Best colleges in Rochester

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New York is known for its high rent and fast-paced city life. But, tucked away in Rochester, you’ll find 2 major universities with affordable living nearby. Self-described as “putting the ‘roc’ in Rochester,” the city is home to a vibrant urban music scene, which created a culture that has spilled over into academics. Many creative students are attending the universities for music, art, and theatre. Other majors popular in New York schools include business management, computer engineering, information technology, and mechanics. For those who love Rochester and wish to hang around post-graduation, there’s good news. Many major American companies are headquartered here, including Bausch & Lomb, Western Union, Selden Motor Vehicle Company, and Harris Interactive.

Rochester is home to a few great breweries as well as 11 bars and countless restaurants. On your days off from studying, enjoy one of the many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, paddling, boating on the Erie Canal, or spending a day at Seabreeze Amusement Park. Soak in some culture with one of the best collections of museums on the East Coast, including the Rochester Museum & Science Center. The Park Avenue Neighborhood has a desirable shopping destination with a trendy vibe and delicious lunch options. Be sure to stop by Stever’s Chocolates for dessert, or peruse the Rochester Public Market, voted America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market in 2010.* Since Rochester is one of the most affordable housing markets in New York state, many college graduates opt to stay in the area to raise a family. At the end of the day, Rochester is an economical, friendly town with plenty of memories waiting to be made.

Click Here to See the Best Colleges in the US*American Farmland Trust, 2010 *www.visitrochester.com *Wikipedia, “Rochester Area Colleges”

Best Four Year Universities in Rochester

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

University of Rochester offers 283 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 3,581 students graduated with students earning 1,660 Bachelor's degrees, 1,403 Master's degrees, 365 Doctoral degrees, and 153 Certificates.

Saint John Fisher College offers 61 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,011 students graduated with students earning 677 Bachelor's degrees, 209 Master's degrees, 120 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Certificates.

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Rochester Institute of Technology offers 224 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 4,051 students graduated with students earning 2,715 Bachelor's degrees, 1,082 Master's degrees, 108 Associate's degrees, 98 Certificates, and 48 Doctoral degrees.

SUNY College at Geneseo offers 63 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 1,243 students graduated with students earning 1,184 Bachelor's degrees, and 59 Master's degrees.

Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester, NY

Roberts Wesleyan College offers 85 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 619 students graduated with students earning 415 Bachelor's degrees, and 204 Master's degrees.

SUNY Brockport
Brockport, NY

SUNY Brockport offers 146 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a outlying town. In 2020, 2,275 students graduated with students earning 1,863 Bachelor's degrees, 337 Master's degrees, and 75 Certificates.

Nazareth College
Rochester, NY

Nazareth College offers 96 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 909 students graduated with students earning 568 Bachelor's degrees, 287 Master's degrees, and 54 Doctoral degrees.

University of Minnesota-Rochester offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 117 students graduated with students earning 117 Bachelor's degrees.

Widener University
Chester, PA

Widener University offers 171 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,712 students graduated with students earning 704 Bachelor's degrees, 605 Master's degrees, 375 Doctoral degrees, 23 Associate's degrees, and 5 Certificates.

Keuka College
Keuka Park, NY

Keuka College offers 39 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2020, 540 students graduated with students earning 403 Bachelor's degrees, 130 Master's degrees, and 7 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Rochester

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2020, 45 students graduated with students earning 45 Associate's degrees.

Monroe Community College
Rochester, NY

Monroe Community College offers 152 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 1,874 students graduated with students earning 1,595 Associate's degrees, and 279 Certificates.

Finger Lakes Community College offers 106 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 609 students graduated with students earning 578 Associate's degrees, and 31 Certificates.

Rochester Community and Technical College offers 96 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2020, 821 students graduated with students earning 695 Associate's degrees, and 126 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Rochester

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Rochester Logo University of Rochester Rochester, NY
5/5
15 : 1 11,741
Saint John Fisher College Logo Saint John Fisher College Rochester, NY
5/5
17 : 1 3,610
Rochester Institute of Technology Logo Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
5/5
16 : 1 16,158
SUNY College at Geneseo Logo SUNY College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY
3/5
20 : 1 4,911
Roberts Wesleyan College Logo Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
5/5
20 : 1 1,706