Rochester, on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, is rich with restaurants, music, theater, festivals, sports, and special events. Students attending colleges in Rochester can enjoy those attractions as well as recreation such as hiking, biking, paddling and skiing. The cost of living here is well below the national average. Upon graduation, students may seek careers with local companies. The main industries are health care, food services and — thanks to more than a dozen colleges and universities in Rochester — education.
New York State's Smart Scholars and Smart Transfer programs let students earn college credit while still in high school.
Students interested in cosmetology can select from several colleges in the area, such as Continental School of Beauty Culture or Sharp Edgez Barber Institute. Those interested in a career as a licensed massage therapist can consider Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage.
Monroe Community College offers more than 100 programs on campus or online. Options range from automotive apprentice training, HVAC, and addictions counseling to emergency medical services, criminal justice, hospitality management, paralegal studies, and much more.
University of Rochester offers more than 75 undergraduate majors. Instead of general education requirements, students choose a major and two clusters from humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences and engineering.
St. John Fisher College, a Catholic institution composed of five schools, emphasizes liberal arts as well as career-focused education in fields like nursing and business. The school also nurtures the development of values and community service.
At Nazareth College, students can study for one of the school's 60 majors on the 150-acre wooded campus. This private institution emphasizes experiential learning and civic engagement.
All three of the aforementioned four-year Rochester colleges offer an impressive number of graduate programs. The University of Rochester has advanced programs in liberal arts, business, and science; St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College focus on liberal arts, education, medicine/health and business.
Rochester Institute of Technology is among the top 100 elite research universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. RIT offers some unique doctoral programs such as astrophysics, imaging science, color science and sustainability.
To learn about other higher education institution in the state, explore our list of New York colleges.