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This article is about the university in Illinois. For the university in Pennsylvania, see Robert Morris University.

Robert Morris University Illinois
Established 1913
Type Private, nonsectarian
President Michael P. Viollt
Staff 198
Undergraduates 6,931
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Campus Urban
Athletics 34 teams
Colors Maroon and Gold
Mascot Eagle

Robert Morris University Illinois, formerly Robert Morris College, is an educational institution in Illinois, United States that has multiple campuses, including locations in Chicago (main campus), Aurora, Bensenville, Elgin, Orland Park, Peoria, Schaumburg, Springfield and Waukegan. Robert Morris University Illinois was formerly known as Robert Morris College; however, the institution changed its name to Robert Morris University Illinois on May 1, 2009.[1] It is a private, accredited, not-for-profit institution with 503(c)(3) status. It offers associate and bachelor's degrees through the School of Business Administration, Institute of Art and Design, School of Computer Studies, Institute of Culinary Arts and the School of Health Studies. In 2006, the Morris School of Graduate Studies was established, providing Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Systems programs at the Chicago, DuPage and Orland Park campuses. The graduate program has now expanded to all campuses across Illinois. Although it is named after Robert Morris, it is not affiliated with Robert Morris University of Pennsylvania.



RMU sports teams use the Eagle mascot and the school has one of the largest athletic programs in the state, including basketball, cross country, track, soccer, volleyball, tennis, softball, baseball, bowling, golf, hockey, dance and rowing. They are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. RMU's men's basketball is one of the dominant programs in the NAIA, having reached the Final Four of the NAIA tournament three times in the last five years. Head Coach Al Bruehl has averaged thirty wins a season during that time and has never won fewer than 25 games in his nine years at the helm of the Eagles.

The women's hockey team won the 2005 American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and were runners-up in 2006. Under head coach John Burke, the Lady Eagles were ranked #1 in the nation for more than 100 consecutive weeks.

The women's basketball team at the Springfield, Illinois campus, under the direction of first year head coach Matt Mead, is currently ranked number 1 nationally by the USCAA.


1913: - Moser School is founded.

1965: - Robert Morris University is chartered in Carthage.

1975: - Robert Morris University comes to Chicago, merging with the Moser School.

1986: - Robert Morris University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

1988: - A location opens in Springfield, Illinois.

1991: - Second location opens in Orland Park, Illinois. - The University begins to award the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

1995: - Robert Morris University becomes a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).

1997: - Third location opens in Naperville, Illinois.

1998: - The Chicago Location moves to 401 South State Street. - Athletic Program grows to 20 teams. - Athletic Program begins in Springfield, Illinois.

1999: - Fourth location opens in Bensenville, Illinois.

2000: - The University begins to award the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design. - Fifth location opens in Peoria, Illinois. - The University begins to award the Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Computer Studies.

2001: - The Naperville Location relocated to Aurora, Illinois, the DuPage Location. 2002: - The Orland Park Location introduces the Tech Center. -Teaching Fellows appointed.

2003: - Sixth location opens in Waukegan, Illinois, the Lake County Location. - The DuPage Location introduces the Institute of Culinary Arts. - Teaching Institute and Center for Applied Leadership established.

2004: - The Chicago Location introduces the Culinary Arts and Surgical Technology Programs.

2005: - The Orland Park Location introduces the Institute of Culinary Arts. - School of Graduate Studies established. - Women win ACHA Ice Hockey National Championship. - College earns University status.

2006: - Nursing Program established. - Center for Higher Education Studies (CHES) established. - The Graduate School was renamed Morris Graduate School of Management. - First MBA and MIS Degrees awarded.

2007: - The University begins offering the Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree. - Women win ACHA Ice Hockey National Championship. - CHES renamed Chicago Center for Higher Education Studies (CCHES).

2008: - Graduate School location established in Schaumburg, Illinois. - Athletic Program grows to 32 teams.

