Area College Admissions Counselors
There is an admissions counselor at each of these area colleges whose focus includes students from Rochester. Admissions advisors can offer information about applying to their school, and answer questions about whether the school is the best fit for you. If they can not answer your questions, they can direct you to someone who can.
Area colleges listed below are organized by the number of students from the Rochester City School District enrolled in each school. Schools listed first have the largest RCSD enrollment.
MCC is the higher education destination for the majority of students graduating from the Rochester City School District. MCC offers over 90 programs and provides students with a wide variety of degree options. The school's most popular programs are: General Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Nursing. Students can take advantage of flexible scheduling and campuses both in Brighton and downtown Rochester. MCC is an excellent place to gain a professional certification, degree, or build a foundation to continue studies at a 4-year university. The school offers some dormitory space, an unusual feature for a community college, and many competitive sports programs.
Located in Canandaigua with a satellite campus in Victor, FLCC offers more than 40 academic and certificate programs in 16 different fields. The most popular programs at FLCC are: Liberal Arts, Business/Marketing, Health Professions, and Environmental Science. In 2012, 96% of graduates continued their education after finishing their degree at FLCC.
RIT is one of the Northeast’s premier tech schools — but there’s a lot more to RIT than just computer science. RIT offers a wide variety of academic programs from Game Design and Development to Journalism to Economics. RIT’s most popular majors are: Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Visual and Performing arts, Engineering Technologies, and Business/Marketing. A significant part of the RIT experience is completing a co-op, a paid, full-time work experience. For some majors, co-ops are required; for others, they are strongly encouraged. RCSD graduates accepted to the school can take advantage of RIT's City Scholars program which provides full-tuition and additional mentoring to students.
Located in Batavia, a 45 minue drive from Rochester, GCC offers certificate and associate degree programs in 15 fields. GCC's most popular programs are: Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Business/Marketing, Security and Protective Services, Public Administration and Social Services. GCC has a student-faculty ratio to 18-to-1.
Located a quick drive from Rochester, the College at Brockport provides a more laid-back, small town college setting with easy access to family and amenities in the city. Brockport offers a lot more than just a quick commute though - 49 undergraduate majors, over 50 master's degree programs, and teacher certification in 26 areas. According to the college, Brockport awards approximately 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees in the Rochester area, with many alumni staying in Rochester to work or attend graduate school. The school's most popular majors are: Business/Marketing, Health Professions, Psychology, Security and Protective Services, Parks and Recreation, and Education. Students can also take advantage of Brockport's Rochester Educational Opportunity Center to gain career training for in-demand careers in the Rochester area. Most students qualify to attend REOC for free.
Buffalo State started as a teachers' college, but now offers over 170 academic programs. With a wide range clubs (over 40) and student organizations (20 fraternities and sororities), potential students have a lot to choose from in making the most of their Buff State experience. The most popular programs are: Education, Business/Marketing, Security and Protective Services, Social Services, and Communications. Buffalo State offers 8 men's and 11 women's collegiate sports. Students attending receive an average of $12,248 in financial aid per year.
A small private college close to home, Nazareth offers a broad spectrum of majors in the fields of education, health and human services, math and science, business management, and the visual and performing arts. The most popular programs at Nazareth are: Education, Health Professions, Business/Marketing, Psychology, and Visual and Performing Arts. Nazareth is home to a world class arts center. Community engagement is a cornerstone of the Nazareth experience with 95% of students participating in volunteer service.
Also known as SUNY College of Technology, Alfred State is a medium-sized school in a small town about an hour and a half from Rochester in Alfred, NY. This college has a primary focus on technology-based programs with project-based learning. But the school also has over 70 different programs of study including bachelors and associate degrees and professional certifications. Alfred's most popular programs are: Engineering Technologies, Business/Marketing, Computer and Information Sciences, and Mechanic and Repair Technologies. Full-time students can cross-register at nearby Alfred University for classes not offered by Alfred State for no additional cost.
A selective school ranked among the nation’s top 35 universities, the U of R offers a great mix of liberal arts education and scientific research. The school offers 75 undergraduate major programs and 50 graduate degree programs. The most popular are: Social Sciences, Biology, Health Professions, Visual and Performing Arts, and Psychology. Along with rigorous academic study, the U of R has a 95.5% freshman retention rate which is an indicator of high student satisfaction. RCSD graduates who are accepted to the U of R and meet certain income requirements can take advantage of the Rochester Promise, a tuition-free scholarship with an estimated value of $145,000 to $192,000 over four years.
