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Robert Morris University Illinois


Robert Morris University -- A Career-Focused Education

Robert Morris University (RMU) is an affordable, highly ranked private university in Illinois that has evolved over its almost 100 year history to offer professional, career-focused undergraduate education in a collegiate setting to a diverse student population. RMU undergraduate degrees prepare students for the most in-demand jobs in the fastest growing industries.

Unlike at other universities, RMU students begin coursework in their majors during their first quarter on campus. The career-focused curriculum at RMU offers more than 25 degree programs.

RMU Highly Ranked in Many Categories

"U.S. News and World Report" ranks Robert Morris University as the best regional college in Chicago and the most diverse university in the nation's Midwest. "Great Colleges for the Real World" named RMU as one of the top 200 colleges in the nation.

"Diverse Issues in Higher Education" named RMU a top 20 degree producer. The university's graduation rate is in the top 10 percent of schools in its category.

"Washington Monthly" recognized RMU as a top 20 university for student retention.

Dual Degree Programs in I.T. and Business

In 2006, RMU established the Morris Graduate School of Management which confers master's degrees in management or information systems and M.B.A.s in 6 different concentrations.

The university also offers 2 highly competitive dual degree programs: the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) combined with the Management Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Studies (B.A.S.) combined with the Networking Master of Information Systems (M.I.S).

Undergraduate Degrees for the Fastest Growing Industries

Robert Morris University offers bachelor's degrees, each with a selection of concentrations in the most sought after career categories for today's competitive job market.

Many students earn associate's degrees and then progress to bachelor's degrees with specific tracks that meets their career goals and interests.

For example, an RMU student attending the university's Institute of Culinary Arts begins study for a 2-year A.A.S. degree in culinary arts and then may study another 2 years to earn either a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in hospitality management or a Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) degree in culinary arts.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree has 6 Tracks

A student may select a concentration from 6 degree tracks offered in the B.B.A. degree program. The 6 degree tracks are: accounting, economics, health and fitness management, hospitality management, information systems management, and management.

Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree has 5 Tracks

The 6 degree tracks offered in the B.P.S degree program at RMU prepare students for popular growth industries and careers more resistant to unemployment. Robert Morris University students can major in advanced culinary arts, applied health sciences, architectural technology, law office administration, organizational writing and web development.

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Degree in Computer Studies

This B.A.S. degree in computer studies features a concentration in networking. Fields of study include network technologies, systems integration, and database applications with an emphasis on security in both standalone and networked environments.

Robert Morris University prepares students for the following certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, DHTI+, MCP, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP, MCAS, and CCNA.

Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Degree in Graphic Design

The B.A.S. degree program in graphic design at Robert Morris University offers 2 concentrations: Digital Video and Graphic Arts.

B.A.S. degree graduates with a digital video concentration can seek leadership roles in today's interactive, media-rich, on-line environment. Skills gained position students to create, distribute, and manage interactive media, video-on-demand, and live streaming over Internet Protocol (IP) delivery mechanisms, among other activities.

Associate Degree Programs at RMU

There are 12 Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees offered at Robert Morris University. Fields of study include business, computers, hospitality, design, law, and healthcare.

A.A.S. degrees in the business field include business administration, CAD/Drafting (architectural/mechanical), and computer networks. Design field associate degrees are available in graphic design and interior space planning and design. The A.A.S. degree in paralegal studies provides a foundation in the American legal system with emphasis on legal transactions and litigation.

The university's associate degree program has a robust healthcare offering. Two-year associate degrees are available in fitness and exercise, medical assisting, nursing, pharmacy technology, and surgical technology.

Faculty Members Offer Real World Experience

The university's mission to provide practical education that prepares students for in-demand careers is carried out by dedicated faculty members with superior credentials, many of whom are active professionals in the disciplines they teach.

The university supports faculty members with the Robert Morris University Teaching Institute, which fosters teaching and learning excellence across the university.

RMU Affordability

Robert Morris University has the lowest tuition of any private university in the state of Illinois; tuition remains the same for out-of-state students. More than 85 percent of the approximately 7,000 students at RMU receive some form of financial aid each year. In 2009-2010, RMU awarded more than $20 million in scholarships.

The City of Chicago and the State of Illinois

Robert Morris University's main campus is in Chicago's Loop, in the center of the third largest city in the nation. Chicago is one of the world's top 10 financial centers.

The university's locations in the suburbs of Chicago and in other areas of Illinois provide convenient access to RMU from anywhere in the state. The university maintains a consistent sense of student community and faculty commitment across all of its 9 locations.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate, Bachelor&Apos;S, And Master&Apos;S
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesbusiness Administration And Managementcomputer And Information Sciences And Support Servicescomputer Systems Networking And Telecommunications; Information Technologyengineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fieldsdrafting And Design Technologyhealth Professions And Related Programsmedical/Clinical Assistant; Pharmacy Technician; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Surgical Technologylegal Professions And Studieslegal Assistant/Paralegalmulti/Interdisciplinary Studiesmulti/Interdisciplinary Studies Relatedparks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studieshealth And Physical Education/Fitnesspersonal And Culinary Servicesculinary Artsvisual And Performing Artscommercial And Advertising Art; Graphic Design; Interior Design


Admission: 3,386 applied; 946 admitted; 756 enrolled Average high school GPA: 2.7

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $20
Required: ACT scores (Nursing and Surgical Tech applicants)
Required for some: high school transcript
Recommended: interview
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (out-of-state freshmen), rolling (transfers)
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (out-of-state freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
3,230 Undergraduate Students, 54% Women, 46% Men, 15% Transferred In
Minority Breakdown
33% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 23% Hispanic/Latino, 0.4% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 0.3% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 1% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population
1% Representing 20 Other Countries
Housing Info
10% Live On Campus

Campus Life

Student-Run Newspaper, Choral Group, Marching Band, UNA-USA, Architectural Technology Club, Sigma Beta Delta, LEX, Film Club
Most popular organizations
UNA-USA, Architectural Technology Club, Sigma Beta Delta, LEX, Film Club
Campus security
Controlled Dormitory Access, Roaming Security Visits Our Metropolitan Campuses On An Intermittent Schedule And Are Sent To Other Campuses As Needed
Student services
Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Double Majors, Honors Programs, Internships, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditrotc: Army (C)School Calendar: 5 Ten-Week Academic Sessions Per Year




Total: 261Full-Time: 48% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 20 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$34,554 includes full-time tuition ($22,800) and room and board ($11,754). Part-time tuition: $633 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load
Room and board:college room only: $10,500. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,3,381 applied for aid, 3,278 were judged to have need, 148 had their need fully met. 136 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1712)
In 2013,86 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:48%
Average financial aid package:$15,243
Average need-based loan:$3929
Average need-based gift aid:$11,684
Average non-need-based aid:$10,394
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$30,462




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