Nineteen colleges and universities fuel our future talent pipeline.

Photo by Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY Education Information

The Greater Rochester, NY region is home to 19 exceptional colleges and universities with more than 75,000 students and nearly 19,000 graduates per year. Colleges in Rochester, NY attract some of the best minds in the country. Each of these institutions provides unsurpassed learning opportunities.

U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks many of Rochester’s public high schools among the best in the nation. With our brains and impressive assets, you’re sure to succeed. 

Build Strong Foundations Through Quality Education

Population 25 years and olderRochester, NY MSANational Average
Some college, no degree17.4%20.3%
Associate’s degree12.1%8.6%
Bachelor’s degree19.7%20.2%
Graduate or professional degree15.9%12.7%
% High school graduate or higher90.8%88.5%
% Bachelor’s degree or higher35.6%32.9%
Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2020

In addition to the high quality of education, our local workforce is highly-skilled and productive. More than 90% have a high school degree or equivalent, and 65% have some college education. Employers also give the local workforce high marks for work ethic, productivity compared to other company locations, and punctuality.

Greater Rochester, NY Education By the Numbers 

10 Public High Schools Rated Among Best in the Nation

– U.S. News and World Report 2021 

Top 10 Smartest Cities

– The Daily Beast 

90% of Residents Have a High School Degree or Equivalent

65% of Residents Have Some College Education

Paving the Way in Education

4 Year Grad/Institutions
Rochester Institute of Technology16,1584,070
University of Rochester11,7413,841
State University College at Brockport7,5922,285
State University College at Geneseo4,9111,243
St. John Fisher College3,6101,011
Nazareth College of Rochester2,791909
Hobart and William Smith Colleges1,833466
Roberts Wesleyan College1,706619
Keuka College1,535545
SUNY Empire State College – Genesee Valley*1,326NA
Northeast College of Health Sciences676289
Northeastern Seminary20631
Medaille College*200NA
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry9118
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School4634
Subtotal 4-Year/Grad Institutions54,42215,361
2 Year Grad/Institutions
Monroe Community College10,1611,896
Finger Lakes Community College5,640616
Genesee Community College4,735616
Bryant & Stratton College375108
Subtotal 2-Year Institutions20,9113,236
Total 4-Year and 2-Year Institutions75,33318,597
Source: US Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (Fall 2020); Community resources*; Total enrollment includes all undergraduate enrollment

Rochester, NY Attracts Talent

Several highly respected colleges and universities can be found in the Rochester area. Graduates from colleges in Rochester often accept jobs in the region, resulting in a highly skilled talent pool.

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 UniversityCanisius CollegeCornell University, D’Youville UniversityMedaille CollegeSyracuse UniversityWells CollegeNYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University, State University of Technology at AlfredState 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. 


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.

Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program logo

Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program

Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program helps high school students learn about different advanced manufacturing trade skills and associated career opportunities available in the Greater Rochester, NY region. Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program matches students with employers that have job openings in specific trades.

Relevant Documents

Contact Us

Learn more about your business growth opportunities in Rochester, NY.

Photo by Ed Welch Photography

Thank You To Our Investors