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    Residential Acceptance Packet

    Pre-College Programs | 2023 Information Packet
    Welcome, Students and Parents!

    Welcome to the University of Rochester's Pre-College Programs. This summer, you will get a true residential college experience: socializing on the quad on your way to class, utilizing the University's multimedia center, and studying in the dorm lounge. There's always something to see and do as you learn to balance your academic work and social life. Whether you are pursuing a Full Day Intensive or some of our Half Day Courses, you have the independence to explore campus life in a way that is interesting to you.

    As you read on, you will find information on everything from moving in to the dorms to tips on health and safety while you are living on campus.

    Our job is to make your stay as rewarding, fun, and safe as possible. Should you have questions, comments, or concerns
    now or after you arrive for the programplease contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at or (585) 275-3221 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, MondayFriday. Our staff will be happy to assist you.

    Thank you for choosing to spend time at the University of Rochester. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

    To confirm acceptance to Pre-College Programs, please remember to return the final payment and submit the residential acceptance paperwork 4-weeks prior to the start of classes.

    University of Rochester

    Office of Pre-College Programs

    P.O. Box 270034

    Rochester, NY 14627-0034

    Phone: (585) 275-3221

    Required Acceptance Forms
    The following forms are required to be filled out by both the participating student and their parent/guardian. Failure to complete all forms outlined below will prohibit the student from checking in to and attending Pre-College Programs.
    Check-In and Check-Out
    ProgramMove In DateMove Out Date
    Full Day IntensivesJuly 9July 29
    Half Day Courses Session AJuly 9July 22
    Half Day Courses Session BJuly 23July 29

    Move In Day Check-In Schedule

    9:00 am1:00 pm | Check-In/Move-In & Campus Tours
    Follow the Pre-College Programs "Move-In" signs along Wilson Boulevard
    Check in will start at 9:00 am on the designated move-in dates and check-in should take approximately 15 minutes. Once the student is checked in, the process of moving in may begin, including unloading suitcases, boxes, etc. and getting settled into the room. Tour times will vary throughout move-in hours and will depart from the residence hall. Please watch for an email closer to the start of the program with further details regarding other activities and information.

    A continuous airport shuttle will be available on move-in days from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for those arriving at the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Those traveling by bus or train are encouraged to make taxi arrangements from designated stations. Students arriving or departing outside of designated shuttle times may need to make other arrangements for transportation to campus. Please contact our office if this is the case.

    11:30 am
    1:30 pm | Lunch at Campus Dining Center
    A meal ticket for the student and their family will be provided.
    Once the student is settled into their room, they can walk to the campus dining center for a variety of lunch options, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Students can ask one of the Pre-College Programs staff members for directions to the dining center.

    3:00 pm | Student and Parent Welcome & Orientation (Feldman Ballroom)
    All students and parents are encouraged to attend this session in the Feldman Ballroom in the Douglass building. You will be welcomed to the program and to campus, introduced to staff, and have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered. There will be information about the program, policies, contact information, daily schedule, class locations, and more. If you have signed up for multiple sessions, you will not need to attend the Welcome twice. Students can ask one of the Pre-College staff members for directions to the Douglass building or wait for a group to be escorted over by a staff member.

    5:00 pm | Student Dinner and Evening Activities
    Students can start to experience campus life by enjoying dinner in the dining center. The dining center has vegetarian and gluten free options. Student with dietary needs are encouraged to speak directly with the Dining Facilities Manager or Chef to help guide them further.  After dinner, the Pre-College staff will host a variety of activities so students can start to learn more about their fellow Pre-College Programs participants.

    Move Out Day Check-Out Schedule
    9:00 am12:00 pm | Check-Out and Move-Out
    Student may check out with a Pre-College staff member and completely move out of the residence hall between 9:00 am and noon on their designated move-out day. Students should have all of their personal belongings packed and rooms organized before checking out. Alternate arrangements may be coordinated on a case-by-case basis with the Pre-College staff (i.e., Checking out before 9:00 am due to an earlier flight). Please note that alternate check-in or check-out dates may incur an additional fee per day. 

    At the time of check-out, students will notify their Pre-College Counselor that they are ready to leave. The counselor will do a room inspection and sign off on each student's check-out to indicate that the room is in good condition and that all personal materials have been packed. Before students are authorized to leave, they must give the check-out personnel their room key.

    A continuous airport shuttle to the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) will be available on move-out days from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Those traveling from bus or train are encourages to make taxi arrangements to designated stations. Students arriving or departing outside of designated shuttle times will need to make arrangement with our office.

