University of Rochester

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The University of Rochester (U of R, UR, or URoc) is a private, nonsectarian, research university located in Rochester, New York. The University grants undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degrees through six schools and various interdisciplinary programs. The University is home to several noted schools and programs, including the prestigious Eastman School of Music, the oldest optics program in the United States, and top 20 programs in political science and economics. The University enrolls approximately 4,600 undergraduates and 3,900 graduate students. The University of Rochester, along with its affiliated Strong Health System, is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area and the sixth largest employer in New York.[4] The University is also affiliated with numerous Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.



The University of Rochester was founded in 1850 as a Baptist-sponsored institution. The impetus to form the university came primarily from the little town of Hamilton, New York, which has been home to Colgate University since 1819.[5] In 1848, the Baptist Education Society planned to move Colgate University (Then known as Madison University) to the city of Rochester, but was halted by legal action. Dissenting Colgate trustees, faculty, and students founded the University of Rochester, receiving a charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on January 31, 1850. Classes began that November, with approximately 60 students enrolling, including 28 transfers from Madison.[6]

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