Roosevelt University Reviews

  • 60 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $29,832
93% of 60 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 60 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Dylan
  • Reviewed: 8/24/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"Beware: this school harps on social justice, but will take as much money as they can from you without a second thought. I attended RU from 2017-2020 and relied heavily on financial aid. They gave me a lot of aid which was excellent. However, due to the pandemic and the lack of cheaper tuition due to an all online format, I chose to defer my enrollment to an undetermined date. I notified the financial aid office over one month before the semester was to start. I received a reply stating that they accepted and understood my choice to defer and didn’t hear anything further. They didn’t not ask for anything regarding paperwork or anything of the like. Then, about a month into the semester I dropped, I received an email that I am on essentially academic probation and that I am failing all of my classes due to lack of attendance (despite them all being dropped). Come to find out, I was never told I had to fill out paperwork in order to finalize the drops. I was not sent the paperwork until the FINAL add/drop date for 100% tuition refund. I supplied the paperwork and did not hear back from anyone. These classes were not dropped until after the 50% tuition refund date. Then in January, I receive a call from a 3rd party billing service Roosevelt apparently uses that I wasn’t aware of. They did not once tell me I had a past due balance, but simply introduced themselves to me. Then, I see on my online portal I’ve been hit with over 3600$ in charges related to the classes. I received no emails or phone calls from Roosevelt or their third party biller that I was past due (not rightfully). THEN, in may I receive a phone call from a debt collector that states I have a debt sent from Roosevelt with an additional 900$ in fees attached to it. So, I relentlessly try to contact the Registrar to figure out why this was sent to collections. After about a month of emailing back and forth, I get word that the classes I dropped were not dropped until September/October. However, one of the classes was given a 100% refund, and the other three weren’t despite being dropped at the same time. Then I am told to file a tuition adjustment petition. I do immediately in late may. Over the course of the next two month, I email weekly to get a status on the petition and am told the Supervisor of the Registar, Luis, has it on his desk in JULY. Now here I am, over a year later and over four months after filing my petition, and have not heard from him or the registrar once regarding its status. I’ve called and emailed over three times a week and am reached with a voicemail box that I never hear from. This school will steal money from you and claim it is YOUR fault all the while acting as though they are all about social justice. Beware"
Ismael Landeros
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Paralegal
"The faculty and advisors were very professional and knowledgeable in their respective fields. Overall the experience was challenging as I was simultaneously working full time while taking 12 credit hours in the evening. Nevertheless, I managed to graduate with honors in May of 2017 with a Bachelors in Paralegal Studies. My only complaint is the exorbitant amount of money I was charged when I failed to make 2 payments to the registrars office. The school sent my account to collections where I was charged $900 in fees on top of the $4000 plus I owed. $900 for what? This really set me back because it negated all the payments I made in the past year. So much for the social justice that Roosevelt University so proudly claims to exemplify. How is justice served when the fees compounded an already dire situation? So disappointed."
Rickkay King
  • Reviewed: 8/21/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Roosevelt University is truly one of a kind. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago I quickly became a student of the college and the city. While it lacks the traditional feel of a college campus, Roosevelt more than makes up for it with its unique flare to incorporate learning with the real-life challenges of life after college. Surrounded by a number of other colleges and universities, in walking distance, makes meeting other students easy and the quest of finding your tribe special as you have so many different groups to choose from. As a psychology major, I really enjoyed the diversity of courses offered like the Psychology of Aging and Gender Studies courses. The professors were knowledgeable and like any campus I would highly recommend that you get involved with campus activities and organizations. Most recently I had the opportunity to visit the campus as I was in town for a conference and the updates to the facilities and new buildings surrounding the schools hub looked amazing. If you are thinking about making Roosevelt University your school of choice, I would highly recommend it!!!"
Ebone
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"Roosevelt University is a great school and most people go there for performing arts or either business administration. They also have fantastic educators in health sciences and are pure gold in a big city. However, if you are looking for a career, please choose a major that can offer you job opportunities right out of school. I majored in Biology and didnt think that it would be so hard to find a job, but it has. Its so broad."
