Roosevelt University

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430 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 341-3500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#77 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Roosevelt University is a private institution that was founded in 1945. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,795, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 20 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Roosevelt University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 77. Its tuition and fees are $26,500 (2013-14).

Roosevelt University is a private institution with one campus in downtown Chicago and another nearby in the suburb of Schaumburg, Ill. Students at Roosevelt can major in more than 125 degrees, including about 40 master’s programs in fields such as education and psychology. Part of Roosevelt University’s mission is not only to educate but to also shape students to be socially conscious community leaders. Students can work toward this goal by participating in the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (MISJT), which connects students with social justice leaders at the community and national levels and offers programming, such as a rally to promote reforming Illinois’ criminal justice system.

Students can also get involved in more than 20 organizations, broadcast themselves on the school radio station, run for student government, or write for The Torch newspaper. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for the Roosevelt Lakers varsity teams, which compete in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Famous children’s book author and poet Shel Silverstein, who wrote The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, attended the university until he was drafted into the army, and McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner graduated from Roosevelt.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 and named in honor of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. From its beginning, Roosevelt pioneered the concept of making higher education available to all students who could qualify academically regardless of their social or economic class, racial or ethnic origin, sex, or age. This ideal attracted Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, and Pearl Buck to the University's first advisory board. Today, Roosevelt remains dedicated to the enlightenment of the human spirit through educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and their communities.

In fall 2012 a new 32-story building, the second tallest academic structure in the U.S., will open on Roosevelt's Chicago Campus. The top 19 floors of this building will provide 600 students with on-campus housing facilities and stunning views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's architecturally acclaimed downtown. In addition to the residence hall, the building also includes state-of-the art labs and classrooms, a student union, and a fitness center.

Also opening during the 2012-13 academic year on the Chicago Campus will be a new student recreational center and field house.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1945
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $77,608,722


When applying to Roosevelt University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Roosevelt University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 75.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Roosevelt University is 12:1, and the school has 60.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Roosevelt University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 57.7 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 29%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 31%
Psychology 15%
Education 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Roosevelt University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,795, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Roosevelt University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,343
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Roosevelt University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, and health insurance. Roosevelt University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Roosevelt University, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Roosevelt University.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Roosevelt University, 79.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,000.

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Tuition and fees $26,500 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,384 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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