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Our Story

Our history is grounded in courage, acceptance and a commitment to social justice. Roosevelt's mission since its founding in 1945 has been to make higher education available to all students who qualify academically, regardless of their background. We help you unleash your potential, no matter who you are.

A Social Justice Mission

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In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, the University's dedication to "the enlightenment of the human spirit" shines brightest in our unique commitment to social justice. We don't just practice social responsibility — we embody it. We are shaping the world's next generation of progressive, ethical leaders.

Facts at a Glance

11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Who are we? We RU! Get to know us by the numbers, or learn more about the University's mission and vision, our accreditation, or our graduation and retention statistics.

President Ali Malekzadeh

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Ali Malekzadeh, the sixth president of Roosevelt University, is an expert in strategic management, an accomplished fundraiser and a visionary academic leader. Follow President Ali on Twitter or read his official communications.

Board of Trustees

Pat Harris

Roosevelt's board is chaired by Pat Harris (BA, '80), retired global chief diversity officer and vice president of global community engagement at McDonald’s Corporation.

Making History

Alumni from seven decades - Our Story - Making History

As Roosevelt celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015, alumni across generations told their stories. Each voice is unique, but there’s a common thread: a Roosevelt education made a major difference.

The Equality Experiment

Edward J. Sparling with his dog

Just 70 years ago, admission to college was restrictive. Our founding president, Edward Sparling, helped change that.

President Ali Malekzadeh in front of skyline
"The American Dream is about every individual who aspires to achieve more in life to be able to do so. For me, that means to pursue an education."
Ali Malekzadeh
President, Roosevelt University
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