Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Edward J. Sparling, then president of the Chicago YMCA College resigned from his post after failing to provide a breakdown of the college’s student demographics to the board of governors. Sparling feared the board wanted to use the data to create quotas limiting the numbers of women, African Americans, Jews and immigrants allowed at the school – an all too common practice at the time. Instead Sparling resigned and a number of faculty and students, inspired by his commitment to equality, left with him. The group founded a new college, initially called Thomas Jefferson College but renamed when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died two weeks later.
The new college had no endowment, no campus and no library but with the help of many influential backers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the institution survived and started to grow. Members of the college’s advisory board included Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, Albert Schweitzer and Marian Anderson. The college purchased the Auditorium Building in downtown Chicago in 1947 and has continued to grow and thrive ever since while retaining the core principle that higher education should be open to all.
The main university campus is in downtown Chicago and occupies the iconic Auditorium Building, the tallest in Chicago when it was constructed. The university has other facilities at the Gage Building. Between them these two buildings host the majority of the university’s academic and administrative facilitiesas well as sports and leisure services, a theatre and an art gallery.
Roosevelt is a leading university, providing a modern and personalized education in a world class city.
ROOTED IN HISTORY
Roosevelt University is named in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt – the 32nd president of the United States – and his wife Eleanor. Together, they were a driving force for human rights and equality. Since its founding in 1945, Roosevelt University has remained committed to social justice and the availability of a quality education.
The four buildings of the Roosevelt University Chicago Campus are located in Chicago’s downtown Loop, and provide everything you need. Find modern labs with state-of-the-art technology to support your research, and social spaces for relaxed study or meet-ups with friends. At the International Study Center you will live and study in the high-rise Wabash Building. Here, you will find comfortable living spaces, amenities, and your classrooms in an architecturally unique building that is Gold LEED-Certified for its sustainability and green-design.
You will receive a personalized education at Roosevelt. Our low student-faculty ratio (11:1) means you will benefit from individual attention and the opportunity for one-on-one guidance. Class sizes are small to ensure you experience a focused learning environment, dedicated to your personal development.
Chicago is home to 31 Fortune 500 companies and over 400 corporations have headquarters here. At Roosevelt, you will take the first steps towards your career in the heart of international business. While studying you may have the opportunity to intern with these leading companies to gain practical industry experience.
Roosevelt University by Numbers:
-Founded in 1945
-73 nationalities represented on campus.
-700 faculty and staff.
-70 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs.
-46 master’s diplomas and doctoral programs.
-60+ student groups.
Chicago takes pride in its greenery with over 500 parks across the city. The city motto even means “City in a Garden”. During your career at the International Study Center, you will live and study across the street from Millenium Park, with dramatic views overlooking the Chicago Harbor and Lake Michigan.
You will find some of the best food in the U.S. while living in Chicago. People visit from all over the world to try the famous Chicago deep-dish pizza. With 77 distinct neighborhoods across the city you will easily find a wide selection of authentic ethnic restaurants, specialty grocery stores, and cultural food festivals.
Chicago is a vibrant city where you will find concerts, parades, shows and festivals to attend. During the summer there are lots of festivals held in Chicago’s many parks, and in venues across the city. Explore world-class museums, theater, sports, and cultural events. In this thriving lifestyle you will always find something to do.
Roosevelt’s campus is located in the heart of Chicago, so you can quickly access your favorite destinations and attractions. In this walkable city you can easily get around on foot, or use the train and bus for quick transport. Chicago has the second largest public transportation system in the U.S., so you can get anywhere in just a few minutes. Roosevelt students can use the bus service for free, or use the local bike-share scheme, Divvy, at a reduced rate. Access 6,000 bikes across 580 stations in a city perfect for cyclists.
A HIGH-RISE COMMUNITY
The Wabash Building is the centerpiece of Roosevelt's campus, making it the perfect place to live, study, and relax. The building offers 32 floors of classrooms, labs, social spaces, cafeterias, fitness facilities, student residences, and much more.
Athletic competitions, intramural sport, and recreation events are held in the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center. This modern facility features a multi-purpose gymnasium with seating for 500 people, a varsity athletics strength and conditioning center, and an athletics training room.
You can get involved with more than 60 organizations and clubs in the Wabash Building. This is a great way to make new friends, network, and improve your leadership skills. You can choose to join the dance group, student newspaper, Asian Student Alliance, Roosevelt International Student Association, and many more.
Roosevelt University provides modern student housing in two high quality residence halls, each within easy walking distance of your classes and university facilities.
Located across the street from the Wabash Building, University Center offers spacious rooms and great amenities, including a rooftop garden.
As a resident at the Wabash Building or University Center, you will benefit from a standard meal plan, with upgrade options available on request.
Chicago by Numbers:
-3rd largest city in the US.
-Best restaurant city (Conde Nast Traveler and Bon Apetit, 2017)
-Number 1 city to enjoy life to the fullest (The Sun, 2016)