Roosevelt University

About us

Roosevelt University is a private institution based in the exciting city of Chicago, Illinois.

Studying in this incredible location will give you the American big city experience, as well as access to America’s second largest job market. Chicago is home to several Fortune 500 companies, and there are many internship and career opportunities available to Roosevelt students.

The curriculum offers well over 100 degree majors and around 40 Master’s programs. There is a strong focus on social justice programs, and graduates tend to be well-rounded, socially conscious leaders. Almost 60% of students who study for a degree at Roosevelt University find work within six months of graduating.

Roosevelt’s undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked #81 among regional Midwest universities in the US. It is also recognized as the 4th most ethnically diverse university in the region, which means that you will make friends from all over the world.

Life on campus

The main campus is located in the 32-story Wabash Building, nestled among the skyscrapers of Chicago’s glittering skyline.

The vertical campus includes dormitories; which means you can live, study, and explore the city from the same place. The Wabash Building is just minutes away from several iconic Chicago landmarks, including Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park, Monroe Harbor, South Michigan Avenue, the Shedd Aquarium, and the world famous Field Museum. Chicago’s elevated train system (known locally as the 'L') gives you easy access to the rest of the city and its 100+ neighborhoods.

The city is the perfect place for an international student to experience the excitement of urban American life. Chicago’s streets and neighborhoods will be as inspirational to your learning process as its classrooms and professors. At Roosevelt University, there is a whole new world to experience: inside your mind, and right outside your door.

Academic entry requirements
  • GPA 2.75 for undergraduate
  • GPA 2.7 for graduate, but with additional entry requirements for applicants with a GPA below 3.0
 English Language requirements
  • International Year One: from equivalent of TOEFL iBT 45
  • Pre-Master's: iBT 60 (no official score required)


 Graduate admissions tests

No GMAT/GRE required for entry to the Pre-Master's program leading to MS or MPA degrees, or for MBA applicants with GPA 3.0+. GMAT or GRE score required on entry to the Pre-Master's for MBA applicants with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0.

How to Apply:

1. Select a Program

2. Select Start date

3. Register and pay the $95 application fee

What is next:

In 2-3 days, we will contact you to schedule your interview


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50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605, USA


Available courses

Course Name Price from Start Date Duration & Tuition Application fee  
International Year: Pathway to a Bachelor's Degree

The International Year is taught at the on-campus International Study Center. In this pathway program we will support you to develop your English language skills while improving your academic skills to prepare you to enter the second year of a bachelor's degree at Roosevelt University.

  • The academic year is divided into 3 equal semesters - fall, spring and summer - and you can join international student pathways at the start of any semester: January, May or August.

Academic Pathways

The International Year consists of two route options, giving you the flexibility to explore your interests from your first day, and prepare for your chosen undergraduate major.

  • Business, Mathematics and Pre-Law pathway
  • Science pathway



English for Academic Purposes courses focus on preparing you with the English language and study skills you need to succeed while studying abroad in the USA. These courses give support, guidance and strategies for becoming a successful university student. Courses will include:

  • Grammar
  • Reading and Writing
  • Listening and Speaking
  • American Culture
  • US College Life
  • Critical Thinking.


As part of your pathway program you will have the unique opportunity to earn academic credit for courses taken during International Year before entering your degree. You will take nine academic credit-bearing courses that will count toward your first year curriculum at Roosevelt. These credits will be transferred when you progress and are used to fulfill degree requirements.

$   $95
Pre-Master's Program for MBA, MPA and MS degrees

The Pre-Master's Program offers on-campus MBA preparation, MPA preparation, master's in marketing communications preparation, and HRM master's preparation to international students at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Designed for International Students

The Pre-Master's Program is for international students who want to study a US master's degree but:

  • have too low English proficiency for direct entry to a master's degree (TOEFL 80 or IELTS 6.5)
  • do not have an official TOEFL/IELTS score
  • have not taken the GMAT or GRE* (standard US graduate admissions tests)

* The exception is MBA applicants with a GPA range of 2.75-2.9. These students must have a GMAT or GRE score to gain admission to the Pre-Master's Program.

