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Undergraduate Admission

Policies and Procedures

Roosevelt University is committed to educating students of diverse backgrounds, ages, and school and work experiences. Each student who applies to Roosevelt University is evaluated on individual merit. Test scores and grade point averages (GPAs) are only a part of this evaluation. The following information is presented to help answer questions on admission but should not discourage potential applicants. The University’s broad resources can often assist students who need extra advising or course work to give them the tools necessary for success. Each campus offers comprehensive admission services. Admission counselors are available to answer questions regarding application procedures, transfer credits, financial aid, assessment for English and mathematics placement, class scheduling, and University life. Call 1-877-APPLY RU to speak with an admission counselor or make an appointment to visit either the Chicago or Schaumburg campus.

Admission materials vary by type of student (freshman, transfer, student-at-large, international) and by college (Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Performing Arts, Education, or the College of Professional Studies). Roosevelt University recognizes certain advanced standing credits such as AP, CLEP, and selected proficiency exams, as well as transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions. Roosevelt University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows articulation of the Illinois transferable general education core curriculum between participating institutions.

Some programs have additional requirements such as auditions or interviews. Other programs require that prerequisite course work be taken before entrance to a major. Students should carefully read the sections of this catalog which pertain to their interests to make sure they are fully aware of all admission requirements. Please contact either the program or college office or the Office of Admission with any questions.

Permanent residents complete the same application for admission as U.S. citizens. Asylees and those in change of status proceedings should consult the Office of International Admission before applying. All nonimmigrant or international students must submit an Application for International Undergraduate Admission and necessary documentation to comply with U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization requirements. The admission policies below apply primarily to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Admission policies

Students seeking to earn a degree or certificate must be admitted to Roosevelt University before they may register for classes.

Application materials will be reviewed and an admission decision made as quickly as possible following receipt of all required items. Candidates will be notified by mail of the decision. Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year; however, students are encouraged to submit all materials as early as possible. Candidates for admission should apply for financial aid when they submit admission forms, or slightly afterward. 

Applicants must submit a $25.00 non-refundable application fee. (A different fee applies for the Chicago College of Performing Arts and for international applicants.) All degree-seeking undergraduate students, except those seeking a second bachelor’s degree, are required to provide academic assessment data, which may include taking the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA). Students must meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. International students and all students with international credentials must fulfill the TOEFL/TWE or English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements as well as the mathematics portion of the RUA.

Roosevelt University does not discriminate against students or applicants for admission on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or disability. Students who believe that they have experienced unlawful discrimination are advised to file a written complaint with the vice president for enrollment and student services at the Chicago campus.

Applicants to the Chicago College of Performing Arts should refer to the admission section of CCPA.

Degree-seeking students

Freshman applicants

Students who have graduated from high school or completed a GED and who have completed fewer than 15 semester hours of transferable college credit are freshman applicants. In addition to the application and fee, freshmen must submit official high school or GED transcripts, official transcripts from any colleges attended, and either the American College Testing Program (ACT) or College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) standardized test scores. Scores may be posted on official high school transcripts. Roosevelt’s ACT code is 1124; SAT code is 1666. Adult students with no transfer credit and those with a GED who have not taken the ACT or SAT within two years of applying are required to take the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA) as part of the admission process.

Current high school students may submit official transcripts to be considered for admission any time after completion of at least three years of high school course work. A final official transcript will be required upon graduation. It is strongly recommended that students have fifteen units of credit from an accredited high school including college preparatory work in English, foreign languages, history, mathematics, and laboratory science.

Transfer applicants

Students who have completed 15 or more semester hours of transferable college-level course work at a regionally accredited institution are considered transfer applicants. In addition to the application and fee, official transcripts must be received from each college where course work was attempted regardless of credits earned. A transcript is considered “official” when it is embossed with the institutional seal and delivered in a sealed envelope on institutional stationery.

Transfer credit and credit evaluations

Transfer credit is accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Prospective and newly admitted students may receive unofficial guidance from an admission counselor regarding transfer credit that may be applied to a degree program upon admission to the University.

