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River Campus

Address for GPS systems: 252 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY
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Location: The 154-acre River Campus—the main campus—is located about two miles south of downtown Rochester, New York, in a bend in the Genesee River.

The Eastman Quadrangle is named for University benefactor and Eastman Kodak founder, George Eastman. The centerpiece of the River Campus, the "Quad" is the academic home of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, defined by the original River Campus buildings—including the landmark Rush Rhees Library—that were opened to students in 1930. The River Campus is also home to the Simon School of Business and the Warner School of Education.

Rush Rhees Library—The dome of this majestic building, the University's central library, is the institution's unofficial symbol and a community landmark. The Hopeman Memorial Carillon, one of only six in New York State and some 180 on the entire continent, is housed here.

Wilson Commons—Student center designed by the internationally renowned architect I. M. Pei includes a stunning six-story glass atrium.

Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics—Dedicated in Spring 2007, Goergen Hall is the new home of both the Institute of Optics—founded in 1929, it is the nation's first academic program in optics—and biomedical engineering—one of the College's newest and fastest growing departments. Goergen Hall is the first campus building designed with the sustainability standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in mind. For example, all paneling in the building is milled from bamboo, a renewable source of wood; motion detectors throughout the building work with lighting, energy, and air-handling systems to reduce energy use in unoccupied areas; and outside the building a newly created bioretention basin controls runoff and filters pollutants before they can enter the stormwater system.

Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center—Features the Edmund A. Hajim Alumni Gymnasium, an 11,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, locker rooms, and a multi-activity center. The athletic center also houses the Louis Alexander Palestra, home for University intercollegiate basketball and volleyball, with permanent seating for 2,200; a field house, with a 200-meter track and synthetic activity infield; the Speegle-Wilbraham Aquatic Center; as well as tennis, squash, and racquetball facilities.

Interfaith Chapel—The tower of this University landmark rises to a point 117 feet above the Genesee River and has 6,500 square feet of colored glass walls—one of the largest glass constructions of its kind in the world.

Medical Center

Address for GPS systems: 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY
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A nucleus of medical research, education, and patient care, the Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, Strong Memorial Hospital, and Eastman Dental Center.

Clinical and Translational Sciences Building—CTSI is one of 60 institutions nationwide with funding from the National Institutes of Health to lead the emerging field of clinical and translational research.

Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building——The centerpiece of a $500 million expansion of the School of Medicine and Dentistry's basic science programs, the 240,000 square-foot Kornberg building was dedicated in 1999.

Eastman School of Music

Address for GPS systems: 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY
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Location: Eastman's downtown campus, located on Gibbs Street, is in the heart of Rochester's cultural district. In addition to Eastman's large ensembles, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is based in Eastman Theatre, and the Rochester International Jazz Festival fills venues in and around campus each June.

Eastman Theatre—Since its opening in 1922, the Eastman Theatre has been one of Rochester's preeminent performance spaces. The 3,094-seat theatre was built by George Eastman as a center for music, dance, and silent film with live orchestral and organ accompaniment. Today, it is the primary performance hall for the Eastman School's larger orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and chorale.

The renovation of Eastman Theatre stage, a two-phase endeavor, was completed in October 2009. The greatly improved stage includes, among other things, a stunning new custom shell that will enhance acoustics; an improved orchestra pit, with all-new mechanics and hydraulics; new rigging; and improved stage lighting.

Memorial Art Gallery

Address for GPS systems: 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY
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The Memorial Art Gallery is one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serve as city art museums, attracting nearly 300,000 visitors a year. The gallery's permanent collection of 10,000 works spans 50 centuries of world art and includes masterworks by artists such as Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Homer, and Cassatt.

South Campus

Address for GPS systems: 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY
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Located one mile south of the Medical Center, South Campus is home to the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). LLE houses the OMEGA laser, the largest direct-drive laser facility in the world.

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