Roosevelt University

430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605-1394

School Details

Roosevelt University is a private not-for-profit, four-year, co-educational institution conveniently located in Chicago,with a second campus location in Schaumburg, Illinois.


The school was founded in 1945, and was named in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. From its inception, the mission of the school has offered educational opportunities without regards to “socio economic status, racial or ethnic origin, age or gender.” Today, Roosevelt University continues to uphold its mission of diversity, and states the vision: “Roosevelt University is nationally recognized for providing transformational experiences and opportunities for discovery that create socially conscious citizens who are leaders in their professions and their communities.” The university draws on core values, which include Diversity and Inclusivity, Enlightenment and Awareness, Integrity and Civility, Adaptability and Transformation, and Knowledge and Wisdom.

A wide range of facilities on campus encourage educational and extracurricular learning. RU is home to the Chicago College of Performing Arts. RU learning and research centers include the following: Career Services, Center for New Deal Studies, Institute for Continued Learning, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Institute of Real Estate, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Metropolitan Institute for Teaching and Learning, St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies, and The Stress Institute. Student organizations and groups range from departmental clubs and student government to honors societies and Greek life. The Roosevelt Lakers compete intercollegiately in seven men’s teams and seven women’s teams, some of which include basketball, cross country, and soccer. Academic resources include library facilities, tutoring, the Writing Center, academic advising, and disability services. Technology support is also available.

Roosevelt University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the American Psychological Association accredits the Clinical Psychology - PsyD Doctoral programs; the National Association of Schools of Music accredits the Music programs; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits the Teacher Education, bachelor’s and graduate programs.


Roosevelt University supports 70 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, in addition to more than 40 master’s, and four doctoral programs. Degrees are housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, Heller College of Business, College of Education, Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, Chicago College of Performing Arts, College of Pharmacy, and RUOnline. The five most popular majors for undergraduate students include Psychology, Biology, Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Hospitality Management. The five most popular majors for graduate students include Business Administration, Clinical Professional Psychology, Training & Development, Pharmacy, and Clinical Psychology.

First-time students will need to submit a completed application. Additional criteria includes official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. The personal statement and letters of recommendation may be requested after further review of the application. RU recognizes possible earned college credits, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, and Dual-Credit.


About 280 students are enrolled in RUOnline, also regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, along with credentials and courses. The Fast-Track Program for Adults provides evening and online coursework for adult students. Fully online bachelor’s degrees include: Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Communication, Sustainability Studies, Business, and Psychology degrees. The Bachelor of Arts Paralegal Studies program is available in a hybrid format. Students can pursue the online Master of Arts in Training and Development, in addition to the graduate programs in Teacher Leadership and Human Performance Improvement. Students can complete undergraduate minors in Criminal Justice or Organizational Leadership. Credential programs feature the undergraduate Sustainability Studies, in addition to graduate E-Learning, Human Performance Improvement, Instructional Design, Online Teaching, and Training and Development. Select self-paced coursework is also sponsored by RUOnline.


Currently, Roosevelt University enrolls an estimated 6,145 students, including about 3,000 full-time and about 1,300 part-time students. There are 3,795 undergraduate students and 2,548 graduate and doctoral students. The female-to-male gender ratio is about 64:36, and the average age for all students is 27 years. Approximately 48 percent of students are White, followed by 21 percent Black, 16 percent Hispanic, and five percent Asian.


Tuition rates vary with different Colleges. The majority of full-time undergraduate students pay $26,900 annually. The Chicago College of Performing Arts has an estimated annual undergraduate tuition of $34,115. Graduate tuition ranges from $16,875 annually for programs in the College of Education to $46,500 for the College of Pharmacy, PharmD program. Additional student fees are not included.

Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to complete. Aid includes loans, scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities. Specific grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Illinois Monetary Award Program, and Roosevelt Grants. Eligible veterans and military personnel may also be approved for academic military credits, in addition to tuition assistance.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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