    Getting To Campus
    Maps and Directions
    No matter how you plan to travel, you probably want to know the best way to get here. And since visiting a new campus can be disorienting the first time, it helps to know where you're going once you get here.

    The best place to find campus maps is on the 
    University of Rochester Maps. In addition to maps of all University campuses, it has information and pictures for most campus buildings.

    Get turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps by searching "Joseph C Wilson Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14627."

    The University's River Campus is about two miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport (airport code ROC). Commercial taxi service and car rentals are available from the airport. Cab fare is approximately $10
    15, depending on the number of people and luggage.

    A continuous airport shuttle will be available on move-in and move-out days from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Students arriving or departing outside of designated shuttle times will need to make other arrangements for transportation to the airport.

    For local students, the Rochester city buses stop at several locations on the River Campus, as well as the Medical Center and Eastman campuses. For schedule and bus route information, visit 

    The Greyhound station is located at 186 Cumberland Street. Schedule and fairs can be found by visiting 

    The Rochester Amtrak station is located at 320 Central Avenue. Taxi and car-rental services are available, and the station is located on the municipal bus line that serves the River Campus. Schedule and fares can be found on 

    Once you arrive on campus, follow the Pre-College Programs "Move-In" signs along Wilson Boulevard.

    What To Bring

    Based on your personal dress preferences, you will be the best judge of how much clothing you want to bring. The following list may be used as a guide and should provide you with a sufficient variety of clothing for your stay. Students should be prepared for the weather, and dress appropriately for their classes. Closed-toe shoes and pants (no skirts, shorts or dresses) for those working in labs. You may want to have some nicer clothing for special occasions, such as a dance! Remember, laundry facilities are available in the residence halls.
    • Casual shirts or tops
    • Shorts
    • Pajamas
    • Jeans or skirts for off-campus outings
    • Sneakers/casual walking shoes
    • Athletic clothing
    • Rain gear
    • Bathrobe
    • Swimwear
    • Underclothing
    • Sweaters/sweatshirt
    • Light jacket
    You are responsible for bringing your own toiletry and personal hygiene items. You may want to bring a small basket or carrying case to transport items between your room and the bathrooms/showers.
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Soap
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Hair dryer
    • Extra contact lenses/glasses
    • Deodorant
    • Sunscreen
    • Shower shows/flip flops
    • Comb/brush
    • Shower caddy
    • Personal medications
    • Additional person hygiene items
    Dorm Rooms
    You will need to bring your own linens and anything else required to make your room feel like home. Please note that the residence hall and rooms are not air conditioned.

    Recommended Items
    • Sheets (XL twin size)
    • Comforter/blanket
    • Pillows
    • Pillowcases
    • Alarm clock
    • Fan
    • Towels (bath, hand, and washcloth)
    Optional Items
    • Clothes hangers
    • Pictures
    • Anything else to make the room seem more like home
    • A shirt/socks/other items for tie dye
    You may also want to consider bringing the following items:
    • Notebooks
    • Pens/pencils
    • Individual laundry detergent
    • Laundry bag
    • Water bottle/drinking glass
    • Recreation and sports equipment
    • Cell phone and charger
    • Laptop and charger 
    • Universal Plug Adapter (mostly for international students)
    • Sunglasses
    Course supplies for all classes and workshops are included with tuition. 

    Total program fees include tuition, room and board (including a basic on-campus meal plan), and some course materials. You will want to bring money for printing, laundry, dining out, bus and cab fares, postal service, toiletries, snacks, weekend trips, and other incidentals. Consider your own personal spending habits and budget when deciding how much money to bring with you to campus.

    There is a branch of Chase Bank on campus, as well as Chase and HSBC ATMs. Any money you bring onto campus is your responsibility. Do not keep large amounts of money with you or in your room.

    Bringing a Computer to Campus
    You may wish to bring your own personal computer to campus. Computers are welcome, and are safe in your room if you follow basic safety procedures and always lock your door.

    The residence halls and many other areas on campus have high-speed wireless internet access. Computers are also available in various on-campus computer labs and in the IT Center in the library.

    Trips and Activities
    After class, Pre-College students are invited to complement their academic experience by joining in activities such as college preparatory workshops, organized games, informative workshops, and group outings to explore area neighborhoods and attractions in the Rochester community. Off-campus activities this summer may include:
    • George Eastman House and Museum
    • The Strong Museum of Play
    • Rochester Red Wings Game
    • Rochester Museum & Science Center
    • Seabreeze Amusement Park
    • Memorial Art Gallery
    • Darien Lake Six Flag
    • Maid of the Mist
    A schedule of activities and events will be available closer to the start of the Programs.

