Rochester University

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Rochester University
Religious affiliation
Churches of Christ
PresidentDr. Brian Stogner[1]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 85 acres (0.34 km2)

Rochester University (formerly Rochester College) is a private Christian university in Rochester, Michigan. The college was founded by members of the Churches of Christ in 1959.

Rochester University is primarily undergraduate (though it offers some graduate programs, such as the Master of Religious Education) and includes both residential and commuting student populations. The university also offers a degree completion program for adult students.


In 1954, members of the Churches of Christ formed a board of trustees to establish an educational institution in the North Central region of the United States. After months of consideration, the board decided to establish a liberal arts college and purchased a country estate in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for a campus site. In September 1959, the college opened as North Central Christian College, retaining that name until 1961.

In the years that followed, the institution operated under the name of Michigan Christian College. In 1997, the board adopted the name Rochester College to more clearly portray the institution's nature as a liberal arts college in a Christian setting. The campus of Rochester University has grown to exceed 74 acres (30 ha), assuring space for continued expansion. In 2019 the name was changed to Rochester University.[2]


Rochester University teams are known as the Warriors. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA),[3] joining the Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference for the 2017–18 school year.[3] The Warriors formerly competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) prior to that, in which the college won a combined eight national championships. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, ice hockey, and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Athletic Championships[edit]

Year Sport League Title
2017–18 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2012–13 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2010–11 Women's Softball USCAA National Champions
2009–10 Men's Golf USCAA National Champions
2008–09 Men's Golf USCAA National Champions
2006–07 Men's Soccer USCAA National Champions
2004–05 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
2003–04 Men's Basketball USCAA I National Champions
1996–97 Men's Soccer NSCAA National Champions
1996–97 Men's Basketball NSCAA National Champions
1988–89 Men's Basketball NLCAA National Champions


  1. ^ "Rochester College appoints interim as new president". Crain's Detroit Business. March 16, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rochester College unveils new mission statement, logos as part of transition to Rochester University". The Oakland Press. April 24, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Staff (April 20, 2011). "Rochester College joins NAIA". The Oakland Press. Retrieved June 17, 2011.

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Coordinates: 42°40′02″N 83°08′43″W / 42.66722°N 83.14528°W / 42.66722; -83.14528