Special Programs

Take Five Scholars
Students who apply and are accepted to this program pursue broader academic interests in a fifth year of tuition-free study.

GEAR (Graduate Engineering at Rochester)
Exceptionally promising undergraduates may be guaranteed admission to our 3-2 BS/MS program in any department in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. GEAR students receive a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship in the fifth year of study through a teaching or research assistantship.

Industry Practicum Co-op Program
Designed for engineering and computer science students, this program provides quality workplace experience through paid, full-time employment.

The e5 (formerly know as KEY) Program
The University of Rochester defines entrepreneurship as "transforming an idea into an enterprise that generates value," implying that the enterprise outlives the creator and that it positively affects others. Qualified students may propose to devote as much as an entire academic year to internships, special projects, relevant coursework, business plan development, research into various facets of entrepreneurship, or analysis of how culture and public policy influence entrepreneurial activity.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP)
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges are inspired by 14 broad problems facing society in sustainability, health, security, and knowledge. Solutions to these problems will require interdisciplinary teams and years of sustained effort.

Study Abroad
Other opportunities to take science and engineering classes abroad during the academic year are available to students of science and engineering.

Xerox Fellows
The Xerox Undergraduate Fellows Program provides engineering undergraduates with an opportunity to participate in a research experience during the summer preceding their senior year.