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Why Choose Rochester?

Personal attention, close working relationships with your peers and faculty, and extensive participation in research are what you can expect from your experience in our graduate programs. You and your peers drive the educational experience, which means that you can expect:

  • Close interaction with faculty that will provide you with invaluable individual attention and mentoring.
  • Interdisciplinary programs and a research opportunity that is progressively independent. A welcoming learning community where you will find great friends and future colleagues.
  • Learn more about the School of Medicine and Dentistry by reviewing our online Trainee Handbook.

The Greater Rochester area and surrounding counties constitute a community of over one million residents spread over many neighborhoods and townships. Popular neighborhoods include the South WedgePark Avenue, and the white coat neighborhood just south of the Medical Center. The city has been rated by Forbes as one of America’s top ten most livable cities, and the most livable city in the 2007 edition of Places Rated Almanac. The city is home to the country's premier Supermarket (Wegmans), many popular sports teams (Red Wings baseballAmerks hockeyRhinos soccer), art (The Memorial Art Gallery) and music (Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Annual Jazz Festival), as well as professional local and national programs on stage (GEVA Theatre).

The region’s spring and summer are beautiful, with the summer months kicked off with the annual Lilac Festival and subsequently dominated by a variety of festivals almost every weekend. The fall is also picturesque, drawing travelers to the region from across the country for the turning of the leaves. The winters are snowy, and are great for skiing, ice skating, and other such activities. Our program capitalizes on seasonal activities, the city’s numerous unique venues, and the low cost of living for various events, including monthly social outings. Please explore the following links for more information about Rochester:

The University

Rochester, formerly an old mill town (and hub for rum-running), has boasted a resilient economy through recent economic recessions and expansions alike, partly due to strong technology, research, and education markets. The University of Rochester is the city’s largest employer, with the Medical Center providing the lion’s share of the University’s jobs. The Medical Center is nationally ranked in many specialties and is the only academic medical center in the Greater Rochester area, serving as a tertiary and quaternary referral center for Western and Central New York and beyond. The School of Medicine & Dentistry is highly ranked in both research and primary care, and also provides many opportunities for our students to become extensively involved in community service on campus and in the community.

College Town

College TownNow open in Rochester, NY, College Town is an exciting new mixed-use, close-knit district providing the broader Rochester community, University of Rochester and University of Rochester Medical Center students, faculty and staff a one-of-a-kind, vibrant 24/7 environment to live, learn, dine, shop, work and play. Strategically located at the intersection of Mount Hope and Elmwood Avenue, College Town features 125,000 SF of street level retail, including a two-level Barnes and Noble university/community bookstore; a 136-room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel; 50,000 SF of new class A office space; and, 150 new high end apartment units known as Mount Hope Lofts. College Town is perfectly positioned to bring Rochester’s booming higher education and medical community together with a 5-county population of over 1 million people to enjoy new-to-market retail and restaurant options to meet every taste and style, as well as family-oriented and other programming for gathering and recreating. Stay updated on the latest openings, events, and deals on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Further, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws. Questions on compliance should be directed to the particular school or department and/or to the University's Equal Opportunity Coordinator, University of Rochester, Box 270501, Rochester, NY 14627-0501.

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