Rochester has 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.
Rochester has great restaurants for all types of ethnic and continental tastes, and has its own culinary inventions.
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.
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.
Students share their experiences on this student blog.
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, which 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.