Alena Pacheco
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
"The program was what it needed to be. The education classes offered a decent amount of hands-on experience and the meeting times were flexible. The location was great - downtown Chicago allowed me to use the public transit system instead of bringing a car to campus."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2018
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"If you are a student who is interested in doing research during your pharmacy school, then this school is not for you. Your chance is very small to get into research because they select only 2 students per instructor who is holding that research........."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2018
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"If you are a student who is interested in doing research during your pharmacy school, then this school is not for you. Your chance is very small to get into research because they select only 2 students per instructor who is holding that research........."
rooseveltian
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Roosevelt University can be a university in which you leave with an experience or an easily commutable school, with a campus down town and in the suburbs. It has a large range of online classes as well and now has tied with Harper college making it even more accessable ad possibly affordable. The class sizes are small, teachers get to know you by name. This is again an opportunity to create relations or just have the conveniency of a more personalize education. You can get involved with the social justice atmosphere of the institution and its wide range of organizations and activities, or enjoy the offerings these organizations have and give. Be prepared to enter a liberal world, that is widely accepting and very diverse. You can learn a lot about your self. You may think you are liberal but wait until you enter Roosevelt, you get the ability to meet such a wide range of individuals. The schools comes with some down falls, if you don't get involved you really don't experience much. The school is small, and the student body isn't large. You tend to see many of the same faces, which could be great for some and not for others. The security is pretty tight around the school which makes you feel pretty safe. Even if its for a semester try dorming, the view is great, the community is comforting and the elevator ride to classes is beyond convenient. I would say if you are trying to get in contact with advisors, financial aid offices and such be prepared for waits, confusion, mess ups and a hard time. Review your charges constantly, and keep in touch with advisors as much as you can. If you find a teacher you like try having THEM be your mentor. Everyone at Roosevelt is very approachable, there are a lot of opportunities for student employment. Take advantage of the location. Roosevelt is in the heart of the South Loop, accessible by CTA and right on the mag mile. The views don't get better then this."
Konstance Allen
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I selected Roosevelt for undergrad, because when I was looking at the faculty rosters for the other schools in Chicago, all the accounting professors had one thing in common, each one was a Roosevelt graduate. As someone who does aspire to teach at the University level, that was inspiring to me. Once I started my studies I quickly learned that Roosevelt is also a school for those that believe in Social Justice. The school was founded on the principals of Social Justice, as the school founders were students who due to race and religion, were not allowed to attend the other schools in Chicago. If you see yourself as a Change Agent, then Roosevelt if for you."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I feel that my program is best for experienced professionals looking to increase their skills. The program also help candidates obtain credit to sit for the CPA Exam. All in all even though I do not necessarily regret my decision to pursue a master's degree I feel it would have been a better decision had I already been an experienced professional in the field."
Desire Bernard
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"In May of 2016, I graduated from the College of Professional Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. I cannot fully describe to you how it felt walking across the historical Auditorium Theater stage to receive my diploma. I would be the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and I was also the student commencement speaker. I stood on that stage as a person from Belize. A person who was once illegal. A person who thought at times that a college degree was out of reach. But I made it with the assistance of Roosevelts faculty and staff. My time as a student at Roosevelt was not easy. I had to seriously organize myself in order to handle work, school, volunteering and networking; trying to lay the foundation for a bright future. From the time I walked through Roosevelts doors I felt like I was in the perfect educational institution. I knew that Roosevelt had strong roots in the social justice movement and I wanted a degree that could help me further my work with disenfranchised community members. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit in classes where I was taught by top notch Professors that really cared about their work and students. They offered opportunities that would give students exposure in areas that they were interested in. Advisors were also assessable and ready to offer advice and solutions. They wanted you to succeed and they would push and challenge you in many ways so that you are constantly learning. Roosevelt also had an honors program that I joined while in the College of Professional Studies. I wanted to take honors courses but did not know how that would fit into my outlined curriculum. The director of the Honors Program at Roosevelt, collaborated with the Dean of my college in order for me to participate in a magnificent curriculum of honors courses, while completing the requirements of my college; exposing me to so many different avenues of academia and social justice minded opportunities. This collaboration afforded me the wonderful opportunity to work with homeless youths and families. I was also paired with a mentor in one of the leading organizations in Chicago that combats youth and family homelessness. I am still in that partnership and all I can say is, not everyone gets the chance to study under a community leader of that caliber. Roosevelt assisted me in building an extensive CV. I participated in several research projects, granted many scholarships and the networking opportunities were priceless. I thank Roosevelt for putting me in the position to be accepted into the University of Chicago School of Social Service masters program with a scholarship. My concentration in the masters program is focused on social administration. The reason why I chose social administration is because I wanted to continue in the vein of Roosevelts social justice mission. I want to be of service to my community. The social administration concentration will prepare me for advanced practice in community organizing, planning and development; human services management; and policy planning, and advocacy. These skills will allow me to advocate for client groups and communities, and to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and policies at various levels of intervention. Roosevelt was the place where it all began for me. I was able to graduate in 3 years with a strong enough academic background to where I was accepted into one of the most rigorous and competitive programs at one of the best universities in the world. Roosevelt can help you realize all of your possibilities. All you have to do it show up!"
