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Robert Morris University Illinois

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 2,781
    total students
  • $23,700 | $23,700
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 21%
    acceptance rate
  • Minimally Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not

    sat math
  • Not

    sat reading
  • Not

    sat writing
  • 19
    act composite


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.

Location & Contact

401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Danielle Naffziger

Dean of Recruitment

Phone: 312-935-4532
Fax: 312-935-4182

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Drafting and Design Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Medical/Clinical Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy Technician
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Surgical Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Personal and culinary services
    • Culinary Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major.


21% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied4,080
    • Accepted857
    • Acceptance Rate21%
    • Enrolled2,781
    • Female Applicants2,182
    • Females Accepted421
    • Female Acceptance Rate19%
    • Male Applicants1,898
    • Males Accepted436
    • Male Acceptance Rate22%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All ACT scores (Nursing and Surgical Tech applicants)
    • Required for Some Transcript of high school record
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.70
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 19 16 22
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$23,700
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,700
    • 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 *$10,800.00
    • 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 offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,781
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino27.06%
    • Black or African American28.22%
    • White or Caucasian37.87%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.43%
    • Asian2.59%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.22%
    • Two or more races1.23%
    • Unknown1.15%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.23% representing 27 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students8% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 8%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Eagle Newspaper, Culinary Society, Legal Professionals, Warriors to Scholars, UNA-USA
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Urban campus has multiple security officers at all times who are Chicago Police officers


Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division X Yes
    • Basketball No Division X Yes
    • Bowling Yes Division X Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes Division X Yes
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division X Yes
    • Golf Yes Division X Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division X No
    • Lacrosse No Division X Yes
    • Soccer No Division X Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division X Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Division X Yes
    • Bowling Yes Division X Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes Division X Yes
    • Field hockey No Division C Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division X Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division X No
    • Lacrosse No Division X Yes
    • Soccer No Division X Yes
    • Softball Yes Division X Yes
    • Swimming No Division X Yes
    • Tennis No Division X Yes
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division X Yes


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty227
    • Full-time Percentage55%
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 2,859 students to 159 faculty




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