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Roosevelt University

Motto: Dedicated to the enlightenment of the human spirit
Established: 1945
Type: Private
Endowment: $76 million
President: Charles R. Middleton
Undergraduates: 4,500
Postgraduates: 3,000
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus: Downtown Chicago and
Schaumburg, Illinois
Colors: Green, White, and Gold
Website: www.roosevelt.edu

Roosevelt University is a private institution of higher education with full service campuses in Chicago's Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg. It also offers classes in communities, schools, and corporations, and has the mission of being a metropolitan university and an asset to the surrounding communities. Image File history File links Roosevelt_University. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... USD redirects here. ... Look up million in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... This article is about institutions as social mechanisms. ... The University of Cambridge is an institute of higher learning. ... Campus is Latin for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... The Loop is what locals call the historical center of downtown Chicago. ... Ordinal directions are the four compass directions: northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest, located halfway between the cardinal directions. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... Coordinates: , Incorporated March 7, 1956 Government  - Village President Al Larson Area  - Village 49. ... Classes can refer to: social class scientific classification class (object-oriented programming) a subject in school see also class. ... Community is a set of people (or agents in a more abstract sense) with some shared element. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... A corporation (usually known in the United Kingdom and Ireland as a company) is a legal entity (distinct from a natural person) that often has similar rights in law to those of a Civil law systems may refer to corporations as moral persons; they may also go by the name... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... This article is about the business definition. ...

Roosevelt University currently offers 126 Doctor's, Master's, Bachelor's degree and certificate (Post-Master's, Postbaccalaureate, Less-than-2-years, Less-than-1-year) programs in the arts, sciences, business, and education. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... A certificate is an official document affirming some fact. ... The Arts is a broad subdivision of culture, comprised of many expressive disciplines. ... For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). ... In economics, a business is a legally-recognized organizational entity existing within an economically free country designed to sell goods and/or services to consumers, usually in an effort to generate profit. ...

The university includes the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, a continuing education school; Chicago College of Performing Arts, a music and theatre program; Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration, a business school; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the College of Education. Continuing education is an all encompassing term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. ... Chicago College of Performing Arts is well situated on the top floors of the historic Auditorium Building, designed by world-famous architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ...

The lobby stairwell of the main building (430 S. Michigan Ave.) was featured in the Robert DeNiro movie "The Untouchables." [1]



The school was founded in 1945 when Edward J. Sparling, then president of the YMCA College in Chicago, refused to provide his board with the demographic data in his student body. There were quota systems in place that limited the number of blacks, Jews, immigrants, and women that were allowed to receive higher education. Sparling was fired and a number of faculty and students left with him, voting to start a new college with a vote of 62 to 1 for faculty and 488 to 2 with the student body. [2] The school had no library, campus, or endowment. Look up black in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Languages Historical Jewish languages Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, others Liturgical languages: Hebrew and Aramaic Predominant spoken languages: The vernacular language of the home nation in the Diaspora, significantly including English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian Religions Judaism Related ethnic groups Arabs and other Semitic groups For the Jewish religion, see Judaism. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ...

The new college was chartered as Thomas Jefferson College on March 28, 1945 and had financial backing from Marshall Field III, the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union and other organizations and individuals. Two weeks later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, and with his widow Eleanor's permission the college was renamed Roosevelt College in his memory. In 1947, the Auditorium Building was sold to the university for one dollar and became the permanent home of Roosevelt University. The college was rededicated to both Franklin and Eleanor in 1959. Early advisory board members included Marian Anderson, Pearl Buck, Ralph Bunche, Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Gunnar Myrdal, [Draper Daniels] and Albert Schweitzer. In August 1996 the Albert A. Robin campus was opened in Schaumburg, started in large part by a donation from entrepreneur and immigrant, Albert A. Robin. FDR redirects here. ... Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (IPA: ; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. ... The Auditorium Building in Chicago The Auditorium Building in Chicago, Illinois is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ... Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993),[1] was an American contralto, perhaps best remembered for her performance on Easter Sunday, 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. // Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Pearl S. Buck (birth name Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, Chinese name 賽珍珠) (June 26, 1892 - March 6, 1973) was a novelist. ... Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (August 7, 1903 – December 9, 1971) was an American political scientist, diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine. ... “Einstein” redirects here. ... For other persons named Thomas Mann, see Thomas Mann (disambiguation). ... Gunnar Myrdal (December 6, 1898 – May 17, 1987) was a Swedish economist and politician. ... Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, (January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965) was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician. ...

In July 2002, Charles R. Middleton became the fifth President of Roosevelt University. He has the distinction of being the first openly homosexual university president in the United States.

Academics and majors

There are more than 60 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 40 master’s degree programs, and selected doctoral programs.


Departments and programs are organized in 5 colleges.

Chicago College of Performing Arts is well situated on the top floors of the historic Auditorium Building, designed by world-famous architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ...

Programs and departments

Institutes and centers

A strong supplement to the university's colleges is its centers and institutes that extend the learn and research opportunities available to students and faculty.


Downtown Chicago Campus

The majority of all Chicago classes are held within Roosevelt's historic Auditorium Building at 430 S. Michigan Avenue just blocks from the Magnificent Mile. A second downtown campus building is the Gage Building, located at 18 S. Michigan Avenue. It is also the home of the Paralegal Studies Program and the School of Communication. The Auditorium Building in Chicago The Auditorium Building in Chicago, Illinois is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ... Michigan Avenue refers to remnants of Old U.S. Highway 12 that ran from downtown Detroit to Chicago. ... Magnificent Mile looking south View north from the foot of the Magnificent Mile The Magnificent Mile is the portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois extending from the Chicago River to Oak Street in Near North Side community area. ... The Gage Building illustrated in Chicago Sunday Tribune, Feb. ...

