About University of Rochester
University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is one of the nation's leading private universities. With just over 4,500 undergraduates, Rochester is one of the smallest and most collegiate in character among the top research universities
Founded in 1850, UR offers degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, as well as in several professional disciplines. Its undergraduate and graduate degree programs in political science, business administration and music are among the best in the nation. The Institute of Optics at the university is also the oldest optics program in the U.S., having granted about half of the optics degrees in the nation.
UR is a highly research oriented institution, hosting numerous centers of research, including the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, which boasts the most powerful ultraviolet laser in the world, and the University of Rochester Medical Center, featuring numerous biomedical and healthcare research facilities. Since 2005, UR with its affiliated Strong Health System, has been the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area.