Robert Morris University


Earn a degree at Robert Morris University online or on campus. Robert Morris University is located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, which is just north-west of Pittsburgh, PA. It’s a four-year private, not-for-profit school that offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. It also offers certificates. The school was founded in 1921.

Robert Morris University’s Mission

Robert Morris University launches its strategic plan from its goal to prepare “students for a lifetime of engagement, leadership and well-being.”i Part of the school’s mission is to transform “lives by building knowledge, skills, and citizenship, all of which focus on the achievement of one’s personal and professional goals.”i Its six core values include:i

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Professional focus
  3. Engaged learning
  4. Global perspective
  5. Individuals matter
  6. Changing lives

Robert Morris University strives to “become a recognized best value leader by providing a highly proactive student engagement learning environment that is focused on producing graduates of consequence and influence in their personal and professional lives.”i

Robert Morris University Athletics

Robert Morris University’s “Colonials” play in Division I athletics. Its 2015-2016 sports line-up included the following: 

  • Track (women’s)
  • Basketball (men and women’s)
  • Football (men’s)
  • Golf (men’s)
  • Ice hockey (men’s and women’s)
  • Lacrosse (men’s and women’s)
  • Rowing (women’s)
  • Soccer (men’s and women’s)
  • Softball (women’s)
  • Volleyball (women’s)

The school’s athletic division also has a cheerleading squad, dance squad, and marching band.  

The school also offers intramural sports, physical fitness and recreation opportunities, and a world-class sports center with ice skating, hockey, an indoor driving range, and more.

Robert Morris University Online Majors and Schools

Robert Morris University has five schools through which it administers its programs and majors:

  1. The School of Business
  2. The School of Communications and Information Systems
  3. The School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  4. The School of Education and Social Sciences
  5. The School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

In the 2015-2016 school year, Robert Morris University conferred 955 bachelor’s degrees, 35 master’s degrees, and 61 doctorate degrees through these schools.ii

For students earning bachelor’s degrees, the most popular majors were:ii

  • Registered nursing
  • Accounting
  • Business administration and management
  • Marketing and marketing management
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Organizational behavior studies
  • Speech communication and rhetoric
  • Psychology
  • Design and visual communications

The most popular majors for students who earned master’s degrees that year were:ii

  • Business administration and management
  • Computer and information systems security
  • Organizational behavior studies
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Engineering and industrial management

Students earning doctorate degrees that school year did so in just three areas:ii

  • Information sciences
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Clinical nurse specialist

Robert Morris University Online

Robert Morris University offers online degree programs in numerous areas, including:

  • Business (an MBA and at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels)
  • Leadership (at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels)
  • Information Systems and Technology (at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels)
  • Nursing and Healthcare (an RN to BSN, an RN to MSN, and at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and certificate levels)
  • Teaching and Education (at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree levels)
  • Criminal Justice (at the bachelor’s degree level)
  • Engineering (at the master’s degree level)  

Nine percent of Robert Morris University’s undergraduate students were enrolled entirely in online education in fall of 2016. Twenty-one percent were enrolled in at least some online education. Seventy percent attended classes entirely on campus.ii

Of Robert Morris University’s graduate students, 39 percent were enrolled entirely in online education. Thirteen percent were enrolled in at least some online education. Forty-eight percent attended classes entirely on campus.ii

Robert Morris University Tuition

During the 2016-2017 school year, full-time undergraduate students paid an estimated $28,250 for tuition and fees. They paid an additional estimated $1,200 for books and supplies. Including an estimated tuition inflation rate, a four-year degree from Robert Morris University could cost students $125,023. This cost is just an estimate and does not include the costs of books and supplies.ii

In-state and out-of-state students paid the same for tuition during the 2016-2017 school year.ii

Robert Morris University Financial Aid

Sixty percent of undergraduate students at Robert Morris University, or 2,702 students, received federal student loans during the 2015-2016 school year. On average, students received $6,998 each in federal student loan aid.ii

Seventy-eight percent of undergraduate students at Robert Morris University, or 3,492 students, received grant or scholarship aid that same year. Of those students, 28 percent received federal Pell grants. On average, students received $16,150 each in grant or scholarship aid, $3,849 of which came from federal Pell grants.ii

Robert Morris University Enrollment

The student population at Robert Morris University was 5,199 in fall 2016. Of those students, 4,384 were undergraduate students and 815 were graduate students.ii

That same semester and year, 90 percent of undergraduate students attended classes on a full-time basis. Ten percent did so on a part-time basis. The large majority of undergraduate students, 85 percent, were age 24 or younger. Fifteen percent were over the age of 25. Seventy-six percent of all undergraduate students had in-state status and 17 percent had out-of-state status. Seven percent came from foreign countries.ii

Of Robert Morris University’s graduate student population, 100 percent attended classes on a part-time basis.ii

Robert Morris University Admissions

For fall 2016 admissions, 7,164 prospective undergraduate students applied to Robert Morris University. Of those applicants, the University admitted 80 percent. Fifteen percent of those admitted enrolled in undergraduate classes that fall. The Robert Morris University acceptance rate was 80 percent. The Robert Morris University application fee was $30 that semester.ii

The following are the Robert Morris University requirements for freshman applicants.iii Prospective students must submit:

  1. Official high school transcripts or a GED (preference will be given to applicants with a minimum 3.0 GPA)
  2. An official report of combined SAT or ACT scores (preference is given to students who score a minimum combined SAT of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 22)
  3. An RMU application

Transfer, international, and graduate students must follow special admissions procedures or procedures according to their specific program.

In the Classroom at Robert Morris University

In the 2016-2017 school year, the students-to-faculty ratio at Robert Morris University was 15 to 1. Nearly 55 percent of the school’s classes had fewer than 20 students. About 42 percent of classes had 20 to 49 students. And less than four percent of classes had more than 50 students.iv

In fall 2016, Robert Morris University employed 205 full-time faculty members and 256 part-time faculty members. The school did not employ graduate assistants.ii

Robert Morris University Accreditation

Robert Morris University has institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The school has held accreditation from this agency since 1968.ii

Robert Morris University has programmatic/specialized accreditation for its nursing programs at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree levels, all from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The school has held accreditation for its bachelor’s and master’s programs in nursing since 2005 and its doctorate program in nursing since 2009.ii

The RMU School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.v

Robert Morris University Ranking

U.S. News ranks Robert Morris University #176 (tie) in National Universities and #118 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering

It gave the school an overall score of 35/

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