I went to two open houses at Rockefeller before enrolling, and the students overwhelmingly confirmed what I'd heard about it. I was drawn to the program's flexibility, and the fact that in such a tightly knit community, I'll have an opportunity to learn so much more than just my own field."
Rockefeller's 14 acres and 22 buildings, set along the East River, serve as its students' home base for their scientific explorations. Nearly all students, along with most postdocs and many faculty, live on or adjacent to campus, and their proximity keeps the grounds — and many of the labs — buzzing with activity late into the night. Because science isn't only about lab work, the university offers numerous spaces for impromptu conversations that spur creative thought. For more than 50 years, the university's Faculty and Students Club has been a relaxed setting for interactions among scientists of all ages and disciplines.
The campus also offers athletic facilities — including a fitness center and tennis and squash courts — a full cafeteria, dining room and coffee cafe, a student lounge, a child care facility, campus-wide wireless internet access, an impressive art collection and numerous places, both indoor and out, to simply sit and think. The university's library, which maintains an extensive archive of books and journals and provides campuswide online access to over 50 electronic databases was recently renovated and provides new indoor and outdoor spaces for reading and study as well as meeting areas, a computer facility and a coffee room.
Subsidized housing for all Ph.D. students is guaranteed. Accommodations include studios with kitchenettes, double and triple suites with shared kitchens and one-bedroom apartments. M.D.-Ph.D. students spend their first five years in Cornell University housing, then live in Rockefeller housing for the duration of the program. Like the laboratories, all on-campus student rooms have high-speed internet access. Current rents range from $585 to $855 a month.
The university's Caspary Auditorium hosts several lecture series that bring in the world's foremost scientists and thinkers for lectures and informal conversations. In addition to twice-weekly scientific lectures (Rockefeller faculty speak on Mondays, acclaimed researchers from outside institutions speak on Fridays) the university's Insight Lecture Series brings speakers in public health, policy, arts and humanities.
The Office of Immigration and Academic Appointments provides immigration services to international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars, as well as members of their immediate families. The staff will advise international students and scholars on obtaining and maintaining lawful status while at the University. Additionally, all international students receive a stipend and health insurance from the university.