Education

Nineteen colleges and universities fuel our future talent pipeline.

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Rochester, NY Education Information

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. Colleges in Rochester, NY attract some of the best minds in the country. 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. 

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EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
Population 25 years and olderRochester, NY MSANational Average
Some college, no degree17.4%20.4%
Associate’s degree12.1%8.5%
Bachelor’s degree19.5%19.8%
Graduate or professional degree15.6%12.4%
% High school graduate or higher90.4%88.0%
% Bachelor’s degree or higher35.1%32.1%
Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates, 2019

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 64% 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


64% of Residents Have Some College Education

Paving the Way in Education

4 Year Grad/Institutions
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITYTOTAL ENROLLMENT FALL 2019DEGREES GRANTED 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
Rochester Institute of Technology16,2544,070
University of Rochester12,2333,841
State University College at Brockport7,9242,285
State University College at Geneseo5,3981,243
St. John Fisher College3,6181,011
Nazareth College of Rochester2,979909
Hobart and William Smith Colleges2,070466
Keuka College1,777545
Roberts Wesleyan College1,780619
SUNY Empire State College – Genesee Valley*1,326NA
New York Chiropractic College812289
Medaille College*200NA
Northeastern Seminary17231
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry6811
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School6934
Subtotal 4-Year/Grad Institutions56,68015,354
1896
2 Year Grad/Institutions
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITYTOTAL ENROLLMENT FALL 2019DEGREES GRANTED 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
Monroe Community College11,5721,896
Genesee Community College5,285616
Finger Lakes Community College5,649616
Bryant & Stratton College449108
Subtotal 2-Year Institutions22,9553,236
Total 4-Year and 2-Year Institutions79,63518,590
Source: US Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (Fall 2019); 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 UniversityD’Youville CollegeMedaille 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

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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