Info for Prospective Students

Applicants and those interested in applying to the University of Rochester School of Nursing may reference this page for updated information related to COVID-19 safety procedures and requirements, academic planning, and resources specific to the School of Nursing.

Community Safety Standards

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, research associates, alumni, prospective students, and others. Amid rapidly changing conditions, we have taken many precautions and implemented the best-known practices to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

These steps have included:

  • Adapting instruction methods to ensure safety, accessibility, and quality
  • Providing mandatory safety training to all staff, faculty, and students across the University community
  • Developing plans for surveillance, testing, and contact tracing, including required daily symptom tracking and reporting for all on-campus students and personnel
  • Enforcing travel and visitor policies that adhere to advisories and restrictions
  • Implementing new density and physical distancing protocols to ensure safety across University facilities, including classroom, lab, and instructional spaces, residence halls, common areas, dining facilities, student services, faculty and administrative offices, library, event, and athletic facilities, and transportation
  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting procedures across University facilities
  • Centralizing ordering and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies for use in University facilities, and standardizing requirements for PPE
  • Outlining these and other conduct agreements in the #URCommitment pledge

The School of Nursing’s safety plan has been created in accordance with the policies and guiding principles outlined on the University's COVID-19 Resource Center and is also aligned with the guiding principles on the reopening of U.S. schools of nursing developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Learn more about our COVID Recovery and Response.

Our safety protocols and guidelines have been informed by local, state, national, and international public health officials. As we move through the 20-21 academic year, we will continue to base our decisions on expert recommendations to ensure our community’s safety.


Academic Plan

For the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, we will continue offering instruction remotely for all programs in the spring semester. Lab and clinical coursework will be held in-person, in small numbers and with appropriate preventive measures and physical distancing.

Since our founding, the School of Nursing has been a pioneering force in the science and practice of nursing. Today, we remain committed to leveraging technology to redefine and transform nursing education. While other institutions struggle to reimagine their classrooms and transition their instruction methods in response to this public health crisis, we are poised to continue providing the adaptive, innovative education we always have.

In recent years, we have intentionally and thoughtfully expanded our use of technology and experiential learning to shift the classroom experience toward more enriching and more active learning for our students; to enhance faculty-student and student-student interaction, support, and collaboration; to revitalize and redefine course development, delivery, assessment, and feedback; and to improve access for a more diverse student population.

These initiatives prioritize active learning and provide our students with the tools to think critically, collaborate effectively, and develop improved clinical judgement—ensuring that we continue to prepare graduates who care for patients, conduct clinical research, lead health care systems, educate the next generation of nurses, and translate discoveries into the most effective health care practices.

We have been continuously monitoring data and guidelines surrounding community health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to inform our academic planning for future semesters according to international, national, state, and local recommendations.


Resources and Support


  • Admissions Office — From application to decision, the Admissions Office team is available to answer your questions and support you in advancing your education. Call (585) 275-2375 or visit our Admissions website to explore our programs, learn more about application deadlines and requirements, discover scholarship opportunities, schedule a virtual visit, and start your application.
  • Virtual Visits —  Schedule a virtual visit to meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor, and learn how you can advance your nursing or health care career.

  Academic Support

  • Academic Innovation — The School of Nursing is committed to redefining and transforming nursing education by providing our students with active and experiential learning opportunities, collaborative tools, and educational technology proven to prepare them for success in their programs and careers. Learn more about our initiatives.
  • IT —  Information Technology Services provides hardware and software support, email, account, access, and backup assistance, and project support for SON students, faculty, and staff. To contact the Helpdesk, call (585) 275-7500.
  • Disability Services and Support — Each school has a designated access coordinator who requests and maintains disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, and determines and develops plans for reasonable academic accommodations. Contact the School of Nursing Access Coordinator, Joseph Gomulak-Cavicchio at 
  • Clinical and Educational Resource Center (CERC) —  CERC facilitates educational media, equipment, and technology resources for students. Students may contact (585) 275-5913 or with requests.
  • Center for Academic and Professional Success (CAPS) —  CAPS serves as a free academic resource for students looking to improve their learning strategies, critical thinking skills, study habits, or receive academic assistance in a particular content area. Services include instruction, group and individual tutoring, mentorship, career planning, and resume writing. Students may submit a self-referral form to request assistance.
  • Miner Library —  Edward G. Miner Library provides access to materials, technology, and other essential library services. Remote services are available, and main library spaces and printers are available by swipe access 24/7.
  • Leading with Integrity for Tomorrow (LIFT) —  LIFT is a student-led initiative within SON designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in learning and discussions related to leadership, advocacy, and diversity.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — Our Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CoDEI) serves as a resource and support for students, faculty, and staff within the SON community regarding

