Reflecting the ideals of its founders in 1945, Roosevelt University is a private, nonsectarian community of educators, scholars, and learners committed to academic, creative, and service excellence who value differences in personal experiences and perspectives; ask the difficult questions; and promote mutual understanding, inclusion, social consciousness, and action toward social justice. Recognizing that difference broadens perspectives, Roosevelt University seeks and serves a diverse, promising student body from metropolitan Chicago and around the world.
The hallmarks of the Roosevelt University experience are strong student-faculty interaction and engagement with metropolitan Chicago as both a laboratory for learning and as an expression of its commitment to social justice. The experience is created through the efforts of a strong faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity and a staff equally focused on helping students grow and achieve their educational and life goals.
At Roosevelt University, our award-winning faculty take pride in pushing the school's remarkably diverse students to the limits of achievement, inspiring the transformation of lives and communities through the principles of social justice. We are proudly named in honor of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Roosevelt's nearly 4,000 undergraduates can choose from 116 degree programs and two distinct campuses, located in downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg. In fall 2012, a new 32-story building, the second tallest academic structure in the U.S., opened on the Chicago Campus. The top 19 floors provide 600 students with on-campus housing with stunning views of Lake Michigan. The building also includes state-of-the art science labs, classrooms, the Heller College of Business and a fitness center. The university recently opened a recreation and athletic facility, home to the Roosevelt Lakers. Roosevelt is the only university in the Chicago loop with a basketball/volleyball court.
The student-faculty ratio at Roosevelt is 12:1; 60% of classes have 20 or fewer students. Roosevelt faculty are committed to teaching. The most popular majors include: Psychology; Science; Accounting and Management; Criminal Justice; and Education. Roosevelt’s acclaimed Chicago College of Performing Arts provides focused conservatory training in Music and Theatre.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, the University's dedication is to "the enlightenment of the human spirit." Roosevelt's mission is not only to educate but also shape students to be socially-conscious community leaders. Students can participate in the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, which connects students with social justice leaders at the community and national levels.