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RMU a Good Investment, Survey Says

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pittsburgh – RMU has a good ROI.

Robert Morris University is ranked among the top 10 business schools in the nation for providing graduates with the greatest return on their investment, according to a survey by PayScale, an organization that provides salary data to individuals and companies.

RMU was ranked 10th in the nation among business schools, based on the tuition students pay over four years as undergraduates versus the salaries they command in the workplace.

“When we talk about our value proposition, about an RMU education being an investment, this is what we mean,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo. “We are a university of choice for students who want academic excellence with a professional focus in a private school setting – all for an affordable cost.”

Although PayScale singled out RMU for its business degrees, Dell’Omo noted that students in all of RMU’s 60 undergraduate degree programs enjoy similar success. The university’s most recent placement report, for the class of 2012, shows that 93 percent have a job or are enrolled full-time in graduate school a year after graduation. (Eighty-six percent are employed and 7 percent are in graduate school.) Most of those who are employed are working in their field of study.

Several factors account for the university’s success at preparing students for their careers, including personal attention from faculty who have industry experience, as well as RMU’s Student Engagement Program that requires students to take part in leadership, service, research, international and professional activities outside the classroom. Each of the university’s degree programs for which a professional accreditation exists has earned that credential.

John Beehler, dean of the School of Business, also gave credit to the school’s Board of Visitors, an advisory board of business professionals, which helps students get internships and jobs. Each of the university’s five academic schools has a Board of Visitors.

“They also keep us firmly grounded in making our programs focused on preparation for the working world. Their influence and work cannot be underestimated,” said Beehler.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.