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University of Rochester

Rochester, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate41%
Acceptance Rate41%

University of Rochester Admissions

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 submit their applications to University of Rochester for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

University of Rochester Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of University of Rochester's admissions stats.

University of Rochester 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 71.4%
Mean SAT Score 1440
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 22%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
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 January 25 March 15

Considering 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.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ 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 45%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 41%. Last year, University of Rochester admitted 603 of the 1341 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will 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 the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Rochester Admissions

Transferring to University of Rochester

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of Rochester

University of Rochester has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding 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 shine.

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

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

University of Rochester 2022-2023 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
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, 19.9% submitted a class rank. At University of Rochester 71.4% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 93% were in the top 25% and 99.7% 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 23.47%
3.75 and 3.99 36.84%
3.50 and 3.74 24.8%
3.25 and 3.49 10.64%
3.00 and 3.24 3.52%
2.50 and 2.9 0.66%
2.00 and 2.49 0.07%

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 reflects 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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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, 22% of University of Rochester's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% 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 1390 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Rochester 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1390, 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 780 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Rochester students scored 740 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for University of Rochester?

To be most competitive at University of Rochester, you should strive to earn between 31 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Rochester's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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 25. 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:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

University of Rochester Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Rochester?

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

Does University of Rochester accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Rochester accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ University of Rochester accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

❌ No, University of Rochester is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting 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?

✅ University of Rochester has an acceptance rate of 41%.

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

✅ University of Rochester's early decision acceptance rate was 45% 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 41%. This means that the institution accepts 40 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Rochester Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 25

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 25.

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

University of Rochester SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1390 - 1500


Math SAT Range

710 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1500 and Above


1390 to 1500


1390 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Rochester students is 1440. Applicants with SAT scores of 1500 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Rochester, while applicants with SAT scores between 1390 to 1500 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1390 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 3.75. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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