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Colgate Rochester Divinity School

Can boast of a dedication for diversity, teaching students in over 20 Christian denominations. Tuition: $1,190/course. Enrollment: approximately 150. Student to faculty ratio: 9:1. Living arrangements: on- and off-campus. 1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester; 271-1320; www.crds.edu.

Finger Lakes Community College

Can boast of particularly strong training in business, environmental science, nursing, criminal justice, and performing arts, also home to the outdoor Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center amphitheater. Tuition: $1,375/semester state residents, $2,750/semester out-of-state residents. Enrollment: 4,753. Student to faculty ratio: 18:1. Living arrangements: off-campus only. 4355 Lake Shore Drive, Canandaigua; 394-3522; www.fingerlakes.edu.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Can boast of an intimate environment that allows students to design their own majors and is focused "ferociously and totally" on liberal arts. Tuition: $30,076/year. Enrollment: 835 men at Hobart College; 1,005 women at William Smith. Student to faculty ratio: 11:1. Living arrangements: mostly on-campus.

Monroe Community College

Can boast of being the largest community college in upstate New York, providing 83 degree and certificate programs. Many students take advantage of MCC's 2 plus 2 plan: first two years at MCC, last two years in a bachelor's program at an area school. Tuition: $1,300/semester state residents, $2,600/semester out-of-state residents. Enrollment: approximately 36,000. Student to faculty ratio: 19:1.Living arrangements: limited on-campus housing. 1000 East Henrietta Road, 292-2000; www.monroecc.edu.

Nazareth College

Can boast of an emphasis on foreign languages and cultures, in addition to strong, balanced liberal arts curriculum. The college has a Casa Hispaña, Casa Italiana, Maison Francaise, and German Cultural Center. Nazareth's Arts Center is a major regional performance hall. Tuition: 18,040/year. Enrollment: 3,140. Student to faculty ratio: 13:1. Living arrangements: most full-time students live on campus.4245 East Avenue, Rochester; 389-2525; www.naz.edu.

Roberts Wesleyan College

Can boast of more than 50 undergraduate programs, including the popular business, nursing, social work, and psychology. Biblical and theological studies are a core requirement; the Northeastern Seminary, affiliated with the college, is a recent addition. Tuition: $18,350/year. Enrollment: 1,800. Student to faculty ratio: 14:1. Living arrangements: on-campus housing available, many students commute. 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester; 594-6000, www.roberts.edu.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Can boast of nationally known graphic design, photography, printing, and engineering programs. It's also home to the School for American Crafts and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the largest technical college for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the world. Tuition: $22,056/year. Enrollment: 15,338. Student to faculty ratio: 13:1. Living arrangements: 70 percent of full-time students live on campus. 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Henrietta, 475-2411, www.rit.edu. NTID: 475-6700 (TTY), ntidweb.rit.edu.

St. John Fisher College

Can boast of especially strong accounting, management, and communications programs. Tuition: $18,200/year. Enrollment: 2,300 full-time, 900 part-time students. Faculty to student ratio: 10:1. Living arrangements: on-campus housing available, many students commute. 3690 East Avenue, Rochester; 385-8000; www.sjfc.edu.

SUNY Brockport

Can boast of offering a solid education in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as in the arts: Brockport's performance events --- in particular from its strong dance department --- are regional attractions. Tuition: $4,350/year, New York State residents, $10,300/year out-of-state residents. Enrollment: 8,742. Faculty to student ratio: 18:1. Living arrangements: most students live on campus. 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport; 395-2211; www.brockport.edu.

SUNY Empire State College

Can boast of a unique approach to higher education: Instead of classes or grades, students meet individually with faculty mentors to develop individualized degree programs at this, one of 35 state locations. Tuition: $181/credit state residents, $442/credit out-of-state. Regional enrollment: 1,000. Student to faculty ratio: 1:1. Living arrangements: off-campus. 1475 North Winton Road, Rochester; 224-3200; www.esc.edu.

