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Robert Morris University

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Nestled in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University is a private coeducational University of repute. It is also referred to as RMU. The institute was originally founded in 1921 as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy. After a few name and status changes, the institute was finally renamed Robert Morris University Illinois in 2002. The University is named in the honor of Robert Morris, who signed the Declaration of Independence and financed the American Revolution. The main campus spans 230 acres in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. RMU also maintains a satellite campus in downtown Pittsburgh, near the Allegheny County Courthouse.


Robert Morris University offers more than 55 undergraduate and over 18 graduate degrees in diverse areas of study. The graduate degree programs include Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership; Doctor of Nursing Practice; Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications; and Master of Business Administration. RMU’s programs are fully accredited by regional and national accrediting bodies such as Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET; Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC); and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University is composed of the following five academic schools: the School of Business; the School of Education and Social Sciences; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; the School of Communications and Information Systems; and the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.

RMU Online:

RMU also offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees in a fully online format. The degrees include B.S. in Applied Psychology, B.S. in Organizational Studies, B.S. in Health Services, B.A. in English Studies, Master of Business Administration, M.S. in Organizational Studies, M.S. in Instructional Leadership, and M.S. in Business Education. The University also functions as a provider institute for the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU). The RMU online programs curriculum is equivalent to the on-site course at the campus locations with the difference that students can pursue online degrees anytime and from anywhere.

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Each year, Robert Morris University enrolls nearly 5,000 students from almost every state and over 40 countries worldwide. When you are seeking a college-level degree, RMU offers a firm foundation for a successful life. Freshman students must take either SAT or ACT test and send the scores to RMU. The University welcomes transfer students from well-recognized colleges and Universities. RMU has transfer agreements with most two-year educational institutions.

International students seeking admission must take either SAT or ACT test. Students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test. The TOEFL test can be waived for students who have successfully completed an ESL (English as a Second Language) program.

Financial Aid

There are several types of financial aid available at Robert Morris University. The sources are federal government grants, work study programs, state grants, institutional and outside scholarships, and private loan funding. The University encourages students to utilize all available grant and scholarships first before applying for loans. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Grants are the kind of funds that do not require any repayment. RMU offers different state and federal grants such as Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science & Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Scholarships available at RMU are basically of two types: institutional scholarships and external scholarships. The institutional scholarships include Presidential Scholarship, Independence Scholarship, Justice Scholarship, Revolutionary Scholarship, and Pioneer Scholarship. The external scholarships include American Chemical Society Scholars Program, Broecker Memorial Fund, Dominion Scholarship Fund, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, and Marshall Scholarship.

Students can also seek financial loans such as Federal Direct Loans, PLUS Loan, and Private Loan. The federal work-study program provides job opportunities through the Student Employment Program. Counselors at the Career Center help students find suitable federal work-study employment in their area of interest.

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Student life at Robert Morris University offers a variety of co-curricular programs and activities that foster the overall personal, professional, and ethical development of students. These programs teach students the value of good citizenship, individual responsibility, and an appreciation of diversity. There are several on-campus clubs and organizations that promote leadership, cultural, social and recreational activities. Some of the popular student organizations are Black Student Union, Carpe Mundum, College Democrats, College Republicans, International Justice Mission, Multicultural Affairs Consortium, Student Alliance For Equality (S.A.F.E.), and Sportsman’s Club.

Greek life has its presence in Robert Morris University. The fraternities and sororities are governed by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council. Greek organizations include Kappa Delta Rho, Phi Beta Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Delta Zeta, Zeta Phi Beta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Order of Omega, and Alpha Chi Rho.

Media and Publications:

Robert Morris University encourage students to get involved in diverse media that serve both the campus and the township area. RMU TV is the University channel sponsored by the Academic Media Center. There is also a student-run radio station.

Rune magazine is the student-operated literary magazine. The magazine exhibits dramatic writing, poetry, short stories, and other writings along with photography from both the Robert Morris students and Pittsburgh communities.

The Sentry is a student-run newspaper distributed to over 5,000 RMU students, faculty members, and staff at Moon Township campus and the Center for Adult and Continuing Education in Pittsburgh.

Campus Facilities:

The RMU Moon Campus Library is located in the Patrick Henry Center, just west of the Nicholson Center. The library houses a host of general collection, electronic resources, periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers), and references. RMU partakes in the inter-library lending associations PALINET and PALCI that allow students to borrow books onsite from most of the college and University libraries located in Pittsburgh area. The facilities include study space, computers & wireless, printing & copying.

The Center for Student Success specifically meets the daily needs of students. A counselor is assigned to every undergraduate student at Robert Morris University. The Edward A. Nicholson Student Center is a gathering place for students, staff, faculty members, alumni, and visitors. The center embodies the traditions, potential and spirit of the campus. It serves as an essential part of every student’s collegiate experience.

Students can get involved in a wide variety of weekday, evening and weekend activities and events organized to enhance their RMU experience. The off-campus activities include shopping trips and excursions to the nearby attractions. Student organizations also hold numerous events such as etiquette dinner, murder mystery dinner theatre, gateway clipper dance, karaoke night, late-night bingo, novelty performers, late-night dances, shopping trips, homecoming weekend, open mic nights, winter fest, student activities fair, movie nights, Monte carol night, cultural celebrations, concerts, and bonfires.

