About Nazareth

Our Location

Rochester is a great place to live, with something for everybody. The mid-sized city, suburbs, and scenic region are home to more than 1 million people with a mix of ethnic backgrounds and religions. It's easy to get around by car.

  • Located: Western New York State in Monroe County
  • City population: 210,565 (2010 Census)
  • Metro area population: 1,079,671 (2010 Census). Area includes Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne Counties.
  • Known nationally as the "Flower City" and the "Flour City"
  • World headquarters of Kodak, Paychex, Wegmans, and others

Area Weather

  • Four seasons: average temperatures of 81°F in July and 32°F in January.
  • Average snowfall: 91 inches (Good thing we have underground tunnels connecting academic buildings and dorms!)

Food

Rochester has great restaurants for all types of ethnic and continental tastes, and has its own culinary inventions.

  • The "Garbage Plate," first served at Nick Tahou Hots, combines macaroni salad, home fries, cheeseburgers or hot dogs, mustard and onions, all topped by a meaty hot sauce. Trust us, it tastes a lot better than it sounds.
  • The famous "white hot dog," made by the local Zweigle's company.

Arts and Culture

Rochester ranks in the top 20 nationally for arts and culture, thanks to gems such as Geva Theatre Center, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Eastman Theatre, and many smaller venues. Enjoy performances by internationally known Garth Fagan Dance right on the Nazareth College campus. Listen to live jazz at a local coffee house. Watch a new movie on an IMAX screen or an art house film at the Little Theatre. Rock out to a concert or enjoy a peaceful walk at the city's famous lilac-lined Highland Park.

Museums
Music venues
Major shopping malls/areas
Area festivals
Parks

Sports

  • Named the #2 Minor League Sports market in the country by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, 2013
  • Eight professional sports teams including hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse
  • The Buffalo Bills run their football training camp less than a mile from Nazareth each summer
  • Oak Hill Country Club has hosted the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, multiple Wegmans LPGA Championships, and the 2013 PGA Championship

Pittsford, N.Y.

Nazareth's campus is in Pittsford, N.Y., a charming town and village of independent shops, tree-lined streets, and Erie Canal-side dining. You can bike the Erie Canal path as far east as Rome, N.Y., or as far west as Buffalo — but you probably wouldn't make it back in time for classes.

  • The suburb is eight miles (15 minutes) southeast of the City of Rochester
  • Population: 29,405
  • Located on the Erie Canal
  • 25 minutes from the Rochester International Airport
  • 3 hours by car from Toronto in Ontario, Canada
  • 5 hours' drive from New York City
Pittsford Canal

Read about living in Rochester

Students share their experiences "Around Town" on this blog.

Our Campus

Nazareth's campus is in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. Groceries, dining, and shopping are within walking distance; Naz students also have access to Rochester city buses.

Did you know?

Photography boomed because of Rochester. In 1935, the Eastman Kodak company brought color photography to the masses.

Soft contact lenses were invented here by Bausch + Lomb who also developed anti-glare sunglasses.

The commercial copier, too—introduced by Xerox.

The HPV vaccine? Yup, developed here. University of Rochester Medical Center researchers developed the vaccine to prevent infection with the major causes of several cancers.

Other innovations: The telegraph, stock ticker, money transfers, a two-stroke car engine, and automated railway signals. 

Rochester continues to be a center of innovation. We rank among the top 20 metropolitan areas in U.S. patents granted annually, more than larger areas such as Houston and Atlanta.