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Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Ave. Pittsford, NY
389-2525; http://www.naz.edu
Nazareth College of Rochester is an independent, co-ed college featuring liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education and management. Founded in 1924, the college emphasizes community service and experiential learning. It is known for its physical, music and art therapy programs. Thousands of area teachers and administrators have earned master’s degrees at Nazareth. In the last decade, two dozen students have been awarded Fulbright scholarships. Like virtually all colleges in the Rochester area, Nazareth is in the midst of growth. A recent purchase of 73 acres of property and buildings adjacent to its wooded Pittsford campus is launching a new era of expansion.
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Roberts Wesleyan College
2301 Westside Drive Chili, NY
(800) 777-4RWC; http://www.roberts.edu
Listed as a “best value” in U.S. News & World Report, Roberts Wesleyan College is an independent Christian liberal arts college founded in 1866. It has more than 50 undergraduate programs, plus graduate programs in social work, education and management. Some 1,800 students attend the campus in suburban North Chili. The new Roberts Cultural Life Center brings to Rochester’s western suburbs an art gallery, theater and performance hall.
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Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Drive Henrietta, NY
475-2411; http://www.rit.edu
A technical university with strong ties to business, industry and government, Rochester Institute of Technology plays a key role in local economic development efforts. Its eight colleges offer career preparation in a wide range of sciences and technology, arts, engineering and business. One of the colleges, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, offers a technical college curriculum to deaf students. RIT is recognized as one of the premier institutions for art, design, photography and crafts. The university’s co-op program, launched in 1912, is one of the oldest and largest in the country. The Gordon Field House and Activities Center recently was added to broaden recreational opportunities for students, and the nationally ranked men’s hockey team has moved into Division I.


St. John Fisher College
3690 East Ave. Pittsford, NY
385-8000; http://www.sjfc.edu

Founded in 1948, St. John Fisher College in recent years has embarked on an ambitious expansion, adding 20 academic programs and new schools for education, business, pharmacy, nursing, and arts and sciences. The college has 2,500 full-time undergraduates and 1,000 part-time and graduate students. Athletic teams at Fisher are consistently competitive; the college also hosts the Buffalo Bills training camp every summer.

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SUNY College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY
395-2211; http://www.brockport.edu
SUNY College at Brockport is a four-year university in a historic Erie Canal town. It has 21 distinguished faculty, the highest faculty ranking in the State University of New York system. SUNY Brockport offers liberal arts along with professional studies, including education, communications, criminal justice and physical education. The university has 49 undergraduate and more than 50 graduate programs. Teacher preparation is a major focus here, with certification in 24 areas, and its international education program is the largest in the SUNY system. Nearly 9,000 students attend the Brockport campus and the MetroCenter campus in downtown Rochester. SUNY Brockport is the birthplace of the internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance Troupe.


SUNY College at Geneseo
1 College Circle Geneseo, NY
245-5211; http://www.geneseo.edu
Founded in 1867 as a teachers’ college, SUNY College at Geneseo is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most selective public colleges. The Honors College of the State University of New York system, SUNY Geneseo offers 54 degree programs in liberal arts and sciences. It has a strong focus on providing a core liberal arts education. The campus serves as the cultural hub of Livingston County. The heart of the charming village of Geneseo, about 30 miles south of Rochester, is a National Historic Landmark.


SUNY Empire State College
1475 N. Winton Road Irondequoit, NY
224-3200; http://www.esc.edu
SUNY Empire State College, Genesee Valley, bills itself as the SUNY solution for the working adult. Emphasis is on individualized study with online coursework and one-on-one faculty interaction. SUNY Empire offers associate’s degrees in arts and science, and bachelor’s degrees in arts, science and professional studies.


University of Rochester
Wilson Boulevard at Elmwood Avenue
275-2121; http://www.rochester.edu
The University of Rochester brings researchers, medical professionals, top-ranked musicians and leading scholars from around the world. The private university, founded in 1850, recently passed Eastman Kodak Co. as the region’s largest employer. A growing focus on entrepreneurship throughout its programs has earned UR recognition from Fortune Small Business as one of the best colleges in the country for budding entrepreneurs. A major new building for biomedical engineering and optics collaboration taps research in an area of growing importance. UR’s Eastman School of Music anchors the cultural district in the city’s East End and is one of the top music schools in the world. The Simon Graduate School of Business consistently ranks among the best 30 in the nation. The Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development is known for practical applications in education and recently launched an accelerated Ph.D. program. University of Rochester Medical Center faculty and students work in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Dental Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital. Medical research into Alzheimer’s, bird flu and AIDS has among the highest volunteer participation rates in the world.


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