized research consultations
  • Identifying and accessing materials the libraries already possess and purchasing those we don’t (including data sets)
  • Tailoring resources to specialized needs like primary source items and digital means for conducting your scholarship (e.g. virtual reality, text mining, GIS)
  • Advising on issues of publishing, copyright, data management, and open scholarship
  • Storing, preserving, and sharing your research output

Know that you have a librarian dedicated to your area of study and they can be your first stop as well as your guide throughout your time at Rochester

University Student Support and Mental Health Services

The CARE Network

CARE is a proactive network of support services for University of Rochester students that may be struggling and may benefit from the use of campus and community resources. Faculty, staff, and students can make referrals when they recognize that a student may need support such as when they are experiencing emotional, social, and/or considerable academic stress. Students can also self-refer and a member of the CARE team will reach out to offer support. Looking for more information on resources? Check out the CARE Resource Center anytime.

University Counseling Center

All full-time graduate students can take advantage of UCC’s services, including individual and couples therapy, group therapy, medication management, 24-hour crisis services, and consultation services. Sessions with UCC counselors are free and confidential. 

The Interfaith Chapel

Is a place for worship, meditation, and quiet study; for community service, service-learning, and discussion of social justice issues; for weddings, unions, and celebrations for alumni and the wider community; a site for social and musical programs, talks on moral and ethical dilemmas, and memorials. Graduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the programs and religious faiths supported by the chapel.

Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center

Works to foster a collaborative environment and offer resources to explore the intersections of identity, build intercultural competence, and promote and encourage cultural understanding and appreciation among the campus community. They provide opportunities for education and dialogue on topics such as race, religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, intercultural communication, and bias-related incidents. Students can use the intercultural lounge and LGBTQ resource area, which is an ideal location for studying, checking out books and videos, engaging in discussions, and gathering as a community.


Maria Isabel Castano
Maria Isabel Castano

PhD Student

Despite the challenges of starting a PhD in the middle of a pandemic, U of R and the Department of Biology have been amazing to me, and certainly a major influence in my professional development. The sense of community and supportive environment were a major factor in my success navigating my first year of graduate school and overcoming the difficult times that the world and my home country were experiencing. I can confidently say that I have found mentors and friends in almost everyone to whom I’ve reached out for help, not to leave aside the amazing and constructive research laboratory that I joined (TropBioLab - Uy Lab) which is a major highlight of my experience in the university. Additionally, I’m a big fan of the city and the people that I’ve met here have been always extremely kind. I’m grateful for all the experiences that I’ve had here."