About Rochester

Photo of MCC community members gathering in Rochester

You may have called it home for years or maybe it's a nearby city you've visited in the past. If you're from out of state or out of the country, you may have had to look it up on a map. Whatever your particular history with the Rochester, N.Y., area, it holds a number of attractions for students attending Monroe Community College.

Easy to get around, lots to discover

The third largest city in New York State, Rochester offers a big city feel with small town hospitality and familiarity. Easy to navigate using both public and private transportation, MCC students can enjoy all that the community has to offer, including minor league sports teams, shopping, concerts and more.You'll also find top research universities, small liberal arts colleges and more -- which means lots of people your age with whom to interact.

From the Philharmonic to festivals

Rich with culture, Rochester is home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Rochester Museum and Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, and Geva Theatre. The city also hosts dozens of festivals including the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, and our world-renowned Lilac Festival.

A strong corporate and economic influence

Several global corporations call Monroe County home, including Eastman Kodak, Bausch and Lomb, Constellation Brands, and Paychex. Xerox also has offices and manufacturing facilities here. In addition, Rochester is the birthplace of strong regional companies, including Wegmans Food Markets and PAETEC. Over 600 local companies have hired MCC graduates. Because of its graduates, facilities, programs, and more, MCC is said to have a multi-million-dollar impact on the Rochester economy every year.

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