Rochester Area Colleges

There are 3,901 colleges and universities in the United States and 21 of them are within a short distance of the city of Rochester.

Our area colleges are listed below by Rochester city school student enrollment.

Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College

1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, N.Y. 14623
585.292.2000
http://www.monroecc.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
16,000
Admissions deadline
Open
Acceptance rate
100%
Students receiving aid
82%
Finger Lakes Community College

Finger Lakes Community College

3325 Marvin Sands Drive
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585.394.3522
http://www.flcc.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
6,500
Admissions deadline
Open
Acceptance rate
100%
Students receiving aid
75%
Genesee Community College

Genesee Community College

1 College Road
Batavia, NY 14020
585.343.0055
http://www.genesee.edu

Located in Batavia, a 45 minute 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 of 18-to-1.
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Undergrad enrollment
7,000
Admissions deadline
Open
Acceptance rate
100%
Students receiving aid
87%
Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology

One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
585.475.2411
http://www.rit.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
14,000
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
60%
Students receiving aid
75%
Buffalo State

SUNY Buffalo State

1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14222
716.878.4000
http://suny.buffalostate.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
11,000
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
49%
Students receiving aid
84%
Alfred State

Alfred State
SUNY College of Technology

10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
607.587.4215
http://www.alfredstate.edu

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 offers cutting edge programs with a focus on project-based learning.  Alfred State has over 70 different programs of study including bachelors and associate degrees and professional certifications. Popular majors include: Architecture, Nursing, Forensic Science Technology, Veterinary Technology, Automative Service, Building Trades and many more. With an 18:1 student to faculty ratio, the school notes that it has a 99 percent continuing education and placement rate. 
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Undergrad enrollment
3,600
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
55%
Students receiving aid
88%
SUNY Brockport

SUNY College at Brockport

350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
585.395.2796
http://www.brockport.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
7,000
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
48%
Students receiving aid
82%
St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College

3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
585.395.2796
http://www.sjfc.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
2,900
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
63%
Students receiving aid
82%
University of Rochester

University of Rochester

500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14627
585.275.3221
http://www.rochester.edu

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 each of $145,000 to $192,000 over four years.
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Undergrad enrollment
6,200
Admissions deadline
Jan. 1
Acceptance rate
36%
Students receiving aid
52%
SUNY University at Buffalo

SUNY University at Buffalo

12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14620
716.645.2000
http://www.buffalo.edu

With a total enrollment of almost 30,000 students (20,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students), the University at Buffalo is the largest university in the Northeastern United States. Students can choose from more than 100 undergraduate degrees, 205 master's degrees, and 94 doctoral and professional degrees. UB has the widest range of academic programs of any public institution in New York or New England. The most popular programs are Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Engineering, Psychology, Biology, and Communications. From sports to clubs to academic opportunities, students looking for a “big school” experience can definitely find it at UB.
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Undergrad enrollment
20,000
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
57%
Students receiving aid
68%
Bryant & Stratton College

Bryant & Stratton College

Henrietta Campus
1225 Jefferson Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623
585.292.5627
bryantstratton.edu

Bryant & Stratton College

Greece Campus
854 Long Pond Rd.
Rochester, NY 14612
585.720.0660
bryantstratton.edu

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. The school, a for-profit institution, emphasizes its accessibility, career training, and flexibility for both traditional and non-traditional students.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,000
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
N/A
Students receiving aid
Majority
Nazareth College

Nazareth College

4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
716.645.2000
http://www.naz.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
2,000
Admissions deadline
Feb. 1
Acceptance rate
68%
Students receiving aid
81%
SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585.245.5000
http://www.geneseo.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
5,000
Admissions deadline
Jan. 1
Acceptance rate
53%
Students receiving aid
48%
Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
585.594.6000
http://www.roberts.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,400
Admissions deadline
Aug. 15
Acceptance rate
73%
Students receiving aid
94%
Empire State College

Empire State College

Rochester Campus
1475 Winton Rd. North
Rochester, NY 14609
585.224.3200
http://www.esc.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
11,000 statewide
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
82%
Students receiving aid
N/A
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

337 Pulteney St.
Geneva, NY 14456
315.781.3000
http://www.hws.edu/

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
2,368
Admissions deadline
Feb. 1
Acceptance rate
50%
Students receiving aid
67%
St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure University

3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778
716.375.2000
http://www.sbu.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,800
Admissions deadline
July 1
Acceptance rate
80%
Students receiving aid
76%
Corning Community College

Corning Community College

1 Academic Dr.
Corning, NY 14830
607.962.9011
https://www.corning-cc.edu

Located in the city of Corning, an hour south of Rochester, Corning Community College offers degree and certificate programs in 15 different fields. Popular programs include: Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, Health Professions and Related Programs, and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.
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Undergrad enrollment
5,000
Admissions deadline
Open
Acceptance rate
100%
Students receiving aid
46%
Alfred University

Alfred University

1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
607.871.2111
http://www.alfred.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,900
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
70%
Students receiving aid
87%
Houghton College

Houghton College

1 Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY 14744
585.567.9200
http://www.houghton.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,100
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
91%
Students receiving aid
82%
Keuka College

Keuka College

141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478
315.279.5000
http://keuka.edu

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.
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Undergrad enrollment
1,900
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
88%
Students receiving aid
86%
Wells College

Wells College

170 Main St.
Aurora, NY 13026
315.364.3266
http://www.wells.edu

Wells was a women's college until 2005 when it enrolled its first male students. The Wells campus community remains very small with only slightly more than 500 students enrolled. While this may not be for everyone, the small size allows students and professors to cultivate meaningful academic relationships with each other. Wells students can take advantage of agreements that the school has with Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Cayuga Community College to cross-register for classes that may not be offered at Wells. Popular majors at Wells include English, Biology, Psychology, and History.
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Undergrad enrollment
530
Admissions deadline
Rolling
Acceptance rate
60%
Students receiving aid
99%