SUNY Geneseo

Can boast of a reputation as a "public ivy," rating high in national surveys as an institution offering an excellent education at state-school prices. Tuition: $4,350/year state residents, $10,300/year out-of-state residents. Enrollment: 5,000. Student to faculty ratio: 17:1. Living arrangements: on-campus housing available. One College Circle, Geneseo; 245-5211; www.geneseo.edu.

The University of Rochester

Can boast of being an integral part of life in Rochester. There are activities on four campuses: the main campus, a medical center, the renowned Eastman School of Music, and a Center for Optoelectronics and Imaging. UR also owns the city's major art museum, the Memorial Art Gallery. Tuition: $28,250/year. Enrollment: 8,230. Student to faculty ratio: 9:1. Living arrangements: mostly on-campus. 275-2121; www.rochester.edu.

In This Guide...

  • Annual Manual 2005

    Surprised by Rochester
    When I was getting ready to move to Rochester five years ago, my friends and family were confused. They wore worried faces when they asked me, "What's in Rochester?" and "That's not too far from the city, is it?" and "Do you like the cold weather?"

  • A newbie’s checklist

    Beginner’s guide
    So you've arrived, and now you need the basics: phone, utilities, a way to get around town, and, maybe, a way to get out of town. Here is some info to help you get settled in.

  • Who's representing

    Mayor Bill Johnson 30 Church Street, Rochester 14614

  • It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

    There is so much talk about how to revitalize Rochester's downtown and make the city a more attractive place to live. But many people have discovered the benefits of city life.

  • Pounding the pavement

    I've been thinking about changing my name to Where's Your Car? (though I would have preferred You're Stunning or Are Those Real?).

  • Finding a beat you can dance to

    Live music
    I know it takes a little more than turning on the tube, but heading out for live music is so good for you. Plus the audience (you) is an integral part of each performance.

  • We’ve got music

    We're proud of our musical talent; here are four reasons why. The event

  • Get yourself something to eat

    Welcome to the Rochester food scene. I write full reviews of different restaurants every other week in City, but here is a bit of a primer, by genre, to acquaint you with the area's amazing variety of dining options.

  • Why we love market day

    The Rochester Public Market can be noisy, crowded, and fishy, but that is part of the vibrancy and spirit that make it a unique experience. Where else in Rochester is it almost too crowded to move for hours at a time?

  • Tending to your health

    Major hospitals Highland Hospital

  • Get learning

    Each public school district in Monroe County has contact information (listed below) where you can get more detailed information about individual schools. To get an overall picture, for some general research, or to just get involved, here are some resources:

  • A little culture never hurt anyone

    For a city our size, we've got plenty of culture. There's enough for every taste and energy level, but not too much to overwhelm.

  • What's the alternative?

    Although Rochester has a number of respectable art museums and galleries, rarely will these venues show anything outside the mainstream. For an art space to do something daring, quite often it has to rely on the vision and resources of an individual or a small group of people.

  • A little place outside the city

    Monroe County has 19 towns and nine incorporated villages. Aided by short commutes, particularly between Rochester and its inner-ring of suburbs, many of these are bedroom communities.

  • The gold of the silver screens

    I'm only about 5-foot-3-inches, but I totally towered over Isabella Rossellini. Now, you may be wondering what sorts of circles a humble hometown girl like myself would run in that would enable me to reach that conclusion.

  • We'd rather be out in the open

    The areas in and around Rochester are rich with green space --- diverse, convenient, and beautiful places to walk the dog, take out a canoe, find a zoo, or smell the lilacs. From the beautiful Seneca and Highland Parks, both designed by 19th-century landscape genius Frederick Law Olmsted, to Durand-Eastman Park, where you can feel the immensity of that Great Lake --- here is just a partial list of some of our favorite parks in the Monroe County (256-4950, www.monroecounty.gov) and City of Rochester (400 Dewey Avenue, 428-6767 or 428-6755, www.cityofrochester.gov) systems.

  • Block partying

    Go ahead, give us a reason to celebrate. I dare you.