Roosevelt University


Roosevelt University was established as Thomas Jefferson College in 1945, when Edward Sparling, the YMCA College president in Chicago, vowed to create an independent, coeducational institute of higher learning. The famous Auditorium Building at Chicago was sold to the university for $1 in 1947.

Established at a time when minorities were denied higher education benefits, Roosevelt University believes in providing education that is fair and honest. It is home to a wide mix of students who come from all ethnicities seeking great education.

Roosevelt University currently six colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts
  • Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Apart from traditional undergraduate and graduate programs, students can also enroll in fast track degrees and certificate programs.

    The university is renowned for its music and performing arts programs such as Bachelor of Music in jazz and contemporary music and Master of Arts in Theater and Theater Directing.

    Roosevelt offers several online degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, psychology, human resources, and liberal studies.

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    Information Summary

    Ranks 40th in Illinois and 994th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
    Overall Score (about) 80.4
    Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $48,655
    Admission Success rate N/A
    ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 26 / 1180
    Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 16 : 1
    Retention (full-time / part-time) 74% / N/A
    Enrollment Total (all students) 4,329

    Unique Programs

    The Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is among the best in the country for music and theater programs. Since the inception of the CCPA Music Conservatory, students have received orchestra positions in leading symphonies across the globe.

    Students also benefit from the rich cultural scene that Chicago is famous for. They are encouraged to attend music and theater events that are held often in the city and also in the Auditorium Building.

    At the CCPA Theater Conservatory, students get a chance to intern at the multitude of theaters that make up Chicago’s famous theater scene.


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    Prospective students can apply for spring or fall academic sessions. The admission process is fairly easy requiring the completion of an online application form after paying a nominal application fee. Admission requirements vary depending on the course you are applying to:

    Freshman/Undergraduate Applicants

    Official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores are required. Letters of recommendation and personal essays are recommended but not mandatory. Students can apply online or request a paper application from the admissions office.

    Transfer Applicants

    Undergraduate transfer applicants must submit official scores of all colleges or universities they have attended. Students with less than 15 credit hours are required to submit high school transcripts.

    Graduate Applicants

    Graduate admission requirements vary depending on the program being applied to. Most programs have a minimum GPA requirement of 2.8 while others require GRE scores and personal essays to determine writing proficiency. More details about specific admission requirements can be found here.

    International Applicants

    Freshman international applicants must submit high school transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores, and should have an F1 visa.

    Graduate applicants are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, in addition to completing graduate admission requirements for the program being applied to.

    Music and Theater Applicants

    Students applying to music and theater courses are required to schedule an audition after completing the application form. Letters of recommendation and ACT or SAT scores are required.

    Financial Aid

    Federal financial aid is available in the form of Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants, Pell grants, Stafford loans, Direct Plus loans, and work study programs. Eligible students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the FAFSA website.

    Additionally, students are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program and LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate program of the National Science Foundation.

    State grants include the Illinois Monetary Award Program and Illinois Incentive Award. Both grants are available to students who are residents of Illinois and have no family financial support.

    Roosevelt University also has a unique ROOSTR plan which allows students to defer fee payment for upto three weeks after grades are available. This plan is available for students participating in work study programs.

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    Students enrolled at the Chicago campus of Roosevelt have three housing options at the University Center, Roosevelt on Washington at Fornelli Hall, and the 2 East 8th Street. Coeducational student housing is available in the form of studio apartments at Fornelli Hall, which also houses married students. Internet services are payable but included in all rooms.

    The university has a mandatory campus housing policy for first year students enrolled at the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies, College of Education, and College of Business Administration.

    The University Center (UC) houses students from the neighboring DePaul University and Columbia College. Meal plans are mandatory for UC residents.

    There is 100% free wi-fi coverage across the campus and students can access the internet anywhere on campus using their university credentials.

    As of 2011, there are only two student organizations on campus – the student government association and the center for student involvement.

    Though the university does not have any recreational facilities of its own, students can use the Plymouth Court Fitness Center at Columbia College and the South Loop School Gym by showing their university ID.

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    Athletic teams at the university are known as Roosevelt Lakers. The Lakers are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and play at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

    Men’s sports include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Women teams have the option of playing softball and volleyball in addition to the above-listed games.

    Athletic and recreational facilities are located at Plymouth Court Fitness Center and South Loop School Gym. The fitness center is equipped with a weight training room, treadmills, strength training equipment, and bicycles. The school gym includes basketball and volleyball courts.

    Students can also attend fitness classes which are held in different locations on campus. These include gentle yoga and zumba workouts.


    • Roosevelt University. Roosevelt University. Web. 27 May 2011.
    • Roosevelt Lakers. Roosevelt Lakers. Web. 27 May 2011.

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