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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is a private, nonsectarian, research university in Rochester, New York, United States. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

Location

Address
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd
City
Rochester
State
NY
Zip/Post Code
14627-0296

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
5785
Total Graduate enrollment
4725
In State Tuition Fees
45372
Out State Tuition Fees
45372
ACT Score
32
SAT Score
1440
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.8
Male Female Ratio
49:51
Acceptance Rate
36%
Student Faculty Ratio
10:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Yellowjacket
Colors
Yellow Blue
Conference
Liberty League

College History

History

The University of Rochester was founded in 1850 as a Baptist-sponsored institution. The impetus to form the university came primarily from the town of Hamilton, New York, which has been home to Colgate University since 1819.[9] In 1848, the Baptist Education Society planned to move Colgate University (then known as Madison University) to the city of Rochester, but was halted by legal action. Dissenting Colgate trustees, faculty, and students founded the University of Rochester, receiving a charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on January 31, 1850. Classes began that November, with approximately 60 students enrolling, including 28 transfers from Madison.[10] Inside of the Great Hall of Rush Rhees. The University of Rochester's campus was originally in downtown Rochester at the United States Hotel, which was located on Buffalo Street near Elizabeth Street, which today is West Main Street near the I-490 overpass. In 1853, the campus moved east to a then-suburban location on what is now University Avenue. Local businessman and Congressman Azariah Boody donated 8 acres (3.2 ha) of land for the new campus, and the University purchased a further 17 acres (6.9 ha) from him.[11] UR would remain on this campus until the current River Campus was constructed in 1930, and the university continues to own a small part of the University Avenue campus (where the university-owned Memorial Art Gallery is located). The first female students were admitted in 1900, the result of an effort led by Susan B. Anthony and Helen Barrett Montgomery. During the 1890s, a number of women took classes and labs at the university as "visitors" but were not officially enrolled nor were their records included in the college register. President David Jayne Hill allowed the first woman, Helen E. Wilkinson, to enroll as a normal student, although she was not allowed to matriculate or to pursue a degree. Thirty-three women enrolled among the first class in 1900, and Ella S. Wilcoxen was the first to receive a degree, in 1901.[11] When the River Campus was completed in 1930, male students moved there while the female students remained on the University Avenue campus until 1955. Major growth occurred under the leadership of Rush Rhees, during his 1900-1935 tenure. During this time, George Eastman became a major donor, giving more than $50 million to the university. The first Ph.D. was awarded in 1925. In 1955, the separate colleges for men and women were merged into The College. In 1958, three new schools were created in engineering, business administration, and education.[12] During World War II, Rochester was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[13] Between 1946 and 1947, in infamous uranium experiments researchers at the university injected uranium-234 and uranium-235 into six people to study how much uranium their kidneys could tolerate before becoming damaged.[14] In the mid-1980s, the University commissioned a study to determine if the name of the institution should be changed, most likely to "Eastman University." The study concluded that a name change could be beneficial because the use of a place name in the title led respondents to incorrectly believe that it was a public university, and because the name "Rochester" connoted a "cold and distant outpost." Reports of the latter conclusion led to controversy and criticism in the Rochester community. Ultimately, the name "University of Rochester" was retained.[15][16] In 1995, university president Thomas H. Jackson announced the launch of a "Renaissance Plan" for The College that, among several changes, reduced enrollment and created a more selective admissions process. The plan also revised the undergraduate curriculum significantly, creating the current system with only one required course and only a few distribution requirements (known as "clusters")

College Specialty

Specialty

The College Center for Advising Services facilitates academic and individual success by providing advisement to all undergraduate students in a respectful, supportive and confidential environment.

Alumni

Alumni

Vincent du Vigneaud (Ph.D. 1927), Nobel laureate (1955, chemistry) Arthur Kornberg (M.D. 1941, D.Sc. 1962), Nobel laureate (1959, physiology or medicine) Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (B.S. 1943), Nobel laureate (1976, physiology or medicine) Steven Chu (B.A. math and B.S. physics 1970), Nobel laureate (1997, physics), U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009-2013) Masatoshi Koshiba (Ph.D 1955), Nobel laureate (2002, physics)

Campus

Campus

Suburban/Urban,[2] 600 Acres (2.4 Km2)

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