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  • Undergraduate student at Roosevelt University in Chicago

    "I especially like Roosevelt University's mission. I value their dedication towards social justice and activism. I never really saw that anywhere else, and giving back to the community is something I hold close to my heart. Roosevelt does such a great thing by letting their students determine what kind of university it's going to be. There's so much going on, and every year it's improving and evolving into something really great. If you walk into a class, you find students that vary in age, experience and opinion - and the discussions deal with real life situations. It's an exciting and thought provoking atmosphere, something all students should experience in the classroom. I can honestly say that I'm ready to take on the world and all its challenges."

    Vincent Cascio, Psychology with minor in sociology (2010)

University Commitment to Social Justice

Roosevelt University was founded in 1945, on the principle that higher education should be available to all academically qualified students, regardless of class, race, ethnic origin, gender or age. At the time this was a very progressive way of thinking. Today, those foundations are still strong, with a theme of social justice in all the University's programs and activities.

Mission statement: Roosevelt University is a national leader in educating socially conscious citizens for active and dedicated lives as leaders in their professions and their communities.

Roosevelt University's view of social justice is based in a belief that fairness, honesty, integrity and impartiality should resonate throughout every institution within a civil society. Roosevelt University is dedicated to civic and social responsibility, human rights, community partnerships, and public outreach. By reinforcing the importance of social consciousness, the University is shaping the world's next generation of progressive, ethical leaders.

Honoring a Great U.S. President

The University is named in honor of, and dedicated to preserving the legacy of, Franklin D Roosevelt – the 32nd president of the United States - and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt who together championed human rights, equality and democracy.

Diversity and Multi-culturalism

Roosevelt University was founded in 1945 on the principles of social justice when its faculty walked away from the YMCA College in protest over its discriminatory admission policies. According to a recent study in The New York Times on diversity of undergraduate students, Roosevelt University ranks #25 in the USA, #10 in private institutions, and #3 in Illinois. This environment provides students with a multicultural learning environment and an opportunity to put into practice the principles studied in the classroom.

Community Service and Civic Engagement

The Center for Student involvement encourages Roosevelt University students to connect with their community through service and civic engagement opportunities. There are regular toy, food, clothing, blood, and supply drives. When you give your time and talents to any of the diverse community service organizations, your work not only adds to your own educational enrichment, but helps to foster an environment which benefits many.

CIA: Community in Action

CIA is a program in which Roosevelt University students take monthly excursion trips and volunteer for non-profit organizations. 

New Deal Service Days

An annual spring event, New Deal Days connects students, faculty, staff and alumni with local service agencies for a "hands on" opportunity to help others.

Eleanor Roosevelt Society

This intensive 6-month program explores the connection between leadership and social justice. Students can apply to this free leadership experience each fall. 

  • Eleanor Roosevelt with Roosevelt University students in 1945

    In The Words Of Eleanor And Franklin D Roosevelt

    "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world."
    – Eleanor Roosevelt

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
    – Franklin D Roosevelt