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University of Rochester Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Rochester, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 5 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from University of Rochester by March 15.

University of Rochester Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of Rochester 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 71%
Mean SAT Score 1412
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 64%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to University of Rochester?

University of Rochester offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/5.

The early decision acceptance rate at University of Rochester is 37%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 35%. Last year, University of Rochester admitted 525 of the 1407 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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

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

In 2021, University of Rochester accepted 35% of students, around 6,947 of the 19,607 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

In 2021, University of Rochester waitlisted 3,587 students. Of those, 2,111 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does University of Rochester Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating 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 put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of Rochester

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Rochester 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of Rochester must submit the following items. Double check 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

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, 24.8% submitted a class rank. At University of Rochester 71% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 92.5% were in the top 25% and 99.3% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Rochester, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 24.8%
3.75 and 3.99 35.44%
3.50 and 3.74 23.06%
3.25 and 3.49 11.81%
3.00 and 3.24 3.96%
2.50 and 2.9 1.05%
2.00 and 2.49 0.08%

University of Rochester does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 64% of University of Rochester's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Rochester?

To be competitive with other University of Rochester applicants, you should strive to earn between 1350 and 1480 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Rochester 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1480 and 25% of scored lower than 1350, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Rochester student is 1412.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Rochester students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Rochester students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Rochester?

To be most competitive at University of Rochester, you should strive to earn between 30 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 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Rochester students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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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 26. 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 make the call if you want to to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is University of Rochester's acceptance rate?

University of Rochester's acceptance rate is 35%.

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

University of Rochester's early decision acceptance rate was 37% 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 35%. This means that the institution accepts 35 out of every 100 applicants.



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University of Rochester Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 26

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 26.

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

University of Rochester ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


30 to 34


30 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Rochester is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Rochester. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Rochester SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1480


Math SAT Range

680 - 790


Reading SAT Range

650 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1480 and Above


1350 to 1480


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Rochester students is 1412. Applicants with SAT scores of 1480 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Rochester, while applicants with SAT scores between 1350 to 1480 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1350 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.

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