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University of Rochester

Rochester, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate39%

University of Rochester Admissions

It is very difficult to get into University of Rochester. The acceptance rate at University of Rochester is 39%. Last year, 19,960 students applied to University of Rochester and 7,762 were admitted.

If you are applying to University of Rochester, the regular decision application deadline is January 5 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Students who apply to University of Rochester for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.

University of Rochester Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Rochester's admissions stats.

University of Rochester 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 62%
Mean SAT Score 1440
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

University of Rochester Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Rochester.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 5 February 7
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 5 April 1

Applying Early to University of Rochester?

University of Rochester offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 5. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 7.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Rochester is 43%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 39%. In 2022, University of Rochester admitted 614 of the 1437 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Rochester Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Rochester?

It is very difficult to get into University of Rochester. University of Rochester evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, University of Rochester accepted 39% of students, around 7,762 from 19,960 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like University of Rochester, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to University of Rochester

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Rochester

In 2022, University of Rochester waitlisted 2,138 students and 1,207 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 7 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Rochester?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Rochester

What does University of Rochester consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Rochester for more information on admission factors.

University of Rochester Application Requirements

To apply to University of Rochester, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with University of Rochester's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement – √ – –
Interview – √ – –
Other Requirements – – √ International, Home-Schooled, Transfers. Audition for Eastman School of Music.
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2 – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Rochester?

Students admitted to University of Rochester have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 18% submitted a class rank. At University of Rochester 62% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 90% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Rochester, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 23.15%
3.75 and 3.99 38.86%
3.50 and 3.74 24.3%
3.25 and 3.49 9.46%
3.00 and 3.24 3.56%
2.50 and 2.9 0.67%
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Rochester directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Rochester is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 29% of University of Rochester's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Rochester?

To be competitive with other University of Rochester applicants, you should aim to score between 1410 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Rochester 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1410, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Rochester student is 1440.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Rochester students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 680 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Rochester students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 680 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Rochester, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Rochester's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Rochester students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to University of Rochester

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to University of Rochester.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 12. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Rochester during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

University of Rochester Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Rochester?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Rochester.

Does University of Rochester accept transfer credits?

βœ… University of Rochester accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does University of Rochester accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… University of Rochester accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Rochester?

❌ No, University of Rochester is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Rochester's acceptance rate?

βœ… University of Rochester has an acceptance rate of 39%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Rochester?

βœ… University of Rochester's early decision acceptance rate was 43% in 2021.

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University of Rochester Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Rochester? University of Rochester is a very selective institution. The University of Rochester acceptance rate is 39%. This means that the institution accepts 38 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Rochester Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 12

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Rochester is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Rochester is Jun 12.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Rochester SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1410 - 1520


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

680 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1520 and Above


1410 to 1520


1410 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Rochester students is 1440. Applicants with SAT scores of 1520 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Rochester, while applicants with SAT scores between 1410 to 1520 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1410 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Rochester.

University of Rochester GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Rochester, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.76. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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