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University of Rochester – Meliora – Ever Better

The University’s inspiring motto is Meliora; and its mission statement is Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and Make the World Ever Better.

Simon Business School students benefit from a University environment that fosters teamwork, encourages entrepreneurship, and is committed to research and academic excellence.

Academics and Units

The University of Rochester (UR) is one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. Over 2,000 faculty and instructional staff members and 11,100 students—approximately half of whom are women—take part in more than 200 academic majors offered by the University.

Rankings and Distinctions

The University of Rochester has been recognized worldwide as a leader in undergraduate and graduate education. Explore the University’s recent rankings below:

Kiplinger's (2014-2015)

  • Best values in private colleges: 28th

US News and World Report (2016)

  • National universities: No. 33
  • Best value schools: No. 26
  • Best colleges for veterans: No. 27
  • Best graduate schools—physics (atomic, molecular, and optical): No. 6
  • Best graduate schools—political science: No. 15
  • Best graduate schools—economics: No. 22
  • Best graduate schools—Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: No. 39

Center for World University Rankings (2015)

This global university ranking measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

  • World ranking: No. 81
  • U.S. ranking: No. 49

For nearly 100 years, University of Rochester graduates have made their marks in the fields of science, economics, business, medicine, literature, arts, and music.

Nobel Prizes

  • 2002: Masatoshi Koshiba ’55 (PhD), Nobel Prize in Physics
  • 1997: Steven Chu ’70, Nobel Prize in Physics
  • 1993: Robert Fogel, member of the economics faculty in the 1960s and ’70s, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
  • 1976: Carleton Gajdusek, ’43, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1959: Arthur Kornberg, ’41M (MD), Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1955: Vincent du Vigneaud, ’27 (PhD), biochemist; Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • 1943: Henrik Dam, senior research associate at Strong Memorial Hospital, 1942-45; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1934: George Whipple, founding dean of School of Medicine and Dentistry, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pulitzer Prizes

  1. 2004: Steven Hahn ’73 in history, for his book: A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration
  2. 1996: George Walker, ’56E (DMA) in music, for his composition, "Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra"
  3. 1993: Christopher Rouse, Eastman professor of composition, in music for his "Trombone Concerto"
  4. 1983: Galway Kinnell, ’49 (MA) in poetry
  5. 1979: Joseph Schwantner, Eastman faculty, in music
  6. 1975: Dominick Argento, ’58E (DMA), in music
  7. 1968: Anthony Hecht, English faculty, in poetry
  8. 1962: Robert Ward, ’39E (BM), in music
  9. 1960: George Abbott, ’11, in drama
  10. 1959: John La Montaine, ’39E (BA), in music
  11. 1952: Gail Kubik, ’34E (BM), in music
  12. 1944: Howard Hanson, Eastman faculty and director from 1924 to 1964, in music

Guggenheim Fellows

  • 2006: John Tarduno, professor of physics and astronomy and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2002: John P. Huelsenbeck, associate professor of biology
  • 2001: Hugo Hopenhayn, associate professor of economics
  • 2000: Alice L. Conklin, associate professor of history
  • 2000: H. Allen Orr, associate professor of biology
  • 1999: Janet Catherine Berlo, Susan B. Anthony Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and professor of art history
  • 1997: Joan Shelley Rubin, professor of history
  • 1997: David R. Williams, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, optics, and the Center for Visual Science
  • 1996: Morris Eaves, professor of English 1996: Shaul Mukamel, professor of Chemistry
  • 1995: James Longenbach, Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English
  • 1994: Linda Levy Peck, professor of history
  • 1993: John H. Thomas, professor of mechanical and aerospace sciences and of astronomy
  • 1993: Janet Wolff, professor of art history and of visual and cultural studies
  • 1992: R. J. Dwayne Miller, professor of chemistry and optics
  • 1992: Paul F. Slattery, professor of physics
  • 1992: Douglas H. Turner, professor of chemistry
  • 1991: Kenneth Gross, professor of English
  • 1990: Christopher C. Rouse, professor of composition, Eastman School of Music
  • 1988: Joanna Scott, Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English

MacArthur Fellows

  • 1992: Joanna Scott, Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English

Fulbright Scholars (2014-15)

  • Anisha Gundewar ’14 '14: India
  • Erin Slocum ’12: South Korea
  • Phil Pierick, Eastman doctoral student: Austria
  • Savannah Benton ’14: Malaysia
  • Shyam Venkateswaran ’14: India
  • Simone Zehren ’14: Turkey

Goldwater Scholars (2013-14)

  • Amanda Chen ’14

Marshall Scholars

  • 2008: Rachel Kincaid ’08E
  • 1988: Thuy Phung ’88, ’99M (MD/PhD)

Notable Alumni

  • Francis Bellamy, wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance, published in 1892
  • Myles Brand, president of the NCAA
  • Steven Chu, Nobel laureate in physics, former trustee of the university, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Renee Fleming, Grammy Award-winning operatic soprano
  • Robert Forster, Academy Award-nominated actor known for his roles in movies such as Jackie Brown
  • Jeremy Glick, 1993 alumnus and member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, who died aboard United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, after he and others attempted to overtake the hijackers
  • Michael Kanfer, Academy Award visual effects artists whose work appears in Titanic, Apollo 13, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Superman Returns
  • David Kearns, former CEO of Xerox and former U.S. deputy secretary of education
  • Robert Keegan, CEO of Goodyear
  • Larry Kudlow, columnist, CNBC senior contributor and host of "The Larry Kudlow Show"
  • Mitch Miller, conductor, record producer, and TV producer best known from "Sing Along with Mitch" programs in the 1950s
  • James Pawelczyk, NASA astronaut and mission specialist aboard the Columbia space shuttle
  • Debra Jo Rupp, actress best known for her role in TV’s "That '70s Show"
  • David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Andy Thomas, CEO of Heineken USA
  • William Warfield, internationally acclaimed bass-baritone known for his work in Show Boat and Porgy and Bess
  • Joseph Wilson, founder, president and CEO of Xerox Corporation

University of Rochester Medical Center

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is an integrated academic health center that consists of:

  • The School of Medicine and Dentistry,
  • University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group
  • Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Highland Hospital
  • Golisano Children's Hospital
  • James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
  • School of Nursing
  • Eastman Dental Center
  • Visiting Nurse Service
  • Highlands at Pittsford
  • Highlands at Brighton

URMC consistently ranks among the nation’s top academic medical centers; its student roster includes approximately 400 medical students, 550 graduate students, as well as 600 residents and fellows.

In the last decade alone, more than 20 new companies have been formed with URMC technologies. The University is among the top 10 institutions in the country in royalty revenues from licensed technologies and URMC operates with an overall budget of nearly $2 billion.

Learn more about the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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