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RMU Welcomes Largest Freshman Class, Record Number of Students Living on Campus

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pittsburgh –  Robert Morris University welcomed the Class of 2017 to its campus in Moon Township on Thursday, setting a record for the largest freshman class in its history.

RMU welcomed 980 first-year students, representing 26 states and 19 nations. The university is also setting a record with the number of students living on campus: approximately 2,070 in 14 residence halls, including Yorktown Hall, which has been fully converted from the former Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport. With 501 students living there, the former hotel is now RMU’s largest residence hall.

Robert Morris also welcomed 197 transfer students. Total enrollment this fall is expected to hit 5,500, including graduate students. Returning undergraduate students will move in throughout the weekend in anticipation of the first day of classes on Monday, August 26.

The fall of 2013 is significant in another way at Robert Morris: It marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Township campus, site of the former Oliver Kaufmann estate. The campus opened in the fall of 1963 with a single classroom building, a lone administrative building, and three residence halls. RMU was founded in 1921 in downtown Pittsburgh.

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.