2009: -Changed to University in name. - Ninth location opens in Elgin, Illinois[2]

Academic programs

- Master degree's - Master of Business Administration concentrations in: Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Management

- Master of Information Systems

- Dual Degree Program - Bachelor's and Master's Degree Advantage

- Bachelor Degree's - Bachelor of Business Administration Degree concentrations in: Accounting, Health/Fitness Management, Hospitality Management, and Management

- Bachelor of Applied Science Degree concentrations in: Computer Studies, Networking, Systems Integration,Graphic Design and Web Development

- Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree concentrations in: Archectural Technology, Law Office Administration, Advanced Culinary Arts, and Applied Health Sciences

- Associate Degrees - Associate of Applied Science Degree with concentration areas as: , Business Administration , CAD/Drafting (Architectural/Mechanical) , Culinary Arts , Fitness & Exercise , Graphic Design , Interior Space Planning & Design , Paralegal , Pharmacy Technology , Nursing , Medical Assisting , Computer Networking , and Surgical Technology

School accreditations

Institutional Accreditations, Program Accreditations, Approvals, & Certifications Robert Morris University is approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and is authorized to award the:

-Master of Business Administration

-Master of Information Systems

-Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

-Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design

-Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Computer Studies

-Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree

-Associate in Applied Science Degree

-Professional Diplomas are awarded for programs of less than two academic years

Robert Morris University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission is one of the six regional accrediting bodies in the United States and offers the highest form of accreditation available to a university.

-Robert Morris University, through its School of Business Administration, has the following degree programs accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE): Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with concentrations in Accounting, Management, Health/Fitness Management, Hospitality Management, and Law Office Management.

-The Robert Morris University Medical Assisting Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

-RMU's Chicago Campus Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756, (727) 210-2350.

-As a first year program of study, RMU's DuPage Campus Surgical Technology program will seek accreditation, upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST), by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as soon as the first group of students is in the last quarter of attendance.

-Robert Morris University has begun the process to seek initial National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accreditation candidacy for the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Robert Morris University is:

-Approved for foreign students by the U.S. Justice Department. The University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

-Approved for Veteran’s Administration educational benefits. Servicepersons and veterans should contact the Associate Registrar for information. -Approved for Social Security by the Department of Health and Human Services.

-Approved by the Illinois Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Training.

-Approved by the American Bar Association for the Paralegal Program.

-Approved by the Department of Education to offer Title IV Financial Aid funding.

-Approved by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to award state financial aid.

The University's curriculum may be helpful in preparing students to sit for a number of certifications during or upon completion of the program of study. However, many certifications require additional coursework, work experience, and an exam fee.

Institute of Art & Design:

Graphic Design ACE Certification

The BPS in Architectural Technology will not qualify a student to sit for the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Board) exam. Upon completion of the degree students will be eligible for a variety of job opportunities in construction, real estate management as well as entry-level positions in the construction, space planning and architectural industries.

Institute of Culinary Arts:

Sanitation certification -- city and state

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Manage First Certifications:

-Hospitality & Restaurant Management

-Menu Marketing & Management

-Customer Service

-ServSafe Alcohol Responsible Alcohol Service Nutrition

School of Computer Studies:

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

-CompTIA A+

-CompTIA Network+

-CompTIA Linux+

-CompTIA Security+

-Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

-Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS)

-Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)

-Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) – With work experience.

School of Nursing & Health Studies:

Bachelor of Professional Studies: Applied Health Sciences First Responder

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer or Health/Fitness Instructor

Fitness & Exercise

-ARC Sports Safety Training

-ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer

-American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer

Medical Assisting

-ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer

-Registered Medical Assistant certification (RMA) AAMT

-Graduates may apply to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) certification


-IDPH Certified Nursing Assistant

-Graduates may apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN for RN licensure

Pharmacy Tech

-ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer

-IDFPR Pharmacy Tech registration

-Pharmacy Tech certification (CPhT) Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

Surgical Technology

-Certified Surgical Technologist certification

* A National Leader in graduating students. RMU's graduation rate is in the top 10% of schools in its category.
* A State Leader in awarding degrees to minority students.
* Exciting Athletics - 34 intercollegiate teams.
* 7th Largest private university in Illinois.
* A National Leader in the time it takes to earn a degree. 91% of RMU graduates finish their Bachelors Degree in 4 years or less.
* Great Value - RMU is one of the most affordable private universities in Illinois.
* Last year Robert Morris University awarded more than $19 million in scholarships.
* Recognized, along with the University of Illinois, as a state leader in providing opportunities for women in higher education.


The University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Generally complies with the general guidelines as set forth by:

-National Association for College Admission Counseling(NACAC)

-Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling(IACAC)

-American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers(AACRAO)

-Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (IACRAO)

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