Housing and Dining:

The Robert Morris University offers decent housing facilities in the residence hall community which includes traditional style apartments and suite-style rooms. The University has the following residence halls: Adams Residence Hall, Braddock Residence Hall, Concord Residence Hall, Gallatin Residence Hall, Hamilton Residence Hall, Hancock Residence Hall, Lexington Residence Hall, Madison Residence Hall, Marshall Residence Hall, Monroe Residence Hall, Ross Residence Hall, and Washington Residence Hall.

RMU residence halls feature modern amenities for the convenience of students. The general amenities available at the residence halls include cable television, computer connections, emergency telephones, laundry, courtesy telephones, microwaves & refrigerators, resident student telephone services, room & building keys/card access, and room furnishings.

The Robert Morris University dining options has been exclusively designed to meet students from diverse backgrounds. The experienced dining services team at RMU provides a nutritionally balanced, maximum quality and skillfully prepared meals for students. The popular dining locations within the campus are Nicholson Center Food Court; RoMo’s Cafe; The Hale Cafe; and The Ice House Bistro.

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The Robert Morris University athletic department fields more than 20 men’s and women’s teams in diverse varsity sports such as basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed as the Colonials. The colors are Blue and Red. The Colonials take part in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I and Northeast Conference. The men’s ice hockey team participates in the Atlantic Hockey; and the women’s ice hockey team is a member of the College Hockey America. The sports facilities at RMU include Joe Walton Stadium, The Charles L. Sewall Center, RMU Island Sports Center, and The North Athletic Complex.

Intramural Sports:

The Intramural department offers a wide variety of recreational sports and activities for the students, faculty members and staff. Students can participate in a wide variety of sports which includes basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, ping pong and billiards. The intramural sports provide healthy competition, exercise, and recreation for all the participants. Students can also join the Jefferson Fitness Center that offers classes on yoga, pilates, and martial arts.


Homecoming is the annual University tradition where graduates are invited to ‘come home’ and visit their campus and refresh their memories. The main highlight is the American football game, where students vote for the Homecoming Queen and King.


The Colonials have earned name and reputation worldwide in diverse fields of profession. Some of the notable alumni are Joseph Hogan, CEO of ABB Group; Kevin Colbert, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Jerry Bowyer, American radio and broadcasting host; Musa Shannon, Liberian footballer; Ryan Cruthers, professional ice hockey player; and Robin R. Sanders, United States Ambassador to Nigeria.


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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 39 0.16
Larceny 218 0.90
Vehicle theft 6 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Moon Township, PA 15108-1189
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population37,804 (37,586 urban / 218 rural)
Households14,868 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,099
Families9,967 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4218

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 608th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,460 $24,460 $24,460
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $654 $654 $654
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $775 $775 $775
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $825 $825 $825
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $40,755 $40,755 $40,755
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $38,004 $38,004 $38,004
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,392 $32,392 $32,392

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $23,038 $24,064 $23,038 $24,064 $23,038 $24,064
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,030 $11,360
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,500 $2,820
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,612 $5,540
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,330 $6,240
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,700 $6,240

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,689 (2,799 male / 2,890 female)
Admitted 4,580 (2,286 male / 2,294 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 998 (581 male / 417 female)
FT Enrollment 988 (576 male / 412 female)
PT Enrollment 10 (5 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment5,481

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Northeast Conference

ACT Test Admission

944th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 24

SAT Test Admission

688th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 75%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1140

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,020
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,505
Board Fee$6,080

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 48 70 12 19 2 947 59 1,162
Accounting 4 1 73 4 82
Actuarial Science 1 1 14 16
Applied Mathematics, General 1 2 1 21 25
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 2 1 19 27
Business Administration and Management, General 6 7 2 2 1 113 7 138
Business Teacher Education 10 2 12
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 2 1 12 15
Curriculum and Instruction 3 4 1 62 4 76
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 3 7 1 21 2 34
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 28 1 31
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 16 1 18
Economics, General 3 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 1 3 7
Engineering, Other 1 1 29 4 35
Engineering/Industrial Management 30 2 32
English Language and Literature, General 1 8 9
Environmental Science 5 1 6
Finance, General 2 1 27 3 33
Health Services Administration 2 1 11 1 15
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 3 11 14
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 20 1 22
Information Science/Studies 6 6
Information Technology Project Management 4 1 6 1 12
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 7 3 2 52 5 69
Manufacturing Engineering 4 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 1 1 34 2 41
Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation 3 1 14 1 19
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 1 9 1 14
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 1 6 7
Organizational Behavior Studies 2 9 2 74 1 88
Psychology, General 1 2 1 28 4 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 2 1 63 1 72
Social Sciences, General 1 1 19 22
Special Education and Teaching, General 9 6 15
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 4 1 45 3 56
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 2 24 1 29
Taxation 1 2 17 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 386th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $90,200 ($93,641 male / $76,218 female)
Number of FT Faculty 200 (113 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 487
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $7,093,371

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