At Rochester, our students come from many backgrounds. But they have some amazing things in common: they are driven, accomplished, caring individuals, each with a unique story of their own.
Diversity - Ever more equitable. Ever more inclusive. Ever better.
We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, racially and socially just affirming culture at the University of Rochester. We are guided by the idea of moving away from diversity or equity and inclusion as an isolated initiative to Equity and Inclusion as a catalyst for institutional excellence. The University of Rochester Medical Center aspires to make every person feel safe, welcome, and supported at all times; to be a place where everyone, regardless of identity or challenges they face, is lifted up to become their best and healthiest selves; to serve as a powerful force for eliminating racism, division, and exclusion in our communities and beyond. Our five-year plan to achieve this vision reflects input and ideas from medical students, residents, trainees, faculty members, and staff across the Medical Center, along with supportive groups and individuals from the Greater Rochester community. It calls us—as individuals and collectively as an institution—to build, recruit, nurture, exemplify, and engage in the work of being anti-racist.
Equity & Anti-Racism Action Plan
Our five-year plan to achieve this vision reflects input and ideas from medical students, residents, trainees, faculty members, and staff across the Medical Center, along with supportive groups and individuals from the Greater Rochester community. It calls us—as individuals and collectively as an institution—to build, recruit, nurture, exemplify, and engage in the work of being anti-racist. We welcome you to explore our anti-racism plan in further detail.
Here are some statistics to give you an idea of who makes up our student body.
- Class size is 105 students
- Average age is 24
- Age range is 21 - 32
- About 56% are women
- From 25 different states each year
- From 61 different colleges and universities
- 59% are science majors
- About 65% take a year or more off before entering medical school
- 7% are MD/PhD (NIH-funded MSTP)
- 50% participate in an international medicine project
- Mean GPA is between 3.70 and 3.80
- Mean MCAT score is 515
- 10% have advanced degrees (master’s and doctorates)
Class Profile Information
Our students have developed the Rainbow Book to highlight resources for the LGBTQ Community.
Class Code of Conduct
We, the class of 2025, promise to adhere to the following community guidelines:
We recognize that the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is built upon land stolen from the People of the Great Hill or Onondawagah (Oh-n'own-dough-wahgah). Thus, we promise to use our power and privilege as future physicians to make our world a more just, inclusive, and sustainable place.
We promise to hold ourselves, each other, and our institution accountable to practicing justice, equity, and anti-racism. We promise to advocate for not only our future patients, but also any individuals and communities being oppressed. We reject and aim to dismantle systems profiting off the exploitation and direct maltreatment of people.
We promise to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and the health inequities it exacerbated. Our actions have collective impacts on those beyond ourselves and our geopolitical borders. As such, we promise to engage in and cultivate collective healing.
We promise to create a space for learning in which we can all grow and thrive. Throughout our medical journey, we will nurture our passion and remain humble, lifelong learners, expanding our collective knowledge through research and discovery.
We promise to be kind to each other and to foster a curious, collaborative, and healthy community of students. We will celebrate unique perspectives, identities, and experiences.
We promise to practice resilience. As we continue to face many challenges, our resilience will help shape who we become as physicians. We will be brave and empower one another to seek support.
By learning from ourselves and others, we will be ever better.
Each year during orientation, the incoming medical school class writes their code of conduct which is displayed in the Ryan Case Method Room to remind the future physicians of the values and guidelines they plan to abide by.
Meet our Students
Our students are the best way to find out what makes Rochester special. Let your future classmates tell you what they love about this community.
Beatriz Folch is a third-year medical student. See what she’s achieved at Rochester. Watch her story.
Ramzi Abboud is a second-year medical student who is balancing home life and school. Watch his story.