St. John Fisher is a small, Catholic university located in the Rochester suburbs. Because of its small size, Fisher offers a tight-knit community feel on its campus. Also it can boast a good student-faculty ratio and high percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students — great for students who would like more personalized attention from professors. Students can choose from 33 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs such as pre-med. The most popular majors on campus are: Business/Marketing, Education, Health Professions, and Social Sciences.
Located an hour and a half from Rochester, Keuka College is nestled alongside Keuka Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. With enrollment under 1,000 at its main campus, students looking for a small school experience will definitely find it at Keuka. Despite its small size, Keuka has a global footprint with additional campuses in Vietnam and China. Keuka offers over 30 major programs with the most popular programs being: Health Professions, Business/Marketing, Education, and Security and Protective Services.
With flexible scheduling and public transit accessible campuses in Henrietta and Greece, Bryant & Stratton offers programs in criminal justice, business, accounting, and graphic design. The most popular programs at the two campuses are: Health Professions, Business, Security and Protective Services, and Legal Professions and studies. This school emphasizes its accessibility, career training, and flexibility for both traditional and non-traditional students.
Roberts Wesleyan is a good fit for students interested in a small school with a strong Christian component close to home. Most Roberts Wesleyan students maintain an active faith life during their time in college and beyond. Popular programs include: Health Professions, Business/Marketing, and Education.
One of two colleges located in Alfred, NY, Alfred University is a small private school an hour and a half south west of Rochester. This school has over 80 student organizations- most of which take part in Alfred University’s Hot Dog Day which includes raising money for local charities and eating lots of hot dogs. There are over 40 majors offered at Alfred University through five distinct disciplines including a world famous ceramics program. The most popular programs are: Visual and Performing Arts, Engineering, Biology, Business/Marketing, and Psychology.
The State University of New York at Geneseo is a rigorous liberal arts focused college in the historic village of Geneseo south of Rochester. Geneseo offers 39 undergraduate degrees and 21 interdisciplinary minors- with the most popular programs being: Education, Social Sciences, Biology, Business/Marketing, and Psychology. Students in nearly every academic department complete a capstone project which shows a student's extensive knowledge in a given subject or area during their senior year. Around 40% of Geneseo students take advantage of a strong study abroad program.
SUNY Empire State College was created to provide flexible education options for students, particularly adults, with busy schedules due to work and family responsibilities. The school has learning centers across the state that offer traditional courses and support in addition to the school’s online presence. Empire State College offers personalized degree options to students at both the associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree levels. Popular programs include Business/Marketing and Public Administration.
Located in Geneva, NY, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is really two colleges that operate as one. Male students attend Hobart College and female students attend William Smith College. Students attend classes together and share one campus but receive degrees from the respective colleges. HWS is a nationally ranked liberal arts school offering more than 40 majors and 60 minors. Over 60% of HWS students study abroad and 100% of students engage in community service activities. The most popular major at HWS is Social Sciences.
SBU is a small Catholic college two hours southwest of Rochester. Despite its small size, SBU fields teams in 14 different Division 1 sports as a member of the Atlantic-10 conference. Students can choose from 50 different majors and programs. A survey of graduates of the class of 2012 found that 95% were employed full time or in graduate school within six months after graduation. Popular programs at SBU include Business/Marketing, Communications/Journalism, Education, and Psychology.
Located in the city of Corning, an hour south of Rochester, Corning Community College has a 550-acre main campus. CCC offers more than 40 academic programs in both transfer and career. Popular programs include: Business, Criminal Justice, Community & Public Health, and Nursing.
A small Christian, liberal arts college, Houghton is located an hour and a half from Rochester. The Houghton campus and community are rooted in its Christian foundation. Houghton offers a wide variety of major degree programs as well as an associate’s degree in liberal arts. The most popular majors at Houghton are Business/Marketing, Education, Biology, and Visual and Performing Arts.
Wells College is a liberal arts institution located on the beautiful shores of Cayuga Lake, and is approximately an hour and a half away from Rochester. At Wells you can look forward to knowing all of your professors on a personal level, encountering intellectually stimulating classes and an overall campus culture dedicated to helping you pursue your passion. Popular majors include English, Biology, Psychology and Business.
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