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Welcome to Roosevelt University! In 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt dedicated our institution to “the enlightenment of the human spirit.” Those aren’t just typically elegant words from the former first lady. We consider them a call to action. How can we make the world a better place through teaching, research and service?

President Ali Malekzadeh

The first step to an improved world? Education. Roosevelt University’s learning community is a collection of wonderfully unique individuals. Our students, faculty and staff are alike in their commitment to intellectual inquiry and social justice, but they are also different in many ways. One of our greatest strengths is our diversity of race, gender, income, sexuality, nationality, religion and political views. Like Roosevelt University’s founders, we continue to believe that everyone who can do the work has a place with us.

Higher education is essential to achieving the American Dream. Through higher education students acquire the skills they need to live a richer, better and more complete life. Each year Roosevelt University celebrates the American Dream by holding an annual conference to analyze our national ethos from numerous perspectives.

Eleanor Roosevelt spoke at Roosevelt several times and she frequently commented on how proud she was of the new college. This quote is as true today as it was in 1945: “I believe in Roosevelt College as an institution of learning for more than one reason. I believe in it first because its application forms do not ask students or faculty to state race or creed. I believe in it secondly, because of its democratic Board of Directors ... And finally, I believe in the College because of its policy of complete academic freedom."

My job, as president, is to uphold our founding principles and to support the Roosevelt University community in its important work. This is an outstanding university with a proud heritage and a visionary outlook on the future.

Thank you for visiting our website, and please come visit our campuses in Chicago and Schaumburg. The best way to learn about the friendliness and passion of the Roosevelt community is to experience it.

With warm regards,

Ali Malekzadeh