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City of Rochester

The College at Brockport is located approximately 16 miles (about 25.7 km) west of the city of Rochester. Located on the banks of Lake Ontario, Rochester is one of New York State's largest cities and boasts a rich history, a wide variety of museums and cultural attractions, and a plethora of entertainment options for Brockport students.


Like Brockport, Rochester can trace its roots back to the 1800s when it was also greatly impacted by the creation of the Erie Canal. Historically, Rochester began as a milling town, with the Genesee River -- which runs through the center of the city -- giving power to numerous flour mills in the area. Most people, however, associate Rochester with major business leaders such as Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, and Eastman Kodak, all of which got their start here. In fact, Kodak and Bausch and Lomb still maintain corporate headquarters in Rochester. Although Xerox has moved its world headquarters, it remains a large employer and part of the community.

Rochester is also very well known for its role in the women's suffrage and civil rights movements. Frederick Douglass, a former slave and antislavery speaker, founded his abolitionist newspaper The North Star in Rochester in the mid 1800s, and Susan B. Anthony, a prominent figure in the women's rights movement, also called Rochester home. Both civil rights leaders are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, one of the nation's oldest municipal cemeteries.

Things To Do

Today, Rochester is home to a great many businesses and entertainment venues. Just a short drive from The College at Brockport's campus, you can find lots of entertaining things to do in and around Rochester.


The greater Rochester area is home to three major shopping malls -- The Mall at Greece Ridge, The Marketplace Mall, and Eastview Mall. It also boasts numerous shopping centers, quaint businesses, and boutiques throughout the city and its suburbs.


Rochester is full of museums of all kinds, including the Strong - National Museum of Play and the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

Theater, Music & More

Whether you're looking for classical music, performing arts or theatrical presentations, you can certainly find a wide variety in Rochester. The city is home to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Geva Theatre Center, the world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance and much more.


Rochester is one of the largest minor league sports markets in the nation, hosting teams such as the Red Wings (baseball), Amerks (hockey), and Rhinos (American soccer). It is also home to the Buffalo Bills Summer Training Camp and often hosts a number of professional sports tournaments throughout the year.


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Last Updated 6/7/11