The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers the chance to receive a top-notch education and conduct world-class research in a collegial atmosphere and beautiful city.

Located in the picturesque Finger-Lakes region in western New York, the city of Rochester combines the best elements of a large city, including a leading research university and vibrant arts culture, and the affordable cost of living of a smaller city. With its long history of distinguished contributions to physics research, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester is the ideal place to live, learn, and investigate the mysteries of our universe.

Program Requirements

Bachelor's degree requirements:
A Bachelor's degree is required.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester is the largest academic department at the University of Rochester, with more than 25 full-time faculty members and more than 100 graduate students. The Department has many joint faculty members (with whom graduate students can work) in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, the Institute for Optics, the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and others. At the same time, the department strives for an inclusive atmosphere to foster personal connections between students and faculty. Weekly department colloquiums, seminars, and social events all reinforce these relationships in the context of world-class scientific research, teaching, and learning. We strive to embody the University’s motto “Meliora” (ever better) in each of these pursuits.