Robert Morris University

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Robert Morris University
RMU new logo.jpg
Established 1921
Type Private, nonsectarian
Endowment $33 million[1]
President Gregory G. Dell'Omo
Academic staff 196 full-time faculty
Undergraduates 4,144
Postgraduates 1,037
Location Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Campus Suburban, 230 acres (931,000 m²)
Athletics 16 NCAA Div. I 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. It enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 graduate students and offers more than 60 bachelor's degree programs[2] and more than 20 master's and doctoral programs.[3] Most students are from the Pittsburgh area, while 17 percent of freshmen in 2014 are from outside Pennsylvania.[4]

Robert Morris University is named after Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and financier of the American Revolution. It is not affiliated with Robert Morris University-Illinois.

History[edit]

Robert Morris University originated in 1921 as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy, founded by Andrew Blass. It was based in various downtown buildings during its early decades, including the William Penn Hotel.

In 1962 the school purchased Pine Hill Manor and Farm in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, formerly the home of Oliver Kaufmann, vice president of Kaufmann's department store in Pittsburgh, his wife, Freda, and their children.[5] The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania then granted the school permission to award associate degrees, and the school became Robert Morris Junior College. The first new buildings, Franklin Center and three residence halls, were erected in 1963. The school became Robert Morris College in 1969, and for decades operated two separate campuses. In 2002, it attained university status.[6] In 2010, the university sold its Downtown Center at 600 Fifth Avenue to Duquesne University.[7]

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

Campus[edit]

The core campus consists of a 230 acre (0.93 km²) tract in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh (near Pittsburgh International Airport). Of the 20 instructional and administrative buildings, the newest are Wheatley Center, opened in 2012, and the School of Business Building, opened in 2011.[8] Of 14 residence halls, three are newer apartment-style complexes; the university also has converted a former hotel nearby into Yorktown Hall, now entirely student housing. More than 2,000 students live in campus housing, including 86 percent of freshmen.[9]

The library is on the second and third floors of the Patrick Henry Center.[10] 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.[11]

The 84 Lumber Arena is the home of the men's and women's ice hockey teams at the RMU Island Sports Center, a 32 acres (130,000 m2) 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 and contains two indoor and two outdoor ice rinks, 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.[12] The Center also has an outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course.[13]

The university also has classes at its Downtown campus at 339 Sixth Avenue in Pittsburgh, also the home of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.

Academics[edit]

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[14]
  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.[15]

RMU additionally offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certifications in a fully online format.[16] These degrees include:

  • B.S. in Business Administration (B.S.B.A)
  • B.S. in Cyber Forensics & Information Security
  • B.S.B.A. in Economics
  • B.A. in English (Writing)
  • B.S. in Health Services Administration
  • B.S.B.A. in Hospitality & Tourism
  • B.S. in Organizational Leadership
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • M.B.A.
  • M.S. in Business Education
  • M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems
  • M.S. in Engineering Management
  • M.S. in Health Services Administration
  • M.S. in Higher Education
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management
  • M.S. in Instructional Leadership
  • M.S. in Internet Information Systems
  • M.S. in Internet Security Assurance
  • M.S. in Organizational Leadership
  • M.S.N. in Nursing
  • M.S.N. in Nursing Education

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

Athletics[edit]

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.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President Gregory Dell'Omo". RMU website. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "RMU undergraduate academic offerings". RMU website. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "RMU graduate academic offerings". RMU website. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Class of 2018". RMU News website. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hands of time doom mansion". Beaver County Times 5/24/91 p. A8 on Google. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.rmu.edu/about-rmu/rmu-history-heritage
  7. ^ "Robert Morris sells building to Duquesne University". Pittsburgh Business Times October 1 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Welcome to the Class of 2018". RMU website news. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Locations". Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Golf and Sports Dome". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  13. ^ "Miniature Golf". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  14. ^ "RMU AACSB School of Business". Robert Morris University. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  15. ^ "What Graduate Programs Are There?". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  16. ^ "Online @ RMU". RMU Online website. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Official Site of Robert Morris Athletics". Retrieved 2010-01-03. 

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