Over the course of nine decades, Nazareth and Rochester have worked in close concert for the benefit of the community and its residents. When Nazareth sees a need in Rochester, the College works to fill it.
At its founding in 1924, Nazareth educated women — the only college exclusively for women in the region. Throughout our history, the College has pushed to improve the quality of public education, to deliver state-of-the-art health care with a state-of-the-heart approach, and to offer education that will lead to personal and professional success for our students, some of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
Education, health care, business, and beyond. For almost a century, Nazareth College has shaped the quality of life in Rochester. Here's to the next great 100 years.
Education & Health
Dr. Elizabeth McAnarney
The Nazareth board member, professor of pediatrics, and former chair and pediatrician-in-chief at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center discusses Nazareth College’s impact on the community.
- Through the College's on-campus rehabilitation and wellness clinics and educational partnerships with leading non-profits, students in our School of Health and Human Services deliver service to more than 3,700 patients a year — most of whom have exhausted insurance and other resources
- A consistent supply of well-qualified allied health care professionals is essential to the economic well-being of Rochester. Four of its seven top private employers are involved in health care delivery.
Community & Culture
- The presence of Nazareth College and the culture and talent it offers the community helped Rochester achieve its ranking as the sixth "most livable city" among 379 U.S. metropolitan areas in the 25th edition (2007) of the Places Rated Almanac.
- 90 percent of Nazareth students participate in community service projects in the Rochester area, devoting more than 589,000 hours last year alone. Nazareth is one of few schools to have an on-campus Center for Service Learning, assisting faculty to incorporate service into the curriculum. And in 2013, Nazareth College was named a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The distinction is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
- More than half of Nazareth's 2010 graduates were certified to teach. As they share their love of learning with the next generation of learners, Nazareth's educational impact ripples across the region.
- Through more than 150 endowed scholarships, we've changed the lives of thousands of students. These students, in turn, have changed the lives of tens of thousands in the region.
Economy & Rankings
The College employs more than 800 people, with an annual budget of more than $70 million. The total economic impact to the area is almost $170 million.
- As a net importer of talent, Nazareth brings students from all over New York state—and elsewhere—to the Rochester area. When they graduate, many of them remain in the region.
- Nazareth contributes to Rochester's national reputation for excellence in the sciences and other academic areas. One example: The College is ranked as one of the best in the U.S. for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.
- The rate of giving to a college's endowment affects institutional rankings. For instance, alumni participation is one metric considered by U.S. News and World Report in determining its rankings each year.