Personal Support

  • University Health Service (UHS) —  UHS provides primary care, counseling, and health promotion services to students and employees in the University community. For questions related to COVID-19 protocols and testing, contact UHS at (585) 275-2662 or
  • CARE Network —  CARE Network provides connection to resources for all students. You may initiate a self-referral or express concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting a CARE referral form.
  • University Counseling Center (UCC) —  UCC offers help for managing anxiety, stress, and depression. Any student experiencing a mental health concern can call the (585) 275-3113 to be connected to mental health support. 
  • Interfaith Chapel —  Interfaith Chapel is a multi-faith community that provides spiritual and emotional support through dialogue, worship, and interfaith education. Leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions are ready to help. Contact The Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough at for more information or to schedule a time to speak with a chaplain. 
  • Basic Needs Hub — The Basic Needs Hub provides urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools for students who need financial assistance.
  • Food Pantry — The Food Pantry is open to all Rochester graduate students.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Admissions team and faculty program directors are working closely to continue thoughtful review of applications for the upcoming semesters, including interviews which will be conducted via Zoom videoconferencing software. If you do not have access to a device which supports Zoom video conferencing, you will be welcomed to interview by phone, instead. The Admissions Office will continue to be available by email and phone with questions or concerns in scheduling. Please  contact the Admissions Office with any questions or concerns regarding your application or interview format.

The School of Nursing will accept unofficial transcripts for file evaluation for the summer and fall 2021 semesters. Upon matriculation, you will be required to submit official transcripts to us as you are able, but no later than two weeks following the first day of classes, to maintain your matriculation status. You may upload copies of your unofficial transcripts through your application portal. Please upload each school’s transcript as its own file as an “Unofficial Transcript.”


Many colleges and universities have changed their grading policies, which we understand may affect prospective students’ cumulative GPAs. In accordance with the University’s position, we encourage applicants to include in their personal statements special circumstances as well as achievements that may not be apparent due to these modified grading policies. We will consider all of these factors as we evaluate applications.


The School of Nursing will continue to offer virtual visits, or “Personal Virtuals," wherein we leverage Zoom videoconferencing technology to conduct our traditional campus visits. Video stream of the session will be available, and while our Admissions team will be on camera, you will not be required to activate your webcam functionality to participate.


Absolutely. Many of our applicants have been deployed to address the spread of COVID-19, and the admissions committee understands the need for flexibility. If possible, please send an email to with any rescheduling needs, and the Admissions team will be happy to assist. Additionally, if you find your work schedule is not compatible with the available interview schedule, please send us a note and we will work to accommodate your schedule.

We will continue to review applications in the quickest manner possible, and you will retain access to your applicant portal to manage your application, view the status of application materials, and receive admissions decision updates. Our Admissions team is still accessible virtually, and by phone, and is happy to provide additional updates to you regarding your application file upon request. 


Current restrictions apply for the spring 2021 semester. As new information arises, we will assess and announce any changes our community can expect regarding class delivery format and business operations as soon as possible. You can expect to hear updates as they become available via email from the Admissions Office, and on this webpage. 


According to the University policy guide, tuition benefits for a staff member who has met service requirements prior to layoff can be claimed during layoff as though the individual were actively at work. UR employees should verify their eligibility through the Office of Total Rewards, as each person's situation may be different.