Robert Morris Experiential College of Roosevelt University
TypePrivate university
Active1913–2020 (merged into Roosevelt University)
Academic staff
49 (prior to 2020 merger)[1]
Students1,934 (prior to 2020 merger)[1]
Undergraduates1,699 (prior to 2020 merger)
Postgraduates235 (prior to 2020 merger)
Location, ,
United States
ColorsMaroon and Gold

Robert Morris University Illinois, formerly Robert Morris College, was a private university with its main campus in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1965 but its oldest ancestor was the Moser School founded in 1913.[2] It changed its name to Robert Morris University Illinois in 2009. In 2020, it merged into Roosevelt University, which formed under it a new Robert Morris Experiential College as one of several colleges at Roosevelt.[3] Robert Morris offered associate and bachelor's degrees and was regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Leiter Building
The Second Leiter Building housed the university's main campus in Chicago.

Robert Morris traces its history back to the founding of the Moser School of Business in 1913.[2][4] Robert Morris College itself was founded in 1965 in Carthage, Illinois[2] as a two-year college, buying the former campus of Carthage College for $1.1 million after Carthage College had left Illinois for its newer Wisconsin campus.[5] In 1975 Robert Morris expanded to Chicago by acquiring and merging the Moser School.[2][4][6]

Robert Morris opened a Springfield, Illinois campus in July 1988[2][6] and closed the Carthage campus in July 1989.[5][6] The college later opened campuses in Orland Park in 1991, Naperville in 1997, Bensenville in 1999, Peoria in 2000. The Orland Park campus moved to Aurora and became the DuPage Campus in 2001. Waukegan opened as the Lake County Campus in 2003. The Graduate School was established in 2005 and became a separate campus in Schaumburg in 2008. Two more campuses followed: Elgin in 2009, Arlington Heights in 2011.[2]

In March 2020, Robert Morris University Illinois merged with Roosevelt University to become one of its colleges.[3]


The Robert Morris athletic teams located at the Chicago campus were called the Eagles. The university was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) from about 1995–96 to 2019–20. Men's and women's ice hockey competed in their respective divisions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). After the merger, the Roosevelt Lakers added football and ice hockey beginning in the 2020–21 season after acquiring Robert Morris's teams in those sports.

In 2014 RMU became the first university to offer gaming scholarships for a varsity esports team; they competed in League of Legends, Hearthstone, and Dota 2 competitions.[7][8]

Sports sponsored

• Men’s soccer began NAIA intercollegiate play in 2014 under the guidance of head coach Chuck Egeuz for 2 seasons with assistant coach Michael Ramirez who took over as head coach in 2016, previously played on Robert Morris soccer team at Robert Morris-Illinois and Robert Morris-Arlington heights. Led eagles to NAIA tournament and playoffs in 2016,2017, and 2018.

Branch campus athletics

The university's branch location Robert Morris–Peoria were members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Roosevelt's Peoria campus joined the USCAA by inheriting RMU Peoria's membership in that association.

Robert Morris–Peoria Eagles

Sports included baseball and club football.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "Robert Morris University Illinois". College Navigator. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History, Mission, and Facts, 1913-2015" (PDF). Robert Morris University Illinois. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  3. ^ a b "Roosevelt University Gets Approval to Integrate Robert Morris Illinois" (Press release). Roosevelt University. March 9, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Haney, Dave (May 11, 2009). "Robert Morris College becomes Robert Morris University". Journal Star. Peoria, Illinois. Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ a b Thompson, Alyse. "Whatever happened to Carthage College?". Western Illinois Magazine. 1 (6): 6–7. Retrieved 2020-05-21. Copy by the author at Thompson, Alyse (2012-05-01). "Whatever happened to Carthage College?". Alyse Thompson. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  6. ^ a b c "Robert Morris was chartered in Illinois in 1965". The State Journal-Register. Springfield, Illinois. 2008-11-14. Archived from the original on 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  7. ^ "Robert Morris University Athletic News". Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "A League of Their Own: Robert Morris University Offers Scholarships to Gamers". The Official NVIDIA Blog. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Manzione, Gianmarc (December 2, 2014). ""Rookie" Marshall Kent Wins First PBA Title at 8th Kingdom International Open". Bowlers Journal International. Retrieved 2022-07-04.

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