University of Rochester(NY)

University of Rochester (NY)

Common Application

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016
Regular Decision: Jan. 5, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please         share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn            from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions: 

l   The University of Rochester provides students the opportunity to build their own curriculum based on their own unique strengths and interests. Aligned with this philosophy, we            wish to provide applicants the ability to build their individual supplemental response. Please select one the following methods that best illustrates your interest in attending the            University of Rochester and will best highlight your individual talents and interests.

l   February 2015 saw global, record-breaking low temperatures in the Eastern US and Rochester. Students here who thrive in white winters (and three beautiful other seasons)                wonder how can you make Rochester “ever-cooler”?

Documents Required: 

  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Official score reports of TOEFL 
  • School Report
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Teacher Evaluations

Other Information:

Address: University of Rochester, 
               Office of Admissions, 
               300 Wilson Boulevard, 
               Rochester, NY 14627-0251

Phone: 585-275-3221
Fax: 585-461-4595
Application Info:

SAT/TOEFL Code: 2928
ACT Code: 2980