Robert Morris University

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Robert Morris University
Robert Morris University logo.png
Established 1921
Type Private, nonsectarian
Endowment $16.1 million[1]
President Gregory G. Dell'Omo
Academic staff 241
Undergraduates 4,000
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Campus Suburban, 230 acres (931,000 m²)
Athletics 21 teams
Colors Blue, Red, and White
Nickname Colonials
Mascot RoMo
Website RMU

Coordinates: 40°31′14″N 80°12′38″W / 40.520579°N 80.210688°W / 40.520579; -80.210688

Robert Morris University (RMU) is a private, coeducational university located in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The school was founded in 1921.

Like its Illinois namesake, Robert Morris University is named after Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and financier of the American Revolution. However, the two like-named universities are not affiliated with each other.


Robert Morris University originated in 1921 as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy, founded by Andrew Blass.

In the 1940s the school was run out of the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.[2]

In 1962 the school purchased 230 acres (0.93 km2) in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania then granted the school permission to award associate degrees, and the school became Robert Morris Junior College. The school's main campus moved to suburban Moon Township during the 1964-65 academic year.

Before 2002, the university used the name "Robert Morris College". However, it is not affiliated with Robert Morris College in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, that school was renamed "Robert Morris University Illinois."

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Robert Morris University. As of 2009 enrollment is approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

On May 20, 2005, University officials announced the selection of Gregory G. Dell'Omo, an administrator at St. Joseph's University, to replace long-time president Edward Nicholson. Dell'Omo was installed as president on August 1, 2005.


The core campus consists of a 230 acre (931,000 m²) tract in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh (near Pittsburgh International Airport).

The Robert Morris University 84 Lumber Arena is a sports and recreation facility located on Neville Island in the Ohio River 9 miles (14 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh. The Center is open to the public year-round. The Center features a health club and fitness center. The 32 acres (130,000 m2) also contain an indoor hockey arena (home to the Steel City Icebergs) and a sports and golf dome, which accommodates an indoor golf driving range, and field sports including soccer, lacrosse, softball, and youth baseball.[3] The Center also has an outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course.[4]

In the fall of 2011, Robert Morris University bought the nearby Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport Hotel due to the university's growth and subsequent housing needs. Prior to the purchase, RMU had a relationship with Holiday Inn Pittsburgh. In the fall of 2013, the hotel was converted completely into an off-campus dormitory, housing over 500 students, and providing them with around-the-clock shuttle services to and from campus.[5] The hotel has a conference room, banquet room, fitness center, and laundry facilities for students, as well as a newly installed café for students to enjoy.

On September 27, 2012 the university opened the three floor Wheatley Center.[6]


University rankings
Liberal arts colleges
U.S. News & World Report[7] Tier 3

RMU offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate degree programs.

The university consists of five academic schools:

  1. the School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which are AACSB accredited[8]
  2. the School of Education and Social Sciences (TEAC accredited) offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.
  3. the School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.
  4. the School of Communications and Information Systems offers undergraduate (ABET accredited), graduate, and doctoral degree programs
  5. the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science offers undergraduate degree programs, including ABET-accredited engineering programs, and one graduate program.

RMU offers graduate degrees in 20 programs including:

  • Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications
  • Master of Business Administration.[9]

RMU additionally offers eight undergraduate and graduate degrees in a fully online format.[10] These degrees include:

  • B.S. in Applied Psychology
  • B.S. in Organizational Studies
  • B.S. in Health Services
  • B.A. in English Studies
  • Pre-MBA Program
  • Master of Business Administration
  • M.S. in Organizational Studies
  • M.S. in Instructional Leadership
  • M.S. in Business Education

RMU also functions as a provider institution for the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU).

Of the 3,773 undergraduate students, 84.7% are studying full-time. The undergraduates are 55.5% male.[11] Ninety percent of undergraduates receive financial aid.


The library is located on the Moon campus in the second and third floor of the Patrick Henry Center.[12] RMU participates in inter-library lending consortia PALINET and PALCI that allow RMU students to borrow books on site from most of the college and university libraries in the Pittsburgh area.[13]


Robert Morris Colonials logo

Robert Morris' sports teams, nicknamed "the Colonials", use the school colors of blue and white. The Colonials compete in NCAA Division I (FCS, formerly Division I-AA, in football). Most of the school's sports participate in Northeast Conference. The men's ice hockey team competes in Atlantic Hockey, women's ice hockey team is a member of the College Hockey America, and women's rowing, which competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Robert Morris field men's teams in: basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field. Women's teams are: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
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  3. ^ "Golf and Sports Dome". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Miniature Golf". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
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  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "RMU AACSB School of Business". Robert Morris University. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  9. ^ "What Graduate Programs Are There?". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  10. ^ "Online Undergraduate & Graduate Programs - Robert Morris University Online". Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  11. ^ Retrieved 2010-01-03
  12. ^ "Locations". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  13. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  14. ^ "Official Site of Robert Morris Athletics". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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