The University accepts courses with grades of D- for general education course requirements except for English composition where a C- is required. Grades of C- or higher are required in major courses. (See University Writing Requirement and Credit by Examination for further information.) The student may apply no more than 66 transferable semester hours from regionally-accredited two-year institutions toward the bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Roosevelt University. Please see your advisor for specific college requirements. Credit is not given for developmental, technical, college-level ELP, vocational, life experience, library use, orientation, study skills, career counseling, proficiency, or most physical education courses.

Official evaluations of credit earned at other institutions are completed by the credit evaluators in the Registrar’s Office after a student is admitted to the University and all official transcripts have been received. Copies of the evaluation are provided to the student and placed in the student’s permanent academic record.

Certificate students

Students seeking a certificate from Roosevelt University must meet admission requirements and submit the same materials as freshmen or transfer students.

Dual admission

Roosevelt has dual admission programs with numerous community and two-year colleges in the Chicago area and throughout the State of Illinois. Through dual admission, community college students are able to create a four-year plan for completing the bachelor’s degree, assure a smooth transfer of credit between institutions, guarantee graduation requirements as long as continuous enrollment is maintained, and facilitate early financial planning. Contact the Office of Admission or visit the Roosevelt website for transfer students for information on community colleges with which Roosevelt maintains a dual admission program.

Non-degree-seeking students

Students not seeking a degree may register for undergraduate courses as a student-at-large. Financial aid, including loans, is not available to students in this category. Admission and registration procedures are handled by the Office of the Registrar. A grade point average of C- or better is required during each semester of at-large enrollment. An individual who fails to maintain good standing will not be eligible to return in that status. A maximum of 15 semester hours of college level credit earned in non-degree status may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at Roosevelt. Application of hours beyond 15 will be determined through individual review, on an exception basis, by the academic department.

Change of academic status for non-degree-seeking students

Non-degree-seeking undergraduates who wish to become classified as degree-seeking must submit an Application for Admission to the Office of Admission. Such applicants must submit official transcripts and meet all admission requirements. No more than 15 credit hours taken as a non-degree-seeking student may be applied toward a Roosevelt degree.

International student admission

Roosevelt University is approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to admit international students and issue the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status (Form I-20). To be considered for admission to undergraduate study, an international applicant must have completed the equivalent of a United States primary and secondary curriculum, that is, 12 years of study, with passing grades. To obtain admission and a Form I-20 from Roosevelt University, the following documents must be received by the Office of International Programs by June 1 for fall enrollment and October 1 for spring enrollment.

  1. A completed and signed International Undergraduate Application.

  2. A nonrefundable US $35.00 application fee.

  3. One page statement of purpose describing the educational goals.

  4. Completed and signed RU International Student Financial Statement and Affidavit of Support with supporting documents (e.g., bank statement or bank letter).

  5. Official Transcripts: Official transcripts must be mailed directly from your high school, college and/or university to the Office of International Programs at Roosevelt University, or you can submit it in an envelope sealed and signed by the school/college registrar. If the transcript is not in English, you must submit an English translation prepared by a professional translation agency or certified by your school or public notary office. If you are attending or have attended a college/university not in the U.S., you must send your college/university transcript to the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for a course-by-course evaluation. You must request ECE to send a course-by-course evaluation report directly to the Office of International Programs at Roosevelt University. These courses will be considered for transfer credit at Roosevelt University.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS Score: (The Roosevelt Institution Code is 1666.) An English proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS, is not required for admission to Roosevelt. However, proficiency in English must be demonstrated before international students can begin taking academic classes. You can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting:

    An official TOEFL or IELTS score to Roosevelt University: Minimum score required on TOEFL is 550, 213 (CBT) along with 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE), or 80 (iBT) with 22 on the writing section and no less than 17 in any one section. Minimum IELTS score is 6.5 on both the overall band and academic writing sections. New international students without proof of English proficiency are given an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam upon arrival to determine their levels of English proficiency. Depending on the result of the ELP exam, you may be required to take additional English language classes before you can begin your degree programs.

