Roosevelt University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University was founded in 1945, though it was originally called Thomas Jefferson College. Just two weeks after its founding, then president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, died in office, and the university adopted his name in honor of his contributions to the country. Roosevelt University is now home to nearly 7,000 students, and considers both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt crucial to its identity as a university.


Roosevelt University consists of six colleges. These colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Walter E. Heller College of Business, the College of Education, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and the College of Pharmacy. Students can choose from 70 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, 42 master's degree programs and four doctoral degree programs.

Students who are interested in the Roosevelt Honors Program should submit the Roosevelt Honors application, available on Roosevelt University's website. Accepted honors students will be assigned to a faculty mentor and complete nine sequential courses while working towards a thesis, written with original research with help from mentors. Each semester, the honors program will offer different courses; more information about course selection is available on Roosevelt University's website.


Students who wish to apply to Roosevelt University should submit official high school transcripts or GED transcripts and either SAT or ACT test scores, as well as their applications. Prospective students are encouraged to take challenging high school classes including English, foreign language, math, history, and laboratory science. Students who are applying to Roosevelt University more than two years after having taken the SAT or ACT tests will also be required to take the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA) as part of their application.

Roosevelt University offers dual admissions for students who wish to create an education plan with various two year or community colleges in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Students who are currently attending a community college and wish to graduate from Roosevelt University can take advantage of dual admission to ensure completion of a bachelor's degree and a smooth transition between institutions, including financial aid. More information can be found on Roosevelt University's website about how to apply for dual admission and which colleges and institutions participate.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate tuition at Roosevelt University was $25,950 to attend the College of Arts and Science, the Heller College of Business, the College of Education or the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies. Tuition to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts was $32,950 per year. The yearly rates for room and board range from $8,322 for a shared two-bedroom suite to $15,900 for a studio apartment. Meal plans cost around $3,500 per year, and are required when students select certain living accommodations.

Roosevelt University offers a variety of financing programs and financial aid options. There are a variety of payment plans available to students, including the extended or deferred payment plan, which allows students to pay the cost of a semester over the course of the semester, rather than all at once.

The ROOSTR plan, which is a tuition reimbursement plan, allows eligible students to defer tuition payments until three weeks after after grades are available. This is helpful for part-time students whose employer is paying for their tuition. To be eligible, students must prove to the university that their employer is willing to cover 75% or more of the total tuition cost.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit***
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city***
Student Body 3,908 undergraduates, 2,712 graduate students in 2011***
Student Housing Three residence halls; freshmen and sophomores are required to live on-campus**
Schools and Programs Six colleges; 116 undergraduate and graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (129)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (215)
Doctorate: Clinical Psychology (10)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 28% in four years
45% in six years
48% in eight years***
Admission Rate 75% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 448 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 65% (full-time students)
45% (part-time students)***
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2012, the middle 50% earned: SAT mid-range (1450-1800), ACT mid-range (20-25)**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions, no deadlines for undergraduate applicants; graduate deadlines are program specific*
Tuition $32,950 for the Chicago College of Performing Arts, $25,950 for all other colleges (full-time undergraduate cost for the 2012-2013 academic year, excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (49%), state grants/scholarships (38%), institutional grants/scholarships (91%), federal student loans (80%), other student loans (6%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 95% in 2010-2011***

Sources: *Roosevelt University, **College Board, ***IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, Room 116, 425 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Phone: (877) 277-5978 or (312) 341-3500
  • Website:

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