Nineteen colleges and universities fuel our future talent pipeline.
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 older||Rochester, NY MSA||National Average|
|Some college, no degree||17.4%||20.3%|
|Graduate or professional degree||15.9%||12.7%|
|% High school graduate or higher||90.8%||88.5%|
|% Bachelor’s degree or higher||35.6%||32.9%|
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|
|COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY||TOTAL ENROLLMENT FALL 2020||DEGREES GRANTED 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||16,158||4,070|
|University of Rochester||11,741||3,841|
|State University College at Brockport||7,592||2,285|
|State University College at Geneseo||4,911||1,243|
|St. John Fisher College||3,610||1,011|
|Nazareth College of Rochester||2,791||909|
|Hobart and William Smith Colleges||1,833||466|
|Roberts Wesleyan College||1,706||619|
|SUNY Empire State College – Genesee Valley*||1,326||NA|
|Northeast College of Health Sciences||676||289|
|St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry||91||18|
|Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School||46||34|
|Subtotal 4-Year/Grad Institutions||54,422||15,361|
|2 Year Grad/Institutions|
|COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY||TOTAL ENROLLMENT FALL 2020||DEGREES GRANTED 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR|
|Monroe Community College||10,161||1,896|
|Finger Lakes Community College||5,640||616|
|Genesee Community College||4,735||616|
|Bryant & Stratton College||375||108|
|Subtotal 2-Year Institutions||20,911||3,236|
|Total 4-Year and 2-Year Institutions||75,333||18,597|
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 University, Canisius College, Cornell University, D’Youville University, 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(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 (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 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.
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 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.
We keep and maintain and are investing specifically in Rochester because that is where the talent is. We don’t succeed without the right talent.
Vice President and General Manager, Corning Advanced Optics
Rochester has the manufacturing capability, testing capability, and intellectual horsepower.
Past Chairman, NY BEST
Rochester has a deep talent pool around all of the things that we need to do to commercialize advanced materials for the energy economy.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ionomr
The decision to expand locally was a relatively easy one for CooperVision. The Rochester area has provided so many of the elements necessary for a successful operation.
This region has some of the top universities in the Northeast as well as community colleges and business support from the local and state leadership levels to achieve any amount of growth the business would need.
Vice President, Operations, Communications Systems / L3Harris Technologies
Rochester is home to some of the finest optics companies in the nation, almost all of which OptiPro does business with.
We have a long history of people skilled in aerospace technology and precision optical assembly. We take advantage of the industrial base in the Rochester area. We also take advantage of the skill sets developed by our local technical institutions like MCC, RIT, or the University of Rochester.”
Cryogenic Optical Test Director for James Webb Space Telescope, L3 Harris
We have inherited an exceptional quality of life thanks to an impressive cluster of cultural organizations, unparalleled natural resources, and a resilient and welcoming spirit of community.
President, Rochester Insititute of Technology
Once people get here and their families get used to short commute times, low home prices, the fact we have all kinds of recreational sporting activities, the quality of schools, they don’t want to leave.
CEO and Chairman, Sweetwater Energy
Rochester has provided ID Signsystems with the ability to grow and develop by tapping into the region’s large pool of design-focused talent, technicians, engineers and sign makers.
President, ID Signsystems
Our network of local universities, colleges, and optics companies has created a workforce pipeline that is unmatched anywhere in the United States.
GRE’s direction and guidance proved to be well worth our investment. Their passion to make the business environment in the Rochester area greater is very apparent.
There is unlimited, untapped technical talent in the area and I hope we start a wave of other companies moving to Rochester.
Rochester has a long history of being a hub for telecommunications. There is a rich ecosystem of talent and services to support business growth.
Founder and CEO, Wire3
Rochester is the perfect size city to get business done. I’m always one connection away from anything I’m looking for.
President, Kink BMX
The work we’ve done and the momentum we’ve generated as a business has been possible in large part because of the talent, knowledge and industriousness of our people in Rochester, NY.
CEO, Brand Networks
We have access to talent graduating from our businesses and technical institutions capable of perpetuating our success for years to come.
President & CEO, Simcona Electronics
The Rochester region provided convenient access to both railroads and major highways, as well as proximity to Barilla’s customer base in the Northeast.
Vice President of Supply Chain, Barilla America
Rochester has an excellent pool of qualified professionals with the right work ethic.
Health Services President and General Manager, Maximus
The country is starting to recognize Rochester as a technical city outside of just software. We have optics and manufacturing that’s exceeding most of the baselines around the country.
Rochester has the resources optics companies need to transform their concepts into reality.
Dr. Duncan T. Moore
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optical Engineering
Rochester has a great base of intellectual capital in the science and technology fields at local businesses and universities.
Daniel J. Burns
Regional President, M&T Bank Corporation
We’ve developed vaccines to prevent cervical cancer right here in Rochester.
Vice President and COO, University of Rochester Medical Center
Among many great options, none could match Rochester in terms of talent, local supplier networks, and opportunities to partner with top-tier research institutions.
CEO, Plug Power
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