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About Us

Since our founding in 1945, we have maintained a strong commitment to academic, creative and service excellence. We empower everyone in the Roosevelt community to become socially conscious citizens, future leaders in their professions and communities.

Our diverse, passionate student body from metropolitan Chicago and around the world comes together to change lives and make a difference.

Are you with us? Discover what you can accomplish here.

Our Story

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Since our founding in 1945, our mission has been to make higher education available to all academically-qualified students, regardless of their background. Our history is grounded in courage, acceptance and a commitment to social justice.

Academic & Artistic Excellence

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What’s your passion? Crunching numbers? Finding ways to keep people healthy? Or maybe singing La Traviata to an audience of 1,000? Find your focus with Roosevelt’s broad academic choices, outstanding faculty and nearly limitless directions your passions can take you.

Roosevelt's Chicago

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Our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses are actively connected to their communities, whether in the heart of downtown Chicago or the city's northwest suburban economic center. Abundant academic and professional opportunities surround Roosevelt, competitively positioning you for career success in ways few other institutions can.

Real-World Experience

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Why wait until you graduate to get real-world experience? Roosevelt offers plenty of meaningful out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students: internships, mentorships, career development, study abroad and much more.

Social Justice in Action

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Lots of universities talk social justice. At Roosevelt, it is at our very core. We live it, every day. A Roosevelt education prepares socially conscious citizens (like you!) to be agents of change in their world.

An Inclusive Community

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Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and thrive in a community of inclusivity and acceptance. We value differences in personal experiences and promote mutual understanding, consciousness and action. At Roosevelt, we're breaking the mold of what it means to be diverse.

Alex Furin

"Roosevelt University goes beyond Chicago. It affects society and we have a choice as students here … to make that our goal as we continue forward. That’s something I take with me every single day."

Alex Fruin - Vocal Performance '19

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