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Diversity & Inclusion

You are welcome at Rochester University – come just as you are!  We believe your unique story can enrich our shared life here. Your experiences, your background, your ideas–the things that make you who you are–matter to us. Together, we can tell a beautiful story, a story of diversity and inclusion. We need your help to create a trustworthy environment where everyone can flourish, a place where every story matters.

Vision Statement

Rochester University is committed to diversity and ensuring equity by challenging bias, stereotypes, harassment, and discrimination. As individuals and as a community, we will support each other, respect our differences, and build on our commonalities. We seek to graduate students whose vocations further God’s transformative work in this world.

Words from the President

As followers of Jesus, we at Rochester University are committed to love, to justice, to peace, and to mercy. Following the example of Jesus, we are committed to loving and valuing every human as a bearer of the image of God. Also consistent with that example, we are dedicated to standing with the oppressed and marginalized, contending for justice, and doing all in our power to create a welcoming, loving, and peaceful space for all of God’s children. The time for drastic change in our society is long overdue. Rochester University is committed to fighting for that change. A history of over four centuries of racism is the great cancer eating away at the heart of our country. White supremacy and white privilege are two of the “principalities and powers” with which the followers of Jesus are at war. At Rochester University, we unabashedly declare our opposition to those evil forces.

The commission of Jesus is clear. In these times, a Christian university must become aggressively anti-racist. For many of us, and starting with me, the first step must be a ruthless and ongoing self-examination of our own racism. But, that can only be the beginning. True believers act; they don’t stop at self-examination. We must repent of our racism and act strongly against it, wherever we find it. At Rochester University, we declare our commitment to do just that. May God help us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Diversity Committee

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Diversity Statistics

  • Male/Female Ratio – 37.5%/62.5%
  • % of International Students – 2.4%
  • % of Ethnic Minorities that make up the RU student body – 23.1%

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Student Testimonials

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