Neighbors include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and Soldier Field. The 430 S. Michigan Avenue campus overlooks Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Michigan Ave., Columbus Drive, Lake Shore Drive, and Lake Michigan and the Center for Professional Advancement overlooks Millennium Park on Chicago's lakefront. The Art Institute of Chicago is a fine art museum located in Chicago, Illinois. ... Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago The Field Museum of Natural History, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, sits on Lake Shore Drive next to Lake Michigan, part of a scenic complex called known as the Museum Campus which includes Soldier Field, the football stadium that is the home of the Chicago... Soldier Field (formerly Municipal Grant Park Stadium) is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Buckingham Fountain sends a massive stream of water into the air during one of its shows. ... The Taste of Chicago is held in Grant Park annually around Independence Day. ... Michigan Avenue refers to remnants of Old U.S. Highway 12 that ran from downtown Detroit to Chicago. ... Looking west at the three-level Columbus Drive from Lakeshore East Looking southwest at the three-level Columbus Drive from Upper Wacker Drive Columbus Drive is a north-south street in Chicago, Illinois. ... The double-decker Lake Shore Drive Bridge across the Chicago River; Wacker Drive is visible in the background Lake Shore Drive at the Chicago River in 1941 Looking northeast across Lakeshore East at the triple-decker Wacker Drive. ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. ... For other uses, see Millennium Park (disambiguation). ...

Albert A. Robin Campus, Schaumburg

Roosevelt University's campus in Schaumburg is the largest four-year university in Chicago's Northwest suburbs, serving roughly 2,500 students. The campus is located in the former regional office building of the Unocal Corporation. Roosevelt converted the building into a full-service campus in 1996. Union Oil Company of California, dba Unocal was incorporated in California in 1890. ...

Student life

Student housing and residence life

Roosevelt University has two dormitories located less than two blocks from one another, housing over 500 Roosevelt students. The Herman Crown Center is located at 425 S. Wabash and houses nearly 200 residents. It is connected to the Auditorium Building (a panorama of the Auditorium Building Lobby) and provides direct access to classrooms, the university's Murray-Green Library, music practice rooms, the university's gym and fitness center: the Marvin Moss Student Center (MMSC), and other facilities including the Office of Student Activities, the Student Government Association, Student Organization office spaces, and the Academic Counseling Center.

The University Center of Chicago is the newest dormitory in the area and was officially opened in the fall of 2004. Located at 525 S. State Street the UC houses students from Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and Columbia College Chicago, totaling 1700 residents from these three schools combined. DePaul University[1] is a private institution of higher education and research in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th century French priest who valued philanthropy, Saint Vincent de Paul. ... Columbia College Chicago is the largest arts and communications college in the United States. ...

Traveling between campuses

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and Elevated "L" trains. (the principal urban heavy rail and metro serving in Chicago) serve to both downtown Roosevelt locations. For other uses, see Chicago Transit Authority (disambiguation). ... A westbound Chicago L train crosses the south fork of the Chicago River The Chicago L (short for Chicago Elevated) is an urban rapid transit metro serving Chicago and eight of its adjacent suburbs. ...

In Schaumburg, PACE (the suburban bus division of RTA: the Regional Transportation Authority) also operates the bus lines to the Albert A. Robin campus. The RTA Logo The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the financial and oversight body for the three transit agencies in northeastern Illinois--the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace--which are called Service Boards in the RTA Act. ...

Intercampus vans are also regularly scheduled to commute between the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.

Groups and activities

There are many active student organizations at both of the Roosevelt University campuses.

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity: Roosevelt's largest on campus Greek organization
  • WRBC-AM: Roosevelt's student radio station
  • The Torch: Roosevelt's student newspaper (7,500/weekly)
  • Oyez Review: Roosevelt's national and award winning literary journal.
  • Student Government Association
  • Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity: Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity and a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. The Fraternity has begun the colonization process at Roosevelt and hopes to install it's 182nd chapter there later this year. For more information about the colonization, please visit: http://www.alphagammadelta.org/RooseveltUniversity/default.htm
  • Gamma Theta Chi Sorority: Gamma Theta Chi is a multicultural sorority founded November 1, 2004. Its founding members are from Roosevelt University, DePaul University and Columbia College. The sorority is guided by its principals of community, diversity, friendship, and teamwork.
  • Intramural Sports Club: Dedicated to returning a comprehensive athletics program to Roosevelt through student recognition and involvement.
  • Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance: Roosevelt's campus feminist organization committed to achieving equality for women and men

Distinguished alumni

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External links

  • Official website
  • OnLine programs website
  • Biography of University President Charles Middleton [3]
  • Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University[4]
  • College and University Profiles[5]
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago[6]
  • Thomson & Peterson's College Close-Up[7]
  • USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2006: Roosevelt University. At a Glance[8]
  • NNDB: tracking the entire world (Roosevelt University)[9]

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College Profiles - Roosevelt University (1426 words)
Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 to provide opportunities for learning and teaching in conditions of freedom and equality.
The University seeks to develop individuals who will be dedicated to the essential themes of a democratic society, who possess an understanding of human history and the basic ideas of the humanities and sciences, and who will accept their responsibilities as citizens of a vital nation and a changing world.
Roosevelt University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and its programs are accredited by the American Chemical Society, the Illinois State Examining Board for Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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