FAQs for Parents & Families
We know you have lots of questions, so let us answer them and put your mind at ease!
Academics at Fisher
Are there certain values inherent in a Fisher education?
Fisher was founded in 1948 by the Basilian Fathers. Their motto, "Teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge," continues to capture the College's traditions and values. In recognition of our commitment to service, Fisher has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll numerous times for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.
Is the focus at Fisher on liberal arts or career preparation?
Both. Preparing graduates who are competent in their chosen academic discipline and who know how to negotiate their way in the world is Fisher's commitment to you.
What if my son/daughter doesn't know what they want to study?
We're here to help. Approximately 20% of our applicants are undecided, and many more change their major over time. Each student will have a freshman advisor and a peer advisor to work with them. Once they declare a major, they will have an advisor in their field of study. Our Career Center is also a great place for students to go and explore majors and outside opportunities.
Life at Fisher
How does Fisher help students transition to college?
First-year students enroll in the Learning Community Program—groups of students who take two or three of their first-year courses together. This makes it possible for new students to become acclimated to college life by studying with and getting to know a core of professors and fellow students extremely well. The Learning Community Program is the foundation of the First-Year Program at Fisher.
Can my son or daughter be safe and still have fun?
At Fisher, the answer is by all means, yes. One of the primary reasons is our location. Our students tell us they feel extremely safe on our 154-acre suburban campus. One of several colleges in Rochester, Fisher is a small world of activity in itself, as well as an excellent home base for taking advantage of all the exciting cultural, entertainment, and recreational resources the city has to offer.
My son/daughter is not sure if there's enough to do at a small school. What does Fisher offer for fun?
There are many things to do on campus. Each Resident Assistant in the residence halls has a variety of activities planned throughout the year. In addition, there are over 70 clubs and organizations. There is an involvement fair every fall, and clubs also keep students up to date with emails and posters about upcoming events. We have 23 NCAA varsity sports, so athletic events are common! In addition, there are nice facilities on campus; students often gather at the campus center and fitness centers to spend time with friends. The Student Activities Board and Student Government Association have many sponsored events, both on campus and off campus. Past off-campus trips have included Cedar Point Park, Washington DC, and Boston.
What kinds of resources and services does the Wellness Center provide?
The Wellness Center is staffed by a registered nurse, family nurse practitioners, chiropractors, a physician (by appointment every week) and mental health counselors. Students are able to make appointments, confidentially, online with our Wellness Center which looks just like your regular doctor's office. We also have an agreement with the Wegmans Pharmacy in Fairport to have prescriptions delivered to our campus. Students can drop their prescription script off or have their doctor send the prescription to our Wellness Center who then has the prescription filled at Wegmans and shipped to Fisher the same day. More information can be found on the Wellness Center website.
What does rolling admission mean?
Fisher operates on a rolling admission plan and begins to review applications in mid-November. This means that we review applications in the order that they are received and continue to make decisions within 4–6 weeks of an application being considered complete. There is no application deadline although we do encourage our students to apply before January 15 in order to be considered for our merit scholarships (which do not require an additional application).
What are you looking for in applicants?
On average, students who are accepted to Fisher have approximately an 85 GPA in high school and over 1000 on the SAT (Math and Critical Reading only) or over 22 on the ACT. In addition to strong academic performance, we are also seeking students who have a strong, rigorous curriculum and also students who are involved outside of the classroom. Students who not only maintain a challenging academic schedule but do so while working a part-time job, playing a sport, playing in the band or singing in the chorus, running student organizations, etc. are the most successful in college.
How will my son or daughter be placed with a roommate?
Your child will be housed in a 2-step process. All freshmen at Fisher take a two-course Learning Community (one English writing intensive course combined with another course centered on the content of the Learning Community) in their fall semester. When they deposit, they have an opportunity to rank 16 different Learning Communities in order of preference. The students in the English course are also enrolled in the second course with your child. Those 20–25 students also live in the same residence hall. Your child will also complete a Housing Application on the Residential Life website. The application will be used to match your child with a roommate(s) similar to them, behaviorally.
Who represents my child in the admissions process at Fisher?
We take pride in ensuring that you and your child will always have a specific Admissions Counselor to work with throughout the admissions process at Fisher. If you have not already met your Admissions Counselor, you can find their contact information on our Who Is My Counselor webpage.
Still have questions? Check out our Freshman Admissions General FAQs page!
May/June: Take SAT and ACT Exams
July/August: Visit campus for a tour and Information Session. Attend Summer Institute on the College Process.
October/November: Attend an Open House program; Start essay and prepare application for admission
November/December: Review and submit an application for admission. Submit application for Service and First Generation Scholarships programs.
January: In order to be considered for the Merit Scholarship, Service Scholar, and First Generation Scholarship programs, your application has to be submitted by January 15.
January/February: File your FAFSA! The preferred FAFSA filing deadline is February 15th
March: Initial mailing of Fisher Financial Aid Award letters
May 1: Universal Candidates' Reply Date – $300 enrollment deposit due