Outstanding educational facilities and opportunities are available on every academic level in award-winning public schools and well-managed districts. Parents who are looking for alternative learning environments will find a wide selection of parochial and private schools from preschool through college preparatory. More than 20 public and private colleges and universities are encompassed within the Rochester Area Colleges Consortium, providing opportunities for these colleges and their students to work collaboratively. Some of the most notable of these institutions include the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Roberts Wesleyan University. While science, medicine, research, and technology programs are among the finest in the nation, music education continually earns accolades. Five area high schools have music programs that are rated among America’s Top 100, and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester enjoys the number one national position. Nearly every program of study can be pursued in one of the region’s highly honored institutions of higher education.

Residents have easy access to some of the finest healthcare services, institutions, and professionals in the nation. Recognized among America’s leading health organizations, the University of Rochester Medical Center operates facilities at Strong Memorial, Highland, and FF Thompson hospitals. Strong Memorial Hospital is consistently recognized by U.S. News and Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” and widely known for excellence in cardiac care along with neurosurgery, urology, cancer, and pediatric specialties. The hospital also offers the only heart transplant program in Western New York. The Medical Center includes research centers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, the Eastman Dental Center, Golisano’s Children Hospital at Strong, and the Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences. The Elizabeth Wende Breast Clinic is ranked among the nation’s top breast care facilities. Whether your healthcare needs are routine or highly specialized, finding the “best of the best” is easy here.

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