Blue
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"Quality school with multiple campuses which is nice"
s2wal
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Education
"Efficient, comparable with instructors competent in their field but a bit pricey"
Diamond Tucker
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I have greatly enjoyed my time at Roosevelt University in the Clinical Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) program. most of the professors are practicing mental health professionals with plenty of invaluable information to pass on to students. As an African American woman, I felt safe and welcome there. Roosevelt's dedication to social justice and the commitment of the faculty to living out this vision was very impressive to me."
Alex de Miranda Silva
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"Roosevelt University has been shown a great school to complete a master's degree. The university hase a commitment to social justice, which is an invitation to diversity. My classes usually have students from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities. Those factors add substance to the discussion. Many of the Professors are still working in their specialty field, so they bring real life challenges to class. There is also a career center, where you can be advised in all parts of your career building. You can truly enjoy and be very productive during your studies at Roosevelt."
Liza Kenny
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Roosevelt University was a great school to attend. The downtown campus is modern and a green, eco friendly building which they have received awards for. Classes at Roosevelt are relatively small with professors who are always willing to help, know you by name, and keep their office doors open for students with questions. This helped me with obtaining my degree because if I was lost in a lecture or had a questions I was never afraid to speak up and my concerns were addressed immediately. If I attended a college with lecture sizes of 150+ students I don't know if I would have graduated as confident in the coursework as I feel graduating from Roosevelt."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Education
"It was ok but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone. It was kind of disorganized."
Raven Taylor
  • Reviewed: 10/16/2016
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Being in the heart of downtown Chicago, Roosevelt provides the atmosphere for growing and learning adults. The beauty that the campus displays is impeccable; the view of the historic Buckingham fountain and Lake Michigan is like no other site seen. The campus initiatives and core valves are in line with surrounding communities. Roosevelts progressive academic environment is rich in diversity and attractive to a wide range of students on different continuum of education. The faculty are supportive and instrumental in achieving excellence. The Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences program is designed to help students improve their understanding of the biological sciences to prepare for professional health science programs. This is exactly the program I was looking for because it employs me the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities on the graduate level. The program is an accelerated program that offers rigorous work, personal faculty attention and coursework offered for the working adult. The flexibility in the course work and the mapping of the program was most appealing to me and I'm glad I chose Roosevelt's master's program."
Fareha Ansari
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2016
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"Roosevelt University is a very diverse and professional school. The management and professors are very knowledgeable, friendly and well educated. The Clinical Psychology (Counseling Program) MA is a great program for anyone interested in Counseling. The professors in the program know their subject, work and have a professional attitude with the students. I would recommend this school and program to anyone interested in Psychology, it has and will continue to increase my knowledge and help me reach my career goal."
Jeff Rozell
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Roosevelt University Online B.A program took great discipline and I did well, but I needed to continue on to Boston University to complete me M.A in criminal justice with a concentration in Cyber-Security and still struggling to find a job. I'm an honors student with a B.A and will complete 3 more classes online to finish my Boston M.A and I'm looking to attend law school @ Mitchell & Hamline to continue my education until I find a steady job after leaving banking of 14 years."