    General Information
    Residence Hall Life
    Students will be housed in a campus residence hall with a laundry/vending and study area. Each floor has a lounge and kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. The residence hall is located near the center of campus, including the on-campus dining locations.

    Each room is furnished with XL twin beds, three-drawer dressers, wardrobe closet, computer desks with chairs, bookshelves, and high-speed wireless internet service. All rooms have basic window coverings for privacy. Students need to bring their own linens.

    Laundry Facilities
    The residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities.

    Roommate Assignments
    We try to make the summer experience as much like a first-year college experience as possible, and part of that experience is learning to live with new people. Therefore, you will share a room with another Pre-College student, and in some circumstances, there may be three students to a room. While we do not take roommate requests, you will be matched with your roommate based on gender, age/grade, and "best fit" characteristics identified through your application paperwork. You will live in a residence hall with other students from the program, where you will be able to participate in activities planned by the Pre-College Counselor (PCC). Students may be placed in a single room; however, this is rare.

    Unfortunately, roommates' names and contact information will not be available before the summer program begins. Releasing this information would be inconsistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

    If roommate difficulties arise, the Pre-College staff will assist in mediating.

    Students must check in with their Pre-College Counselor On-Duty by 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Students must remain in the residence hall until 7:00 am. Adhering to the check-in policy is the student's responsibility. Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the program. This rule is in effect to ensure student safety.

    An on-campus dining plan is included in the program costs. Students will enjoy a wide range of food options at dining halls, coffee shops, and restaurants all over campus. Vegetarian and kosher meals are available at most locations or upon request, and the dining hall staff will work with students who have specific dietary needs. Upon arrival, students will be issued an ID card, which they may use for dining services on campus. Money left over on a student's meal plan at the end of the program is nonrefundable.

    Room Key
    Students will be issued a key giving them access to their room. It is a student's responsibility to keep their room locked and secure at all times. There is a $125 fee for lost or unreturned keys and/or a $50 fee for lost conference cards, which will be billed directly to the student at the end of the program. Please be sure to return your room key and conference card (if applicable) at check-out.

    Communicating With Students
    Mail and packages can be send to the students using the following address:
    Student's Name
    c/o University of Rochester Pre-College Programs
    Box 270034
    Rochester, New York 14627


    Athletic Facilities
    The Goergen Athletic Center features an 11,000 square foot fitness/weight facility, an indoor running track, and indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, racquetball/handball courts, and basketball/volleyball courts. Athletic/game items (basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, etc.) will be available for student's use. Please note: In order for a student to utilize the athletic center, the waiver included in this form must be signed by both the student and parent/guardian.

    In addition to the athletic center, the River Campus has a number of outdoor recreational facilities, including tennis courts, a 400-meter track, and a softball field. Located alongside the Genesee River, Genesee Valley Park features many jogging trails, golf courses, and recreational playing fields for use by the University community. Students may explore the park grounds when accompanied by a Pre-College staff member.

    Attendance Policy: Absences and Tardiness
    Attendance is taken at the start of each class. Coming to class everyday and engaging in a positive manner is a very important part of the Program and classes should only be missed in the case of an emergency or illness. If you are not feeling well or are running late to class, you will need to inform one of the Pre-College Staff members immediately. Parents of residential students will be notified of all concerns as it relates to their students participation. 

    Code of Conduct
    Students in the Pre-College Program engage in a challenging academic experience. In order to ensure that the Pre-College Programs can be fully dedicated to their academic and educational missions, students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Discipline/Academic Expectations. A signed copy must be submitted to confirm acceptance.

    Courses at the Medical Center and Eastman Dental Center
    Your instructor will be waiting in the lobby of the Medical Center (Flaum Atrium) or Eastman Dental Center to greet you and escort you to class each day. They will be there 15 minutes prior to the start of class. Please arrive on time. If you are late or are unable to find your class, please call (585) 275-3221 and a member of our staff will meet you to escort you to the classroom. Students attending classes in the Medical Center or Eastman Dental Center will be escorted to and from lunch by representatives from the Office of Pre-College Programs.

    Emergency Procedures
    Instructors have been given detailed information on the proper procedures should an emergency situation occur. In such an event, a Pre-College Programs staff member will contact parents directly. If parents cannot be reached, we will call the alternate emergency contact provided.

    University of Rochester Admissions Information
    Information sessions and campus tours are typically available Monday-Friday at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in Wallis Hall, where students and parents can learn about the curriculum and applying to the University. Information sessions are followed by tours of campus lead by an undergraduate student. Admissions interviews are available for rising seniors. Pre-College Staff members will be scheduling interviews over the course of the program weeks; watch for more information at the Welcomes and in the dorms.

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