Roosevelt University: Narrative Description

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430 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605-1394
Tel: (312)341-3500; 877-APPLYRU
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $47.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $273,350. Educational spending 2003-04: $7638 per student. Total enrollment: 7,385. Faculty: 662 (210 full-time, 452 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,433 applied, 51% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 9% from top quarter, 39% from top half. Full-time: 1,827 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 2,276 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 65 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 25% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 63% 25 or older, 9% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; psychology. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, audition for music and theater programs, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $24,730 includes full-time tuition ($16,080), mandatory fees ($250), and college room and board ($8400). College room only: $6200. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $536 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $125 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Student Union, RU Proud, RU Latinos, Student Government, Residence Hall Council. Major annual events: International Day, semi-formal dances, Student Organization Fair. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 300 students; 347 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Murray-Green Library plus 4 others with 186,944 books, 169,907 microform titles, 1,195 serials, 11,357 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 250 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.

Community Environment:

Roosevelt University's downtown location places students only blocks away from such cultural and educational resources as the Art Institute, Orchestra Hall, the Opera House, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Grant Park Band Shell, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Roosevelt University is also located in the hub of the city's mercantile and financial districts - the Board of Trade, the State Street department stores, the LaSalle and Dearborn Streets banking houses, law offices, and government buildings all being within easy walking distance of the university. The Schauburg campus is located across from the Chicago area's largest shopping mall and only 15 minutes from O'Hare International Airport. The two campuses are linked by regularly scheduled van service and all academic programs are available at both locations except the Performing Arts (Chicago only).

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