    The U.S. immigration regulations applicable to the admission, transfer, work authorization and continuing presence of international students are very complex and subject to constant modification. All questions about international student admission requirements, obligations and privileges should be referred to the Office of International Programs, (312) 341-3531,

All newly admitted international students are required to participate in an orientation program. This orientation program is designed to address the special needs of international students, including information on the U.S. Immigration regulations, the U.S. educational system, cultural adjustment, class registration, and health insurance requirements. Please contact the Office of International Programs for the orientation schedule.

Readmission and reinstatement

Former degree-seeking Roosevelt students who have been absent for three consecutive semesters (excluding summer) must submit an application for readmission to the Office of Admission. Readmission is assured for students who were in good standing when last enrolled at Roosevelt. Students who have attended another college or university since last attending Roosevelt or who have not attended Roosevelt within the past five calendar years must submit  an application for readmission and official transcripts from all institutions attended to the Office of Admission.

Readmitted students must contact their college to confirm their intention to continue and to obtain current information on degree requirements. Former degree-seeking students who have been away for five years or more must comply with degree requirements in the current catalog . Former students who were on academic probation or were dropped for poor scholarship must be reinstated before they apply for readmission (see policy on academic standing). Applications for reinstatement are available at the advising centers on both campuses and on the Internet. International students must apply for readmission through the Office of International Admission.

Types of credit

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Roosevelt University students may receive academic credit in selected subjects by successfully completing CLEP examinations. The number of credit hours, up to a maximum of six for each test, is determined by the score as well as any previously earned credit in the discipline in which the CLEP exam is taken. Credit will be awarded only after the student completes 12 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at Roosevelt University. Credit will not be given if the student has attempted or completed that course previously. Contact the Registrar’s Office regarding previously earned credit and CLEP information.

Advanced Placement (AP)

To support students with outstanding academic ability, Roosevelt University encourages participation in the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program. The University will grant credit toward graduation for any advanced placement examination passed with a grade of 3 or higher, up to a limit of 30 credit hours. Credit for English 102 may not be earned with advanced placement credit. Students with a sufficient number of AP grades may enter the University with sophomore status.

International Baccalaureate

In recognition of academic excellence, Roosevelt University welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate students. Students may submit an International Baccalaureate diploma or course work in individual subjects for credit toward graduation. Contact the Office of Admission for details.

Proficiency examination/ experiential learning

Proficiency examination credits transcribed on a student’s transcript from another college are not accepted in transfer. Experiential learning credits are also not accepted in transfer. In applied music subjects, credit for the examination is not recorded until the student completes a higher course in the same subject with a grade of B or higher. A grade of C- on a proficiency examination taken in a music course is not considered a passing grade by the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Verification of High School Completion

The Office of Admission will confirm all student’s transcripts arrive from a high school with a CEEB code, as well as the high school seal and/or signature. If a transcript is from a high school that lacks a CEEB code or seal/signature, the Office of Admission will investigate to confirm the school is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education or home school association. The Office of Admission may request a copy of the student’s diploma at any point in the admission process to verification process. If a diploma is determined invalid, a GED may be required for admission.

Ethical Practices

The Office of Admission at Roosevelt University subscribes to the National Association of College Admission Counseling Statement of Principles of Good Practice and agrees that our employees will:

“Not offer or accept any reward or remuneration from a college, university, agency, or organization for placement or recruitment of students. Members will be compensated in the form of a fixed salary, rather than commissions or bonuses based on the number of students recruited.”

“Accurately represent and promote their schools, institutions or services by providing precise information about their academic majors and degree programs. Such information shall include a factual and accurate description of majors, minors, concentrations and/or interdisciplinary offerings that apply toward the completion of the undergraduate degree.”

Any questions about these policies and procedures should be addressed to Office of Admission, Roosevelt University at or 877-APPLYRU.