University of Rochester

About one year after the University was founded in 1850, Rochester adopted its beloved motto, Meliora–Latin for “ever better.” One of the world’s leading research universities, Rochester has a long tradition of breaking boundaries—always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning. Rochester researchers are scientists and scholars, inventors and conservators, artists and analysts. They know many of the best breakthroughs in knowledge and creativity occur by crossing boundaries.

With just over 4,500 undergraduates and $438 million in annual research funding, Rochester is one of the smallest and most collegiate in character among the nation’s top research universities. However, the University of Rochester Medical Center and University of Rochester are home to more than 3,000 researchers and 500+ labs dedicated to scientific research. Over the last five years, URMC has garnered more than $1.18 billion in biomedical research funding, landing the University in the top 26th percentile of U.S. medical centers in federal research funding. These efforts have led to therapies that have saved countless lives and improved human health locally, in the region, and across the globe.

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