Robert Morris University (Illinois)
This article is about the university in Illinois. For the university in Pennsylvania, see Robert Morris University.
|Robert Morris University-Illinois|
|President||Michael P. Viollt|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Colors||Maroon and Vegas Gold|
Robert Morris University-Illinois, formerly Robert Morris College, is an educational institution in the U.S. state of Illinois that has multiple campuses, including locations in Chicago (main campus), DuPage, Bensenville, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Orland Park, Peoria, Schaumburg, Springfield, and Lake County. 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. It is a private, accredited, not-for-profit institution with 501(c)(3) status. It offers associate and bachelor's degrees through the School of Business Administration, Institute of Art and Design, Institute of Technology & Media, Institute of Culinary Arts, and the College of Nursing & Health Studies. In 2006, the Morris Graduate School of Management 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. Robert Morris University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Like its namesake in Pennsylvania, 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 was founded in 1913 in Carthage, Illinois, taking over the former campus of Carthage College. In 1975 it acquired/merged with the Moser School of Business and moved to Chicago (eventually moving the Carthage campus to Springfield). Since 1988 it has opened numerous additional campus sites around Chicago and Central Illinois.
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 and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (IACRAO)
Robert Morris–Illinois athletic teams, are known as the Eagles; the university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The current Athletic Director is Megan Smith Eggert
Men's and Women's ice hockey compete in their respective divisions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).
Its sister branch campuses RMU–Springfield, RMU–Lake County, and RMU–Peoria are members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
RMU–Springfield - Men's sports include baseball, basketball, ice hockey and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer and softball.
RMU–Lake County - Men's sports include soccer; while women's sports include bowling and soccer.
RMU–Peoria - Men's sports include bowling and ice hockey; while women's sports include bowling, soccer and volleyball.
- 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. Othyus Jeffers formerly of the Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, and San Antonio Spurs played for Robert Morris during the 2007-08 season. 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. In 2014, the team reached the final four of the 2014 NAIA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament once again.
- 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.
- Men's Ice Hockey under the guidance of Head Coach Tom "Chico" Adrahtas (CSCHL Coach-of-the-Year 2010-11 & 2011-12), plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association at the Division I level in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL). The teams all practice/play at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. In addition, RMU fields teams in Chicago at the ACHA Division II and ACHA Division III levels as independent teams. RMU–Springfield and RMU–Peoria field teams at the ACHA Division III and play in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association. In 2014, the RMU-Gold team played in the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship game vs Arizona State, and finished as national runners-up.
- Women's Ice Hockey under the guidance of Head Coach Chris Chelios, plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association at the Division I level in the Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association (CCWHA). The Lady Eagles play at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The team plays roughly a 35-game schedule against ACHA Women's competition as well as games against a number of NCAA Division I & Division III opponents. Beginning in the 2010-11 season the team joined the new Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association. The team won Women's ACHA Division I National Championships in 2005 and 2007 and were runners-up in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
- Women's Softball has had much success at RMU–Springfield winning the USCAA National Championship in 2006 and 2010, receiving third place in 2007, and second place in 2008 and 2009.
- Men's Football began NAIA intercollegiate play in 2011 under the guidance of Head Coach Jared Williamson. They play at Morris Field (the old Forest View High School) in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and compete in the Mideast League of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA).
- Men's Bowling won the Men's Intercollegiate Team Championship in 2013.
- Women's Bowling won the Women's Intercollegiate Team Championship in Reno, Nevada in 2014.
- League of Legends first university to offer gaming scholarships for a varsity e-sports team in 2014.