Students are accepted into Roosevelt University through the Pre-Master's Program provided they meet all the University's other academic standards.

  • See entry requirements for Pre-Master's Program 

You will study a combination of English for Academic Purposes classes to advance your English language skills, as well as academic study skills classes, and classes specific to your degree. Your coursework will be determined after your arrival at the International Study Center.

Some classes may include:

  • Listening & Speaking
  • Reading & Writing
  • Grammar
  • Critical Thinking
  • U.S. Culture.

Moving on to your MBA, MPA or MS degree

After the Pre-Master's Program, international students can start graduate studies in a business administration, public administration, marketing communications master's or human resource master's degree program.


  • completion of capstone project: work based on research, work that demonstrates understanding of academic texts, work that demonstrates the ability to speak in a variety of settings and for a range of purposes
  • formal presentation to accompany capstone project written work. 
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all courses
  • Complete an exit and English assessment interview
$   $95
Direct Admission: Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor's Degrees

Progression into Year 2 of the following undergraduate degree programs, after International Year at Roosevelt University:

Year One pathwayDisciplineDegree programs
and Pre-Law pathway
Business BS Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Social Entrepreneurship
BA Economics
BS Hospitality and Tourism Management
BA Integrated Marketing Communications
Mathematics BS/BA Actuarial Science
BS/BA Mathematics
Pre-Law BA Criminal Justice
BA International Studies
BA Political Science
BA Social Justice Studies
BA Sociology
Science pathway Natural sciences BS Biochemistry
BS/BA Biology
BS/BA Chemistry
areas of study within a major
Pre-Veterinary Medicine
$   $95
Direct Admission: Master's Degrees

Matriculation into the following graduate degree programs, after the Pre-Master's Program at Roosevelt University:


BusinessPublic AdministrationMarketing

Master of 
Business Administration
  • MBA Accounting
  • MBA Accounting Forensics
  • MBA Economics
  • MBA Finance
  • MBA Health Services Administration
  • MBA Hospitality Management
  • MBA Human Resource Management
  • MBA Information Systems
  • MBA Integrated Marketing Communications
  • MBA International Business
  • MBA Management
  • MBA Marketing
  • MBA Real Estate
  • MBA Social Entrepreneurship
  • MBA Training and Development
MS Human Resource Management
of Public 
  • MPA Health 
  • MPA 
  • MPA 
$   $95


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Sheri M.
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Roosevelt University is a great school in the city. It stresses the concept of social justice, which makes everyone feel welcome. The professors are generally willing to help their students succeed and there are plenty of clubs for students to get involved in. I am a transfer student and I found it overall relatively easy adjust to the atmosphere of Roosevelt. Roosevelt University is rather costly though.

Connie Hogan
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It's great since everything is within walking distance and if not, you can easily hop on the train or a bus and get there.

Alexa Manutii
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I had visited Roosevelt University (Downtown Chicago) for only a short time and I gotta say I loved it ! The campus is super clean and the dorms are beautiful they ensure you to feel comfortable. The classroom size are small so you wont feel like youre in a class with 1000 students. There so many benefits when you attend Roosevelt University.

Ellene Perez
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The school its pretty good and as student Ive had all opportunities to have good grades. The campus doesn't have the best buildings, I think we could have more space for the amount of students. However, the environment its pretty good

Teacher Quality Social Activities Location
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The entire atmosphere is so welcoming. I felt very at home when I stepped on campus for the first time, yet I felt that it was still so full of opportunity. Very comfortable living spaces, wonderful faculty, and excellent facilities.

Teacher Quality Social Activities Location
Personal Attention Facilities City Safety

The entire atmosphere is so welcoming. I felt very at home when I stepped on campus for the first time, yet I felt that it was still so full of opportunity. Very comfortable living spaces, wonderful faculty, and excellent facilities.