The Greater Rochester, NY region is home to 19 exceptional colleges and universities with close to 80,000 students and nearly 19,000 graduates per year. Rochester area colleges and universities attract some of the best minds in the country, and we have the jaw-dropping R&D resources that make other communities envious. Each of these institutions provides unsurpassed learning opportunities.
Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report consistently rank many of Rochester's public high schools among the best in the nation. The Daily Beast also recognized Rochester as one of the top ten smartest cities based on the educational attainment levels of our workforce as well as our intellectual environment. With our brains and impressive assets, you're sure to succeed.
|Population 25 years and older
||Rochester, NY MSA
|Some College, no degree
|Graduate or professional degree
|% High school graduate or higher
|% Bachelor's degree or higher
|Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2019
In addition to the high quality of education, the local workforce is highly-skilled and productive. More than 90% have a high school degree or equivalent, and 64% have some college education. Employers also give the local workforce high marks for work ethic, productivity compared to other company locations, and punctuality.
|4 Year Grad/Institutions
|Rochester Institute of Technology
|University of Rochester
|State University College at Brockport
|State University College at Geneseo
|St. John Fisher College
|Nazareth College of Rochester
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges
|Roberts Wesleyan College
|SUNY Empire State College - Genesee Valley*
|New York Chiropractic College
|St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry
|Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
|Subtotal 4-Year/Grad Institutions
Source: US Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (Fall 2019); Community resources*; Total enrollment includes all undergraduate enrollment
In close proximity to the Rochester area are other highly respected colleges and universities, whose graduates often accept jobs in the Rochester region. They include: Alfred University, Canisius College, Cornell University, D'Youville College, Medaille College, Syracuse University, Wells College, NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, State University of Technology at Alfred, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College.
K-12 STEM Education Partnerships
Project Lead the Way: Project Lead the Way(PLTW) is the nation's single largest provider of K-12 STEM curricula. Rochester Institute of Technology was the first university to partner with PLTW, in 1996.
Pathways in Technology: Pathways in Technology (PTECH) Early College High School is a collaboration between the Rochester City School District and Monroe Community College. The program preps students for careers in IT and allows them to earn an associate degree at no cost, along with their high school diploma.
RIT K-12 Academy: RIT K-12 Academy provides cutting-edge summer STEM programs for students such as Robocamp, Bioscience camp, Women in Computing, 3D Digital Graphics Modelling for Games, and coding workshops.
FIRST Robotics The Rochester region is home to more than 115 FIRST teams. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is universally recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids at all grade levels worldwide.
VISTA Teach: VISTA Teach is a program of NYS certified and practicing elementary and middle school teachers, working in partnership with Allendale Columbia School to offer STEM courses specializing in the programming and design of interactive structures and smart robots.
ICanCode: ICanCode is an after-school coding club for students in grades 2-10 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester and St. Joseph School. ICanCode also offers year-round academic enrichment programs in computer programming.
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