Reflecting the ideals of its founders in 1945, Roosevelt University is a private, nonsectarian community of educators, scholars, and learners committed to academic, creative, and service excellence who value differences in personal experiences and perspectives; ask the difficult questions; and promote mutual understanding, inclusion, social consciousness, and action toward social justice.  Recognizing that difference broadens perspectives, Roosevelt University seeks and serves a diverse, promising student body from metropolitan Chicago and around the world.

The hallmarks of the Roosevelt University experience are strong student-faculty interaction and engagement with metropolitan Chicago as both a laboratory for learning and as an expression of its commitment to social justice.  The experience is created through the efforts of a strong faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity and a staff equally focused on helping students grow and achieve their educational and life goals.

Roosevelt is a metropolitan university that is an active partner in the social, economic, and cultural development of the communities it serves.  It offers a broad array of academic programs, from associate degrees to doctoral degrees, in a highly interactive environment where students can explore, discover, and develop their unique abilities and interests.


Roosevelt University prepares students to become socially conscious citizens who are leaders in their professions and their communities. With the integration of Robert Morris University Illinois, the expanded University will be nationally recognized as a catalyst for students from all walks of life to receive transformational learning experiences.

Motto “Dedicated to the Enlightenment of the Human Spirit”
Founded 1945
Founder Edward J. Sparling
President Ali R. Malekzadeh, PhD
Students 4,071 total enrollment
2,321 undergraduate students
1,750 graduate and doctoral students
Faculty 197 full-time faculty
87% of full-time faculty hold a PhD or equivalent degree or terminal degree in their field
Student/Faculty Ratio 10:1
Average Class Size 18
Academics 6 colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Heller College of Business, College of Education, Chicago College of Performing Arts, College of Pharmacy, Robert Morris Experiential College
Degree Programs 64 undergraduate majors and 38 minors
54 graduate programs
2 doctoral programs
Campuses Chicago: 32-story vertical campus and historic Auditorium Building in downtown Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood
Schaumburg: 225,000-square-foot facility on 27 acres of land 30 miles outside of downtown Chicago in northwest suburban Schaumburg
Harper University Center: At Harper Community College in Palatine.
Additional Accolades Fourth-best college location in Illinois (Niche College Rankings 2019)
Second-tallest university building in the United States (Collegefinder 2014)
Sixth-best residence hall in Illinois (Niche College Rankings 2018)

Updated May 2020

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