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Robert Morris University: Narrative Description


6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108-1189
Tel: (412)262-8200; 800-762-0097; Admissions: (412)262-8412; Fax: (412)262-8619; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1921. Setting: 230-acre suburban campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $13.3 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4837 per student. Total enrollment: 4,816. Faculty: 342 (123 full-time, 219 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,816 applied, 91% were admitted. 8% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 62% from top half. Full-time: 2,750 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 985 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 20 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 9% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 27% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 74% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $20,438 includes full-time tuition ($13,484) and college room and board ($6954). College room only: $4138. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $405 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, R-MOVE, National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Major annual events: Snowball, Homecoming, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,020 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Robert Morris University Library with 187,897 books, 339,495 microform titles, 740 serials, 2,994 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.4 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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