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Rush University

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 87%13%
    student ratio
  • 166
    total students
  • $20,352 | $20,352
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • 37%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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Innovative Undergraduate Programs at Rush University

Rush University was established in 1972 to provide health science education in 4 fields: allied health, biomedical research, medicine, and nursing. It is the academic arm of Rush University Medical Center, which "U.S. News and World Report" ranks within the top 50 hospitals in 9 of 16 categories.

With a focus on community and global health, Rush University offers more than 30 programs that integrate classroom learning, research, and hands-on education. It also supports research that advances medical knowledge and leads to new medicines and therapies.

The university has several undergraduate programs that consist of upper division coursework. General education (lower division) courses are completed at other regionally-accredited colleges and universities.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Sciences degree program at Rush University prepares students for graduate programs in a number of health care professional areas. Its curriculum includes 45 to 50 quarter hours of core courses as well as 45 to 47 quarter hours of concentration courses in health and wellness, leadership, or medical science.

Bachelor of Science in Imaging Sciences Program

The B.S. in Imaging Sciences degree program is designed for registered radiologic technologists who want to obtain bachelor's degrees or advance their careers. The program's curriculum consists of 98 quarter hours of upper division imaging sciences courses and clinical education that includes more than 1,000 hours of in-hospital practice.

Students acquire the expertise needed to perform advanced imaging in computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, cardiac-interventional, or vascular-interventional radiology. They also gain the skills necessary for leadership positions in clinical practice, clinical specializations, education, and management.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree program trains students to perform medical tests that are critical for diagnosing, treating, managing, and preventing disease.

The program's 2-year curriculum includes 107 quarter hours of coursework that provides theoretical education and skills in clinical chemistry, clinical immunology, clinical microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, and molecular diagnostics. It also includes several clinical practica and professional development courses.

Bachelor of Science in Perfusion Technology

Students in the B.S. degree program in perfusion technology acquire the clinical skills and scientific knowledge needed to excel in leadership roles in clinical practice and clinical specialty areas.

The program's 21-month curriculum has 99 quarter hours of coursework. It consists of classes in anatomy, biostatistics, healthcare, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, and project design and research; seminars; and clinical experiences.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program

The B.S. in Respiratory Care degree program trains students for advanced practice in respiratory care and prepares them for national board examinations and state licensure. It also prepares them for leadership roles in management, education, and clinical specialization.

Its curriculum, which can be completed in 2 or 3 years, consists of 98 to 108 quarter hours.

Courses include "Cardiopulmonary Physiology," "Respiratory Equipment and Techniques," "Critical Care," "Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care," and "Mechanical Ventilation." Clinical observation, clinical practica, and elective courses are also part of the program's curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Vascular Ultrasound Program

The 96-credit B.S. in Vascular Ultrasound degree program can be completed in 21 months (7 quarters) of study. The first year consists of 9 months of classroom and lab experiences taught by highly skilled vascular technologists and vascular surgeons.

The second year involves clinical practice at sites throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and in several other cities. Students also attend lectures and vascular lab conferences and present and write patient case reports.

Post-baccalaureate Specialist in Blood Bank Certificate Program

The Specialist in Blood Bank certificate program at Rush University can be completed entirely online in 1 year of study. It has 24 quarter hours of coursework including a comprehensive review, clinical practicum, and special project.

The program is ideal for experienced professionals who seek advanced knowledge of immunohematology and related disciplines. It prepares them for careers in administration, management, and supervision; clinical research; and teaching at blood centers, governmental agencies, hospitals, universities, and other sectors of the health care industry.

Financial Aid at Rush University

Nearly 80% of Rush University's students receive financial assistance. Undergraduate students may qualify for federal grants, loans, and work study programs; state grants; and university-funded grants and scholarships.

Student Life at Rush University

Rush U provides a supportive environment that enriches students' educational and personal experiences. Resources include on-campus housing, counseling services, career services, and co-curricular programs.

Nearly 40 registered student organizations, speaker series, lectures, discussion groups, workshops, and community outreach programs allow students to strengthen their leadership, social, and clinical skills.

In addition, Rush U has several diversity and inclusion resources including diversity scholarships, multicultural affairs, study abroad programs in global health, and assistance for students with disabilities.

Faculty Members at Rush U

Faculty members at Rush University are prolific researchers, talented practitioners, and dedicated teachers.

For example, Professor Nicholas M. Moore in the Medical Laboratory Science program has research interests in bacteria, bacterial infections and mycoses, and laboratory techniques and procedures. His work has been published in several scholarly journals.

Dr. Walter J. McCarthy in the Department of Vascular Ultrasound is the chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and the medical director of the Department of Vascular Ultrasound. His research interests include vascular surgery outcomes, intermittent claudication, and arterial bypass.

Rush University in Chicago, Illinois

Rush University is located in Chicago, Illinois in the Midwestern region of the United States. As the 3rd largest city in the nation, Chicago is an exciting place to live, learn, and work. Chicago provides numerous educational, employment, and internship opportunities as well as various civic, professional, and social organizations.

The city also offers a wide-variety of recreational offerings including art galleries, gardens, museums, night life, parks, professional sports teams, restaurants, shopping, and special events.

Location & Contact

600 South Paulina
IL 60612-3832

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


37% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied398
    • Accepted149
    • Acceptance Rate37%
    • Enrolled166
    • Female Applicants370
    • Females Accepted138
    • Female Acceptance Rate37%
    • Male Applicants28
    • Males Accepted11
    • Male Acceptance Rate39%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$20,352
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,352
    • 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 *$9,960.00
    • 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 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

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students166
    • Male Student Percentage13%
    • Female Student Percentage87%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students19% 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 10%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • 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 Service project to Belize
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty796
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported



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