University of Rochester

The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or U of Rochester) is a private research university in Rochester, New York.[8] The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

University of Rochester
Latin: Universitas Rocestriensis
MottoMeliora (Latin)
Motto in English
Ever Better (also, Always Better)
TypePrivate university
Established1850; 171 years ago (1850)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$2.61 billion (2020)[2]
Budget$4.80 billion (2020)[3]
PresidentSarah C. Mangelsdorf[4]
ProvostRobert Clark
Academic staff
3,000 faculty [5]
Administrative staff
30,000+ [5]
Students12,233 (Fall 2019)[6]
Undergraduates6,780 (Fall 2019)[6]
Postgraduates5,030 (Fall 2019)[6]
Other students
423 (Fall 2019)[6]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban/Urban, 600 acres (2.4 km2)
ColorsDandelion Yellow and Rochester Blue[7]
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIUAA
MascotRocky the Yellowjacket

The University of Rochester enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students. Its 158 buildings house over 200 academic majors. According to the National Science Foundation, Rochester spent $370 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 68th in the nation.[9] The university is the 7th largest employer in the Finger lakes region of New York.[10]

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is home to departments and divisions of note. The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 through a grant from Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb as the first educational program in the US devoted exclusively to optics, awards approximately half of all optics degrees nationwide,[11] and is widely regarded as the premier optics program in the nation, and among the best in the world.[12] The Departments of Political Science and Economics have made a significant and consistent impact on positivist social science since the 1960s,[13][14] and historically rank in the top 5 in their fields.[15][16] The Department of Chemistry is noted for its contributions to synthetic organic chemistry, including the first lab based synthesis of morphine.[17] The Rossell Hope Robbins Library serves as the university's resource for Old and Middle English texts and expertise.[18] The university is also home to Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a US Department of Energy supported national laboratory.[19]

The University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music ranks first among undergraduate music schools in the U.S.[20][21][22] The Sibley Music Library at Eastman is the largest academic music library in North America and holds the third largest collection in the United States.[23]

In its history, university alumni and faculty have earned 13 Nobel Prizes, 13 Pulitzer Prizes, 45 Grammy Awards, 20 Guggenheim Fellowships, 2 MacArthur Fellowships, 3 Rhodes Scholarships, and 1 National Medal of Science, while 5 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 4 to the National Academy of Engineering, 3 to the National Academy of Inventors, and 1 to the National Academy of Inventors Hall of Fame.[24][25]